X-Ray Vision Is A Reality

Airport Security Guard Models New X-Ray Machine

What used to be science fiction is today a reality.  While there are those that feel safer knowing that security can see what may be hidden I feel it is the epitome of the invasion of privacy.  Not to mention these new scanners  totally blow away the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.  There is a reason I will never fly the unfriendly skies again.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is the first of 11 to install the latest and greatest scanner.  This scanner produces images so real they show exactly what you look like with your clothing OFF.  And this is a good thing, WHY?  Talk about forced porn!  No thanks.  I’d rather drive.

On my very last flight from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, I was given this wonderful,  colorful card as I picked up my boarding pass.  Turns out this little baby allowed airport security to rummage through my carry-on luggage.  I was not pleased.  I had nothing whatsoever to be worried about, but it  took them longer than I felt was necessary for them to manhandle my clothing, deodorant, and jewelry.  For a very small bag they took an extra 20 minutes and that, I decided then and there, was the last time I would be subjected to such treatment.  Let the airlines take a nose-dive in sales, that was simply too much  They didn’t need to know what kind of deodorant I use or the color of my underwear.  Yet they handled it all, pulled it out, and felt everything.  Then gave me the privilege of repacking when they couldn’t find anything remarkable to hold me for.  I’ve never regretted my decision to drive instead of fly.  I love to drive, love seeing new scenery, so this was no hardship for me.

I don’t travel for business any more either, thankfully that was long in the past or I might’ve had to quit my job and find a new career.  Having no criminal history to speak of, a few speeding tickets in the past when I was younger, I would not expect to be targeted for search, wrong.  And with these new scanners, privacy of any sort is a thing of the past.  Seriously, do they truly believe everyone is a criminal waiting to commit a crime?  What kind of mentality is that anyway?  What happened to living in a free country?  I feel like I just woke up in a 3rd world country and all my God-given rights have been stripped away.  When I look in the mirror I don’t see a metal collar on my throat, as far as I know I’m not a slave to be forced to submit to things I do not wish to participate in.

The reason TSA give for all this invasive security scanning is the Christmas bomber.  This guy was allowed by someone in TSA to board a jetliner bound for the USA without a passport.  And while they won’t admit it, money must have changed hands.  I’m sure that said TSA agent has since been fired and hopefully sent to prison for greed and corruption.  Thing is, the guy never got to the USA.  The story can be found on Wikipedia HERE: Still, one can never be too careful right?  I disagree.  The fault of this matter lies solely with TSA, not with Citizens.  I, for one, refuse to be punished for someone else’ failure or greed.

Failure on the part of the federal government to secure our ports and borders is the problem.  The solution is easy to fix, but the feds won’t do it.  SECURE THE PORTS AND BORDERS.  Instead, TSA forces passengers who have to fly to submit to such acts as our Constitution says is illegal unless there is good reason to believe otherwise ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, NOT EN MASS.  My own protest is that I refuse to fly or use any transit system that invades my privacy.  I won’t get to my destination as fast, but neither will I be forced to submit to such indignities as TSA has in store for all its customers.  I don’t break laws, so I am unwilling to be treated like I do.

Updated: 2 days 23 hours ago

The full-body scanners are designed to find hard-to-detect explosives, like the pentaerythritol tetranitrate used by the would-be Christmas jetliner bomber and other illegal materials that older technology can often miss.

In mere seconds, scanners can produce an X-ray-like sketch of travelers’ bodies that displays everything from concealed weapons to the contours of the body. And for some, that’s the problem.

“I feel violated knowing they can see under my clothes,” Rainie Jones, a passenger, told NBC News in Chicago. “I’m a very modest person.”

So if these are sniffer scanners, why produce full body images?  And, illegal materials such as any liquid over an ounce will still be a no-no?  Even mother’s milk?  TSA is disgusting.  I do not understand American Citizens putting up with this kind of thing.  Trust me, if you refuse to fly they WILL find another way to check for these substances in such a way that we are not embarrassed or humiliated.  We have more power than we think.  Consider what would happen to the airlines if everyone decided not to fly because of this invasion of privacy, even for just ONE DAY.  Do you suppose for even ONE SECOND they would be willing to lose that kind of money?  I don’t think so.  But sheeple are what sheeple are, and meekly allow bureaucratic bullshit to herd them through as though they have no right to privacy or feelings of embarrassment, shock, or humiliation that these machines will produce.

For now, and I do stress FOR NOW, people can choose to use other scanners, but they still get scanned.  You get the wand outside which is supposed to sniff out latent chemical signatures, the metal detectors inside the airport, and they can always pull you aside and go through your carry on luggage and pat you down.  The stuff you stow in the baggage compartment is routinely gone through.  No locks are permitted on luggage.  I’ve reported my things having been stolen when I put my luggage there for the flight.  The TSA agents just shrug, say how sorry they are that things were taken, did I wish to file a report, and blithely go on with business as usual.  I’m not paying to have my things stolen.  No refunds are offered.

LAX Tops Nation In Stolen, Missing Luggage Items

Nov 7, 2008 6:13 pm US/Pacific

LAPD officers recovered 272 stolen items, plus more than $10,000 in cash!

It was the biggest passenger theft bust in LAX’s history. Police recovered dozens and dozens of purses, cameras, computers, designer sunglasses and currency from more than a dozen countries around the world!

See?  And it still happens.  Do you think they put these scanners in where the TSA agents have to go through them?  Of course not.  Why would they need to do that?  TSA people don’t steal, right?  And no, LAX is not the only airport this happens at.  Here is one article from Huston.St. Louis, Portland, Phoenix, and so on and so forth.  And they are worried about US?

What about the TSA no fly list?  Reported to be growing daily from the million that is reported to be TSA says it isn’t so but will never give a figure.  And what happens when a child has a name that matches an adult who IS on that list?  According to the TSA’s website blog:

From TSA.gov: Airlines can and should automatically de-select any 8-year-olds out there that appear to be on a watch list. Whether you’re eight or 80, the most common occurrence is name confusion and individuals are told they are on the no fly list when in fact, they are not. If you get a boarding pass, you’re not on the no fly list.

So 9 and over watch out!  You still might be caught up in this snare.  Give me a break!  But TSA agents do abuse their authority.  Read on.

Woman: Airport guard made me drink breast milk

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman says a security guard at Kennedy Airport forced her to drink from three bottles of her own breast milk to demonstrate the liquid posed no threat to other passengers.

Elizabeth McGarry, 40, said the incident occurred April 2 as she was boarding a Delta flight for Miami with her infant daughter. She called it “embarrassing and disgusting.”

One would think that a woman with an infant carrying small bottles of milk would, by common sense, have this for the baby, yet TSA is good at humiliating customers.  In what other industry is this permitted to happen?  None.  As far as I was concerned, if the chemical sniffers didn’t find any traces on your hands, clothing, hair, face or shoes, it is doubtful that you have had contact with hazardous or explosive materials and should be left in peace.  Whole websites are devoted to the horror of flying:  Click Here: And Here: Or Here:  If these aren’t abusive, I don’t know what is.

Here is a portion of the number three link above:

After some more grumbling on my part they eventually finished with me and I went to retrieve our luggage from the x-ray machine. Upon returning I found my wife sitting in a chair, crying. Mary rarely cries, and certainly not in public. When I asked her what was the matter, she tried to quell her tears and sobbed, “I’m sorry…it’s…they touched my breasts…and…” That’s all I heard. I marched up to the woman who’d been examining her and shouted, “What did you do to her?” Later I found out that in addition to touching her swollen breasts – to protect the American citizenry – the employee had asked that she lift up her shirt. Not behind a screen, not off to the side – no, right there, directly in front of the hundred or so passengers standing in line. And for you women who’ve been pregnant and worn maternity pants, you know how ridiculous those things look. “I felt like a clown,” my wife told me later. “On display for all these people, with the cotton panel on my pants and my stomach sticking out. When I sat down I just lost my composure and began to cry. That’s when you walked up.”

Abuse can come in many ways and in many forms. To accept any of them is to open ourselves up to more. I refuse. It will be a cold day in hell before I fly again so long as these and other abuses of power exist. My way of protesting this behavior is to NOT participate.

Now, the airlines may claim that it is the people working for them that have done this and, in one respect they would be correct, however, were these people fired? No. So the abuse then lays directly at the feet of those controlling TSA.  It is always easier to lay blame at the feet of peons as they cannot defend themselves to the extent the rich corporate heads can. But let’s face it, abuse starts at the top and shit rolls downhill.

Background Checks Force TSA to Fire Hundreds of Airport Screeners

“The fact that nothing was being done simply tells me that TSA was not responsible enough to the American people to even do preliminary background checks on these people, even in the initial hiring phases,” Ferrill said.

< SNIPPED >

But airport authorities in two major cities were concerned when they discovered convicted criminals were working at security checkpoints. Officials at Los Angeles International and the at New York Port Authority, which oversees LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newarks airports, are now doing their own fingerprint checks of security screeners.

There are two pages to this story and I only took snippets from the second page to show it is TSA that gets the blame for not following through on the background checks they DO, do in the first place.  Fly the friendly skies?  Not in this country!  Go ahead and do your own search for TSA fires and leave it open to see how many articles come up.  I saw 11,800,000 for my search.

Now, there is some humor concerning TSA and their abusive behavior if you can get through the moment it happens to you.  Here is a website about people who have survived the TSA and felt it merited some laughter.  My personal favorite was the one where the alleged terrorist changed his name and so TSA let him fly…  Brilliant!

Uh-Oh: Yep, TSA employees pulled Matthew Gardner out of the line because somebody with that name showed up on a federal Most Wanted list. Matthew is five.

Yup, here is a baby in a stroller being pulled aside by a TSA agent for having the same name as a wanted adult.  I’m sure the boy’s mom isn’t amused, but hey, it does make a funny look/see for the rest of us…  Course that isn’t as bad as the infant they refused to allow on the plane because an adult with his name was on the No-Fly list.  Ah, the mentality of TSA agents!

So all I can say to this is if you want to fly, get ready to have others staring at you in ways you won’t enjoy.  Get ready for the snickers, because you know they will be coming, and be prepared for a whole lot of humiliation.  For myself, I’ll never fly again until they remember who is employing the lot of them!

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~ by justmytruth on March 18, 2010.

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