Body Scanners, and Terrorists.

After watching reports about these airport body scanners, I am left very angry at the TSA.  I find it unconstitutional to submit ‘random’ people through these scanners forcibly for no apparent reason.  I am all for profiling and using them on people you may suspect on being terrorists…  Okay.   But I think that they should only be used as a last resort before a strip search.  Infact these scanners apparently use the same low level radiation that dental x-ray machines use, so why are they deemed not harmful? Especially considering that dentists, must hide behind shielded walls when using their machines, and patients must wear a lead apron.  Sure there is ‘no study out there to prove that these machines are harmful’, but there is no study out there to prove their safe either.
I must agree with Ben Franklin, when he stated that [Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.]  Yes I agree, there are likely terrorists here in this country.  And perhaps they are planning to do bad things.  But I would rather be afraid about terrorists, then afraid of my own government.  Right now it seems like the terrorists have won.  They have terrorized us to the point where we are no longer free.  I say, if they want to ruin us, let them try…   Don’t let the government do the job for them, and turn this country into a police state without any freedoms.
Since 9/11, I do not think (correct me if I am wrong), there has been any successful terrorist attacks on mainland USA soil.  The few attempts that happened in the last 10 years were all very minor, and were detected and stopped, before anything bad happened.  Not to mention that all of the flight related incidents which did happen, were on international flights, coming into the USA…  Not originating in the USA.   Meanwhile, you can look at the 90′s, with terrorist attacks happening every few years.  Denver, Oklahoma City, WTC Garage…  All fairly high profile attacks.  But people got on with their lives, and we picked up the pieces, and no one over reacted and freaked out.
I think we have to take a step back and think about how far we want to let this go.   If we let this go too far, the USA will become a full fledged police state – more so then it is already.  And there is not anything you will be able to do about it, because as a citizen, your rights will have been stripped down so much that you won’t be able to do anything about it.

5 Comments

  1. To a certain extent I agree with you. However if you would speak with someone who lost a loved one in the 9/11 attacks I think you might have a different viewpoint. I say you can’t be too careful nowadays. They are out there, just waiting. I’d rather be put through a search at the airport than be sitting on a plane with someone who intends to blow it up.

    • Fly EL-Al Airlines if you want to see a secure system for ensuring no one can hi-jack a plane.

      The reality of the matter is that since 9/11, no airborne hi-jacking or terrorist attempt has happened on a plane originating in the USA. So these body scanners would not of helped. Nor would they have helped for 9/11 either.

      Yes, it was a shame to loose so many innocent people in 9/11, and indeed the terrorists should be punished. However, when the government instead goes after someone who had nothing to do with those attacks on false pretenses, and lets the actual suspect flee and hide, then you have to really wonder whats going on. And now when the TSA has the right to sexually assault people at will, well, not we know we are sliding into a police state where your freedoms and personal privacy must be removed in order to ensure safety.

      Well, I am all for stripping naked and what-not, but I know a lot of people are not. And it is wrong for the government to be forcing this on ‘random’ people. Read the above comment about the lady who was given a pat down because she was on her period.

      The terrorists have more rights and freedoms then law abiding citizens now. I even heard that there is a TSA mandate out not to target muslims for the body scanner in fear of it being blown out of proportion, and a racial or ethnical profiling case be made of it? So if their avoiding muslims, then I guess they suspect 80 year old grannies and 6 year old kids to do the terrorism?

      * Note: I know not all muslims are terrorists… But I imagine fewer 6 year old kids, and fewer 80 year old grandmothers are terrorists.

      I am sure that there are terrorists out there planning attacks… But you know what? Let it happen. For one, that is the CIA’s and FBI’s job, to prevent those attacks from happening… Secondly, attacks happen in europe all the time, and they happened in North America all the time prior to 9/11 as well… Thirdly, even in europe and the mid-east, your chances of getting caught, injured or killed in a terrorist attack is LESS THAN your chances of getting hit by lightning. IF they want to ruin our way of life let them TRY to do it. Don’t let our governments do it for them!

      More people die in bed, having sex every year, then in terrorist attacks in the worst parts of the world. So… Are these scanners really worth it?

      It would be a kin to the government saying no one can drive their cars anymore without first taking a breath test to ensure your not drunk… Oh wait, bad example, their trying to pass that as law too…

  2. “This email isn’t going to be as polished as I would normally send, but I’m upset and I don’t want what happened to me to happen to anyone else (if I can stop it). I recently traveled via air, and was subjected to that new scanning device. “No problem,” I thought. I was wearing jeans and a linen tanktop, bra, panties, and one camoflauge pantyliner. I’m a rule follower, so I never have any problems at the airport. Not this time. I was stopped, and then held for 15 mintues while they tried to find a female supervisor. I couldn’t get to my bag, my shawl or my shoes; just standing there while the TSA agents kept me in one place. Now, I don’t want this to be about bad TSA agents; they were doing their job, they were as delicate as they could be, etc., etc. But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assualts. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner. These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (like a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your “groin” while another woman watches on (two in my case – they were training in a new girl – awesome). … ~ … I just don’t want another woman to have to go through the “patting down” because she didn’t know that her [panty-liner] would be a matter of national security.”

  3. As someone who lived in NYC after 9/11, I can tell you there are just as many people who have a serious issue with the USA becoming a police state that lost a family member as those who feel the opposite.

    Glenda, please don’t speak for all the victims.

    The TSA is out of control. Bottom line.

  4. The TSA is out of control and luckily some people are fighting back against them. Amtrack Police recently kicked TSA out of a few of their stations after the TSA invaded the train station to preform spot baggage checks. Since the train stations are private property, they could not do that without permission. Sadly however, there are too many local police chiefs who play wanna-be FBI agent, who would love to let the TSA basically run their show.

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