The American Gestapo

TSA's new 'trusted traveler' program had better workit's

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After several years now of goofy pat-downs and nutty pat answers to criticism, the Transportation Security Administration had better change its act.

It's getting a reputation as the American Gestapo.

They've checked an elderly woman's adult diapers for explosives. They've put a 6-year-old girl through an enhanced pat-down. They forced a 4-year-old developmentally delayed boy to remove his braces and walk through a detector. They've bullied and groped and threatened otherwise law-abiding Americans, one supposes on a random basis.

You have to wonder how much indignity and outrage Americans are going to put up with in order to fly.

The agency says it has modified its pat-down procedures with regard to children. And it's going to be pilot-testing a "trusted traveler" program in a handful of cities, including Atlanta, in which certain frequent fliers will voluntarily give the agency enough information to essentially be pre-screened.

We understand the need for safety. It wasn't that long ago a radical Muslim tried to blow up an airplane over Detroit with "enhanced" underwear. But some of these guys are getting on board with shadowy pasts and even expired boarding passes.

In another, less dire, insult to air passengers, new rules by the U.S. Department of Transportation will require airlines to reimburse baggage fees to passengers if their bags are lost -- but only if they're lost permanently. Airlines can still keep the annoying fees even if the bags travel around the world and arrive to you days later.

You know what? If airlines are going to require your bags to purchase a "ticket" to ride, the least they can do is get the little passengers to the same airport as you, at roughly the same time.

Meanwhile, what the TSA has been doing to the rest of us is unalloyed lunacy -- treating 4- and 6-year-olds and wheelchair-bound seniors like potential terrorists, when everyone knows the profile of the real threats.

The TSA had better hope its trusted traveler program works, and can be rolled out to all passengers and all airlines. There's no reason, in this day and age, that they can't figure out who poses absolutely zero risk to other passengers.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/18/11 - 01:38 am
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"Gestapo," huh? Sounds like

"Gestapo," huh?

Sounds like Humpty Dumpty during her less-than-stellar tenure at a local high school suffering from drug-related issues.

DrBailey
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DrBailey 07/18/11 - 03:27 am
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It isn't going to get any

It isn't going to get any better. Intellegence reports that terrorists are now trying to surgically implant explosives in a person's body, making it near impossible to detect.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-18/body-bombs-may-challenge-terror...

Blowing away all this money on extra security measures and alienating families is going to hurt airlines, and it's really not protecting us. After a terrorist figures out a way to get through security, you really don't find that it happens again. They just find a sneakier way to get through.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/11 - 05:11 am
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Relax and enjoy the patdown.

Relax and enjoy the patdown. Only have women search men and men search women and watch the complaints decrease.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/18/11 - 06:31 am
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Riverman1, Very

Riverman1,

Very good.

(C)ountyman won't touch that, on purpose.

I would never complain if Sandra Bullock were employed by the DHS as my personal airport security officer. I'd start flying to the ATL every week.

blues550
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blues550 07/18/11 - 06:48 am
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Profiling. Now there's an
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Profiling. Now there's an idea.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/18/11 - 07:21 am
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I'll put up with almost
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I'll put up with almost anything, if it keeps me and my family safe. What we forget too soon is these terrorists will explore any weakness in the system to harm us. If that means using an old woman with a diaper on, they'll do it. If it means putting C-4 in the shoes of a 6 year old, they'll do it. We cannot let up on these people for one second, or we'll see 9-11 again on steroids! Wake up America, WE'RE STILL AT WAR!!

harley_52
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harley_52 07/18/11 - 08:07 am
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I'd be all for it if it

I'd be all for it if it worked.

Can anybody name one terrorist who's been stopped by an airport pat down, or a scan?

All I see are examples of failure. Every month or two when the system is tested they fail to find knives, guns, and all sorts of other contraband they're supposed to pick up.

Not unlike the gate "searches" at Fort Gordon, it's pretty much all done for show.

WW1949
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WW1949 07/18/11 - 08:15 am
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Craig, how about one of the

Craig, how about one of the Fox reporters. Wouldn't mind a bit.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/18/11 - 08:36 am
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Harley, ever thought maybe
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Harley, ever thought maybe the pat downs are what are making these butchers think twice and not trying anything, at least for now? Reports are that security has gotten so tough that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives in their bodies to get them onboard. We'll have to go to a fully body scan one day to stop these people, but at least they know we're not sitting back and just letting them have their way.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/18/11 - 08:42 am
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southernguy.....We will need

southernguy.....We will need a containment room right by the airport....all would walk through & any explosives would be triggered to go off...end of problem----& the rest of us would enjoy our flight!

harley_52
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harley_52 07/18/11 - 08:49 am
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Yes, I've thought about that

Yes, I've thought about that and concluded it's possible. How can we know? Even if it's a deterrence, it's pretty clear it is minimally so. Terrorists still get through and can always come up with a method to defeat the system, like the one you have pointed out. It seems to me that the system has lots of holes in it and every once in a while a terrorist manages to get through all the TSA security and onto a plane. It has happened several times in the past few years and each time it's the passengers and crew that save the day, pretty much like it was before the big government bureaucracy was created.

Actually, I view the TSA pretty much the same as I do "the fence" that's supposed to stop illegal immigration across our Southern border.

Both are multi-billion dollar projects (aka boondoggles) designed by big government and neither of them will stop what they were created to stop.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/18/11 - 10:33 am
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The TSA is way out of line.

The TSA is way out of line. It's easy for folks to say "don't fly" but when your business or your livelihood depends on it, then you are forced to be subjected to the groping.

Americans are getting sick of it. In the news lately there is a story about a mother who was arrested for "having an attitude" in response to her child's intrusive pat down. They arrested her!!!!

Today there is a story about a woman in Colorado who reversed the groping on the TSA agent and began to grope her. She has been arrested and is facing felony charges for sexual abuse - for doing the same thing to the agent that the agent did to her!!!!

These gropers are now unionized and more powerful than ever. They are wearing teflon covering now.

We have given up liberty for security. The beginning of the end for American individual liberty & freedom. 1984 arrived a bit late.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 07/18/11 - 11:39 am
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"We have given up liberty for

"We have given up liberty for security." Then we deserve neither.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/18/11 - 11:45 am
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Neither liberty nor security
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Neither liberty nor security shall stop the delivery of the obama express. May God help us!

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 07/18/11 - 12:44 pm
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"southernguy.....We will need

"southernguy.....We will need a containment room right by the airport....all would walk through & any explosives would be triggered to go off...end of problem"

This is the best idea yet.

TK3
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TK3 07/18/11 - 12:51 pm
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I used to fly armed and when

I used to fly armed and when they made me put the firearm in the overhead, I hesitated and when they required my firearm be locked and put in storage compartment, it was my very last commercial flight. To all that wish to put their lives at risk by flying unarmed fine but don't stop others and to those that would submit to Big Brother violating you and your rights I quote the following just for you;

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."--Samuel Adams (1776)

"And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing … a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods."
-- Aldous Huxley (1961)

Chillen
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Chillen 07/18/11 - 01:29 pm
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Here is a parody you can

Here is a parody you can watch for further proof that the police state in America is out of control.

This one outlines an actual event that took place. Cops violently arrest people at the Jefferson Memorial.......for dancing.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GeraldCelenteChannel

reader54
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reader54 07/18/11 - 01:42 pm
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The Government creates big,

The Government creates big, bad wolves to frighten the sheep and divert their minds from the true mischief. The country is being looted and the Middle Class is going down the tubes. Jobs? Do y'all see jobs on the horizon?

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 07/18/11 - 01:58 pm
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Hey, Harley, go back to

Hey, Harley, go back to yesterdays thread. I left several messages for you there. Maybe, if you read them we can make up.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/18/11 - 01:59 pm
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Nope, no jobs on the horizon.

Nope, no jobs on the horizon. Jobs aren't part of the plan. Hopelessness and despair are what the people need and dependency on government programs is the solution. Pretty soon, government collapses from the weight of all the promises it has made and the ruling elite create a new government and a new "better managed" economy.

The plan is working.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 07/18/11 - 02:20 pm
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In other words after tax

In other words after tax users use up the gold mine, we get the shaft.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/18/11 - 02:21 pm
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Nothing to "make up" about.

Nothing to "make up" about.

You made a declarative statement. I politely asked you to clarify it. You said you couldn't, and asked if that "made me feel better." I answered politely and honestly, and you invited me to "go play in the yard." It's all pretty clear and available for review.

Yesterday is history and today's a new day.

I'm over it.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/18/11 - 03:10 pm
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Well if Hopelessness and

Well if Hopelessness and Despair along with Govt Dependence are what the people need, I'd say obama and his communist ilk are doing a mighty fine job.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/18/11 - 03:33 pm
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They are indeed. And isn't

They are indeed. And isn't it amazing so many still support him and his plan?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/18/11 - 03:52 pm
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The difference between obama
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The difference between obama and charlie manson----- manson's in prison.

TK3
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TK3 07/18/11 - 09:29 pm
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Harley: "A nation of sheep

Harley: "A nation of sheep must, in time, beget a government of wolves."
-- Bertrand de Juvenal

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