Nov 22, 2010

Report: TSA has found the enemy and they are us

An Associated Press report at a link below asks:

How did an agency created to protect the public become the target of so much public scorn?

After nine years of funneling travelers into ever longer lines with orders to have shoes off, sippy cups empty and laptops out for inspection, the most surprising thing about increasingly heated frustration with the federal Transportation Security Administration may be that it took so long to boil over.

The main reasons for the TSA intrusion to boil over are the naked electronic body scans followed by the intrusive groping called pat downs.

Travelers aren't stupid. They realize that the TSA naked scans and intrusive pat downs won't stop a determined bomber. A bomb could be inserted into a body cavity.

Travelers also realize that freight in the cargo compartment largely goes unchecked.

They also remember that the Christmas day underwear bomber didn't pass through TSA's security. He flew into the United States from another county.

The underwear bomber scare was nearly a year ago so why wait until now to suddenly subject travelers to groping pat downs?

One commenter wondered if this is really not about security at all reasoning that if it was about security why wait until nearly a year after the underwear bomber scare to begin the intrusive pat downs.

Did the Obama administration wait until after the elections to begin the intrusive groping pat downs?

One final thought: Ben Franklin once said, he who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.

Link here and here.