Promoting a Gestapo State
The TSA on [Mock] Trial
by Becky Akers
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. And Congress holds hearings on the TSA while the agency sexually assaults passengers, steals their valuables, torments children, the elderly and handicapped, and spits on the Constitution.
A “joint hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure” last week supposedly “focus[ed]” on the “Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures.” This sham will neither restrain nor eliminate the TSA, no more than have the innumerable other hearings on which Congress has squandered our money – or those upcoming in this series (“The committees plan to continue conducting joint oversight hearings examining additional TSA issues in the coming months”). Indeed, the hearings’ sole purpose and achievement are fooling voters into believing that Our Rulers care when the thugs they’ve unleashed irradiate and grope us.
Leading the show-trial were Darrell Issa (R-CA) and John Mica (R-FL). You needn’t wade through the dozens of reports and transcripts these hearings generated to capture their flavor: Issa supplied a taste when he remarked on a radio show, “This is one of those where we have to start asking: One, are personal liberties being protected?” Yeah, go grab a hanky: I laughed so hard I cried, too. “Two, is the convenience and efficiency of air traffic being affected adversely?” Ditto. “And last, is there a more efficient way to do it?”
Sorta like the Supreme Nincompoops pretending the Constitution may empower the Feds to compel the purchase of medical insurance. There can be no question here, no debate: those who insist that the Commerce Clause authorizes Obummercare or that the TSA’s atrocities “protect personal liberties” are either shockingly venal or downright stupid.