Hammering Airborne Serfs

A hammer cannot mend torn cloth. If you rip your shirt, the fact that you’ve misplaced or broken your hammer is irrelevant.

Likewise, the TSA’s policies cannot and do not protect aviation. So when someone breaks those rules, whether a passenger or the TSA itself, it doesn’t matter. Yet even critics of the TSA often pretend otherwise. To wit: “Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). ‘The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,’ NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.”

In case this doesn’t sufficiently alarm you, Garza glosses: “’This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel …  we are allowing [‘illegal aliens’] to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing…”

Hmmm. If you’re sick of the TSA’s abuse and nonsense, try it. Print a “Notice to Appear” and head to the nearest aeronautical gulag. It’s not much of a victory over Our Rulers, but hey, we’ll take what we can get in these Stalinesque times.

Among the TSA’s many crimes is compelling serfs to show papers as if that somehow equates with security. Aviation’s goons didn’t invent this lunacy, of course, nor do they monopolize it: virtually anything Leviathan controls, from our automotive lives to courthouses to the purchase of alcoholic elixirs, requires us to present ID. And this hallmark of totalitarianism has spread from the public to private sector. Hotels, private office buildings, and retail stores now demand the same silly flashing of paper. I often respond to such orders with, “OK, but first recite for me the names on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted List.’” I have yet to find any hotelier, rent-a-cop in a building’s lobby, or sales clerk who answers with more than a slack-jawed, uncomprehending stare. So what does glancing at my driver’s license do, other than insult me by implying that I’ve lied about who I am?

You needn’t take my word for it, though. Expert after expert proclaims the lack of any causation between identification and safety.

As David Mueller, who sent me the link to this sorry propaganda, says in his email, “The TSA says that the illegals can board planes WITHOUT identification.  Shows you that the whole thing is security theater.” Bingo. TSA’s purpose is never protection. Rather, like its parent bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security, it exists to teach us our place in the police-state.


8:40 am on July 12, 2014