Freedom is something that is hard to earn, but so incredibly easy to lose. Over the last several years , we’ve seen our freedoms eroded by a new world order. Nothing exemplifies this more than what will happen as Americans board planes this holiday season.
Women, children, the elderly, basically everyone in America will be presumed guilty and subjected to a personally invasive search if they want to travel from one part of the country to another. All of this in the name of national security:Across the country, passengers simmered over being forced to choose scans by full-body image detectors or probing pat-downs. Passengers like Renee Marie Abbott of Austin, who called the full-body image scan “creepy.”“It shows everything,” said Abbott, who arrived at Albuquerque’s Sunport on Monday. “You might as well get naked. I used to love flying. I hate it now.”
Top federal security officials said Monday that the procedures were safe and necessary sacrifices to ward off terrorist attacks.“It’s all about security,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. “It’s all about everybody recognizing their role.”Chris Horne, operations officer for Albuquerque International Sunport, said the airport has four body scanners and that fliers are unlikely to face “significant” delays at the airport, even as traffic increases during the holidays.
The government is spinning it as doing your part for national security. But, the truth is that we are quickly and quietly lining up like sheep and giving away our freedoms. We’re assuming the government has checks in place that don’t exisit:
A Transportation Security Agency worker who pats down members of the flying public was charged with multiple child sex crimes targeting an underage girl yesterday.
The bust outraged privacy and passenger advocates who say it justifies their fears about Logan International Airport’s full-body scanner.
As a country, we need to wake up and say, “Something is not right here.” What’s next, will we have our children subjected to pat downs before boarding a school bus to ensure they aren’t carrying an explosive device on to a bus. Will we require every American to walk through one of these image scanners before stepping on to a subway car. Where does this stop? Are we so forgetful of history that we are once again ready to assume that government’s have our best interests at heart? It’s time for voices of reason to emerge.