The TSA has garnered much deserved criticism in recent days, particularly for their despicable treatment of American citizens at airports – especially the usage of full-body or “naked scanners” which do exactly what you think, before the eyes of TSA agents.
A couple of passengers have been subjected to particularly shameful tactics. In Florida, a 95-year-old cancer patient trying to get home to spend her final days with family in Michigan, was made to remove her adult diaper for agents to search. To make matters worse, some in the media referred to the treatment at “appropriate.”
More recently, Lori Dorn, a breast cancer patient went public with her TSA ordeal. Zachary Roth of The Lookout reported:
“I explained to the agent that I was a breast cancer patient and had a bilateral mastectomy in April and had tissue expanders put in to make way for reconstruction at a later date,” Dorn wrote. She said she explained that because of this, she was not comfortable having her breasts touched.
Dorn asked the agent if she could retrieve a medical card from her pocket which described the expanders and included contact information for her doctor. But the agent called over a supervisor who denied the request, and said the breast exam had to take place.
According to Dorn, the supervisor added, loudly enough for other passengers to hear: “And if we don’t clear you, you don’t fly.”
In the end, Dorn wrote, “I had no choice but to allow an agent to touch my breasts in front of other passengers.”
In other words, while the TSA claims to protect American travelers from “potential” terrorists, they also guarantee that every traveler will be a victim of intentional molestation and groping. They have not stopped a single terrorist or terrorist attack, but they have been hugely successful in violating thousands and thousands of people.
But apparently airports, bus and train stations are not enough. The TSA wants to get their hands on the highways – literally – and the great state of Tennessee is happy to oblige.
Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that the TSA’s methods, including the “naked” scanners, were completely constitutional.
Constitutional? These judges are all old enough to know that you should not use words unless you are certain of their meaning.
Here’s what the Constitution says:
“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.” – 4th Amendment
Where is the probable cause for the TSA? Is driving through Tennessee enough? Where is the warrant? What are they looking for? Where is the “security” for the American citizens? None of these things are taken into consideration because, apparently, “national security” covers a multitude of sins (at least as far as the courts are concerned).
So, with carte blanche given by the federal courts, what methods will they use when the start searching people at Tennessee rest stops and weigh stations? They can molest and humiliate at airports using their blue-gloved hands and scanners; so what will happen without the technology? To what lengths will they go to ensure they are being “thorough” when you are standing beside your car? Strip searches? Cavity searches?
The TSA tramples the civil liberties of every American who passes through an airport, bus station, train station or, coming soon, a highway. And, sitting idly by is the Congress. You remember them, right? They are the ones who take office by the votes of the people and swear to uphold the Constitution when they take office. That’s right, they allow this.
In fact, some of them want more of it. Last year, John McCain and Joe Lieberman proposed the Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act that would have allowed the U.S. government and military to indefinitely detain anyone (American citizens included) deemed valuable for information in the “War on Terror.” Fortunately, the act did not pass, but the fact that it was proposed in addition to the PATRIOT Act and the TSA is troubling enough.
There is, of course, the objection that the TSA is helping to keep us safe, you know, from terrorists and airplane bombers. Keep us safe? Again, the TSA has not caught any terrorist or stopped any attack in their 10 year existence. However, they have groped, molested, and undressed thousands of American citizens in violation of the 4th Amendment and all sense of decency.
So, who are they protecting us from? We have been taught to think that the terrorists are just Muslims; but how would you describe a complete stranger who forces you to submit to being stroked with his or her hands until they say you can move on – with the only alternative being that they get to see you naked? Oh, and they have already robbed you because your tax dollars pay them.
James Madison warned, “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” What could be more blatantly tyrannical than have your own body violated, in disregard of your rights, in the name of keeping you “safe”? And now the way-too-friendly skies are hitting the highways.