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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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