Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The TSA's Got Nothing on You

Doug's Blog: The Emperor Wants You to Have No Clothes
In our latest installment of the “let us throw aside all principles of freedom, constitutional liberties, and moral proprieties for the perception of state-certified security” chronicles, we find Uncle Sam introducing full-body scanners and “nothing-is-sacred” physical body exams for Americans who travel by plane..
In defense of this barbarism, officials tell us that the right to fly is a privilege, and that normal constitutional rights do not apply. By agreeing to fly, we also agree to waive the rights of citizenship protected under the Constitution. This is a helpful ruse which can be extended to virtually every area of life. It is precisely the type of thinking our Founding Fathers sought to defend us against when they declared that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . shall not be violated. . . .”

That is Doug Phillips on the TSA controversy.  I urge to check out the link for Doug's full take, including an excellent concluding paragraph noting how the government makes use of fear to induce compliance with these sorts of outrageous schemes.

Oh, and this post definitely wins the best title award of all those I've read on this issue.

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