~David Suzuki, Ph.D, Scientific Activist, Environmentalist
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The TSA debacle still continues. The government and TSA are now trying to spin the security issue as protecting the public and a necessary evil. If this is the way it has to be to travel then the terrorists have won and we have lost. We no longer have the protection of the constitution against illegal search and seizure, due process be damned.
The truth is these scanners are big business and a lot of money for the sellers who were awarded their contracts under the Bush Administration. Whether or not they are safe is a matter of opinion. If they go out of order and over radiate someone will they tell you, I doubt it. This is business not safety, lets not kid ourselves. They are using intimidation to make people step into these machines. They want a compliant sheep to do what they say or else they will make it unpleasant.
The situation is such that if you refuse to be radiated you will have your gonads groped by someone untrained. In the case of a woman her breasts and genitalia. To add insult to injury the TSA agents use the same gloves on everybody unless you scream for them to change them. They will grope adults old and young, clean and dirty, a young child, girl or boy and never change their gloves. Possibly passing on an infection to an unsuspecting adult or child.
The TSA has a dismal record, they react instead of pro-act. For the most part they know that most of the people that they search are no threat but they treat everyone the same, guess it is being politically correct.
America it is time for common sense. A family from Iowa with two kids in tow and a baby is no threat. Ask a few questions, go through a metal detector, and be done with it. Stop pulling over 90 year old couples on a vacation to see their grand children. Stop feeling up little boys and girls. At this rate pedophiles will stop going into the priesthood and join the TSA. The TSA is making it legal for them to enjoy their sick perversions. To add insult to injury if you refuse to be groped they threaten you with arrest and prosecution. Don't they do that in China for crimes of conscience. Wake up America, this something worth fighting for.
Science and the Environment (something the Tea Party, evangelicals, and conservatives say does not exist) but they don't believe in evolution either, ha, ha, dumb fucks.
In the name of security at airports the rights of Americans have been eroded to the point that you have virtually no rights. The attached link points out the ridiculousness of the system. I remember on one trip the TSA agents were pulling people out of line to randomly search and frisk them. They pulled out an old couple that appeared to be in their late seventies or early eighties. This, to be seen as, not profiling and treating everyone equally. That old couple posed no threat, it was stupid and absurd. Now they have back scatter radiation devices, Advanced Imaging Technology, to put you through. The government tells us it's safe. Who wants to bet it's safe? Bet their childrens' health? Is it safe for pregnant women, someone with cancer or an infant? I wouldn't bet on it. Remember the government approved Thalidomide only to be removed after causing birth defects. I would like to wait and see the results of these radiation scans over a twenty five year period. Government functionaries told the workers at the World Trade Center after 9/11 that the air was safe to breath, wrong, it wasn't and we see the sick and dying now as a result of the exposure to toxic air.
Would I subject an infant to the radiation of one of those machines? No. If you refuse the radiation exposure they will want to pat you down and check the genital areas of your body. Imagine refusing to have your family zapped, only to have to get patted down and felt up. It is humiliating for an adult but what parent will allow them to do it to their children. What they should do is profile and use the current metal scanning equipment. The attached blog has it all and is worth a look and asks an important question. When does our security trump our individual rights?
The Right screams and rails and attacks but never proposes anything that is for the greater good. It is "I" or "We" never the greater good of mankind or for all the people. It is shorted sighted and selfish. Liberal progressive policies don't seek self aggrandizement but seek the greater good of all mankind.
Liberal progressive policies seek to improve the lives of all Americans not the privileged few. Their policies are designed to protect the many from the few, the greedy the powerful and the privileged, so that all Americans can enjoy the dream of America.
The power of the corporations seek to over ride the rights of all Americans. They are spending billions of dollars to brain wash the American public into voting against their own self interest. The corporate interests want to privatize social security and there by destroy the safety net for all Americans. They want to eliminate the Obama health reforms thereby improving the bottom line of the health insurance industry while depriving the American public of the health care that they deserve.
The powers that be want to deprive Americans of all the protections the constitution provides and create for themselves a slave society while they destroy the middle class.
Is the Tea Party in touch with reality? I don't think so. They are about protecting some perceived white man control of America. They have simplified the issues. They spout FOX NEWS sound bites but they have no real answers. Are the Democrats the way to go? Maybe not, but they are better they the alternative. The country is beginning to recover and it has been a long hard struggle. The Democrats didn't create the problems America faces, they inherited it and have worked damn hard to correct it. We need to give them a chance to get the job completed. If we turn the country over to the Conservatives regardless of what they call themselves it will be a giant step backwards and all Americans will be the worst for it.