WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Transportation Security Administration on Sunday acknowledged that new full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs can be invasive and uncomfortable, but he said that the need to stay a step ahead of terrorists rules out changes in airport screening procedures.
John Pistole told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ that, despite the public uproar over new screening techniques, “we are not changing the policies” that he said were the best ways of keeping the traveling public safe. TSA screeners, he said, are “the last line of defense” in protecting air travelers.
Pistole’s comments came after President Barack Obama on Saturday said he understood people’s frustrations and had asked TSA officials whether there’s a less intrusive way to screen U.S. airline passengers.
Now I’m thinking this is absolutely deliberate – I though that pretty much right away, but on another diary, a few people, including LadyImpactOhio, really solidified my thoughts.
Just extrapolating a bit…… My opinion and thoughts.
……and this is if nobody does anything stupid, like take a swing at a TSA agent – that’ll bring about some real ‘change’.
But anyway, on a big picture view:
If the aim of the administration is to collapse the airline industry in order to either destroy it completely, or worse, nationalize it under the their Totalitarian boot…… AND…… engage another crisis too good to waste…… then they’re doing a first-class job getting there – in a hurry too.
If enough people – and it’s close already – if enough people get corked off enough, they’re gonna stop flying unless absolutely necessary. Bye-bye industry profits of any kind in the short and medium term and since they’re on the financial edge already, the industry as a whole will collapse right behind that.
But wait, there’s more…… The support industries all around – food service, fueling, building maintenance, etc. And of course, hotels, restaurants, rental car agencies and the rest involved with travel like taxis, limo services, etc.
Still more…… Tax revenue disappears to cities and states from all the losses, making them more and more dependent on the Federal government.
Another speed increase and radius tightening in the downward spiral.
Then there’s the average American who just wants to go visit their family a few states away…… John American and his wife Mary will be damned to all eternity if they allow Little Jimmy American and his baby sister Megan to be subjected to literal groping by total strangers, when they first-thing teach the kids is to not let strangers come near them, let alone touch them.
Drive ? Oh yeah.
Watch the administration carefully. My gut instinct is now telling me they’re gonna try and do something to slow movement on the roads – and it won’t be just the price of gas – it’ll be constitutional on ‘freedom of movement’ grounds and the ‘nudge’ will be subtle at first, not even noticeable. Kind of like ‘where did these TSA regs come from.
Extrapolate it a bit further, and after a few more ‘nudges’, the Federally-funded interstate highway system could eventually have some ‘interesting’ aspects added at state borders.
This TSA thing has to be deliberate.
It’s Sunstein and the Totalitarians at their finest.
The framers of our Constitution knew that the government should never have a monopoly on force. That’s why they articulated our God given right to self defense and ensured the right to keep and bear arms was written in our Bill of Rights. Let’s not forget: George Washington didn’t use his right to free speech to defeat the British. He shot them.