We’ve already seen the very well documented idiocy that has now overtaken US government policy and “security” procedures at our nation’s airports. As of today, I can confidently say that the terrorists, without doing more than sending more than a few bumbling apprentices with underwear stuffed with explosives, have won. They have virtually dragged down our transportation system to a snail’s pace while letting us do their dirty work for them, denying our own legal and personal freedoms to be “secure”. The “enhanced” pat downs that TSA started this month (Is it just me who’s noticed that everything illegal is now called “enhanced”?), which does not improve our security, has now taken away the fundamental right that protects all of us from unreasonable search and seizure.
We now have poorly trained blue-shirted TSA agents feeling up people by the thousands, some having already being subjected to nude photography without consent. Just a few days ago in Denver, I actually witnessed one of said agents feeling up an eighty-plus year-old woman who could barely stand with a walker. Where this agent was putting her hands, in plain view of hundreds of other travelers who’s luggage was being electronically rummaged through, was indescribable. The real tragedy was, in order to make her flight, this woman was allowing herself to be so publicly humiliated.
Have we lost our minds? Do we really believe that old ladies in walkers pose a threat? Do we really believe that electronic strip searching (and now literal strip searching) really makes us safer? Why do those who rule over us callously ignore this extreme violation of our personal rights that doesn’t make us any safer? Why do we allow it? Fear? After the lawlessness of the last administration was allowed to go unchecked and un-indicted, this administration, fearing the right wing noise machine if something does happen, is now allowing what Constitutional rights that remain to be shredded like just so much “quaint” law that was ignored since 9/11. We’re even subjecting our flight crews, who have already passed tough security screenings, to this lunacy.
Enough is enough. There are so many other things we can do to make ourselves safer. Screening all air freight could be a good start. Confirming identities of those flying BEFORE they buy their ticket is a good one. Effective training of security personnel to ask the right questions, recognize suspicious behavior, and head potential terrorists off before they get to the airport are all better procedures than what we have now. How about we just fix the government computer system to have an up-to-date list of suspected terrorists? Can’t we even do that? Apparently not.
I do know one thing for sure. Groping old ladies and kids is simply stupid, arbitrary, and ineffective. It’s time to stop this idiocy.
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|Bob Cavnar is the author of Disaster on the Horizon, available now.|