Why Is The TSA Permitted To Abuse The Rights Of Any American Traveling By Air?Submitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 14:25
Regular readers of this site (yes, we have some! I swear!) will be all too familiar with my past encounters with the “boys in blue” at the Transportation Security Administration. I had an otherwise fantastic Memorial Day weekend end with what could only be described as a sexual assault. A few days later, after filing a formal complaint, I had a conversation with a TSA supervisor during which he openly admitted that groping of male and female genitals during patdowns was TSA’s official policy.
It’s safe to say that for me, opposing the TSA and it’s endless list of abuses is more than just an exercise in libertarian theory – it’s downright personal.
So why do we as Americans put up with all of the nude body scanners, the gropings, the rude treatment? The freedom of movement is an integral part of the Constitution and an a vital ingredient to a free society. And yet today we are subject to routine violations of the 4th Amendment for the “suspicious act” of merely purchasing a plane ticket.
The TSA, originally created by Congress after 9/11 with the supposed purpose of keeping us safe from all those scary terrorists (even ones that the FBI puts on the planes themselves) looking to kill us all for our freedom. And yet in reality what the TSA really engages in would be better referred to as “security theater”.