Naked Pictures or Groping. What Choice Does A Guy Have?

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  So I got the following blog forwarded to me from a close friend and its right up my alley.  This whole post is a bit more  of a puff-piece than I am accustomed to, but I think you’ll like the change of fare.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/roberts-m1.1.1.html

  This blog describes the ridiculousness an Airline pilot encounters when opts out of the new protocols with the full body imaging equipment being installed at many airport.  Let me address the glaring holes in his argument first and then I will get to what I want to comment about.

1) The body sensing equipment IS as sensitive as he fears, but it is programmed to give images to the operator that are not very detailed about your body.  They are looking for contraband.  Most of us aren’t that in shape or good looking and the TSA agent doesn’t want tot ‘check you out’ any more than the next person.

2)  He refused being frisked.  I have a belt that sets of the alarm and I forget to take it off from time to time.  It then invariably sets off the metal detector, I go back, take it off, and then I am sometimes still frisked.  No biggie.  No one is touching me inappropriately and it takes an extra 30 seconds.

   So, as you can see, my beef with the TSA is not really the same reasons as this gentleman’s.  My problem is that the guy had credentials, is a low-risk threat, has passed through the ‘old’ metal detectors for years before without incident.

–  Why are they requiring airport/airline staff to go through these things?  Do you know how few of these things are out there because they are so expensive?  They are a waste for that reason alone – they are spending our tax dollars to solve a problem that isn’t that much of a risk to our society post-9/11 but everyone throws the ktichen sink at the problem when a couple of guys put explosives in their shoes and underwear.  People are the best deterents to terror when they refuse to be afraid (ask the passengers of Flight 93 proved that) and also when they are doing their jobs as alert screeners.  No technology can replace vigilance, duty, and bravery

– Where is the common sense?  How many people did this one pilot talk to?  How much time was spent?  How was this made to be such a big deal?  Where is the common-sense, customer service, or any number of things?  It is this kind of behavior along with seeing my tax dollars standing around in blue uniforms that are in groups of 3-7 not really doing anything except talk to each other as I get driven like a cow through the security line. 

– It’s disgusting that a civil servant acknowledges that the government who pays him is infringing upon our rights and since its already happened…who cares?  Just get along to keep things moving along.  It is that kind of apathetic mentality that let the Nazis take control of Germany.  People recognized that those guys were extreme, but they just wanted to get along in their day and slowly, but surely, they began to get used to the idea of a totalitarian regime.  I am NOT saying that is happening or will happen here in the US – I am just making an observation that your average middle-class American family is really not that different from the average German one from in the 1930’s.

I paraphrase Ben Franklin when he said:  “Those who give up even a little liberty for just a bit more security, will get neither anddeserve to lose both”

– G.S.

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