"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Airport Insecurities: or so much for the fourth amendment

I found this little gem, courtesy of a chain of internet links, in the Economist online.   I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how much I resent the inhumane treatment we now receive at the hands of airlines (see my April 2009 entry about flying Delta from Hawai’i) and TSA (see everything I’ve ever written on government invasions into our lives).  Nudiescanners have come to the Pittsburgh airport, and I am utterly revolted.  So without further ado….

Nude model or groping victim?

Nov 11th 2010, 20:58 by W.W. | IOWA CITY

THE Transportation Security Administration, America's second-most loathed bureaucracy, has used its stimulus bucks to stock up on fancy ritual-humiliation scanners that electronically disrobe air-travellers. TSA officers are exceedingly unlikely to detect terrorist tools thereby, but they can always wince and titter at their victims' corpulence or unimpressive primary and secondary sexual characteristics. And if you are unwilling to surrender your dignity to a low-level security-state functionary in this way, you always have the option to surrender your dignity to a low-level security-state functionary in an "enhanced pat-down". The enhancement is that the TSA agent now gets right in there and gropes nearer the possibly ne'er-do-well passengers' tender bits. 

It is heartening that there is a growing backlash against the TSA's policies, but I am not optimistic. I have found the submissiveness and docility of the American people in the face of the state's pointless molestation incredibly discouraging. I think this is one of those subjects that demands we step back, take a deep breath, and consider with a clear mind just how phenomenally idiotic the government's policy of increasingly invasive degradation really is.

The rest is here.

Other sources have remarked that the groping of children (yep, children) is not only undoing everything we’ve ever told our kids about not allowing people to molest them but also training a generation that it is okay to submit to a government’s harassment and public humiliation of innocent citizens.

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