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TSA Gropes, Porno-Scans to Arrive in Malls, Hotels, Surface Transportation

A few days ago, I asserted that DHS and TSA are not as interested in security as they are in turning US citizens into a flock of sheep.  Imagine attending CPAC and getting the security routine at the hotel as well as the airport.  It’s about to become reality.    Baaaa

Exactly ten days before a new, more conservative Congress is sworn in, the Obama administration has thrown down the gauntlet and served warning that the next two years will become a vigorous struggle against the creation of an intrusive police state.

The move is obviously in response to the great number of terrorist attacks seen recently at malls and hotels in the US.  You probably don’t recall any recent attacks at malls, hotels and surface transportation in the US in recent months or years.  Well, neither do I.

But as I stressed in my previous article, the point is not to make you safer as you move about in your daily life.

The point is to make you submissive to intrusive and intensive government scrutiny at every point possible during your ordinary daily movements.   Baaaa.

Let’s examine that imaginary trip to CPAC I mention above and see how many security checkpoints we can expect on our first day.  Of course, there is the checkpoint at your departure airport, but we knew to expect that, right?  Now, arriving in DC after a long plane and taxi ride, you can expect another security checkpoint before you can check in to your hotel.  It’s still early in the day and you don’t have to get set up in the blogger’s lounge, so you decide to do some shopping and look around.  So you take the Metro to  Union station – that’s two more security checkpoints (and we’re not counting all the CCTV cameras that record your passage).

It begins to occur to you that you might not want to go through all these security checkpoints again with a bunch of new purchases, so you resolve to keep your shopping to a minimum.

You finally arrive at the mall and go through another checkpoint to enter.  Just to keep up with our count, you have now gone through 5 checkpoints and you haven’t even started your shopping in earnest yet!  Your shopping joy is considerably toned down, because now you are examining potential purchases while considering which ones may give you trouble at security checkpoints in your passage back to the hotel.

You finally decide not to buy anything and go through the 3 security checkpoints (train, metro, hotel) to return to the hotel.

A friend at CPAC calls you to go out to dinner.   You think about that security checkpoint to get back into the hotel and you suggest room service.  Your friend convinces you to go out, so you start emptying your pockets of all the pocket litter that caused you problems earlier in the day at the other security checkpoints.  By the time you return from dinner, you have been through 9 security checkpoints in one day.

Now imagine doing it with kids, diaper bags, and strollers.  Imagine you are in a B2B occupation where you are calling on these mall merchants or are a vendor servicing retail locations on site.  Now you have to get the tools of your trade through these checkpoints.  Or maybe not.  It may be like the airports where all you have to do to gain unrestricted access to secure areas is hit a worker on the head and take his swipe card ID.

But again, as I keep noting, the real purpose is not to keep you secure – the real purpose is to make you a member of the flock who will submit to any indignity for the privilege of living your life.

But in my mind, far worse than managing my pocket litter and occupational tools to support getting me through checkpoints quickly is the segments of society we are building – each perpetually suspicious of the other.  With some of those segments possessing the perpetual power (at minimum wage) to make your day a little more miserable.

Um.  If you see something, say something.  To your Congresscritter and your Senators.

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