AMERICANS FIGHT BACK AS TSA BLINKS
by Tom DeWeese
December 28, 2010
Just days before the busiest travel weekend of the year (Thanksgiving holiday) the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decided to flex its muscle and not only enforce the use of the very unpopular whole body imaging x-ray machines (called by many, the naked machines), but for those who refused to use them, the TSA generously offered a “choice” of a vigorous manual groping. Worse or “even worse” is not a choice. Americans finally got upset and said so.
A nationwide protest began to take shape called “Opt Out,” encouraging travelers to make their feelings known by refusing to enter the full-body scanners, demanding the more time-consuming pat downs. The point was to send a very strong message to an arrogant government agency by clogging airport security areas, forcing the TSA to back off the use of the scanners. Also, the more people forced to endure the invasive pat downs, the greater possibility TSA would back off of those as well.
Why the outrage? Travel has become a very difficult experience for Americans. We understand the need to be cautious because there are those who seek to do us harm in this age of terrorism. But for 10 years now, the government has specifically focused on airline travelers to take the brunt of ever more difficult and invasive security procedures. Any minor or imagined attempt by terrorists to break through the security system results in a massive government response – not to find and stop the terrorists, but rather to force the law-abiding traveling American public to toe an ever tougher line.