TSA’s Real Job

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Becky: TSA — whose vulgar practices were in place at airports long before 9/11 — is doing precisely what it was designed to do. Its purpose is not to protect airliners and passengers from terrorist attacks, but to condition people to accept the practice of having their lives subject to the most arbitrary assaults that the state wishes to employ. “We can do it because we can do it, and there’s nothing you can do about it” might very well become the motto of this agency. If presidents can order the killing of anyone they choose, and can decide — on their own whim — to attack and invade any country for any made-up reason, why would we not expect children in wheel-chairs to become suitable targets?

Perhaps the other passengers who came to this girl’s defense reflect an awakening to the nature of all political systems: they are the morally unprincipled mobilization of dark side forces that never ascend higher than the arbitrary use of violence.

12:05 pm on December 14, 2012