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Trust is a Dirty Word

by RightHandMan

“Do you want to play doctor or TSA agent tonight?”

Prior to 9-11, going through security at an airport was laissez-faire at best. Since then we have been told to sacrifice more and more freedom for the sake of safety – a safety that would be implemented by our federal government. Proponents would argue that no lives have been lost since these implementations; no successful attacks have been executed from the enemy. This is true – but at what cost?

Perhaps you should ask Erin, a mother who writes a blog ( about speech development delays and cooking. Her most recent post is much different from those in the past. It chronicles a day at the airport where she was sexually assaulted by a TSA official. After being told by a TSA member that they needed to feel along her waistband, they proceeded (without warning or asking permission) to feel her buttocks, breasts, and even her labia.

Is this the correct action? Should we lower our dignity to such a standard that being publically groped by government workers is okay? Where does this stop? Perhaps terrorists will attack a school next. Will the fed then require all students to go through these measures prior to entering public school? What if terrorists blow up a super market, train, or Time Square? What will our reaction be then?

There seems to be a growing acceptance of a new truth: government is here to protect us and sometimes liberties must be forfeited for this protection. You can hear such philosophies spanning from Bill O’Reilly to Janet Napolitano. You can see it implemented from the EPA to the FDA. Protecting us from harm has even expanded to protecting us from ourselves as evidenced by the federal ban of flavored cigarettes and caffeinated alcohol.

There is a major flaw in this philosophy; it’s not supported by the Constitution. The document does allow for Congress to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. However, the TSA is an extension of the executive branch, not the legislative. Nowhere does the constitution provide such power for the executive branch unless implied through the military (the TSA isn’t the military). Furthermore the power given to Congress to provide security is capped by certain measures, most notably the following:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Who here would consider searching your genitals unreasonable…especially when no crime has been committed? Apparently a large portion of the public is fine with these measures, it is to be assumed, because they would trade this routine for a perceived safety. Herein lays the problem.
When a people decide to put their faith in their government it is bought with only one currency, liberty. Those who feel it is government that is best equipped to take care of us measure the worth of individuals far below their actual potential.

Unfortunately, this liberalism has blinded many to basic truths. This faith in a big government allows for people like Gloria Allred, a woman who once fought against pornography because it belittled women, and someone who once sued the TSA because they humiliated a woman by making her take off her nipple rings, to side with the TSA – and to even go so far as to say she “liked it” (the procedure).

Contrast the treatment of our citizens with the treatment of our enemies. Just this week a New York jury acquitted the former Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani on all one of the 285 counts. U.S. District Judge Leonard Kaplan excluded evidence obtained by torture and said, “The court has not reached this conclusion lightly,” the judge wrote. “It is acutely aware of the perilous nature of the world we live in. But the constitution is the rock upon which our nation rests. We must follow it not only when it is convenient, but when fear and dangerous beckon in a different direction.”

There you have it. When it comes to our citizens we throw the Constitution out the window due to the “perilous nature of the world we live in”. When it comes to our enemies, we must stand upon “the rock upon which our nation rests”.

The Constitution is remarkable precisely because it held little faith in governments and high esteem for individuals. This is why the majority of the document is a limitation on government and an empowerment of the people. The TSA shouldn’t be involved in airport passenger screening – it should be done privately. The airports should be allowed to hire their own private security…and I don’t mean Michael Chertoff.

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Filed under: 9/11, ahmed ghailani, bill o'reilly, Constitution, Gloria Allred, leonard kaplan, michael chertoff, tsa

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