Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile – of your personal privacy. We’re talking about the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In case you had forgotten or are too young to remember, before the World Trade Center and other attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, the U.S. was still fairly surveillance-free. Since then, American citizens have watched helplessly as our personal liberties have eroded, slowly but surely, in front of our very eyes.
The end of civil rights and personal privacy began when the New World Order used George Bush to announce oh-so-seriously that there was no other course but to launch an unwinnable and ever-lasting “War on Terror” – a ridiculous concept in and of itself since only nations combat nations and making war on an abstract idea is impossible.
The newly-created DHS lost little time in forming the TSA to police airports. It didn’t take long after that for truly evil companies like Halliburton to win plum government contracts that installed all-body scanners in airports across the nation.
In 2009, TSA rolled out advanced imaging technology (AIT) for primary screening of anyone seeking entry to the “sterile” security area inside the screening perimeter where the planes are parked. The new machines were intended to increase the accuracy of walk-through metal detectors and reduce the wait-time of hand-wanding by TSA screeners.
All of the above techniques are used to detect “threat items” concealed inside a person’s clothes or shoes. TSA has changed just what constitutes a threat item so many times that one has to wonder if the decision is made by throwing darts at a board. Are knitting needles onboard okay today? How about nail clippers? Baby formula?
Is TSA threat detection effective? You be the judge. Between January 22 and February 4, 2018, TSA confiscated “150 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation.” Incredibly, 130 of those guns were loaded and 47 actually had a round in the chamber, ready to fire.
The TSA readily admits that most of the people who carried guns, loaded or not, toward a waiting airplane had simply forgotten they had them in their bag. Although there are civil penalties for packing a weapon at TSA security checkpoints (up to $13,066 per incident), the federal law enforcement agency realizes that these people are not terrorists.
Has the TSA stopped any real terror attacks since its formation after 9/11/01? As of 2010 – nine years after the birth of the TSA – the airport security organization would admit to nothing except their bi-weekly online bulletins:
“The TSA was unable to provide any comprehensive data covering all nine years of its existence on short notice.”
Five years later, in 2015, at least one airline pilot had doubts about the effectiveness of the TSA’s methods. This seasoned flyer had 31 years of experience at the time. He naturally wanted the “best tools” at his disposal and so wondered:
“‘Is “TSA airline security” an oxymoron? I hope not.”
In June 2015, the acting director of TSA, Melvin Carrawy was replaced by Mark Hatfield, the acting deputy director, after TSA screeners “failed to detect explosives and weapons in nearly every test that an undercover team conducted at dozens of airports.”
TSA scanners used backscatter body scans until 2012 when this untried technology resulted in health and safety concerns regarding the ionizing radiation exposure they emitted. The European Union had banned these devices in 2011.
Undaunted, the TSA migrated to millimeter wave body scanners. These use a form of high-frequency, non-ionizing radiation – the same technology used to heat molecules in a microwave oven, by the way:
“These use electromagnetic waves to generate high-resolution images of unusual objects that might be concealed by passenger clothing; these anomalies are then superimposed on the image of a mannequin to protect privacy.”
Health and safety are not the only concerns critics of the TSA scanning procedures have. Privacy is a big one for many individuals.
However, almost no one is talking about the questionable practice of giving up personal privacy for the presumption of increased public safety. The federal government and New World Order have successfully brainwashed the majority of sheeple to submit and obey.
Although there are plenty of articles questioning the safety of exposure to airport screening radiation, there are almost none that discuss issues of privacy and warrantless search and seizure.
This is downright chilling.
Even more disturbing is a report from this past May 2018. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that TSA employees were “searching the electronic devices of passengers on domestic flights in the US.”
The ACLU smacked down the TSA with a lawsuit demanding full government disclosure of its official policies about searching computers and cell phones in the possession of domestic passengers. ACLU staff attorney Vasudha Talla said:
“We’ve received reports of passengers on purely domestic flights having their phones and laptops searched, and the takeaway is that TSA has been taking these items from people without providing any reason why.”
Equally unsettling is this fact revealed by Talla:
“There are no clear patterns in the searches that people have described to the ACLU, though in each case, the TSA has not explained its justification to passengers, who have typically experienced the searches while going through security before boarding flights.”
Adding insult to injury, in October 2017, the TSA proclaimed that stricter screening protocols would encompass tablets and e-readers. Once again, no formal government policies or standard operating procedures have been forthcoming from the bulldog group.
If you aren’t upset by now, you will be when you find out that the TSA has installed body scanners in the Los Angeles, California main subway terminal, Union Station. Installed prominently over the escalators, the TSA wants people to be intimidated by this new form of intrusive surveillance.
Susan Walker directs physical security for the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She admitted, “We wanted this to be obvious.”
Of course, surveillance without express permission and property seizure with no official policy governing it are for our own good. Said Walker:
“We are out here trying to show the people that we are trying to keep them safe in our system.”
With a price tag of about $100,000 each, the subway scanners will be placed randomly at stations, to accompany K-9 (dogs) and officers.
Next up for the TSA: partnerships with the New York and New Jersey Port Authorities to equip bus terminals with body scanners.
And, once again, all this expense and sacrifice of personal privacy is for our own good, “to help safeguard against terrorist threats in the mass transit environment.”
The TSA is also working with passenger rail and transit organizations to test body scanning spyware.
If all this doesn’t sound like Nazi Germany on steroids, what does?