While we were there urging the public to opt out for five hours, the line moved very fast. What we observed was that not one person was asked to go through the machine. We did not see anyone being patted down after going through the gun detector machines either.
So, security was not so tight on Wednesday and nothing bad happened. There also were explosive sniffing dogs there, which is great and much less humiliating than the gropings TSA does. Why do we need these back scatter machines if they were not using them the day a national Opt Out Day was planned?
The media spun the whole Opt Out Day as a failure because the media failed to investigate whether the TSA was using these machines that day and if these ‘enhanced’ pat downs were being done.
Here is the Opt Out Day protest in Phoenix (one of the few places in the country where layers of clothing are not needed the day before Thanksgiving):
While the government searches our bodies without warrant, it has apparently begun seizing property without due process as well [via Drudge]. What is next?
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” Indeed.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776