Whoa Nellie. Let's please all be honest about concerns over our civil liberties, our privacy rights and our government's intrusion into our lives. The Patriot Act and a variety of measures designed to "keep us safe" were roundly denounced by a large chunk of Americans. I am wondering if it is a different chunk that is now protesting the invasion of privacy at the nation's airports.
This is not merely about T & A, er, TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, looking at our naked bodies or doing things we teach our children not to allow and if it happens, "tell someone!"
This is about the country being transformed into a pseudo quasi police state in the name of "security"--step by step. By the time each little chunk of Americans are ticked off, it will be too late.
- The scanner images are not only save-able, but instantly sendable.(Parker's take here) If you are a well -known (or perhaps well-endowed) person, the risk of your image going viral is probably very high--what if your name is Gloria Alred or Bristol Palin or John Stewart or Pavarotti or Aretha Franklin? (Assuming this happens, is everyone ok with that?)
- What is the impact on children and teens-- of getting a police-level patdown from an unknown adult?
- How will those men, women and children who have been sexually assaulted deal with strangers touching their most private areas? The trauma from this crime is real and widespread. (HERE)
- The effect on those who spend each day gazing or groping? Just wondering...
- Oh yeah, who is it we are hiring for these jobs? Like, are we as effective in this T & A Hiring as we are in say, noticing things like nervous crop plane students?***see sex offenders below
- We stay two steps behind, reacting after the fact, and ineffectively looking at Things, not People. (Inkjet printer cartridges don't kill people, people pressing the Nokia cell phone detonator to the inkjet cartridge kill people...) When the bombs are in anal cavities, or implants, which apparently has been achieved, tested, and used overseas by "those guys", what will flying check-in be like? Yikes. Behavioral analysis and risk profiling make more fiscal, psychological, and strategic sense. Exactly which sensitivites and perceptions are we most afraid of? How many Would-Be Bombers would make it past a tried and true behavioral analysis and simple intelligent screening techniques?
- Actually-- I have not really thought much about it. As a kid who travelled a lot, we got a lot of shots--i never thought twice about getting painfully pumped full of poisons--it was just what we had to do to travel country to country. And i had a good healthy education (military kid) wherein we always had a rigorous phys ed class and showers following. The locker room was a nice place...but while i am not overwhelmed by fear of my fabulous human body being observed, i am strongly for the right of those more private than i to be respected... but....
Constitution: "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"
- Cavity searches, anyone?
- Finally--i ponder this--WE ARE FREAKING OUT at the airport! we have allowed some Global Thuggy Punks to suddenly make all americans get treated like criminals! Fu Cryin' Out Loud!? Really!?
|don't touch my junk|
HERE and HERE is how the Democratic underground puts it. I wish Maureen Dowd would put her two cents in.
Michael Kinsley says, Go Ahead, Touch My Junk...
... ...As for the excuse of "security," this is one of the least security-minded administrations we have had. When hundreds of illegal immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring countries were captured crossing the border from Mexico-- and then released on their own recognizance within the United States, that tells you all you need to know about this administration's concern for security.
Not a lot of people in other countries, or perhaps even in this country, are going to help us stop terrorists if their role is revealed and their families are exposed to revenge by the terrorists' bloodthirsty comrades.
....What do the Israeli airport security people do that American airport security do not do? They profile. They question some individuals for more than half an hour, open up all their luggage and spread the contents on the counter-- and they let others go through with scarcely a word. And it works.
Meanwhile, this administration is so hung up on political correctness that they have turned "profiling" into a bugaboo. They would rather have electronic scanners look under the clothes of nuns than to detain a Jihadist imam for some questioning.
Will America be undermined from within by an administration obsessed with political correctness and intoxicated with the adolescent thrill of exercising its new-found powers? Stay tuned.
Enduring the bare necessities in airport screening--By Kathleen Parker Sunday, November 21, 2010;
In the accelerating debate about airport pat-downs that feel like a clumsy third date and body scans that border on Peeping Tom shows, it's hard to find a sane place to land.
Is this really for our own good? Or are we trading what's left of our human dignity by participating in a Kafkaesque farce that more closely resembles a college fraternity psychology experiment devised around a keg:
"Okay, here's the plan. Americans are terrified of an airplane bomber, right? So let's see what we can get them to do if we promise them safety."
"I dunno, like let us touch their genitals and use scanners that show them naked, stuff like that."
In the three weeks since the Transportation Security Administration began its new scanner/pat-down procedures, hundreds of people have protested. Some have reported to consumer agencies and the American Civil Liberties Union that they've been touched aggressively in the genital area. Others have reported inappropriate commentary about their physiques.
Fair question: Is all this worth it? What price in dignity and privacy are we willing to pay for the illusion of safety? It's not as though flying is a delightful experience with out the sexual harassment.
This Thanksgiving Eve, some number of unhappy travelers are planning to demonstrate their opposition to the TSA's expanded powers by protesting at security check-in or by boycotting travel altogether. Reassurances from the TSA, meanwhile, are less than edifying.
Even though, yes, the scans essentially reveal your jock and bra size, inspectors are sitting elsewhere and don't know the human identity of the exposed corpus.
Nor, we can guess, do they care. The absence of nudist airports isn't on many lists of society's regrettable oversights. Those who wish not to submit to the body scan, whether out of modesty or concerns about radiation exposure, can submit instead to intimate frisking. Children under 12 are given modified pat-downs, though this isn't much comfort.
Touching a 13-year-old boy or girl, possibly the most sensitive creature on the planet, is supposed to be just hunky-dory? in flying home for Thanksgiving, I will be scanned or handled going and coming. My predisposition at this writing: I'm just not that into turkey.
This isn't merely a matter of modesty, though that is a consideration. I don't like the idea of some stranger - regardless of whether he or she can see my face - examining my concessions to gravity without my permission. Surrendering to rule shouldn't be confused with granting permission. One is submission; the other an invitation to mutual consent.
As to the alternative, no thank you. The idea of a stranger, even one of the same sex, foraging around my private principalities is simply unacceptable. Forget the creepiness factor, which is sufficient; consider the principle - quickly! - before you get used to the notion that government has the right to do Whatever Is Necessary To Protect You.
From what, if not this?
It isn't at all clear, meanwhile, that such searches will ensure greater safety. Theoretically the idea is to protect us from would-be "Christmas bombers." You recall the chap who tried to blow up a plane by igniting explosive material concealed in his undies. So now none of us is entitled to pantaloon protection.
Heaven forbid that the next inept, would-be terrorist conceals his flammables in his nether region.