...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Elizabeth Conley, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member


    I'm ball-parking the value of durable goods openly stolen from travelers by the federal government at TSA checkpoints in TX to be worth about $2,000,000 retail. I have no idea how to put a dollar sum to the cost of the beverages and food contaminated and/or stolen at checkpoints and within the "secure" area. Then there's the cost of missed flights and other delays. (Add the freelance thievery of TSA perps to the Federally mandated theft, and you've got a staggering sum.)

    Isn't it time the 5th amendment was honored by our federal government again?

    These continual breaches of contract between the federal government and the people bring to mind other words:

    ...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.

    I hope 2012 brings us some relief.
  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Why in the world would they honor the 5th when they see the entire document as a mere inconvenience?

    How the electorate doesn't see what is going on boggles my mind.
  3. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Until people of this country start revolting and demanding restoration of their freedoms and rights, the electorate doesn't have to do a damn thing. :mad:
  4. mikemey

    mikemey Original Member

    I've got pitchforks and torches.

    When do we march?
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  5. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I wonder if there's a stockpile in some Federal warehouse of the most valuable things stolen from citizens at checkpoints. Desperate, frustrated people who permit cherished items to be confiscated so they can make vitally important flights probably leave really expensive things behind from time to time.

    Remember the gold Nazis pried from their victims' teeth? It was grisly and disgusting, and serves to remind all who study history of just how low a self-serving "government" will go. The TSA isn't prying out any gold fillings yet, but the mindset of entitlement is absolutely there. I wouldn't be surprised to find there's an official stash of "treasures" somewhere, in addition to the personal stashes gained through TSA perps' freelance thievery.

    The TSA is absolutely, first and foremost a bureaucracy. "The banality of evil" is the term that comes to mind as I contemplate these possibilities. I wonder if the Freedom of Information Act could be helpful in discovering such a stash.
  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    From an editorial in today's NY Times:

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    Mike Founding Member Coach

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    jtodd Original Member

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