Would The Government Really Add a Witness to the “No-Fly List” From Traveling to Testify at a “No-Fly List” Trial?S stalls no-fly list trial by putting witness on no-fly list – Boing Boing

Chock this up to #OnlyTheGovernment.

Currently the Ibrahim v. DHS is going on, a case that tests the legality of the “No-Fly List”.  The “No-Fly List” is a list of people the federal government has commanded the airlines are not allowed to travel commercially in the name of counter-terrorist measures.  What the federal government doesn’t care about is the fact that such a concept is Constitutional.  It is also a violation of the natural laws.  To travel freely is a natural right that existed before the government existed, or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  It is noted in the Constitution as something the government cannot restrict in private citizens.  If the Constitution means what it says, which it should, then detaining people without probable cause or preventing people from traveling without an indictment is a violation of the Constitution

So someone has taken the time and expense of taking the government to task for this infringement on our rights.  One of the witnesses in this case was traveling to the trial but:

On the first day of trial, the judge learned that the plaintiff’s daughter, scheduled to testify, was delayed because she had been denied boarding of her flight because she was put a Department of Homeland Security no-fly list. DHS staff deny this. The government’s lawyers told the judge that the daughter is lying. The airline provided documentation of the DHS no-fly order.

Kudos to Malaysia Airlines for actually turning over the no-fly order to the press.  This refutes what the government says and proves they are lying.

Hopefully this will be ruled unconstitutional and people will be free to enjoy the natural right to travel.

49. Concluding Thoughts (And a Sophmoric Treatise to Freedom)

49. Concluding Thoughts

[Charlotte, North Carolina]

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American homecoming wall collage put up by some friends

As promised, Concluding Thoughts on The Trip of a Million Lifetimes.

Before I get into it I want to say thank you again for the Blogosphere, FlyerTalkers, Friends, and Strangers who have chimed in to cheer us along on our amazing journey. Your encouragement was endearing and kept us going with zeal.

Well now that we are a couple weeks back in the thick of things at work Lady Tocqueville and I have had some time to let things digest. It was terrific to return home to see nothing adverse had happened to the house. We are thankful to some of our local friends who were looking after things while we were gone. A couple even decorated the house with Americana for our return. It took us a good day and a half to get our lives back in order. And the jet lag finally caught up to us, it was about 4 nights later before we started sleeping through the night.

Going back to work and getting back to our “routine” lives was surprisingly not difficult. You would think it would have been much harder. Hell, for 10 weeks straight we had been cruising the world in First Class or Business Class, staying mostly at 5* hotels or charming alternative accommodations, and doing nothing but being young and in love and basking in copious amounts of leisure time and exploration. What a treat! But this trip, almost as a culmination of all our past travels, really made us appreciate how good we had it back home. Here are some of the things we have begun to appreciate in new light:

  • We have a beautiful, old rental house that is just the right size for us with wonderful character. It is our nest and it is a clean, comfortable place to live in a fantastically fun and charming neighborhood. After seeing how so many others live, from Saigon to St. Petersburg, from Sao Paulo to Sydney, we have an appreciate for how we really have it made. We are so lucky.
  • We are gainfully employed, paid fairly for the work we do, and get to learn and be challenged every day at our job. Yes waking up at 5:30AM on Monday to go visit the TSA on the way to a client site isn’t the most fun. But we could be working so much harder, at so much more painful a task, for so much less money. In fact most of the world does. This trip really made us appreciate having a job. We are thankful to be working.
  • Our health is our biggest asset. We are young and healthy. We have a solid foundation. This trip just reinforced to us what a gift that is to us and how we have to enjoy it every day. Whether raking insane amount of leaves from the 100 year old tree out front or just laying on the couch catnapping, being healthy and happy and sound is such a gift from God. For some reason this trip really helped reinforce this for us.Life is good. We can owe all that is good to our freedom. Our freedom, inherent in our humanity, is God’s greatest gift to us. If you don’t believe in God, then consider human freedom the Earth’s greatest gift to humankind. Governments all over the world artificially restrict this freedom in the name of safety, false equality or libido dominadi (the lust to dominate). While this is a fundamental shame in the world, and yes, certainly in the USA, we try to enjoy what freedom we have left every day. The USA used to be the freest country in the world. That is what made it truly great. That was “American Exceptionalism”. Slowly our freedoms have been restricted by federal and state government and we are no longer the most free. At least we are still in the top 15 or so most free. Freedom is being free to engage in voluntary transactions with others. Freedom is to not be aggressor unto others. Freedom is the just power to fight back when someone brings aggression or restriction unto you. As somebody way more brilliant than I will ever be, Judge Andrew Napolitano, once said, “Freedom is our natural state and is the ultimate natural right.” Seeing others who have more government restrictions placed upon them all over the world made us look on the bright side of our American freedoms remaining in comparison to them.If you don’t exercise your freedom on a regular basis, it atrophies like muscles unused If you don’t use your freedom at all, or allow others to substitute their muscle for yours, you don’t stay strong. And you become subservient to those with stronger muscles than you whether you consent to it or not. What happens when a benevolent government turns evil? Has it happened repeatedly, all over the world, and in our own backyard in our lifetime? Regrettably, most Americans are no longer of the tradition to exercise their freedoms as the government restricts them of their rights which existed before governments ever existed and is guaranteed to the people in their own constitution. Wasn’t it Alexis de Tocqueville that 175 years ago said, and I paraphrase, “Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom”? This trip reminded us that life is good because of freedom as the natural state of our being, and we still have more than most, even if it is being taken away from us more and more each day. I hope the USA can become the freest nation in the world again. I hope all people in all nations have their artificial restrictions of freedom by their governments reduced in all sectors of society. If they can become more free than us, cheers to them.We saw the good side of people everywhere we went. So many people, of so many nations and tongues, welcomed us with hospitality and open arms. Around the world people shared smiles, stories, and their time with us. As rock and roll hall of fame inductees Rush said, they were… “bearing a gift beyond price, almost free”. And in our case thanks to strategic frequent flier mile and hotel spending it was almost free. There is no price we could pay for the value, learning, insight, perspective, fun, excitement, and enjoyment we gained from meeting and learning from others around the world.We also learned from the bad side of people. As I outline in this FlyerTalk post we got what we felt was an unfair shake by a Brazillian Border Guard. What would you do in our shoes? I found it insightful, interesting, and absurd to read what some other FlyerTalkers thought of us and our perspective on the situation^:td::confused:. Read the thread for yourselves and see what you think. And don’t miss my sophmoric magnum opus on “Responsibilities of a Guest vs. a Host” in a foreign country in response to some of my detractors on FlyerTalk. We are thankful that across our 10 weeks that was the worst that happened to us. There could have been many more bad outcomes from that or other situations while traveling abroad outside of your comfort zone. I guess that is part of the adventure.

    Many people have asked us about the more personal aspects of our trip. That is a fair question considering our blog and FlyerTalk mainly focused on the nerdy Airline and Hotel aspects. Well I will try and share a tidbit or two on each place to paint some more color on the beautiful portrait of a trip we got to enjoy.

  • Cuzco, Peru: Taking the unbelievably full $1.50 public bus the 1 hour trip from Cuzco to Pisac having the opportunity to sit next to some local indigenous people on their giant ruck sack on the hot center console of the bus while having Peruvian mountain flute music blared out on the radio and holding on for dear life around curvy roads.
  • Lima, Peru: Exploring the childhood home of Lady Tocqueville’s mother near the Mira Flores district. Runner up experience: Ceviche in the Chorillos bario.
  • Easter Island, Chile: Renting a ATV/Quad for the day. From beautiful serene sun-up with the Moai keeping watch over us to a dusty day of seeing all the spiritual aspects of the Rapa Nui people and their amazing Moai we enjoyed the adventure cruising around the island.
  • Santiago, Chile: Eating delicious casita empanadas in the historic center of Valparaiso. Runner up: Enjoying a delicious Chillean Asado meat feast in the Andes Foothills after a wine tour at Concha y Toro vineyard outside of Santiago.
  • Mendoza, Argentina: Private wine tasting at Trivento hosted by the head of marketing and a full hour of insight with the Head winemaker himself of one the reserve line of Wines. Runner up: Celebrating my 30th birthday with my lovely wife and her parents in the Andes at a alpine churrascaria in the Historic Manzana village on San Martin day.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Getting a straight edge shave while Lady Tocqueville sipped Fernet at one of the (#7) 10 best places to get a men’s shave in the world
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina Brazil: NOT the border crossing which is supposed to be easy. What was awesome: After hiking around and viewing the magnificent Iguazu Falls sitting back in the living room of the Secret Garden with our host Bernardo enjoying homemade snacks and delicious caipirinhas.
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil: Crushing a shrimp and cheese pastel at the Mercado Centrale after moseying around some beautiful neighborhoods all morning
  • Istanbul, Turkey After touring the Hagia Sophia getting into a beautiful 45 minute discussion about Iznik tile art and classic middle eastern antiques with a Kurdish shop-keep in SultanAhmet
  • Santorini, Greece Hiking all the way up the volcano to the fascinating ruins of Ancient Thira. Then coming down and raking our thirst and hunger on awesome gyros wraps and ice cold coca-cola.
  • Athens, Greece: Seeing the Acropolis. Holy smokes.
  • Vienna, Austria: Watching Carmen at the Vienna State Operahouse with Lady Tocqueville, an Italian friend of mine, and his lovely girlfriend. Then coming back to the hotel room at 1Am to watch Georgia beat South Carolina in football.
  • St. Petersburg, Russia Being in Russia with my wife, my parents, and four of my good friends from Zurich. Eating a delicious Georgian feast which included the discovery of Khachapuri into my life. The Summer and Winter Palaces, Hermitage, and St. Issac’s cathedral also did not suck. I’ll give the St. Petersburg ballet for their performance of Romeo & Juliet, but by then I was getting a little of tired of enjoying “the classics”. It was over 3 hours long!
  • Saigon, Vietnam: Taking in the assault on all senses. Favorite assault on taste sense included street food and amazing restaurant food serving street food. We even got to meet up with one of Lady Tocqueville’s friends there who brought us to some incredible insider’s restaurants.
  • Tokyo, Japan: Eating the freshest most delicious sushi ever at the Sushi Zanmai by the Central Fish market. Runner up goes to seeing people performing Cosplay at Asakusa Square at about 3PM on a random Tuesday.
  • Kyoto, Japan: Other than seeing a grammatically incorrect Subway Restaurant napkin, walking hand-in-hand down the philosopher’s path seeing all the temples, zen gardens, and Shinto shrines.
  • Hong Kong, China: Hiking up Mt. Victoria from our hotel to see the stunning views of this amazing shrine to the testament to human freedom and capitalism Hong Kong represents. And the Dim Sum was killer too.
  • Auckland, New Zealand: Catching up with a friend on our quick stop in Auckland.
  • Noumea, New Caledonia En sirotant du vin sur un banc de parc avec vue sur la plage et océan magnifique. Runner up: eating pizza made with Roblechon, which is one of my favorite cheeses in the world. It is restricted from consumption in the USA because the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t want to let American’s choose for themselves if they want to eat unpasteurized dairy. If I eat this back home, I go to jail. They call this a “Free Country”.
  • Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia: Rambling about the gorgeous Le Meridien Ile Des Pins. Being drunk on how nice and relaxing our private beachside bungalow was. Paddle boarding to uninhabited pine islands and frolicking on private beaches.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Taking in all the interesting neighborhoods and enjoying the Anglophone Commonwealth culture.
  • Port Douglas, Australia Snorkeling the great barrier reef. (A few of you have asked for photos, we took none of the reef itself since we didn’t have the equipment- so here is some consolation photos from Google). Seeing a sleeping tiger shark was pretty cool. So was hiking for a few hours through the Daintree rainforest looking out for Cassowarys. I did not know Cassowarys even existed until we came to this place. We did eventually see one at a nature reserve.
  • Sydney, Australia Hiking for hours around the beautiful eastern suburbs with an old friend who I hadn’t seen in five years. It was a treat to catch up with him. Also watching the Sydney Union Rugby League finals at a local bar in Bondi Beach was a lot of fun. My memories are a bit hazy on that one.Can you believe how much fun we had? What a blessing to be able to have the health and resources to take a trip like this. The world and its people are such a gift. How are we so lucky? Our Parents? God? Hard work? Creativity? I would argue all of the above.As of today the FlyerTalk thread about our trip has over 58,000 views. 58,000! In less than 3 months! The Tocqueville Miles and Points: Putting the Free in Freedom blog has over 20,000 page views in the last 3 months! I never could have imagined the response and readers who have followed us along on our journey. Thank you again for your support.I am happy to answer questions about our trip or share our lessons learned, pitfalls, and game changers along the way. Let me know how I can help. And I can’t wait to learn from you.You saw how much of an appreciation we got for our home on our return based on my blathering introduction at the beginning of this post. With this concept in mind, I leave you with a sage quote Lady Tocqueville taught me before she was even my girlfriend or my wife:

    We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S. Eliot

     

     

     

Former Deputy Sheriff Reveals Secrets Police Don’t Want You To Know

Former Deputy Sheriff, Air Force veteran and current radio host Eddie Craig does society a great service in getting into some unbelievable detail about police infringement of the natural right to travel.  Until I watched this video, I did not realize that speeding, stop sign, red light camera, etc. tickets that the police give you are only supposed to apply to people who are conducting business with their travel.

Yes, literally, most state codes on traffic and moving violations are intentionally written to cover those conducting business using the roads, it is the only way the federal constitution would find traffic stops constitutional.  However, police, legislators, society doesn’t tell you this.  I literally did not know that.

Eddie Craig proposes a script to use when stopped by police for non-violent violations of the natural law (attached here).  It is brilliant and bold at the same time.  Using his script, will help you fight the ticket and probably win, but will also result in an angry public peace officer yelling at you, and possibly assaulting you as you remain calm in your vehicle.

The video is a solid two hours, which is alot to sit through but did me right on a recent road trip.  I am going to learn more about Eddie Craig’s system for dealing with law enforcement.  It is impressive stuff.

If things really get bad with the cop, you will be far down the script.  Hopefully it doesn’t go this far:

Officer _____________ Badge/ID # ________
, due to your attitude
, demeanor,
and your
continuous threats
to
falsify charges and commit acts of violence against me
and my property
wh
ile displaying a deadly weapon, I feel physically threatened and in fear for my life.
I demand
that you
cease and desist and
request the
immediate
presence of a supervisor. I do not consent to
any of your actions, the use of force against me or my property, or to being forced to exit my car
for any purpose, especially so that you may attempt to steal my property and/or
assault, injure or
kill me.
Ha!

Medical Opt-Outs & TSA Shoulder Syndrome – Why The TSA is Security Theater That Violates Our Natural Rights

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a governmental organization implemented by the George W. Bush Administration that sits within the Executive Branch of the United States Government.  Technically it falls under the Department of Homeland Security.  It was passed by both the House and Senate before President Bush signed it into law.  The government implemented it in a bid to keep us safe from terrorists during air travel after the September 11, 2001 attacks.  According to Wikipedia,

The agency’s proponents, including Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, argued that only a single federal agency would better protect air travel than the private companies who operated under contract to single airlines or groups of airlines that used a given terminal facility.

Regrettably, the facts demonstrate that it has made us less safe from terrorists, has actually caused more travel related deaths due to people substituting out of air travel into more casualties per capita road travel, and is ineffective government-at-its-best  “security theater” as demonstrated by my experience with Medical Opt-Outs.  Additionally, through the process, various natural right personal freedoms Americans are entitled to enjoy by the Constitution are violated and taken away.  When will those that govern us give us these freedoms back?

First off, what are these medical opt-outs and what is TSA Shoulder Syndrome?

When the TSA first started screening passengers, they used walk-through metal detectors (WTMD).  These machines detect a critical mass of metal as you pass through a detector.  This was presumably to guard from guns, knives, and any metal explosive devices.  This is an established technology that is still used at sports events, court houses, government buildings, and at private organizations all over the world.  This has been established as a reasonable search.  The WTMDs are what passengers were used to pre-TSA.

Over the last couple of years, the TSA has rolled out millimeter-wave detection machines and backscatter X-Ray machines.  The TSA summarizes the difference between these two methods with their self-serving language here.  In their own language, millimeter-wave detection (MWD) operates through:

Beams of radio frequency (RF) energy in the millimeter wave spectrum are projected over the body’s surface at high speed from two antennas simultaneously as they rotate around the body.
The RF energy reflected back from the body or other objects on the body is used to construct a three-dimensional image.
The three-dimensional image of the body, with facial features blurred for privacy, is displayed on a remote monitor for analysis. The image is not saved – once it’s off the screen it’s gone forever.

And the backscatter x-ray (BX) detection operates through:

A narrow, low intensity X-ray beam is scanned over the body’s surface at high speed.
The technology relies on the X-ray radiation that is reflected back from the body and other objects placed or carried on the body, where it is converted into a computer image, embedded with a modesty filter and displayed on a remote monitor.
Passengers will walk up to the backscatter unit, assisted by a transportation security officer and remain still for several seconds while the technology creates an image of the body.
Images will be deleted immediately once viewed and will never be stored, transmitted or printed (the passenger imaging units have zero storage capability).

Within both of these detection methods, a traveler at a commercial airport walks into the detector and “assumes the position” (hands above your head, legs spread) while the machine scans you for 3-4 seconds for abnormalities.  The TSA gets to decide the definition of abnormalities.  Since they ask you to put your wallet, keys, boarding pass, belt, identification, anything other than your clothes through a separate x-ray, they assume you will have no abnormal object that can be a threat to transportation.  However, both of these machine implementations contain violations to your natural rights:

You have the natural right to travel freely as long as you are not infringing or trespassing on others.  The U.S. Constitution made this clear, and made it unequivocally clear in the 4th amendment which states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

We seceded from England because the King violated many of our natural rights.  One was that his soldiers could write their own warrants to barge into your home or as you traveled and search you for items they did not want you to have.

Both the MWD and BX detectors violate your natural right to travel, and the constitution, because the TSA is doing these searches day-in and day-out without a warrant, with no probable cause, and without describing specifically who or what will be searched.  The image displayed to a TSA screener in another room is a nude image of your body.  They can see what kind of underpants you are wearing, your choice of menstrual control, and how you groom yourself.  In addition, what is worse is that the BX machines emit a low, but cumulative amount of radiation.  Yes, when going through a BX machine, the government forces you to receive from them a cumulative blast of radiation.  That makes frequent flying slightly less glamorous.  Recently, the TSA has discontinued use of the BX machines and only uses the MWD machines.  They did this not because it was a violation to the Constitution and to your natural rights as a free person, but because they found they weren’t very effective.  The current MWD machines still do a detailed scan of your body, but without the cumulative radiation.  However, “assuming the position” and having a nude image of you, even if they now use a “human animation” and not your actual body to display “abnormalities,” performed without a warrant, reasonable suspicion, and without specific declaration of what they are searching about is unconstitutional and immoral.  They are a violation of your natural rights.

At each TSA checkpoint, there is a WTMD and a MWD machine.  The WTMD is roped off and only opened during busy times or for special classes the TSA doesn’t require to “assume the position” in the MWD.  These include pilots, flight attendants, airline employees, the elderly, children, or those with certain medical conditions.  As a frequent flier, or general passenger you are not exempt from the MWD unless you formally request an “opt-out.”  To “opt-out” lets you pass through the WTMD.  However, you must receive an enhanced pat-down from a TSA agent.  Additionally your luggage is swabbed for explosive residue.  The enhanced pat-down is a very intrusive procedure.  It is something that most people don’t ever receive except from their spouse, significant other, or doctor.  A stranger literally rubs all the areas of your body, including going up your leg.  They go up your leg until they reach your “resistance.”  The TSA uses verbal smoke and mirrors to describe what this means, but for a man it means on the outside of your clothes you get your penis and testicles rubbed by a stranger, and for a woman you get your labia and butt cheeks rubbed by a stranger.  They check your hair, your arms, your chest, your stomach, your butt, everywhere they hand-check you for abnormalities.  And all because you don’t want to go through the MWD.  You can’t just go through the WTMD.  You have to do this unconstitutional song and dance every time you fly.  Either MWD and “assume the position” or “opt-out” and get a stranger to brush your balls from the outside of your clothes.

Now, I highlighted in the paragraph above that certain medical conditions make one exempt from the MWD so a person can just go through the WTMD.  This is called a “medical opt-out.”  One of these conditions is not being able to walk through the MWD and “assume the position” for 3-4 seconds.  In my case, I am unable to because of a shoulder injury.  Usually it is my left shoulder, but sometimes both shoulders.  I have a hard time holding my arms over my head long enough for the TSA to obtain a satisfactory scan of my body.  I think this is the result of frequent travel and lugging and stowing suitcases all the time.  Regardless, when I arrive at a TSA checkpoint and the WTMD is roped off, my shoulder really starts to hurt, and right before I am directed into the MWD I tell the TSA agent, “I can’t lift my <left> or <right> or <left/right> shoulder above my head.  Out of doing this the last 9 times I have been confronted with the MWD, it has worked 8 times that the TSA agent calls over a colleague and they unrope the WTMD, allow me to walk through it, and I am on my way.  No “enhanced pat-down,” no judo chop to the labia, no stranger going through my hair.  Just presto my shoulder hurts and I can enjoy the WTMD and be on my way.  It is really that easy!  I have friends who also have suffered recently from TSA Shoulder Syndrome and have successfully, without exception, used the roped-off WTMD instead of the MWD as a “medical opt-out.”  There are countless accounts of others with TSA Shoulder Syndrome receiving “medical opt-outs” and bypassing the MWD.  My personal experience, and others’,  with TSA Shoulder Syndrome demonstrates the TSA’s ineffectiveness and their petard.  Other knocks against the TSA’s existence:

  1. The TSA makes us less safe from terrorists.  Achmed Durka Terrorist and his band of terrorist miscreants could use TSA Shoulder Syndrome to bypass the enhanced detection of abnormalities of the MWD and just go through the WTMD.  All the while, the general population of Americans are stripped of their civil liberties by dictate and forced into the unconstitutional MWD.  And it is not very hard to even get contraband that the TSA is afraid of past the MWD with a sewing kit!  We have a false sense of security because of the TSA.  If terrorists were hell bent on harming Americans, they still could do it.  Easily.  Why hasn’t there been an improvised bomb, a hi-jacked plane, or a string of grenades by a suicide bomber detonated at a NASCAR race, college football game, 4th of July parade, etc?  Have we been so lucky?  Why haven’t those arenas required the TSA and the MWD and the enhanced pat-down?  Please answer me that one.  Could it be that the terrorist threat is not as grave as the government makes us think?  Why is there TSA at Louisville airport but not the University of Kentucky football game?
  2. The TSA has caused more travel related deaths than occurred on 9/11.  Yes, it probably sounds bombastic and sensational, but it is not a glittering generality.  That is real.  You see, the TSA has made security lines longer than they were pre-TSA.  There are more hurdles to clear than before.  Your carry-on liquids are restricted to 100ml bottles in a 1 quart bag.  Up until one month from now, you can’t bring your wiffle ball bat for your kids birthday party through a TSA checkpoint.  Because of the delays at the security checkpoint, and the inconvenience of having your possessions taken from you because the TSA thinks they are a threat, people inherently substitute away from flying and into driving.  This is particularly the case for short- to medium-range destinations.  I now drive on business trips from my home in Charlotte to places like Jacksonville, FL (5.75 hours drive) or Atlanta, GA (3.5 hours drive) because of the hassle and headache of the restrictions imposed by the TSA.  Driving is exceptionally riskier than flying.  According to the University of Michigan, 65 times riskier.  Cornell university found (emphasis mine):

    There is lethal collateral damage associated with all this spending on airline security—namely, the inconvenience of air travel is pushing more people onto the roads. Compare the dangers of air travel to those of driving. To make flying as dangerous as using a car, a four-plane disaster on the scale of 9/11 would have to occur every month, according to analysis published in the American Scientist. Researchers at Cornell University suggest that people switching from air to road transportation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led to an increase of 242 driving fatalities per month—which means that a lot more people died on the roads as an indirect result of 9/11 than died from being on the planes that terrible day. They also suggest that enhanced domestic baggage screening alone reduced passenger volume by about 5 percent in the five years after 9/11, and the substitution of driving for flying by those seeking to avoid security hassles over that period resulted in more than 100 road fatalities.

    Yes, literally a thousand or more people per year would have flown but because of the hassle of flying, particularly from the delays and unconstitutional search and seizure by the TSA, have driven and were killed in an auto accident.  These are real statistics and real deaths!  Why is the media not calling out the TSA for this?

  3. The TSA is Security TheatreJason Riddle lays out the case beautifully of the ridiculousness of TSA Security Theater. One of his highlights:

TSA is the perfect example of government program that doesn’t have to answer to customers. If the naked body scanners and full-body groping really were good ideas, we would probably see these practices implemented at schools, shopping malls, and sporting events. (Don’t get any ideas government. I’m not saying it is a good idea.)

For what it lacks in effectiveness, the TSA makes up for in creating jobs for tens of thousands with pensions and full benefits, creating an entirely new class of bureaucrats who depend on politician fiat for their salary and ingraining in new generations of Americans who weren’t around for pre-9/11 travel security checkpoints the false sense of security from the government.  If the government convinces us that we cannot live without it “protecting us,” we will continually vote for it to participate in our lives.  And don’t forget, the TSA gets its money from legal plunder from us.  With every federal tax we pay, the government takes from us at the point of a gun (or threat of imprisonment) and gives away in our name to the causes it wants.  One of these is the TSA.

To my readers, my questions for you:

  1. To what extent is TSA Shoulder Syndrome immoral?  Or is it a moral form of civil disobedience?
  2. What are ways that private companies, like the airlines, in handling security perform it better than the government?  Do they have a vested interest in their reputation for traveler safety and the safe return of their very expensive airplanes?
  3. Will the government ever abolish the TSA?  We lived without it for almost 200 years.
  4. Can the government protect us from every risk in the world?
  5. Maximum security prisons, which have the most stringent security protocol of all, still have weapons and drugs smuggled into them.  If the US Government Department of Homeland Security made our entire existence a maximum security prison, would we be 100% safe?