It’s a ‘Come and Take It’ Moment:The TSA and Texas
by Becky Akers
Pick your period – Texas’ Revolution with its inspiring cries of “Come and take it!” at Gonzales and “Remember the Alamo!” or the War of Northern Aggression that Lincoln prosecuted against states’ rights – and tell me the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) isn’t setting us up for a replay.
“A threat from the federal government to shut down Texas airports or cancel flights may have killed legislation … in the Texas Capitol to prohibit federal Transportation Security Agents from conducting ‘invasive searches,’” the Texas Tribune reports.
You remember this bill. You no doubt cheered when you heard that Rep. David Simpson, a Republican from Longview, TX, had introduced it in the state’s House a few weeks ago. It would have “subject[ed] federal employees, including TSA agents, to a Class A misdemeanor if they inappropriately touch someone seeking access to a public building or means of transportation, or if they search an individual without probable cause of criminal activity.” Joy erupted nationwide, not just across the half of it that’s Texas, at the thought of the TSA’s criminals finally being arrested as such.
Unfortunately, the bill suffered serious flaws. Even folks friendly to its intent criticized its wording. And Dave himself unwittingly personifies those flaws: “The safeguards instituted in the wake of a national tragedy to protect us from terrorists have somehow been transformed from prudent caution to ridiculous excess,” he alleged, falling neatly into the TSA’s trap.
Yo, Dave, a quick lesson on the State: the TSA was not “instituted … to protect us from terrorists,” OK? It was instituted to subject us to tyranny, though I grant you, the excuse was protecting us from terrorists.
In reality, the TSA made lots of work for the otherwise unemployable. Which gratified labor unions – and the Democrats whooping it up alongside them: since the TSA’s slugs are five short of a six-pack in both intellect and morals, lots of new dues and votes would eventually come their way.
Republicans benefitted immensely, too. Its liars blamed 9/11 on non-existent “private” screening (which the FAA controlled then as completely and disastrously as the TSA does now). And it worked: the country was too distracted learning the new rules for navigating checkpoints in bare feet to notice the startling discrepancies, contradictions, and outright holes in the Bush Administration’s explanation of the attack. Indeed, it worked so very well that those sociopaths won a second term.
That’s why we who foot the bills for the police-state that 9/11 solidified speak of “exploiting the national tragedy,” not “instituting safeguards in its wake.” And yep, an entity evil enough to capitalize on the slaughter of 3000 people must be abolished – exterminated, gutted, drawn and quartered, with a stake driven through its heart (metaphorically speaking, of course: the TSA has proved over and over again it has no heart). We cannot stop the beast otherwise. Certainly laws like Dave’s won’t do more than give it a good chortle.