Apparently, the T in TSA is for…
I was looking at my Declaration of Independence app on my iPhone.
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
These words are followed by 24 paragraphs listing the offenses of the King. And ya’ know…except for the random killing part, none of the offenses got anywhere near the outright depravity the US government is committing on the governed this very day. TSA’s “enhanced imaging systems” and “pat downs” aren’t even useless Security Theater being presented as real security. They are a show of power. It is the government proving
Phil Hare’s Pete Stark (my bad) position that “Actually, the government can do pretty much anything.” I can’t help but feel that there is an e-mail trail in Washington, DC that includes a “We are going to teach these rubes a lesson.”