Faced with growing complaints about the intrusive “full body scanners” and the even more intrusive “enhanced pat down” procedures the TSA is demanding of Americans who want to fly, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano did what officials have been doing for a decade in the face of public complaints, shrugged them off.
“We ask for cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy,” Napolitano said in a column in USA Today, adding that the obscene scans of passengers are “not visible to the public” and that the images can’t be transmitted, a blatant lie given that one of the few public details of the “classified” scanners says that they in fact are required to be able to transmit those images.
Napolitano also shrugged off the complaints about the pat-downs, insisting they are used by “countries across the world.” She added that the TSA isn’t just doing the procedures, described by many as de facto sexual assault “just to do it.”
It seems unlikely Napolitano’s comments, a combination of bureaucrat indifference and appeals to fear, are going to convince the public of the wisdom of the administration’s policies, but they do suggest that the Department of Homeland Security, itself a creation of Bush Administration paranoia, will not easily back down from its inexorable march toward more powers.
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In laymans terms. The Terrorist have won.
Let's see her get scanned and felt up in public then….And her family…and all the other bureaucrats and pols! Whats good for the goose…. and all that…
“We ask for cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy,” Napolitano said.
And the determined enemy is the TSA?
Lets have Napolitano "demonstrate" in full view, and on camera, what the pat down looks and feels like. Good enough for the goose?
The sight would cause a pandemic.
Yeah… I'd have to stifle the urge to hurl.
The "determined enemy" is our government's imperialistic policy which brings about extremist criminal behavior financed by the victims of that policy.
Are presidents, politicians, leaders, administrators, "secretary"s exempt as usual? Are you Americans willing to be treated as second class dangerous people while torture chiefs and civilian killers walks freely past every control and hazzle?
How low can a human accept himself to be humiliated? And even that person ought to FIGHT vigorously and uncompromising against the creation of social inequality – on behalf of his fellows and coming generations and the respect democracy was supposed to foster – in regard to a class of scoundrels never accepting what they demand from those, they claim to "serve".
The purpose of the TSA and their degrading, humiliating conduct is OBEDIENCE TRAINING FOR ADULTS plus the DHS graft and corruption. Americans didn't protest the pilot shoe removal obedience training and it's it's was a no brainer that was just the start. Eventually orifice probes will be standard, politicians excluded of course.
Next on the list is the Butt-Bomber. Someone is going to get caught trying to keester a bomb onto a plane and before you know it…bam!…anal probes at the airport.
"Bend over and spread em', Grandma"
Isn't it a coincidence that former Homeland Boss Michael Chertoff (sp) is now sell screening devices to the GOVT
Just a coincidence
An important point – We teach our children to never let anyone touch them in private places or making them feel uncomfortable! Now the child sees dad and mom being "touched". So, it is now OK for everyone to touch everyone else? Nonsense. I am all for profiling. Why should I, a white great-grandmother Christian American be treated like a terrorist? Oh yeah – I forgot it is to stop a foreign-born terrorist fom loading their underwear with a bomb.
The latest TSA story on infowars.com: “TSA Now Putting Hands Down Fliers Pants.” Now the American people are starting to understand what the letters for the fascist government agency known as “the TSA” really stand for: Travelers Sexually Assaulted (TSA).
Does anyone really think that it won't be long before these bastards are sticking their fingers up everyone's butts and vaginas?
Didn't like my first note? Do your homework, maggot.
Mewling like a kitten will not get the job done. Writing up a finding and crying "Oh my!" will not get the job done. We are being violently mugged as a nation. FIGHT BACK or die.
Napolitano, is that a female Napoleon?
Here's the best way to really stick it to them: any time you can, DON'T fly. Make them irrelevant. Drive them out of business. Will the airlines continue to tolerate the TSA as they are facing bankruptcy? They aren't "too big to fail." I would sooner defeat this measure now, than see it spread to cars, the bus, trains, boats, rickshaws, longboards, etc.
And let's not forget that the TSA has never foiled any attack, and that all the attempts came from foreign airports not covered by the TSA, escorted on without passport or identification by the security personnel in charge of keeping that foreign airline safe. I hear this argument from the ignorant again and again: "Well, you guys would be the first to complain when a plane gets blown up." Well, they haven't. And they weren't going to. It's all a show, and for them to tell everyone else they should just accept this inconvenient molestation in the name of "security" belies either a government shill paid to have this opinion, or someone so ignorant that they actually still believe that all the violence in the world is perpetuated by men in turbans from countries we can't pronounce that have never attacked us.
sapolitano is an idiot when she said that all you need to do is be prepared when you go to the airport and remove all metal from your pockets and take off your shoes. I guess she has never had to go through the same place I do because 75% of the people setting off the alarm have body replacements with metal and they are elderly people like me. Also, on a trip to Australia this past year I went through two check points in the US with a small knife in my backpack that I didn't know was there. It was not found till I got to Australia and then I was almost arrested when they called two airport supervisors, three federal policemen, took my passport, removed my luggage from the domestic flight I was supposed to be on while they held up the flight. I missed my flight, was delayed three hours, they made me sign a document that stated I had a two inch fold up knife in my pack. I am a 71 year old white grandmother and was on a vacation. What a way to start it.
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