Archive for November 21st, 2010

The TSA (aka the Totally Stupid Administration?)

So, the big thing in the news the past week or so has been the ever-increasing brouhaha over the new scanners that see through your clothes and take naked pictures of your body and the, now infamous, “enhanced” pat-downs which a large number of people consider nothing short of sexual assault. In fact, if anyone OTHER than the TSA did it, they would most likely be arrested!

I’ve heard from several people that they’re okay with being felt up by a complete stranger since it keeps them “safe.” They’d rather have the pat-down than be blown to smithereens. So… if the government decides terrorists might be hiding explosives in body cavities (and you know which ones I mean), you’ll be okay with that kind of search too? You, your kids, your spouse? You say that’ll never happen? I bet you didn’t think a year ago, you’d be getting felt up by the TSA like this either. Have you heard about these incidents?

That’s just a small sampling of abuses. As for the rude, insensitive clods in that first example? They need to be fired immediately. Though maybe public humiliation for them would be more appropriate. Then firing.

I didn’t even get into the reported cases involving children. Rough pat-downs, strip searches. It’s disgusting and if anyone else did that to a child they’d be popped into prison so fast it would make their heads spin. Lest you think I’m exaggerating, just google “TSA” and “child” together. I hope you’ll be as appalled as I was.

Here’s the thing…. from what I understand, the scanners don’t necessarily show plastics or even liquids. So, what’s the point in getting a virtual strip search? Plus there’s the radiation issue. Some scientists claim it’s perfectly safe, but others just as adamantly disagree. The machines are insanely expensive. Do you know why they’re being pushed? Back room deals by politicians. Former Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff pushed for getting the “porno scanners” as some call them when he was still the director. What no one seemed to know at the time was he apparently got a cut of the profit from the sale of them! I think that’s a conflict of interest.

Consider this: Israel has lived with terrorism a lot longer than we have, and they have yet to resort to these invasive, humiliating procedures. Do you know what they do? They TALK TO PEOPLE. Their security people are college-educated, very well-trained (far, far better than our own TSA) and all former military from what I’ve heard. They’re also tested frequently and if they miss something, they are fired. IMMEDIATELY. Here? They get a slap on the wrist and sent back for more apparently useless training. Sure, what Israel does might be considered profiling, but you know what? I find that a lot less troubling than I did once upon a time. Back before our own government decided to treat us all, even children, like criminals.

The terrorists don’t have to get on our planes now. They can just make threats and sit back and laugh at how we run around like chickens with our heads cut off. I’d say they’ve already won this round.