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Is that the new message our government is sending out? We really have to wonder when we see headlines like (this) from News 10 in Sacremento, CA.  Attorney General Janet Napolitano and her regime apparently will not tolerate anyone exposing the gaping flaws in our so-called “aviation security”, even though others have been saying the same things for years now.  The fact is we are no safer in the air now than on September 11, 2001.  We spend billions of our tax dollars on security “theatre”  ,subjecting our fellow citizens to examinations more familiar to those in the prison system.  Yet we allow airplanes to enter our airspace from countries that allow you to board an aircraft with no official identification and a chicken under each arm.  Doesn’t anyone in charge of our government see where the threats have come from? Controls on our border security and stricter scrutiny of people entering our country will have far greater effect on our safety than any of these measures that have cost us unknown billions.

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Security Theatre

Well I hate to beat a dead horse here, but this TSA issue just seems to get worse by the hour.  On one side of  the discussion you have our Homeland Security Director and former Arizona governor  Ms. Janet  Napolitano (Big Sister) who’s answer to complaints of passengers being groped is “if they don’t like our procedures, then don’t fly”. ( Article here )  One the other side we have a new District Attorney in California who promises to prosecute overzealous TSA wonks who get carried away with the groping.  What’s that? A chorus of Conservative Angels singing hallelujah for a public employee protecting the public? Stranger things have happened. ( Article here ) Our Homeland Security Director would have us believe that the increasingly intrusive security “show” we are being subjected to is somehow making us safer.  What no one seems to be talking about here is that the “Underwear Bomber” that we are supposed to be preventing from repeating was a Nigerian who boarded a plane in Amsterdam.  The Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab, applied for and received a  multiple entry visa at the US consulate in London on June 12, 2008 valid until June 12, 2010.  In November of 2009  after warnings from UK officials and his father, Abdulmatallab’s name was added to the US Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment,  a database of our National Counterterrorism Center.  The name was not, however, added to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, the Secondary Screening Selectee List or the No Fly List and his US visa was not revoked.  Where was Homeland Security when this 23 year old Nigerian paid cash for his ticket, didn’t have his own passport and boarded a flight to Detroit with his underwear full of explosives?  Taking away our toenail clippers and lifting grandma out of her wheelchair, that’s where.  The people charged with protecting us are so scared of offending anyone other than hardworking taxpaying US citizens that they could’nt recognize a threat if it lifted it’s veil and spat in their eye.  What do we do? Write, call, email or even visit your representatives in Congress and the Senate.  Tell them you are fed up with being treated like the enemy.  Our 4th Ammendment rights are on the line here and our forefathers risked it all to provide us with these rights. Don’t let them be taken away.

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Hey TSA, Ever hear of the 4th Amendment?

As the holidays approach, many of us will be boarding planes to visit family, vacation or squeeze in that end-of-the-year conference we’ve got scheduled. Many people are unaware of the latest surprise awaiting them at the TSA checkpoints. At many locations (eventually all, they tell us) you may be selected for a full body scan, which uses low-dose radiation to virtually strip your clothes away, enabling a TSA agent to get a view of your body that leaves nothing to their imagination. Should you “opt out” of the virtual strip down, you will be subjected to a thorough examination called an “enhanced pat down”. Read about John Tyner’s experience at San Diego International Airport here: Traveler tossed from Airport

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