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“Don’t touch my junk”

Posted by Richard on November 15, 2010

The backlash against TSA's new "enhanced" airport screening techniques is continuing to build. Apparently, quite a few Americans object to having to choose between a revealing full-body scan that may increase their risk of cancer and a "pat-down" that includes aggressive groping of their genitals.

Airline pilots are objecting. EPIC is suing. New Jersey lawmakers are calling on Congress to act.

John Tyner's blog post and videos of his experience at the San Diego airport have gone viral, as has the clip of a distraught 3-year-old girl being groped. National Opt-Out Day is getting increasing attention.

Bill Belew asked, "Are new TSA airport security measures sexual harassment?," and provided links, photos, and videos to help you decide.

WorldNetDaily quoted John Whitehead as pointing the finger at the President: 

"Legislation has been proposed to mandate full-body scanners and make them the primary screening method in all U.S. airports by 2013, but Congress has yet to act on it," John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, wrote in a new commentary.

"So we can thank President Obama for this frontal assault on our Fourth Amendment rights. Mind you, this is the same man who insisted that 'we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans,'" Whitehead said.

WND also recounted numerous disturbing TSA stories such as these: 

"We've gotten tons of e-mails, mainly from females about the invasions of the body scanners," Whitehead said. "In one case, a mother [told how] her 12-year-old daughter was pulled out of the security line, and [TSA] did touch her breast and vaginal areas.

"This is an unreasonable search and seizure," he said.

Rutherford said any court adhering to the Constitution would find that so.

In another case, a pilot reported having TSA inspectors put their fingers down inside his pants, and yet another person reported TSA officers, infuriated that she was upset over their pat-down procedures, "put her in a room and isolated her for two hours" so that she missed her flight.

This crap doesn't really enhance security; it just creates the illusion of security. As John Tyner pointed out (emphasis in original):

Every attempt to blow up a plane since 9/11 has been stopped by passengers after the government failed to provide protection for them. Every incident, however, has been met by throwing more money and less sensibility at the problem. Aside from securing the cockpit doors and the realization by passengers that they must fend for themselves …, security is largely the same as it was before 9/11.

The only thing changing is the amount of money being spent on the problem and the constant erosion of liberty, and all I did was draw attention to this.

And as Michelle Malkin noted: 

the American approach to flight security misses the point, thanks to an “everyone must suffer equally” approach. The Israelis have not had an incident in decades, thanks to a much more comprehensive but subtle approach that looks for actual clues to danger, rather than using a random-sample method.

Translation: the Israelis intelligently profile. 

If, like a growing number of Americans, you're ready to say "enough is enough" and demand a stop to this outrageous nonsense, sign this petition. Then go to WeWon'tFly.com and follow some of the suggestions under "How To Raise Hell." And share this info with everyone you know. 

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One Response to ““Don’t touch my junk””

  1. Rick Shultz said

    I read and appreciated this post and I am all for trying any way we can to get the damn government out of our lives AND our pants, but I’ve got to say that I think most of this has come too late to mean anything. I think the terrorists, to a large extent, already have what they wanted and have had it for quite a while now. Their objective was never really bringing down airplanes. If it was there would be a lot more going down than there are because shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles are not all that hard to get hold of. I think their objective was to force the goverment to do exactly what it HAS done. Take away our freedom and our sense of security. They have achieved this objective admirably. Now in this country you can’t speak out about something anymore without being accused by somebody of making terroristic threats. You can’t get on an airplane anymore without being scoped, groped, and generally subjected to indignities which would have been unthinkable before 911. You can’t even bring a lot the items that used to be perfectly OK onto the plane. The flight attendents used to be there to help you and bring you water and stuff and now they are there to monitor you and make sure you don’t do or say something “suspicsious”. This is no way for Americans to live, but it’s EXACTLY what the terrorists want. They won this round a long time ago, and not only does this goverment not seem to realize it, they help the terrorists everytime they come up with another bullshit security measure that not only is not effective, but pisses off everybody and his brother. And Abdul and Mohammed are sitting over in Yemen or Afghanistan laughing their turbans off. As I said, I’m all for making our displeasure known to the government and I signed the petition, but I think it’s way too little and way too late. They’ve already won.

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