The TSA needs to be disbanded, John Pistole needs to be indicted, and the security of the airports needs to be privatized NOW!!!
Until the outrageous abuses of the TSA come to a stop, my wife and I will use an alternate means of travel other than a commercial airline such as American Airlines, Southwest, United and all the others.
I can’t stop the TSA’a abuse, but I can choose to avoid it. If that means that the airlines have lost a customer, then maybe they should step up to the plate on behalf of their customers who don’t wish to be treated as though they are criminals, while Muslims get a pass.
I’ve never seen it reported that a TSA agent “caugt” a terrorist. They’ve taken people’s aftershave and women’s breast milk but no terrorist types have ever been arrested. If they had it would have been reported so as to justify the TSA’s existance.
Plainly some well-heeled organization with an interest in people traveling by air (the Airline Pilots Association, maybe the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of business travelers, whatever trade groups represent tourism) needs to launch (or back) a 4th Amendment law suit, asserting that the new procedures constitute an unreasonable search without probable cause—which they do, the question being whether we can find a court to agree.
I would bet my next paycheck that the 80% of people who support the scanners / groping (assuming it is accurate) are the 80% of the public who have not flown recently. Among those of us who have to fly frequently for a living, 5% support would be more realistic....
“the TSA has demonstrated a knack for ignoring the basics of customer relations, while struggling with what experts say is an all but impossible task. It must stand as the last line against unknown terror..”
“Even so, a poll earlier this month by CBS News found 81% of Americans support the TSAs use of full-body scanners at airports.”
Go on any website, even the liberal ones, and read the fury. This is crap disguised as criticism.
If memory serves, one of the major goals of terrorism is to provoke an over-response from government, causing the people to oppose and fight them. Thereby doing the terrorist’s job for them.
“it took so long to boil over.”
The “security measures” now are much more abusive than they were when I last flew in 2004. I gave up flying after several trips through Dulles, where I saw:
* An old white male being yelled at by 3 different TSA idiots because he wasn’t removing his shoes, belt, and pocket contents fast enough.
* A young white woman pulled off to the side for a special check.
* A TSA agent screaming at well-behaved passengers to move back simply because he couldn’t see the “Don’t Go Beyond This Line” on the floor.
* And finally, Muslim women (wearing kerchiefs) working to control the security line!
I don’t think this ever gets to the heart of the problem. The TSA agents here in Atlanta tend to be low-skill, low-education individuals whose only real job satisfaction derives from lording it over the public. Because of the (mis)configuration of the ATL airport, all international passengers (even those ending their journeys here) have to go through TSA screening on arrival, so people are already mad as they leave customs, and the agents make it worse.
Last year I came back from Rome on the 4th of July. The agents on duty were furious that they had to work on the holiday, and they took out their frustration on the public, screaming at old women and children for moving too slow and threatening people with duty-free purchases they were trying to bring home. It struck me at the time that the 4th would be perfect for another revolution. I just wish this latest mess had come to light before November 2nd.
They don't irradiate passengers with George Soros owned cancer causing X-ray machines. The Israelis do not manually rape and degrade air travelers.
They PROFILE people like this:
Damn straight a line has been crossed!
First, they came for those who carry nail clippers, but I didn’t speak up because I don’t carry nail clippers.
Then they came for the people who carry on liquids, but I didn’t speak up for them because I check my luggage.
Then they made everyone take off their shoes, but I didn’t speak up because it was a minor (d*mned) inconvenience.
Then they demanded to take pictures of or feel my penis, but there was no one left to speak up for me ...
Yea, my P38 was one of the "prohibited items" they confiscated in their first year ... after over a million miles of air travel in 10 years on my key chain.
The TSA is a f&^%$#g joke, and has been since day one.
The TSA: It’s Our Business To Touch Yours (SNL Video)
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
Perfect security is unachievable, and incompatible with liberty. We the people need to accept the fact that if the terrorist want to knock planes out of the sky, they are going to succeed sometimes, even if the most totalitarian measures are taken. The TSA and the government need to recognize that also, and retreat from these unAmerican and invasive measures.
Eventually they will realize that the only safety is in not letting anyone get on the airplanes and the procedure will change accordingly.