Too many serfs labor under the illusion that the TSA is Our Rulers’ answer to 9/11 rather than yet another calculated exploitation of tragedy for political profit. They continue believing this lie despite all evidence to the contrary, so I doubt that this latest proof will faze them. But those 45,000 whores who molest you at checkpoints “are close to a historic labor contract,” according to “John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.”
Yes, eleven years after the anti-union-because-they-vote-Democratic administration of George W. (for “War-criminal”) Bush signed the TSA into law, the Communists-sorry, Democrats have finally finagled this plum into unions’ hot little hands. Indeed, as human smoke curled above the ruins of the World Trade Center in 2001, just such an eventuality had prompted the Communists to agree with the Socialists—sorry—Republicans on establishing the TSA: the Socialists sought something, anything to distract Americans from the White House’s culpability for 9/11 (at best, Bush ignored multiple warnings throughout the summer of 2001 that Al Qaeda planned to attack American aircraft; at worst, his administration was far more involved in the tragedy than that), while the Commies coveted more members — read “dependable voters” — for their cronies in the unions.
But you needn’t take my word for it. As Joseph and Susan Trento report in Unsafe at Any Altitude: Exposing the Illusion of Aviation Security, a “government labor unio …was pressuring Democrats such as former representative Richard Gephardt to support a huge federalized workforce to replace the private* screeners.” They quote Kenneth Quinn, formerly an attorney with the FAA, who noted, “…you had a federal union that really wanted fifty-five thousand jobs, a very powerful PAC, and they are, like, 95 percent Democratic…They saw it as a great opportunity to get a bunch more members into a federal government union.”
So as you stand spread-eagled while a pervert gropes between your legs at the airport, look for the union label.
*N.B. The screeners were “private” only in the sense that private contractors employed them. But the FAA mandated every move they made, every silly question they asked passengers, every item they confiscated or allowed victims to carry onboard, as I’ve explained numerous times.