Yes, that is right.
A report put out by the United States’ National Safety Council in 2009 tracks the risk of death for various activities. Based on their research, roughly 1 in 80,000 Americans will be legally executed by the government. This includes the dozens of death-row inmates, and Americans killed by police. Of these killed by police, are those accidentally killed by police through botched raids, incorrect warrants, or misunderstandings.
Based on the number of Americans killed by Terrorists in the last 15 years, your odds of dying by Terrorism is 1 in 20,000,000. Who should we really be fearing? The Terrorists, or our own Government?
Because of our fear of Terrorism, foisted on us by all branches of our government, the media, and the elite establishment, we lose so much freedom when traveling. The TSA is an unconstitutional restriction to our natural rights to travel freely in public. Sadly, even conservative thinktanks are cheering on the TSA for rolling out “Pre-Check” to those that apply. For a set of fingerprints, and $85, you can petition the government to get back the kind of security screening you had 6 years ago before the Nude-O-Scopes. From the Heritage foundation:
Beginning later this year, all U.S. citizens will be able to apply for the program online, which will require applicants to undergo a background check, provide fingerprints, and pay a registration fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Until now, travelers could join the program only if they were members of select frequent flier programs or other trusted traveler programs.
We go through all the hassle with TSA, security checks, letting them do these things to us, all to alleviate the 1 in 20,000,000 risk that a terrorist might get us. Is the trade-off for security at the expense of liberty really an exchange that is worth making? Imagine if the government took away all our liberties in the name of security. We might have more security, but we would have no liberty. That would be a miserable place to live. It already exists today, it is called prison. And even there security is an illusion. Each day inmates are assaulted or killed. So even if the government took away all our rights for the name of security, we still would not be totally secure.
Stand up to the TSA, America.