Tuesday, December 07, 2010

"You're doing a heckuva job, TSA"...

 ... not for making the airlines safe, of course, but for the real reasons for the new TSA procedures.

But just in case anyone still thinks that the new TSA procedures are about airline safety, this article is indisputable proof to the contrary.

Airline traveler Samuel Wolanyk presented himself for airline security clad only in his underwear. He was not naked, and it is not illegal to be wearing only a small garment like underwear in public - as anyone visiting a beach knows. He was not accused of indecent exposure.  He was breaking no laws, and he was clearly proving that he was not a threat - at least insofar as a naked-scan or a blue-glove-grope would prove anyway.

Mr. Wolanyk opted out of the radiation naked-scanner, and thus was subject to a the additional scrutiny of an enhanced "pat-down." Obviously, the pat-down became moot, and the TSA agent could clearly see that Mr. Wolanyk was not carrying any weapons or contraband.  But rather than wave him on his way, this is where the true intent of the new TSA procedures come into obvious focus:

"Wolanyk's attorney said that TSA requested his client put his clothes on so he could be patted down properly but his client refused to put his clothes back on. He never refused a pat down, according to his attorney.

Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the security process. A woman, identified by Harbor police as Danielle Kelli Hayman,39, of San Diego was detained for recording the incident on a phone."

So, think about this: they told him to put his clothes back on in order to be patted down to see if he had any weapons under his clothes - which would have been obvious to anyone with an intelligence quotient in double digits.  This is an example of what is known in technical terminology as "redundancy."  He was not arrested for carrying anything dangerous, nor for threatening anyone, nor even for indecent exposure - but rather for his non-conformity and refusal to bow and scrape.

The point of these intrusive procedures is not to make travelers safe, but to make them obedient. It is about control.  This is confirmed by the fact that another traveler was arrested for the "crime" of recording the incident on a camera phone.  Once it has been determined that there is no threat, the TSA agents need to cease and desist - that is, unless their job is something else.  And it is clear that it is.

This is not just laughable "security theater" - it is authoritarian Pavlovian training that would make Stalin salivate.

Oh yes, it's also about selling machines through compulsion and a sweetheart deal with the government on behalf of RapistScan and former government trougher Michael Chertoff.  There is that too.  Never underestimate the role of graft, greed, and corruption wherever government compulsion is sold.

Had enough yet?

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