Monday, November 15, 2010

When does our security trump our individual rights?

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
Honore de Balzac

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?

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