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Seems John
"The Perv" Pistole, chief deviant at the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA), "wants to hear our [ideas]"
on "transportation security."

Indeed.

Haven't outraged
passengers shrieked ideas a-plenty at airports as The Perv's underlings
sexually abuse them
? Yet this sociopath not only ignores the
clamor, he refuses to change "screening
procedures
" however heartrending those shrieks become.

So his "remarks
to the American Bar
Association in January" broke all records
for hypocrisy and deceit: The Perv "expressed a need to formulate
a vision for transportation security," — oh, good grief — "mentioning
a trusted traveler program as an option under consideration and
expressing an openness to other suggestions. u2018If people have ideas,
he wants to hear them because he's looking at ways to make changes,'
a T.S.A. spokesman" lied.

Well, Perv,
since you asked …

My vision —
and it's a modest one, I grant you — my vision is simply to fly.
I wanna take off into the wild blue yonder rather than onto highways
clogged with "workers" digging holes while others fill
them courtesy of the
ARRA
; I yearn to enjoy the scenery from above the clouds instead
of from behind a tractor-trailer plodding uphill in the only lane
still open thanks to Keynesian "construction."

But to achieve
my vision, we'll have to abolish your unconstitutional agency, Perv.
As an allegedly free woman in an allegedly free country, I refuse
to submit to gate-rape to board a plane. Free women are picky about
costs, too. We expect to pay the airlines alone, in money alone,
for our flights: no rewarding your goons, too, with our humiliation.
That's why abolishingu2014Perv? Yo, Perv, are you listening?

I didn't think
so. The Perv doesn't want to hear my ideas or anyone else's. Last
month's sham had nothing to do with gleaning suggestions; even an
amoeba could come up with safer, more efficient ways to secure aviation
than the TSA has.

No, The Perv
hoped instead to paint a smiley face on utter and brutal tyranny.
He was trying to convince us against all evidence that he's the
public's servant, not our master, that he's simply protecting us
as we've asked him to do, not subjugating us while mocking our slavery.

Acting as if
our opinions matter is only one of Our Rulers' ploys. The TSA, its
über-bureaucracy the Department of Homeland Security,
and the government as a whole are hurtling ahead on said subjugation
— all while pretending that we control our own destinies and even
theirs.

Take the new
software the TSA's "testing"
on its porno-scanners at 3 of the 78
airports they infest. An
agency we've caught in lie
after lie
claims that this innovation "enhances
privacy by eliminating
passenger-specific images and instead
auto-detects potential threat items and indicates their location
on a generic outline of a person." For life-forms more advanced
than bureaucrats, that translates from the Jargon as, "The
TSA's voyeurs will no longer salivate over your naked body; instead,
they'll see the same stick-figure regardless of whom they're irradiating,
with red boxes highlighting any explosives you terrorists try to
carry aboard."

The agency
further promises that the "generic outline of a person … will
appear on a monitor attached to" the porno-scanner, so "a
separate TSA officer will no longer be required to view the image
in a remotely-located viewing room." Right. And of course none
of those Peeping Toms will mourn the demise of their "viewing
room" when a lovely lass approaches the porno-scanner, nor
try to re-activate its "remotely-located" screen, now,
will they?

Yet The Perv
“believe[s]" the software "addresses the privacy issues”
— as though he'd recognize a "privacy issue" if it walked
up and knocked him on his keister.

"Privacy
issues" were only one of our objections to the porno-scanners.
The gizmos also emit rays that endanger our health; one of the two
technologies is carcinogenic,
while the other is so new no
one knows its exact effect on human flesh
. The Perv's software
does squat about "addressing" this "issue."
Indeed, all it does is what his faux solicitation of ideas did:
sugar-coat dictatorship.

Another layer
in that toxic coating comes from The Perv's endorsement of "a
trusted traveler program" or "tiered screening."
That's the Jargon for "Ha, ha! Let's persuade some of the peons
to pay us, above and beyond the taxes we already steal, to spy on
them and authorize our collecting even more data on their finances
and friends than we do now — but all they get for this expense and
invasion of privacy is faster groping! Yes! We still ogle
and sexually assault them, but we call them to the head of the line
so they don't have to wait as long."

"Tiered
screening" has kicked around — and been kicked around — for
a while. Formerly known as "Registered Traveler" (RT),
it seemed like the market's response to the agony the TSA inflicts:
in exchange for an annual fee and scads of personal information,
private companies promised to speed members through the security
circus. The TSA's thugs still frisked you as though you were entering
prison, not a plane, but you jumped the queue thanks to RT's "dedicated
checkpoint lane." (Which earned the concept and companies enormous
scorn
from socialists
.)

But the market
inspired RT about as much as it did Karl Marx. RT was in reality
a "public-private partnership" (Jargon for "fascism")
between businesses and the TSA. So a bureaucracy devoted to delaying
passengers set the rules for and supervised the companies endeavoring
to speed patrons through the nonsense. The TSA allowed only about
20 airports to offer RT lanes, and they weren't always the busiest:
Chicago's O'Hare didn't participate, but Indianapolis International
did. And whatever convenience the companies devised for customers
paying several hundred dollars per year, the TSA nixed. No wonder
RT never succeeded.

Then
RT's leading vendor crashed
. Verified Identity Pass had begun
hustling folks through Orlando International Airport in 2005, only
for the TSA to thwart it time
and again.
It reorganized once but finally died in 2009.

Intriguingly,
now that it's driven VIP and its competitors out of business, the
TSA is gung-ho to run the program
it refused to accommodate.
So is the International Civil Aviation Organization, "a
United Nations body
." Why share the profits? And why are
we not surprised?

The Feds have
made sexual molestation a condition of travelling by air in the
United States; they're
working on making it a condition of travel, period
. There is
no more graphic or heart-stopping proof of the despotism devouring
the country. Meanwhile, the State dramatically out-guns us: it can
coerce us to anything it likes — rape, torture, murder, betrayal
of family and friends, secrecy about its depredations. So why do
Our Rulers fool with charades like The Perv's quest for ideas, or
software to "address privacy issues," or the illusion
of "trusted [oh, the irony!] travellers"?

Because Boobus
Americanus happily hugs his chains so long as his masters feign
that he's in charge.

February
12, 2011

Becky
Akers [send her mail] writes
primarily about the American Revolution.

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