Monday, March 19, 2012

Keeping you safe from 3-year-olds in wheelchairs

Well, the TSA goons strike again. This time, the terrorist threat was a 3-year-old boy in a wheelchair, on his way to a Disney vacation with his family. There could be explosives hidden in that leg cast, you know.

The frightened boy's parents were prohibited from approaching him while he was touched all over his body by the Government Stranger. He even had to lift his shirt, so he could be swabbed to check for incendiaries.

If this doesn't make you sick enough, some of the accompanying comments at Huffington Post should:
If someone in a private booth can see the outline of my junk, whatever. ... How can we have reasonable security with zealots that scream "privacy" for EVERYTHING?
Yeah, because why should I mind if a complete stranger can see me naked? That privacy stuff is so overrated.
What is the matter with people, how do you please them? Do we want security or comfort, privacy and the whole nine yards?
Oh, we want security, at the expense of all else. By the way, the government will be over to your house tomorrow to install security cameras in every room, just so they can keep tabs on you and make sure you aren't building bombs in your free time. You're fine with that, right?
Just part of the post 9/11 world we live in get used to it its not changing anytime soon.
That's right. Just roll over and submit. Exactly what they want.
I didn't see anything wrong with the way the TSA did their job. In these times these are the rules to flying now and for all of you that are bitching about how the TSA is doing their job stop. Do you want to be safe or dead your choice?
Somewhat hilariously, the above commenter wrapped up by stating, "I'm tired of Americans being scared of their own shadow !!!" Apparently, he is oblivious to the cognitive dissonance.
My own grandchild had leg surgery at Shriners when she was three. If she was flying at the time and TSA thought it was necessary to pat her down, I would be fine with it. I am more concerned with everyone arriving safely than I am with political correctness. TSA is part of the flying experience - they are not the enemy. Deal with it.
What a lucky grandchild, learning such important lessons about being secure against unreasonable searches and seizures. Best to teach them when they're young to submit to the government wherever and whenever.
We should be glad someone is checking! ... Prepare your children for the "pat down" possibility before traveling. If they are very young and you do not want to scare them, tell them the "airport guys" may play a game with them while checking in and you are part of the game. They won't be surprised and will feel lucky they were selected to "play."
Remember when we told you that you should never let strangers touch you in your private areas, little Timmy? Well, it's OK when the stranger at the airport does it.
Better safe than sorry. No one can be trusted, unfortunately.
Least of all the government.

Look, everyone with half a brain knows this is just theater. The TSA doesn't keep anyone safe by groping children, asking a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper, or telling amputees to remove their artificial limbs -- all of which they've done. They do what they do to give frightened Americans the illusion of safety when they get on a plane. Just remember: The TSA didn't catch the Shoe Bomber or the Underwear Bomber. It was other passengers who stopped them.

To all those who are so willing to let the government run wild, no matter what the cost to our liberties, I have few quotes of my own to share:

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -- Benjamin Franklin

If ye love ... the tranquility of servitude [better] than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. -- Samuel Adams
Where have all the patriots gone?

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