I was amused to see a blog entry on the site of Breitbart dingleberry Dana Loesch about the outrage of the TSA. How dare these people invade your freedom in the name of public safety. This is all the sweeter given Dana’s claim to conservative fame is that the “9-11 attacks were her inspiration to become a conservative”. Despite the fact that if we had the security in place then that we have now, perhaps 9-11 would never have happened. Perhaps she worships the GOP’s national security incompetence that allowed such a tragedy to happen on their watch after repeated ignored warnings. It is hard to say. Is it even worth trying to find reason in the logic of another college dropout, conservative mouthpiece – probably not.
Why is this even an issue? Because this type of brain-dead issue appeals to the type of ‘patriot’. Not the type that see ‘freedom’ as a serious responsibility. No, this appeals to the type that believe ‘freedom’ is a get out-of-jail-card-for-free-card from having to make any contribution to society. Not only does this show a deep ignorance of American history, it is also a rather despicable effort by the right to play on peoples ignorance in order to get power.
Freedom is a RESPONSIBILITY, not a GET-OUT-JAIL-CARD-FOR-FREE excuse for societal dead-weight.
Something that may not be so obvious is that this ridiculous position is in complete contrast with a country that the right is in the process of worshiping - Israel. If you haven’t been following the news lately, Mitt Romney, a mormon that believes that the ‘Garden of Eden’ is located somewhere in Missouri, is trying to demonstrate his unwavering solidarity to the country that worships the religion of the people that killed Jesus. Head spinning yet? Yes, welcome to the wonderful and wacky world where religion meets politics.
How would this ‘outrage’ be received in Israel? It wouldn’t. Even the dumbest of Israelis are not as dumb as the smartest American Tea Partiers. Below is a description of the Israeli security procedures.
Description of Israeli Airport Security Measures
As a prime target for terrorism, El Al employs stringent security procedures, both on the ground and on board its aircraft. In 2008, the airline was named by Global Traveler magazine as the world’s most secure airline.
Airport Security Measures
Passengers are asked to report three hours before departure. All El Al terminals around the world are closely monitored for security. There are plain-clothes agents and fully armed police or military personnel patrolling the premises for explosives, suspicious behavior, and other threats. Inside the terminal, passengers and their baggage are checked by a trained team. El Al security procedures require that all passengers be interviewed individually prior to boarding, allowing El Al staff to identify possible security threats. Passengers will be asked questions about where they are coming from, the reason for their trip, their job or occupation, and whether they have packed their bags themselves. The likelihood of potential terrorists remaining calm under such questioning is believed to be low.
At the check-in counter, passengers’ passports and tickets are closely examined. A ticket without a sticker from the security checkers will not be accepted. At passport control passengers’ names are checked against information from the FBI, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Scotland Yard, Shin Bet, and Interpol databases. Luggage is screened and sometimes hand searched. In addition, bags are put through a decompression chamber simulating pressures during flight that could trigger explosives. El Al is the only airline in the world that passes all luggage through such a chamber. Even at overseas airports, El Al security agents conduct all luggage searches personally, even if they are supervised by government or private security firms.
Flight Security Measures
Undercover agents (sometimes referred to as sky marshals) carrying concealed firearms sit among the passengers on every international El Al flight. Most El Al pilots are former Israeli Air Force pilots. The cockpits in all El Al aircraft have double doors to prevent entry by unauthorized persons. A code is required to access the doors, and the second door will only be opened after the first has closed and the person has been identified by the captain or first officer. Furthermore, there are reinforced steel floors separating the passenger cabin from the baggage hold.
Following an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002, all aircraft in the fleet have been equipped with an infrared countermeasures system called Flight Guard, developed by Israeli Aerospace Industries to defend them against anti-aircraft missiles. Although comparable systems such as CAMPS are now available for civilian aircraft, there is no information to date about any other airlines deploying such a system. Switzerland and other European countries have expressed concern that flares dropped by the Israeli system could cause fires in the vicinity of an airport.
Is that ‘freedom’ Billy Bob? Nope. That sounds like the policies of one of them there commie, socialist fascists marxistes.