UPDATED – TSA Jihad: Submit Or Pay

It’s on. Some of you might be thinking I am overboard on this. However, you must keep in mind our law enforcement officers on the streets cannot put us through a “strip-search” or even a pat-down without probable cause … Meaning you must give them reason to invade your personal space privacy to do so. Standing patiently in line at the airport waiting to reach your flight gate is NOT probable cause. The 99.9999% of the traveling public are NOT terror cells waiting to be activated. It’s that smidge percent that are who the TSA and the DHS should be crafting their security tactics for.

I do not travel as much as many other people do (my sister, and her sons, travel in and out of the country several times a year), but I seem to be in a minority of such who isn’t sitting comfortably and saying, “Hey, if it keeps us safer have at it, TSA and Big Sis“, because what is next? The DHS is punishing the masses to keep from ‘offending’ the few that would cause death and destruction.

And this mess seems to be backfiring as airports are considering ditching the TSA for private security companies (not sure that’s any better, but …)

So now, after nearly two weeks of public awareness, growing resistance, and mounting horror stories of asinine pat-down searches on people who would NOT fit a suspect profile, and the movement to cause a public revolt during next week’s busy travel session the TSA is threatening the public:

[…] The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest. […]

It will be interesting to see how the Thanksgiving rush goes off with the traveling public. Thankfully, my sister and her sons aren’t flying north next week … But they will be for Christmas, so I am hoping this is all straightened out before then or I may have to fly south to bail her out of jail (she has a shorter fuse than me … no TSA pun intended).

But here is the thing, as you watch this woman’s story tell me if the invasive agressive “pat-down” practice is NOT being used to influence people to submit to the Rapiscan machines? They claim it’s not, but …

And there is the case of the 32 year veteran flight attendant who was forced to remove her post-cancer prosthetic in front of demanding TSA screeners.

Congress is now getting involved. However, let’s see how much power our elected representatives have over a department they blasted frequently during the last Administration on the heels of 9/11.

In a footnote of interest, Ann Althouse takes a daring stroll down the money trail and timeline of the Rapiscan machines and implementation in our airports. As she suggests in her piece, go to the links she has provided and follow the links they cite for indepth info on all of this.

Cross-posted @ Chandler’s Watch

UPDATES:

Hudson River hero pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger has stepped-up and offered his expert commentary on the TSA screenings of pilots/crews and the public. I actually heard “Sully” state the obvious, that if a pilot wanted to use a plane in a terror attack, well, he IS the pilot and all he needs are the plane’s controls already in his hands in the cockpit.
Also, because Rayarena asked in comments, just one case of this or this happening with a passenger making it into the USA airspace will have the DHS and the TSA moving to the “next level” of ‘screening’ of the public in this collective group grope.

3 thoughts on “UPDATED – TSA Jihad: Submit Or Pay”

  1. I really think that we’re becoming a dictatorship. The excuse that they’re protecting us from terrorism just doesn’t hack it for me. What’s next? The terrorists seem to always be ahead of the game. Every time they up the ante by discovering a new way of smuggling explosives on to a plane, TSA responds by instituting actions that penalize the average law-abiding passenger. What happens when a terrorist sticks a bomb up his ass? Will the TSA up the ante? Will we be subjected to full cavity searches? Will people have to pull down their pants and bend over or squat down before being allowed to board a plane?

  2. Drillanwr,

    I saw it! Ouch! I should have asked! I see our civil rights going down a precipitous slope! This is going to get worst!

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