One of the problems with any new government agency is the question “How are we going to pay for this?”. It’s not just salaries and infrastructure: it’s pensions, attorneys (read more about the TSA regarding the need for attorneys ) and all that other chewy goodness that goes along with starting a new business. Which is, ostensibly, what a new government agency is… with infinite funding, it all but does away with that pesky “competition”.
The way to pay for a “free service?”
Taxes. Taxes. Taxes.
For all the anti-libertarians out there, this tax has nothing to do with your roads.
This article: http://www.policymic.com/articles/14775/tsa-gone-wild-8-unexpected-ways-the-government-is-spying-on-you/220462 how if the following words are included in your social media post, it will automatically be monitored by your helpful government agency.
Riot, pipe bomb, plume, toxic, chemical burn.
It is now part of my personal email signature and will be included in every Tweet & FB post.
Won’t you join me?
REMOVE YOUR SHOES WITH PRIDE!
Are you deeply passive aggressive? How about slipping on a pair of Fourth Amendment Socks in preparation for the next time your friendly TSA Agent “asks” you to remove your shoes?
Imagine the blank look of confusion as he/she tries to parse why you have writing on your socks. Imagine the look of dread as he/she realizes that he/she must read the entire paragraph to make sure that it doesn’t say anything that might peg you as a terrorist!
Imagine how they might not even notice the socks.
But at least your feet are cozy!
Of course, there’s one presidential candidate who wants to dismantle the TSA. He also wants to stop the United States campaign of worldwide destruction, but I’ve been told that a vote for him is childish. Idealism is so 2008 and shouldn’t be applied to actual issues.
I’m not convinced that, unless one is Betty White, an online petition does anyone any good except for feeling like they’ve done something. Which is kinda/sorta the reality of the Bill of Rights – Security Edition. It feels like you’re making a statement, but you’re only preaching to your very own choir of one.
Those childish and unrealistic folks over at Campaign for Liberty have begun a petition to support a bill to END THE TSA.
Freedom is a sweet thing which I hope doesn’t change.
That is my horrible headline for this horrible event.
Wilco Tango Foxtrot is happening, people?
On Friday, at the request of the TSA, I was removed from the witness list. The excuse was that I am involved in a lawsuit against the TSA, trying to get them to suspend their full-body scanner program. But it’s pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress. They want to control the story, and it’s easier for them to do that if I’m not sitting next to them pointing out all the holes in their position. Unfortunately, the committee went along with them.
The title of the hearing: TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?
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The Ron Paul 2012 web site is buzzing with even more pro-liberty/anti-tsa content than usual after future president Rand Paul was detained by the TSA today.
They cite an article at Human Events where John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation Committee said “They need to get out of the screening business and back into security. Most of the screening they do should be abandoned”.
Here is the article on Ron Paul 2012: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/23/tsa-creator-agrees-with-ron-paul-about-abolishing-tsa/.
Here’s the Human Events article.
TSA Agent cites “frosting as security risk”.
Rebecca Hains said the Transportation Security Administration agent at McCarran International Airport took her cupcake Wednesday, telling her its frosting was enough like a gel to violate TSA restrictions on allowing liquids and gels onto flights to prevent them from being used as explosives.
The victim of this fiasco (besides each and every one of us) sums it all up rather nicely:
“It’s not really about the cupcake; I can get another cupcake,’’ she said. “It’s about an encroachment on civil liberties. We’re just building up a resistance and tolerance to all these things they’re doing in the name of security, when it’s really theater. It is not keeping us safe.’’