The current scanning and pat down procedures being used
to regiment Americans are for show, not security. They do
not image internal body cavities, and they are used in lieu
of actual intelligence about who is planning criminal or
terrorist acts. Most tellingly, they were instituted after the
Obama regime suffered an electoral revolt, and not after the
underwear bomber or Times Square bomber raised public
awareness of plots against our safety (and of the State’s
incompetence to ensure it).
So the logic is that no one is innocent until proven innocent,
and all are suspects to be seized and searched, in violation
of the 4th Amendment. TSArina Janet Napolitano’s plans to
scan and frisk people on trains, buses and at sports stadiums
is only the beginning. Anyone in a major city could be
building a dirty bomb. There will be daily home inspections.
And you will need a government permit and
clearance to live in DC or a state capitol.
It is the Road to Serfdom.
Each new abrogation of liberty provides the pretext for the
next, since after all, we already allow this or that, so why
not this next step too? And each disaster — that will surely
happen, since Napolitano and the Obama regime are both
incompetent and unconcerned with any individual piece of
livestock in the tax serf herd (as long as the whole herd
produces enough meat) — will justify further regimentation
and executive power.
As is often the case, the press is more than willing to be
complicit, following government press releases and
attacking dissidents. Matt Welch at reason magazine has
provided a compendium of flaccid and quisling headlines
in the mainstream media. And Glen Greenwald at Salon
has pointed out the tendentiousness of Obama supporters
on the “left” who have decided to defend any Obama
policy, even when it is, as so many Obama policies are,
a metastasization of a Bush policy they were criticizing
only a few years ago.
TSA or DHS or the airport has required that the protesters
get a permit, and did not issue them until 2:30 pm. Protester
is actually the wrong word; they are only permitted to leaflet.
Each leafleting protester must wear a green tag that
designates an area they can stand in to leaflet.
They are not allowed to be in even groups of two. I just
watched Fairfax, VA resident Brad Aefsky (not pictured in
this blog) be taunted by the local CBS reporter Peggy Fox
because “there was no protest” i.e. he was standing alone.
I watched him be interviewed by a series of reporters who
asked very boring questions. None of them seemed to see
the obvious story in front of them, the emptiness of
National Airport on a major travel day. But none of them
Until Ms. Fox. Ms. Fox did not realize he was required to
stand all by himself, and neither did I when she interviewed
him. But then, I am a blogger, not an Emmy award winning
TV blond who has covered local news from Miami to DC after
getting my BA in communications from VA Tech. But I did
manage to learn that about 20 minutes after she packed up
her camera crew. (Guess she was in a hurry to get