Freedoms Removed Under the Guise of Safety
by David Klein
Airports have lately become synonymous with the above title. In order to go on any type of air travel in the US one must now go through thorough searches via body scanners. Something that began with Metal detectors has now progressed to shoes being taken off to full soft core pornographic body scanners to potentially being felt up in very personal areas of our bodies.
Conventional wisdom says that this is quite alright to ensure our safety as passengers aboard flights ever since that tragic day in 2001 and thwart attempts from subsequent terrorist threats. This is a very good reason to mandate that these types of very intimate searches be performed. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. I submit that there is something extremely wrong with this from the perspective of freedom and personal liberties.
A quick analysis of recent TSA trends or rather the logic they employ tells us much about the future if nothing is done to prevent further advances into our most private of parts (pun intended). The TSA was implemented after the failure of the FAA to stop the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. In good old leviathan fashion, one failed Government agency was replaced by another Government agency. After security was ramped up, we were told to remove laptops from our bags and put them into separate containers. Furthermore we were told to remove all liquids from our carry-on or place them into 1.5oz to 3oz containers and/or 1 quart-size clear plastic, zip-top bags holding 3 ounce or smaller containers. Once a terrorist decided to attempt to place an explosive in his shoe we were all consequently told to remove our shoes when going through security. Amazingly enough someone figured out a way around the system and decided to try and put an explosive device in their underwear! Of course, this lead to the full body scanners and the very intrusive pat downs of both male and female twins (I don’t need to spell this out, do I?).