In making the decision to elect Barack Obama as president, voters in 2008 considered all that President Bush had done while President and projected that onto John McCain, rightly or not.
And after careful consideration, McCain was rejected in favor of hope and change.
We were never told that the Obama Administration would stop water-boarding terrorists in favor of fondling the genitalia of all who refused naked body scans.
Obama and the Democrats decried the humiliation thrust upon terrorists in Abu Ghraib Prison as torture and humiliation, yet these same people believe the same humiliation and forced nudity thrust upon the traveling public is somehow OK.
At least none of the Abu Ghraib prisoners had their genitalia violated by the guards.
Americans have not been so lucky:
TSA abuse in airports is completely out of control with more and more cases of security workers groping women, fondling children, abusing naked body scanners, and interrogating passengers emerging every week, and yet the government’s answer to the epidemic of oppression is to hand TSA thugs more power with which to harass American citizens.
The story of Infowars employee Michelle, who along with her child was sexually assaulted by TSA staff after refusing to go through a naked body scanner, has gone viral on the Internet after it was picked up by the Drudge Report, a website leading the charge in the backlash against airport oppression at the hands of the TSA that has now led to the world’s largest pilot’s association boycotting the use of naked body scanners.
Michelle’s traumatic experience represents just the tip of the iceberg.
Of course we want to be secure on a flight, but at what price?
Recently, a Neuroscientist, Heather Bradshaw, received a strip search from security for El Al, the Israeli Airline, while in London traveling to Jerusalem by invitation from Hebrew University. Ms. Bradshaw was not fondled, but was required to remove her bra.
This incident has caused an international uproar and El Al has opened an investigation.
In a letter to El Al, Hebrew University officials wrote “the world’s top scientists will now refrain from visiting Israel due to interrogations and insensitive searches at Israel’s airports”.
El Al, undoubtedly the highest valued terrorist target in the world, is excoriated from within and without for one strip search, and an investigation is in progress.
Now, even children in this country are subjected to far worse. While it remains to be revealed why Bradshaw was subjected to such treatment, and undoubtedly it was not a random thing, the reason American fliers are fondled is already known. Because they refuses to subject themselves to a naked body scan.
So, are these moms who refuse to allow their daughters to be scanned being silly, or is there some very real concern.
First, viewing the image that these scanners create is very much like viewing a photographic negative. You remember negatives, right? Before digital photography, we had to send our photos off to be processed. The film captured an image where the light and dark were reversed – hence the term negative. But when the lighting is reversed, and captured on photo paper, the image is recreated in full, living color.
A very similar process happens with the naked body scanners. The colors can be inverted, and you get a detailed picture sans clothes.
The pictures in this link show what happens when the image colors are inverted in a naked body scan. If nudity offends you, take my word that this is a nearly perfect recreation of a naked woman by simply inverting the colors.
You were warned.
And keep in mind, if you have any pierced body parts you keep secret from most people, the TSA will know. No secrets!
Are these things even safe?
And are the scans safe? That, too, is the subject of debate. Most systems use microwaves designed to bounce off of the skin. The barrage of microwave radiation lasts about 6 seconds. Not enough to thaw a frozen burger, but roughly the equivalent of 10,000 cell phone conversations. Is that harmful?
Well, how much do you fly?
The largest pilot’s union in the world has advised it’s members to opt out due to questions about safety. But opting out may be an even worse option. And the TSA employees do not advise you that you have the option of opting out.
Even worse, new guidelines issued by Janet Napolitano‘s office now allow TSA employees to use their fingers and palms to grope passengers.
According to the LA Times:
Under the new pat-down technique, TSA security officers use their palms and fingers to probe for hidden weapons and other devices. In the past, officers used the backs of their hands to brush past sensitive body parts, including breast and groin areas.
The body scanners are no doubt an invasion of one’s privacy and probably violate Child Pornography laws in most countries.
A few creative companies have already sprung up to help. One, Flying Pasties, uses the concept that exotic dancers use to cover up, er, sensitive areas. You simply place these reusable blinders inside your clothes to hide areas you wish to remain private.
But how long will it be before the TSA bans the use of such objects, or before terrorists learn to use the same pastie technology to camouflage dangerous things and negate this intrusive screening technique?
And make sure you read the 4th Amendment. I know we sometimes have the option not to fly, but for many, that is not a desired or possible option.
The Fourth Amendment
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Benjamin Franklin said:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.