Above the Law

Three recent news stories that have come forward and stirred more controversy surrounding the TSA and their illegal searches prove that the agency is “above the law.” The first story is out of Washington D.C. where a circuit court has ruled that “naked scans” of travelers is constitutional and do not violate OUR Fourth Amendment right.

Judge Douglas Ginsberg said advance imaging technology is not unreasonable given the security concerns on airplanes, and that people have the option to opt out for a pleasurable patdown. He writes:

“On the other side of the balance, we must acknowledge the steps the TSA has already taken to protect passenger privacy, in particular distorting the image created using AIT and deleting it as soon as the passenger has been cleared. More telling, any passenger may opt-out of AIT screening in favor of a patdown, which allows him to decide which of the two options for detecting a concealed, nonmetallic weapon or explosive is least invasive (source).”

Yeah fuck you Douglas! Side with the government, it’s agents, DHS, TSA and the maufacuters Rapiscan and L-3 who build the screening equipment. The TSA did violate an administrative law when it failed to ask for public comment before the new rule making, yet Ginsberg said, “better late than never.”

It also seems that Donald Rumsfeld stopped for a photographic moment with the TSA when he was “allegedly” selected to be randomly screened. Personally, I don’t believe it. I think it was nothing more than a publicity stunt to get the American public to buy into the fact that illegal screening is acceptable in todauy’s culture and even government officials have a chance to be groped. The Who’s Exempt List is ever growing. Are you on it? It is now a travel norm, not an exception. All courtesy of YOUR U.S. Government and their attacks on 9-11.

Finally a fed up air travel groped back at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Arizona the other day. The female passenger is accused of putting her hands on a TSO. “Court records show 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae grabbed the left breast of the female agent Thursday at the Terminal 4 checkpoint…Police say she squeezed and twisted the agent’s breast with both hands.” Now she faces a felony count of sexual abuse (source). I say good for her! I would contribute to her defense fund. Although I believe the changes will be dropped by the TSA for publicity reasons and to prevent the TSA for further damaging their image they attempt to uphold.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

When is the traveling public to say, “Enough!” When are airlines going to say, “Enough!” When will the U.S. Government realize the TSA is nothing more than window dressing when it comes to security? Since America is going to hell in a hand basket and the sheeple would rather not pay attention and speak up when YOUR civil liberties are being violated every day you step into an airport.

Yet ANOTHER asinine story comes to light when a 95-year old woman flying out of northern Florida was asked to remove her adult diapers because…as the media reported, “a suspicious item.” Bound to a wheelchair and stricken with leukemia the TSA agent could not resolve an alarm. “During any part of the process, if there is an alarm, then we have to resolve that alarm,” said Sari Koshetz, a mouthpiece for the Transportation Security Administration. I guess a wet and hard Depends undergarment could be considered “suspicious.”

It took 45 minutes to perform the pat down to make sure YOU the traveling public was safe from this would be terrorist, who was 95 with leukemia and bound to a wheelchair. That’s YOUR tax dollars at work, providing the best airline security money can buy.

Jean Weber, daughter of the woman in question has filed a complaint. “I’m not one to make waves, but dadgummit, this is wrong. People need to know. Next time it could be you.”

It comes as no surprise to me the TSA is stands behind it’s procedure (source). “While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner,” the federal agency said. “We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.” This has become the same old reply when incidents such as this make media headlines, “our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.

How are the actions of the TSA harassing and groping a 95-year old woman considered professional or appropriate? ” After feeling “something suspicious on (her mother’s) leg they couldn’t determine what it was…a TSA agent came out and told her that her mother’s Depend undergarment was “wet and it was firm, and they couldn’t check it thoroughly.”

Every traveler is a critical partner in TSA’s efforts to keep our skies safe,” Administrator John Pistole, who ordered the new approach, said last fall. “And I know and appreciate that the vast majority of Americans recognize and respect the important work we do.” I beg to differ. Americans are just afraid to speak up for their Fourth Amendment rights stated by the U.S. Constitution for fear YOU, will single them out as a terrorist and further more serious actions will be taken. All in the name of aviation security.

Pistole, much like Big Sis can their their rhetoric and go fuck themselves! I refuse to take their invasive and unacceptable advances at a checkpoint THEY consider to be done in the name of security. This is not security this is ILLEGAL! You know it. The TSA know it. Pistole and Big Sis know it. Yet being part of TPTB you are willing to take away our freedom and rights.

TSA Says No to Texas

As I wrote about last week in Pat-Down Ban?, Texas passed legislation making the TSA security pat down molestation and groping illegal ni their great state. Unfortunately this was really only a minor and temporary victory for us commoners as Big Sis seems to be raising the iron fist to crush change.

While not a support of the TSA, you can read Blogger Bob and his response to this legislation proposed by the Texas House of Representatives. I am quite sure he is nothing more than a mouthpiece (yes man) for the TSA, which isn’t too surprising. Give the TSA a blog and make them a part of the “social networking” community.

While I commend the great state of Texas and applaud them for going after the TSA, I believe in the end, the law of the land under The United States Constitution will prevail. I do not agree, nor have I every approved of the continued “police state” method being carried out by TSA agents in airports through out the United States. Scare tactics if you ask me. As for the Article. VI. Clause 2 cited by the TSA:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

So basically regardless of how the legislation is voted on in Texas, it will be trumped by what is already in place at the Federal level. Hmmm. I think it’s time to go back to states governing themselves because the U.S. Government sure the hell isn’t doing a good job…well they are doing a fantastic job running it into the ground (regardless of what party is in control). But I am moving off topic. Back to the Nazis…err…TSA.

It’s funny how we can spin statistics to make them favor our position and strength our stance. After patronizing the reader the TSA claims “less than 3% of passengers receive pat-downs.” What they don’t tell us, is out of that 3% how many were actually a terrorist or had some sort of plan to blow something up? Yeah, just what I thought, no numbers.

Their claims go on to state that if you “opt out” of the AIT (Advanced Imaging Tecnology) machines or are “part of our random, unpredictable security measures.” Random? Is this why we see a 45-year old Caucasian being groped, maybe a 6-year old girl being molested? I will give you THAT is random, but I feel not “good security.” I support random, when done like it is outside the USA, especially in Europe when it comes to security.

I feel it would be much more effective to racially profile. Fuck the ACLU! The can keep their dirty hands and opinions out of this. We all know the ethnicity of the supposed 9-11 hijackers. No reason we should not be driving this point home, even if the plot was carried out by agents of the U.S. Government.

There have been some stories especially out of the Middle East of terrorist organizations using children and infants as bombs and bombers. But to train TSA agents in the art of molestation, is wrong. They claim, “Children 12 years old and under who require extra screening will receive a modified pat down.” Of course there are no details on what the modifications and they “work with parents to ensure a respectful screening process.”

Sorry as a parent I would be outraged if my 5-year old son was randomly selected. I would not let it happen, if that means physically harming a Federal agent, then so be it. I know I am wrong and it would probably get me tossed in jail. The only other, more “respectful” solution would be to cancel whatever travel plans we had and leave the airport. Yet we have seen in previous cases that doesn’t always go smooth either. Read Pliot Refuses to be Seen Naked.

The TSA also states s a “0.0004% of received complaints” (898 complaints)from travelers between the periods of November 2010 and March 2011. This figure out of some 252 million people who were screened. Unfortunately for use becoming outraged or outspoken will only lead the TSA to look upon us as domestic terrorists and put us in a “high risk” category. This has already been mentioned by the TSA in April (read story).

So for those still willing to travel by air, you are in a no win situation. While I still consider air travel the most efficient way to get to a destination, the problems and red tape that go along with getting from your car to your airplane are something I don’t want to deal with. Unfortunately, the situation won’t get better before it gets worse. Toss in a false flag at one of the nation’s airports and the U.S. Government will implement more stringent rules to keep the skies safe and the flying public scared.