Tuesday, November 9, 2010

This Is INSANE!!! Instrusive Search Procedures in US Airports

I've just heard that the TSA are implementing more aggressive pat downs at Airport security in this entry, Groped or Ogled? Your choices under TSA's new pat-down procedures. Apparently these new more aggressive pat downs are used to effectively force people to go into the full body x-ray scanners and are quite traumatic for those who endure them.

I remember once reading about how prisoners in the Soviet Union during Stalin's time were forced to expose their most private parts as part of the process entering into the gulag. Solzhenitsyn once remarked that while he was being processed into the Gulag he was forced to even show his member in order to show the inspector that there was nothing in there. Considering how extraordinarily rare a terrorist or spy would use such a method in concealing something I regard this step as totally unless, just like the Stalinist rituals of intrusive humiliation they imposed upon new prisoners.

We are far more likely getting killed by crossing the road, driving a car and odds the junk food you are eating are far more likely to kill you then some terrorist. Terrorism is an important problem, but we (I really mean the TSA) need to keep perspective about these things and not lose ourselves into paranoia.

Also we already have drug mules who ingest illegal drugs and go through airports trying to transport them while the drugs are inside them (and hoping the capsule does not break). More aggressive pat downs are not going to find such things.

This is such a useless procedure. It is a monstrosity that must be stopped.

Personally I have no problem taking off my shoes, going through metal detectors, or keeping liquids in clear containers. But this is too far, it is intrusive, it is going to needlessly hurt potentially thousands of innocent peoples, and it is not going to stop terrorism. The TSA have lost their minds allowing this to occur, as far as I am concerned. This dreadful and useless policy needs to stop.

I am sorry to mention such a thing. I am aware that some may find this rather disturbing, but now that I am aware that this is happening, I feel that it is my duty to warn as many people as I can about this, so that you will not be caught unawares.

1 comment:

  1. "Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people."
    -Thomas Jefferson

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    -Benjamin Franklin