Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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Groping Towards Bethlehem

Numerous jokes have been made on Twitter about the sexual assault that is now required by the TSA if you wish to board an airplane. Men seem to have much less concern over being groped by government—with some saying that gives them all the more reason to fly. Ha ha. [Update: Okay, some of the #TSAslogans are funny, but…] Go ahead and laugh while the cannibals strip you down and oil you up as they get the fire ready.

The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights says:

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.

Just how does routine TSA intimate molestation of citizens not violate every bit of that amendment?

If it is not unreasonable to have some random man stick his hands between our legs and rummage around until he’s satisfied there is nothing else to feel, what is? Just where do you draw the line? Perhaps they should combine the security check with a medical exam for breast and testicular cancer, kill two birds with one grope, so to speak.

Where is the probable cause? If you are okay with government-required sexual assault, perhaps we need to send SWAT teams to your house whenever you purchase a plane ticket, so they can go through all your belongings there, just in case you might be constructing a bomb that you would then try to put in your little girl’s pants.

Is this okay?…

To me, that’s outrageous. Completely unacceptable. Forget giving added training to unskilled TSA flunkies on how to feel up children. They should not be touching them at all.

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey writes:

We can’t know for certain that terrorists wouldn’t use a child as a mule to get explosives or other weapons through airport security, of course. In fact, we’ve seen al-Qaeda use children and the mentally impaired as “suicide” bombers in Iraq, so we know they have no scruples in doing so. Allahpundit noted three days ago that those who complain about those procedures now would have a very different take on the matter if a plane suddenly exploded in mid-air. However, wouldn’t that require the parents of the child (or those posing as parents) to be the actual terrorists? Shouldn’t TSA have taken the whole family aside and questioned Mom and Dad first to see if they got a hint of some ulterior motive?

Allahpundit and Morrissey are wrong. I would not have a “very different take on the matter if a plane suddenly exploded in mid-air.” This grossly gross invasion of privacy can never be justified—and it likely would not prevent an attack. The terrorists will just find another way, while you agree to show up at the airport three hours early in a robe with a change of clothing for after your oral, anal and vaginal wanding.

Why would you submit to this at an airport, but not at a movie theater or grocery store or wedding reception or crosstown bus?

People, wake up. Think about what you are agreeing to. What would the Founding Fathers have said? Would George Washington have thought it acceptable to have some slovenly soldier stick his hands up Martha’s skirt?

If you let this line be crossed, you have no liberty left. There is nothing you won’t submit to.

Join the outcry. Follow John Tyner’s lead in refusing to allow the government to touch your crotch:

From W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming:

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Is it too late to stop its advance?

Update: For more info see the previous post: TSA = Traditional Sexual Assault

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