And they see a whole lot more than your underpants if you have traveled recently. In a supposed effort to beef up security, TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has implemented full body scanners as a means of primary security at many airports in the United States.
Now, some of you may be thinking it is a good thing but I have to point out a few things before you can make an accurate opinion on this form of security.
By the end of 2011, TSA plans to have these machines at their over 2000 checkpoints across the country. These scanners are a virtual strip search machine. They see under your clothing and are suppose to protect against terrorist attacks on planes and at airports. It has also come to light that there are plans to put these machines out in the public as well…sporting events, bus stations, train stations, court houses and any number of other locations.
Under a Freedom of Information Act suit filed by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), they found that US Marshals had stored images of over 35,000 people at a Florida courthouse that has similar technology as the airports. The EPIC group has filed several suits against TSA and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) requesting documents concerning the full body scanners. TSA and DHS have not been cooperative, and further suits had to be filed. On January 11, 2010, it was discovered that the body scanners could not only store images but could also send images to anywhere via the internet.
Imagine your 3 year old daughter’s naked image being ogled by some TSA agent you know nothing about. She must raise her hands high so they can see every nook and cranny. The pond scum has the ability to save her image and send it to whomever they want. The scanning machine is also USB capable. That means TSA agents may download images and take them with them. This is a direct violation of child pornography laws but somehow TSA (a private company with a government contract) is above the law.
Now, in the video below, the child set the alarm off because she couldn’t go through it right. She gets a pat-down. I must say I would not have held my child so my child could be violated. I imagine this mother is feeling violated for her child and for herself.
It has recently come to light that TSA agents have little to no training, they might not have a background check and they are paid only a little more than your checker at Walmart. But somehow, they are qualified to check nudy pictures of men, women and children that come through security.
It reminds me of another contracted agency that has little training but are supposely qualified to steal children. Just sayin’
What can be seen with these scanners? Well, male and female genitals to start. Any body piercings, or prosthetics. I’ll talk about what happens if you have any of these in a minute. If you are a woman and it is your time of the month, TSA will know. If you have a catheter with urine bag, or colostomy bag…not only will they know, they may spill it all over you. This was the case for one traveler and he had to walk through the airport with his own urine down the front of him.
Now, you do have the choice to opt-out of the full body scanner. Or in the cases where your leg braces, urine bag or piercings set off an alarm, you will be selected for TSA’s favorite version of security…the pat-down. If you opt-out, TSA agents will make sure anyone in hearing distance will know by screaming in their best SWAT voices, “OPT-OUT!” Then, in full view of the general public, they will search all of your private places with open hands and prodding fingers.
If you refuse the pat-down option, TSA will tear your ticket up. Some travelers have been stranded or did not receive a refund for the ticket. If you return to the TSA check point that day, they have you arrested. But you can come back tomorrow and try again.
Pilots and stewardesses only recently were given a waiver to bypass these scanners. One pilot felt so violated from a TSA pat-down that he was unable to safely fly the plane. One stewardess (a surviving breast cancer patient) told the TSA agent that she had a prosthetic breast. The TSA agent made her remove it.
There are horror stories popping up all over the web of control-freak TSA agents picking the prettiest women from the lines for random screenings. A woman was made to use pliers to remove piercing in private areas. A boy with leg braces made to remove his braces and try to walk through the scanner…uh…hello…he wears braces for a reason. Women being nearly lifted from the ground by the force of a hand between their legs.
If you are a man, think about some sausage-fingered thug putting his fingers on your wife’s jewels, or him squeezing her breasts in front of you. I am actually surprised some upset husband hasn’t decked a TSA agent. Just Sayin’. My husband would. If a man were to try to touch me, I have no doubt that Quinton would be arrested and a TSA agent would be the hospital. Now, think about that same swine groping your momma or your baby girl. You should be seeing red and if you’re not, someone should check your vitals to make sure you are indeed alive.
Now, let us consider this. If I were to walk up to a man in the street and grab his “junk”, I might get away with it. I am being honest. Please, know I have never and will never do such a thing. If I were to do the same to a woman, I would get the tar smacked out of me and probably arrested. If I were to do that to a child, anyone within seeing distance would mob me, beat the tar out of me and I would be arrested. If a man did any of those things, he might not make it to being arrested. Same goes if I were to take naked pictures of someone without their express permission. A child may not give permission for such a thing, and rightly so.
Why? Because it is a violation of a person’s right to be left alone. It is a violation of your body. It is a sin. It is against the law. And these little acts of touching and image taking would get any of us killed, beaten or behind bars…or a combination of the three. It is pornography with the images and sexual assault with the pat-downs. If someone in a position of authority does either, it is a violation of the 4th Amendment because they have illegally searched without probable cause.
The airports and TSA claim that flying is a privilege. Again, this is a violation of the 4th Amendment. We have the right to travel freely. That is part of liberty and The Supreme Court has upheld this on numerous occasions. In addition, travelers buy airline tickets. That in itself makes the claim null and void.
Privilege– a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most: the privileges of the very rich.
In the case of the TSA, they have been put on record for detaining travelers that they find suspicious or that have refused to succumb to the violations of their liberties. In several cases, they have handcuffed travelers. This is a clear violation of the 5th Amendment of the Constitution. None of these travelers were read their Miranda Rights. What authority does this private company have to detain Americans?
Remember, God grants our rights, not the government or the Constitution. The Constitution protects those rights and the government has sworn to uphold the Constitution. Seems to me that the government is the one acting like a terrorist.
Terrorist– a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
Terrorism– the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
Since September 11, 2001, the American people have run on fear. It was a horrendous event that will forever mark the landscapes of our country. But I must stress my dislike of DHS, TSA and any other organization that acts in a way akin to Nazis, herding people like cattle with no regard for their rights or their value.
Obama is obligated to stop this kind of travesty, but instead he has asked the people to submit like good little sheeple. TSA administrator, John Pistole and Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also want Americans to just submit to this violation. All three have sworn to uphold the Constitution. Knowingly participating in something that violates that oath is treason.Actually, any high ranking official that knows, participates or condones crimes against the people are guilty of high treason. The positions they hold are those that should maintain the highest level of integrity. Yet, the American people have not said a word. Mind you, none of the above mentioned have to go through TSA security checkpoints. One blogger made a very valid point. Perhaps, the Obama’s should all go through TSA’s scanner and pat-down. That would include his baby girls. No good leader would ever ask of his people to do something he would not submit to as well.
Before I sign off, I must stress that this is not a political post. This is one Christian woman that is mad as hell and very tired of the country she loves being destroyed from the inside. I am tired of elected and appointed officials taking what is not theirs to take under the guise of security, and I am honestly wondering how much longer they will get away with it.
I will leave you all with one of my favorite quotes.
BEN FRANKLIN – They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Peace, love and God’s will.