The TSA: Bringing ‘Common Sense’ and ‘Intelligence’ to Slavery
by Becky Akers
Terms so antithetical one never expects to encounter them in the same article — “common sense,” “intelligence” and “Transportation Security Administration (TSA)” – have been popping up together in the corporate media the last few weeks. Its propagandists praise the TSA’s chief pervert, John Pistole, for “introduc[ing] just the slightest bit of intelligence and flexibility into his agency’s system.”
Several scams at the TSA inspired this allegation. First, the bureaucracy is once again experimenting with a “Trusted Traveler Program.” Yep, I laugh every time I type it, too. What we need is a “Trusted Tyrant Program” given that the sociopaths in office have bankrupted the country, beggared homeowners with imprudent mortgages, invaded much of the world, and bombed those countries refusing to thank them for it. Yet idiots nationwide fear passengers, not politicians.
At any rate, the TSA has resurrected an idea it killed a few years ago when its “private-sector [yeah, right] partner” would have split the profits with it: if passengers will divulge even more information than unconstitutional laws already require to an agency in the habit of losing hard drives bursting with just such data, why, they can go to the head of the checkpoint’s line for – yes! – faster molestation. And guess what? Your expedited assault will cost you another $150 on top of the taxes and fees you already pay to finance the TSA’s annual budget of $8.2 billion. No matter: “some [trusted] travelers may keep their shoes on; others may not have to remove their laptops from their cases.” Ah, the land of the free: you and your computer will henceforth be shod while government goons gate-rape you.