I very rarely touch upon the theme of sex on my blog. But now that international flying has been reduced to a choice between being sexually fondled or being radiated and photoed for free porno, it seems necessary. If you prefer not to read about this subject, I understand.
I first want to point out this isn't just a USA issue. An Indian movie star, Shahrukh Khan, had a scatter scan at London's Heathrow and the airport workers not only copied his naked body scans but circulated autographed copies of the images after gaining his signature:
“I was a little scared. Something happens [inside the scans], and I came out. Then I saw these girls – they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said ‘give them to me’ – and you could see everything inside. So I autographed them for them,” stated Khan. You may say, "It's not really porno and you can't see people's identity." However, a documentary clip by Paul Vickers shows when the scanned image is inverted and colorized in Photoshop, the identity and details are quite clear and it's so graphic I wouldn't show the image on my blog.
"Pat down" abuses involve a flight attendant who was asked to remove a prosthetic breast and a 23-year-old student who had her breasts exposed before a crowd, as the onlooking workers continued to harass her. Needless to say, the passengers were distraught. In one instance, a blogger, John Tyner, made news as he secretly video taped his TSA encounter with his cell phone warning “If you touch my junk I'll have you arrested.”
His blog describes how he was detained, missed his flight and was actually threatened with a $10,000 fine. The man is a true hero for standing up for his constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment outlines: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” It outlines the need for a warrant and a probable cause. Tyner's phone video went viral on the Internet and many videos and cartoons on the theme have been made highlighting Fourth Amendment constitutional abuses occurring today in airports.
While these types of cartoons may seem comical, the issues are not. Patriot Benjamin Franklin said "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Activists have called for a National Opt Out Day, November 24, to opt out of the cancer causing scatter scans and be voluntarily subjected to sexual harassment. In response to the growing discontent, on Monday November 22, TSA chief John Pistole cited the underwear bomber case from Christmas 2009 as justification for this constitutional abuse. May I point out the crotch bomber from 2009 did not even have a passport and was actually escorted onto the plane by a US government agent. Lawyers have found the government agent told the airport check-in gate he must get on the plane so as not to comprise the control of a larger terrorist plot. He also had slipped through the EU with no checking.
The so-called justification for civil rights abuses is a situation wherein the government itself aided in the actual bomb threat. However, even if there were crotch grabbing TSA workers during Christmas 2009, the government agent would have probably escorted the underwear bomber through it. This is reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorists who continued through flight lessons despite many warnings to government agencies. This is reminiscent of the fact George W. Bush and the CIA were aware of plans to use high-jacked passenger planes to attack major targets long in advance but did not so much as warn the airline industry of such plans.
Just before the 2009 Christmas bomber incident, on December 14 2009 Reuters published an article showed the increased cancer rates caused by the scatter machines: "What we learned is there is a significant amount of radiation with these CT scans, more than what we thought, and there is a significant number of cancers," said Dr. Rita Redberg, the editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine, who published the studies. According to the article, radiation from CT scans done in 2007 will cause 29,000 cancers.
Also on Monday, press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement from the White House that the government is "desperately" trying to balance security and privacy and "The evolution of the security will be done with the input of those who go through security."
Here is some input, Mr. President: The continued attacks on civil liberties and human dignity do not constitute the protection of freedom and democracy. The so-called “enhanced security measures” should in reality be focused mainly on an investigation of the criminal activities related to 9/11/01, which has served as a catalyst for the dismantling of human rights worldwide.
New classified data released October 2010 by NIST offers overwhelming evidence that explosives were used inside of the NYC buildings. Various news personalities have warned of another false flag incident in order to create the perceived need for more “national security,” but let's hope this isn't the case.
The political artist, David Dees, who made the striking airplane image above, was stalked by some high-tech stalkers and forced to leave his home in Sweden, according to a personal letter written September 13, 2010. A comment of his seems to sum up the direction society is traveling in unless there is real change: “Maybe one day we can meet up in the same FEMA camp. Yikes.”
Photo used by general permission of David Dees.