President Thomas Jefferson:
“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

Once upon a time perhaps, wars and killing people resulted in increased freedom. Today, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The American people are becoming increasingly less free on the back of endless fear propaganda – and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is leading the charge. A new study finds that since 2001, TSA staff has grown from 16,500 to over 65,000, a near-400% increase. In the same amount of time, total passenger enplanements in the U.S. have increased less than 12%. In other words, TSA staff has grown over 30 times more than the number of actual passengers flying has grown. There is no end in sight.

A government, so far outnumbered by citizens, could never commit such heinous violations of individual liberty and freedom on it’s own. The only way a government can continue to grow and quietly oppress is through the members of the community consuming the propaganda, and socially enforcing it on the streets. Until people stop cheering for war, and the killing of whoever the next enemy of the hour is, we will continue in a steep, downward spiral towards 1984.


Breast Cancer Survivor TSA Pat Down

Scott Beale, who runs Laughing Squid, says:

My wife Lori Dorn, who has breast cancer, tells her story about a TSA agent at JFK on Friday who required her to submit to a pat down due to her breast implants, even though she had an identification card for the implants that is used to prove that the implants are an actual medical device. The TSA agent would not let Lori show her the card.

Lori’s first-person account begins:

At what point does the need for security eclipse human dignity and compassion?

Yesterday I went through the imaging scanner at JFK Terminal 4 for my Virgin America flight to San Francisco. Evidently they found something, because after the scan, I was asked to step aside to have my breast area examined. I explained to the agent that I was a breast cancer patient and had a bilateral mastectomy in April and had tissue expanders put in to make way for reconstruction at a later date.

I told her that I was not comfortable with having my breasts touched and that I had a card in my wallet that explains the type of expanders, serial numbers and my doctor’s information (pictured) and asked to retrieve it. This request was denied. Instead, she called over a female supervisor who told me the exam had to take place. I was again told that I could not retrieve the card and needed to submit to a physical exam in order to be cleared. She then said, “And if we don’t clear you, you don’t fly” loud enough for other passengers to hear. And they did. And they stared at the bald woman being yelled at by a TSA Supervisor.

To my further dismay, my belongings, including my computer, were completely out of sight. I had no choice but to allow an agent to touch my breasts in front of other passengers.

via boing boing

At least we proved she’s not a terrorist right? At least Lori still has her freedoms, right?

Wake up people.


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