Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I’ve posted several rants on this topic before, but the recently-released camera-phone video of the TSA employee “patting down” the 6-year-old girl at the Armstrong Airport in Kenner (New Orleans) has prompted me to vent again.
Near as I can tell, about half the people I’m connected with in social media think it’s just fine that TSA has to do this – I mean, after all, there was an “irregularity” in the full-body scan that was administered to the girl moments before she was groped, er, “inspected” by the female TSA employee. And it would be just like those terrorists to plant bombs on a six-year-old girl travelling with her mother.
The other half think this sort of stuff is just more evidence, and there’s plenty of it, that the TSA should be defunded and our rights as free Americans should be restored - like the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
Those who think this sort of thing is what we must do to combat the terrorists and be safe in our travels would probably be sanguine living under a dictatorship or under totalitarian government. Their mindset seems to be along the lines of “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” As long as you’re in the majority, or are in favor with the ruler, things are just fine. Such as, if all those Jews in Germany (like many of my maternal ancestors) had just moved somewhere else where they’d be with more of their own kind, they’d have been much happier.
Those who think this sort of invasive full-body search of a six-year-old travelling with her mother was more than just over-the-top security theater are probably the kind of folks who would have saddled up and rode with Paul Revere late the night of April 18th, 1775. And, I hesitate to draw the analogy, that they would be the kind of folks who would have helped toss tea into the Boston harbor a year and a half before Revere’s midnight ride.
And maybe it’s just that I’m tired of being pulled out of the line and given very personal attention EVERY time I fly somewhere, and those who think feeling up six-year-old girls is OK don’t do much air travel.
Posted by Tim Morrissey at 10:10 AM