Get Your Hands Off Me, TSA!

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Listen to this:
"My freely chosen bedmates and doctors are the only ones allowed
to see my naked body or touch my genitalia." For a sane person
in a sane country that’s the ultimate in "no
s__t, Sherlock
" statement. But not where I live.

Not the United
States of America. Not since 11 September 2001, when the government
reacted to an attack on its citizens by lashing out against the
very citizenry it claims to protect. No bureaucracy better embodies
that reactionary principle than the Transportation
Security Administration
(TSA), whose contempt for American citizens
has grown so great that they now require we submit to government
agents either photographing our, to them, visibly naked bodies or
groping us in molestation-style patdowns if we ever want to fly
again.

I’m sick of the craven cliches TSA apologists have cited these past
nine years:

"They
protect us from terrorists."

No, they impose
pointlessly
superstitious
security
theatre
, trample Americans’ constitutional rights and make foreigners
feel sorry for us. TSA protected nobody with its infamous "bathroom
bans" after last year’s Christmas terror attempt
; rules
like "keep your lap empty and your hands visible at all times"
only demonstrated the agency’s willingness to treat ordinary citizens
like serial killers in supermax prison.

"You
gave up your rights when you bought an airline ticket."

I never gave
up any rights. The government stole them while cowards egged them
on.

"TSA
agents are just doing their jobs."

A lousy apologia
and historically ignorant to boot; the civilised world established
at Nuremberg that "just following orders" cuts no ice.
And my fellow Americans are realising "it’ll stop terrorists"
cuts none either, at least not to justify low-grade sexual harassment
as standard behaviour for government agents.

It’s not hyperbole to call the enhanced patdown a low-grade sexual
assault; if you don’t believe me, go find some woman’s boobs or
man’s balls, start cupping and squeezing them according to new TSA
standards, and count how many offences you’re charged with. Last
month, an
agent openly admitted
that the purpose of the aggressive new
patdowns was to intimidate people into choosing the nude scanners
instead.

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November
19, 2010

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