Wednesday, April 18, 2012

President Obama's ever-enlarging police state . . .

Yep, civil liberties are in good hands these days . . .

. . . the hands that are groping your crotch in airports are coming to a bus, train, or highway near you, and Janet Napolitano sez if you don't like it just stay home ....

From the Guardian


Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists have shouted down all constitutional or human rightsobjections with the mantra "If you don't like it, don't fly!"
This callous disregard for travelers' rights merely paraphrases the words of Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano, who shares, with the president, ultimate responsibility for all TSA travesties since 2009. In November 2010, with the groping policy only a few weeks old,Napolitano dismissed complaints by saying "people [who] want to travel by some other means" have that right. (In other words: if you don't like it, don't fly.)
But now TSA is invading travel by other means, too. No surprise, really: as soon as she established groping in airports, Napolitano expressed her desire to expand TSA jurisdiction over all forms of mass transit. In the past year, TSA's snakelike VIPR (Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams have been slithering into more and more bus and train stations – and even running checkpoints on highways – never in response to actual threats, but apparently more in an attempt to live up to the inspirational motto displayed at the TSA's air marshal training center since the agency's inception: "Dominate. Intimidate. Control."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh sure....blame it on Obama. The roots. of the Dept. Of Homeland Security and TSA practices lay at the feet of Bush & Cheny. I fly all the time and have never been groped our made to feel intimidated. Stop your whining and wild exaggerations

Anonymous said...

Well of course they wouldn't search their own employees, yet.