Federal government’s refusal to acknowledge nationwide outrage could set the scene for states’ rights confrontation
Paul Joseph Watson
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Big Sis has slapped travel and pilots associations in the face after a meeting designed to address the burgeoning backlash surrounding naked body scanners as well as new invasive groping measures ended in nothing more than a glib Homeland Security press release that failed completely to offer any reasonable response to the national outrage against the TSA.
The DHS press release not only fails to address any of the concerns surrounding health risks posed by radiation scanners, pat downs of children that amount to sexual molestation, or the TSA’s own lackluster background checks for its employees that have allowed rapists and illegal aliens to work in airport security, it actually only reiterates that the same if not even more invasive policies will continue to be followed.
The statement encourages Americans to spy on each other under the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, but unfortunately for the feds, the only people saying something are the one third of tourists who have made a pretty big statement by refusing to travel to the United States as a result of the TSA’s oppressive security policies.
Even the US Army, as an occupying force in a foreign country, now refuses to make Afghan citizens submit to the same treatment Americans are subjected to by the TSA and Homeland Security.
“A US Army staff sergeant, now serving in Afghanistan, writes about the new enhanced pat-down procedure from the TSA. Summary of his very powerful message: to avoid giving gross offense to the Afghan public, and to prevent the appearance of an uncontrolled security state, the US military forbids use on Afghan civilians of the very practices the TSA is now making routine for civilian travelers at US airports,” explains the Atlantic’s James Fallows.
The federal government is attempting to diffuse the controversy by simply refusing to acknowledge its existence, and hoping prominent industry heads will simply drop the issue entirely.
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Unfortunately for Big Sis, lawmakers are set to take the matter into their own hands.
“New Jersey State Legislators, including Senator Michael J. Doherty (23rd District), Senator Diane Allen (7th District), Assemblywoman Alison McHose (24th District), Assemblyman John DiMaio (23rd District), Assemblyman Erik Peterson (23rd District), Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle (37th District) and Deborah Jacobs, Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, will hold a press conference at the New Jersey State House on Monday, November 15, 2010, to discuss their opposition to the new Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) screening procedures at United Statesâ€™ airports and the nationwide reports of passenger abuse,” reports Politicker NJ.
The TSA abuse story could spark a major states’ rights confrontation between local representatives and the federal government. If lawmakers vow to stand their ground, then the TSA could be kicked out of airports across the country.
If the feds want to avoid this fight, they need to terminate the use of dangerous body scanners with immediate effect, as well as rolling back pointless pat down groping that is designed to achieve nothing but ritual humiliation and degradation of the American people and travelers in general.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 11:02 am