TSA public comments thus far: Anger, disgust expressed; constitutional issues raised

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    Mother Jones has a good post up today: America’s 14 Most Pissed-Off Comments on the TSA’s Airport Body Scanners.​
    It’s heartening to see that at least some of my fellow lefties are calling attention (however obliquely) to these intrusive, ineffective, and potentially harmful machines. (I’m not sure, exactly, why or how liberals began to regard the matter of Fourth Amendment protections–not to mention common decency–as the exclusive domain of conservatives and libertarians. I for one refuse to passively stand by and watch as my rights, and those of my children, are violated by agencies whose salaries are paid with my tax dollars. And as readers are probably aware, I’m as left-leaning as it gets.)​
    Even more heartening: there would appear to be far more people saying “Hey, wait a minute–isn’t this America?” today than there were a year ago.
    Do head on over to Mother Jones and add your comments and ‘likes’ (where appropriate). There are still too many Americans out there who take an anything-so-I-can-feel-safe attitude, or who lamentably assume “if it hasn’t happened to me, it never happens to anyone”. A little education goes a long way!
     
  2. Mike

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    The Mother Jones article referenced is:

    Mother Jones: America's 14 Most Pissed-Off Comments on the TSA's Airport Body Scanners

    ... Here are 14 of the most pissed off public comments submitted to TSA ...:
    • "No to scanners. You want to see my junk? Fine. But first buy me a drink."—Jack A. Webber
    • "You're really asking us if we want you to be checking out our genitals in the name of national security?"—Alec
    • "I opted out once and I felt like crying because I'm not a touchy feel person and well, when you are using feminine hygiene products, NO ONE wants to be touched anywhere near there…So yeah, no more flying for me."—Anonymous
    • "I sit in airports, and watch people get shuffled through these machines, raising their hands like criminals 'assuming the position,' and I think- 'How did we get so afraid?'—Curtis
    • "A poem: Land of the screened./Home of the afraid./No porno scanners. Why?/4th Amendment./Health risks./Common sense./Liberty./No TSA./Why?/See above."—S. Private
    • "STOP USING ADVANCED IMAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR SCREENING PASSENGERS ! YOU TYRANNICAL DEMONS. WE CAN ALL SEE IF YOU HAVE A GUN OR BOMB AND WE AIN'T SCARED OF KNIVES AND BOX CUTTERS"—Anonymous
    • "Bunch of perverts! You are slowing down our economy."—Onederer
    • "I am an 82 year old Jewish woman with an artificial hip. That makes me a prime terrorist suspect according to the TSA. I need to be frisked every time I fly. That is a disgusting procedure. I doubt that Janet Napolitano would want her mother or her grandmother to be subjected to it."—Joan B. Berkowitz
    • "I have not flown in more than 2 years since being improperly touched and fondled by a TSA employee. I served in the military to defend the rights and freedoms of this country, only to come home to find the TSA taking both away."—Anonymous
    • "I am a stroke survivor…I am a rape survivor…I take a train or drive, because I'm not willing to put myself in the hands of people who bully and try to railroad me through machines my doctor has strictly said to stay away from."—T.A.
    • "Go ahead. Screen me. Screen the crap out of me. Coming and going if you must. But don't let this be a doorway to more and more restrictions. I don't care if you want to make sure no explosives get on a flight. I do care if you'll look through my phone or computer files as well."—Jonathan
    • "I spent over 36 years on active duty in the United States Navy. Had numerous very high security clearances and was a qualified Nuclear Weapons delivery pilot. Being 'frisked' or forced into an X-ray machine and treated as a common criminal [is] disgusting to someone who dedicated a large portion of his life to the defense of the united States."—Terry Farnell Carraway
    • "Having 4 replaced joints, I am full of metal and have had numerous X-rays. I don't want to subject myself to more X-rays…My husband and I were a writer-photographer team and used to fly everywhere for our business. Since you have instituted these procedures, we have been forced to give up our business."—El Hilf
    • "AS A PILOT AND FLYER IM AS CONCERNED AS ANY ABOUT SECURITY FOR ALL TRAVELERS AND I AND MY SIG OTHER ARE ALSO NATURIST [NUDIST, AS ARE A VERY MANY] HUMANS. TO EXPEDITE AIRPORT SCREENINGS A 'NUDIST' OR SIMILARLY WORDED LINE SHOULD OFFER VERY FAST SCREENING FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT SHAMED BY OUR BODIES. THIS WOULD BE A GREAT BOON TO TRAVELERS AND HELP UNCLOG SCREENING STATIONS"—Norm Al Man
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The Mother Jones article referenced is:

    Mother Jones: America's 14 Most Pissed-Off Comments on the TSA's Airport Body Scanners

    ... Here are 14 of the most pissed off public comments submitted to TSA ...:
    • "No to scanners. You want to see my junk? Fine. But first buy me a drink."—Jack A. Webber
    • "You're really asking us if we want you to be checking out our genitals in the name of national security?"—Alec
    • "I opted out once and I felt like crying because I'm not a touchy feel person and well, when you are using feminine hygiene products, NO ONE wants to be touched anywhere near there…So yeah, no more flying for me."—Anonymous
    • "I sit in airports, and watch people get shuffled through these machines, raising their hands like criminals 'assuming the position,' and I think- 'How did we get so afraid?'—Curtis
    • "A poem: Land of the screened./Home of the afraid./No porno scanners. Why?/4th Amendment./Health risks./Common sense./Liberty./No TSA./Why?/See above."—S. Private
    • "STOP USING ADVANCED IMAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR SCREENING PASSENGERS ! YOU TYRANNICAL DEMONS. WE CAN ALL SEE IF YOU HAVE A GUN OR BOMB AND WE AIN'T SCARED OF KNIVES AND BOX CUTTERS"—Anonymous
    • "Bunch of perverts! You are slowing down our economy."—Onederer
    • "I am an 82 year old Jewish woman with an artificial hip. That makes me a prime terrorist suspect according to the TSA. I need to be frisked every time I fly. That is a disgusting procedure. I doubt that Janet Napolitano would want her mother or her grandmother to be subjected to it."—Joan B. Berkowitz
    • "I have not flown in more than 2 years since being improperly touched and fondled by a TSA employee. I served in the military to defend the rights and freedoms of this country, only to come home to find the TSA taking both away."—Anonymous
    • "I am a stroke survivor…I am a rape survivor…I take a train or drive, because I'm not willing to put myself in the hands of people who bully and try to railroad me through machines my doctor has strictly said to stay away from."—T.A.
    • "Go ahead. Screen me. Screen the crap out of me. Coming and going if you must. But don't let this be a doorway to more and more restrictions. I don't care if you want to make sure no explosives get on a flight. I do care if you'll look through my phone or computer files as well."—Jonathan
    • "I spent over 36 years on active duty in the United States Navy. Had numerous very high security clearances and was a qualified Nuclear Weapons delivery pilot. Being 'frisked' or forced into an X-ray machine and treated as a common criminal [is] disgusting to someone who dedicated a large portion of his life to the defense of the united States."—Terry Farnell Carraway
    • "Having 4 replaced joints, I am full of metal and have had numerous X-rays. I don't want to subject myself to more X-rays…My husband and I were a writer-photographer team and used to fly everywhere for our business. Since you have instituted these procedures, we have been forced to give up our business."—El Hilf
    • "AS A PILOT AND FLYER IM AS CONCERNED AS ANY ABOUT SECURITY FOR ALL TRAVELERS AND I AND MY SIG OTHER ARE ALSO NATURIST [NUDIST, AS ARE A VERY MANY] HUMANS. TO EXPEDITE AIRPORT SCREENINGS A 'NUDIST' OR SIMILARLY WORDED LINE SHOULD OFFER VERY FAST SCREENING FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT SHAMED BY OUR BODIES. THIS WOULD BE A GREAT BOON TO TRAVELERS AND HELP UNCLOG SCREENING STATIONS"—Norm Al Man
     

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