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TSA: Carcinogenic Petting Zoo
Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2012 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 08/13/2012 4:16:15 AM PDT by Kaslin

The TSA is effectively an unconstitutional, carcinogenic petting zoo. Deep down, we all feel that the airport security system is an FDA-approved rubdown and radiation parlor. But we are busy, rushing to catch flights, and we tell ourselves it is for our “safety.” So, like sheep, we comply.

Unconstitutional

The TSA security process is in violation of the law of the land, specifically the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Let’s be honest, when I “opt” for a pat-down over a blast of cancer-inducing radiation, it is not a choice—it is a preference for the lesser of two fixed evils. A pat- down is a clear violation of my “person;” there is no probable cause warranting random government agents to feel me up for weapons.

The pat-down system also violates my right to be secure in my “papers and effects.” Every time I get a pat-down, my personal property is subject to theft. The TSA pat-down process does nothing to prevent an unconscionable person (going through the scanner) from taking advantage of the fact that I’m helplessly standing behind waiting for a pat-down—unable to monitor my luggage.

Because, here is what normally happens: I inform the TSA agent, “I’m opting out.” The agent then calls for a “female assist” and asks me to step aside. I wait (occasionally up to 10 minutes) for a pat-down. Meanwhile my luggage—including my purse, iPhone, MacBook Pro and other valuables—travel the conveyer belt and idle on the other side of the X-ray machine where anyone could easily walk off with them.

Carcinogenic

On a recent flight out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a female TSA agent (who was openly annoyed at the prospect of doing her job and giving me a pat-down while oddly assuming that I yearned for her to touch me) said: “Well, if you ask for one, we have to give you one. So, are you just doing this for the free massage we give you?” I wanted to respond: “No way, pervert.” But, since I wanted to make my flight, I replied: “No. I just don’t want the radiation.”

3,778 service calls were made between May of 2010 and May of 2011 to address mechanical issues in backscatter X-ray machines, according to a TSA report.

The New York Times writes: “The machines move a focused beam of high-intensity radiation very quickly across the body, and David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center, says he worries about mechanical malfunctions that could cause the beam to stop in one place for even a few seconds, resulting in greater radiation exposure.” The Times reports further: “A recent study reported that radiation from the machines can reach organs through the skin. In another report, researchers estimated that 1 billion X-ray backscatter scans per year could lead to perhaps 100 radiation-induced cancers in the future.”

Many independent researchers concur that the safety and radiation levels are still unknown because the TSA has actively kept its research in the dark and has redacted public reports.

The next time you fly, opt for the pat-down as a form of healthy protest. For now, it’s better than getting cancer from supposedly “fail-safe” body scanners. And if enough Americans congest airport traffic by choosing pat-downs, perhaps the TSA will eliminate its unconstitutional rubdown and radiation parlor.

Petting Zoo

Pat-downs do not keep us safe. They merely serve to treat Americans like animals. I may have long hair but I’m not a fuzzy tarantula or a furry bunny rabbit. I wear earrings in my ears, not bombs. Yet every time I get a pat-down, it starts with a TSA agent tugging down on my hair with clingy plastic gloves.

Last September, a Dallas woman named Isis Brantley (wearing a large afro hairstyle) cleared the checkpoint at Atlanta’s international airport as she had for the previous 20 years. Brantley had made it to the escalator when two TSA officers changed their minds and decided she was a terror suspect—perhaps imagining she used her hair to disguise a diminutive flamethrower. The agents chased her down the escalator shouting: “Stop—the lady with the hair, you!” They began parting through her hair on-the-spot without offering her a private screening area.

The TSA treats humans far worse than animals. For, petting zoo owners do not grope their cows, de-shoe their ponies and pluck their chickens before letting them into the barn. We are rational beings, not sheeple, and our bodies are our private property. It is time we speak up against the unconstitutional, carcinogenic petting zoo known as the TSA.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: airportsecurity; privacy; tsa

1 posted on 08/13/2012 4:16:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I also wonder how many touch transmitted diseases are spread through the pat downs because the TSA employees don't change their gloves between passengers?
2 posted on 08/13/2012 4:37:46 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Carry gloves with you for the TSA to put on.

You, “Please put these gloves on before you run your hands all over my body.”

TSA, “But I already have gloves.”

You, “I don’t know where your gloves have been, but I do know where these gloves have been.”


3 posted on 08/13/2012 5:04:47 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Kaslin

Stop flying.

I repeat. Stop flying.

If you choose to not take a stand against oppresion, you have sided with the oppressors.


4 posted on 08/13/2012 5:07:05 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Truth29
Did you ever stop and think about how much disease is carried in the limited air space on the privately owned airplane you are going to sit in for several hours?

I have. That's one of the reasons i limit air travel as much as possible.

Now, about search and seizure ~ the guys who own the airplanes don't want terrorists aboard, nor do the other passengers. I am sure if it were up to them the SEARCHES would be much more vigorous than the government is willing to perform, or allow to be performed.

I'd say the greater Constitutional violation lies in the realm of the Fifth Amendment wherein government isn't supposed to take property without just compensation ~ and they are letting terrorists on board anyway, and they fly over my house, and that violates my rights ~ where's my money?

5 posted on 08/13/2012 5:07:39 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: CPOSharky
"Carry gloves with you for the TSA to put on."

I wonder if anyone has ever tried that? I bet the TSA would refuse to use them and pull you out for "special" screening.

6 posted on 08/13/2012 5:29:23 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Probably.


7 posted on 08/13/2012 5:33:44 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Kaslin

Reason number 316 why 1996 was the last time I flew anywhere.

Drive instead. We live in an awesome, beautiful country. Slow down and enjoy it.


8 posted on 08/13/2012 5:35:58 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Kaslin

Had to fly last week for business...
had my can of foot spray confiscated because it was too large (over 3 oz).
Man... I coulda sprayed over half the feet on that flight with that can!


9 posted on 08/13/2012 5:37:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Kaslin
"...if enough Americans congest airport traffic by choosing pat-downs, perhaps the TSA will eliminate its unconstitutional rubdown and radiation parlor."

Um, no. They'll use the lines as justification to increase funding and expand their ranks even further.

10 posted on 08/13/2012 5:44:00 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Jubal Harshaw

ping!


11 posted on 08/13/2012 5:48:06 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Kaslin

The last two times I used an airline for travel was to attend the funerals of my parents.

They are both gone. From now on, if I can’t drive there I just won’t go.

F the TSA gestapo.


12 posted on 08/13/2012 6:26:23 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: upchuck

I agree that flying is a dreadful experience now. What was once a pleasure is now akin to being loaded into a cattle car, and much of the blame lies with the terrible service from all airlines. But this thread is about the TSA, and I always want to make the same point in TSA related threads. The TSA is not about passenger safety. It is about conditioning citizens to being treated like slaves. The government gets to poke and prod us like animals, and if we complain we are punished by missing our flight. The TSA is the infancy of a totalitarian state. That’s why the TSA is desperate to expand to train stations, shopping malls, etc... This evil agency must be shut down by President Romney soon after he takes office.


13 posted on 08/13/2012 6:59:33 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: maine yankee
Stop flying. I repeat. Stop flying. If you choose to not take a stand against oppression, you have sided with the oppressors.

I haven't been near an airport for more than 10 years and as an ex airline employee I can fly almost free. Its not worth it!

14 posted on 08/13/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: muawiyah

re: “I am sure if it were up to [the airlines] the SEARCHES would be much more vigorous than the government is willing to perform, or allow to be performed.”

Reality does not correspond to your assertion. When the airlines ran security, there were no personal searches, and the screeners were much more reasonable.

The TSA has never found a terrorist, and there is overwhelming evidence that they never could. They don’t exist for the safety of the airlines nor of the travelling public. So why do they exist?

Some thoughts regarding that last issue are here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2635090/posts

(which posting, BTW, is the very first hit on Bing/Yahoo for “Air Kerma TSA”.)


15 posted on 08/13/2012 7:11:46 AM PDT by Jubal Harshaw
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To: maine yankee
Stop Flying.

I live in Washington. My family lives in Louisiana, and my husband's family lives in New Hampshire. So you think that we should concede defeat and give up our liberty to travel as we please, hand the win to the government? Their goal is to take away our right to travel freely, and apparently you are okay with that.

16 posted on 08/13/2012 7:39:53 AM PDT by sportutegrl (That's Washington State, BTW, not DC)
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To: sportutegrl
Stop Flying. I live in Washington. My family lives in Louisiana, and my husband's family lives in New Hampshire. So you think that we should concede defeat and give up our liberty to travel as we please, hand the win to the government? Their goal is to take away our right to travel freely, and apparently you are okay with that.

Exactly. These morons that constantly preach stop flying because they have no place to go and so therefore assume no one else does amaze me.

17 posted on 08/13/2012 7:57:32 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Kaslin

18 posted on 08/13/2012 9:09:03 AM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: Jubal Harshaw
We got TSA because, as it turned out, terrorists got on airplanes. The one that hit the Pentagon actually turned North right over my house.

Subsequently there's been a lot less of that ~

I think the airlines got the news though ~ and given a chance would have imposed heavier security than the government does.

19 posted on 08/13/2012 9:11:32 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Thanks for your response. Sure, the airlines likely would have altered their security procedures after 9/11. Let’s not forget, of course, that it government-imposed “security” rules, such as the forbidding of effective weapons on aircraft, and the mindset engendered by government “security” that made 9/11 possible in the first place.

Thing is, the airlines, left to their own devices, would likely have promulgated effective security that did not harass the passengers. The TSA harasses passengers, claiming to look for devices that do not exist (explosives that are small enough to be secreted on the person, and yet powerful enough to take down an aircraft). Meanwhile, the TSA generally does not screen freight, which actually could contain enough explosives to take down an aircraft. The airlines, as a group, would have found the right way to handle security, whatever that right way is, because (1) the continued existence of each airline would depend on finding that right way and (2) each airline might experiment with a slightly different process to maintain security, thus allowing rapid identification of the procedure that worked the best.

Meanwhile, the airlines have never caused such potential disasters as surreptitiously damaging the sensors on 9 commercial airlines by using the pitot tubes like monkey bars:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4113058/

By the way, as evidence that the explosives the TSA claims they are seeking — explosives so small as to be hidden on the person, between women’s genital labia, etc — cannot take down an aircraft from inside the fuselage, consider Aloha Airlines flight 243 in April 1988:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha_Airlines_Flight_243

That’s a case in which an old, fatigued aircraft, at a moderate altitude, over deep water, piloted by an inexperienced Captain, lost half the fuselage from the cockpit to the wings. A flight attendant fell out of the gaping hole, but the aircraft, the rest of the crew, and all the passengers, landed safely. Think you can make an explosive device that can do more damage than removing such a large chunk of the fuselage and still have that device be small enough to be hidden on your person? If not, then body-secretable explosives are not the threat the TSA claims.


20 posted on 08/13/2012 9:42:36 AM PDT by Jubal Harshaw
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To: muawiyah

Last week there was a story about a woman with her two small children in the backseat of her car was stopped by local cops. Since she was obviously a threat (not) she was strip-search along side her car and in full view of passing traffic.

A female cop was called in to do the search and removed a tampon from the suspect.

How much money would you have to be paid to remove a tampon? I’m a woman and there’s no way!!!!

She (the driver) is suing the cops personally and the city. I hope she wins a bundle. This search is so outrageous that one wonders if the female cop doesn’t have a few mental problems.
I wonder the same about TSA workers.


21 posted on 08/13/2012 11:54:28 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: jayrunner

“A female cop was called in to do the search and removed a tampon from the suspect.”

If it was made of solid gold and I got to keep it, I’d pass...


22 posted on 08/13/2012 2:52:17 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: muawiyah

Sorry, muawiyah, I love you, but you could rationalize any degree of government abuse of Americans.


23 posted on 08/13/2012 5:51:32 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: MrB

I have managed to avoid flying since the systematic dehumanizating, molestion program began. No way I can gurantee my own reactions to the sight and sound of inhumane pigs like this.

We should prosecute the manager AND the employees who have gone along with these orders to violate the American people and the law of the land (constitution). We should do this before they progress to genocide.


24 posted on 08/13/2012 5:57:17 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson
I'm speaking from a slightly more informed perspective ~ that's all. Ever have an airplane drop out of the sky onto your house?

I didn't but a lady at an intersection just a few blocks away had an airplane drop on her automobile.

She'd just gone to the store for some hotdogs and buns and was calling her husband to tell him she was on the way back ~ killed her dead!

So, airplanes drop out of the sky ~ so that concerns me a lot. I"ve also missed more than one flight that then crashed. So, I kind of like to know a plane is going to make it to the other end before getting on board. If I won't get on, you shouldn't either.

Two things i don't want ~ (1) A plane dropping out of the sky onto my property, family, myself, and (2) Being on a plane that's dropping out of the sky.

So, what to do ~ well I"d do profiling ~ and right off the bat anyone wearing Middle Eastern clothes would never get on a plane ~ not even old ladies!

Folks with bad accents would need a US military escort or they couldn't get on a plane.

As time went on I would get tougher.

I"d be doing that Israeli "twenty questions" trick ~ guess it works pretty good. Their planes don't go down.

Now what was it I was proposing that could be considered government abuse of American citizens?

I hope you did'nt think I'm a TSA fan ~ but then again, I'm not exactly an airline fan.

I travel by car to the degree possible.

25 posted on 08/13/2012 6:04:07 PM PDT by muawiyah
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