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WHEW, what a relief!

Comic relief, that is.



Um, sorry, Dana, but…”just following orders”? NOT cool, not in any way, shape, or form—not in 1943, not now, not ever.

I was saving that one for tomorrow night, but it fits in way too perfectly here. As for the misbegotten TSA, it’s no more nor less than another greedy, grasping tentacle of the neo-Nazi Überstadt Leviathan which simply has to go—“cool” guys who are “just following orders” and all.

No more Mr Nice Guy update! Lest there be any further misunderstanding about what’s really at stake here, Michael Walsh spells it out.

THE COLUMN: To Save America, Abolish the TSA
T&he Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Nevertheless, like so much else in the Bill of Rights, those sentiments are no longer valid, especially when you’re shuffling your way, shoeless and beltless, through the sheep pens of the Transportation Security Administration, George W. Bush’s gift to the American traveling public.

In retrospect, it’s clear that Osama bin Laden emerged the victor of 9/11. He brought down the Twin Towers and took a chunk out of the Pentagon, severely wobbled the American economy, destroyed the freedom of the skies, set the American government haring after all sorts of villains but not a single enemy it would name, and made himself a martyr. Worst of all, because of the actions of 19 Muslim hijackers, most of them Saudi nationals but all of them members of the Islamic ummah, he panicked the U.S. government into presumptively criminalizing more than 300 million American citizens with the passage of the Patriot Act and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and of the TSA, a mortal sin that will live in infamy.

What about safety? Surely you jest. To previous generations of Americans, the idea of trading liberty for safety would have been laughed out of court, but a fearful, feminized society won’t even hesitate. Curtail your freedom of movement and subject yourself to intrusive, sometimes bodily, inspection every time you wish to travel by plane? Why not? If it saves just one life…

One byproduct of Big Brotherism has been the creation of “protected classes,” against whom no voice can be raised. Their numbers include (hang on to your hat): “age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or any other bases under the law.” Thus, in the name of equality — now redubbed “equity” — the U.S. has become a profoundly anti-egalitarian nation with a two-tiered system of justice that stands in open violation of every Constitutional principle.

Dismantling the Surveillance State and its bureaucratic accretions like Homeland Security is, alas, the work of years, decades — if it even can be done. The guiding principle of all toxic amoebas, even those as gargantuan as a federal department, is self-preservation. Once birthed, they aspire to immortality. The western Roman Empire maintained the fiction of consuls right to the end. But we have to start somewhere, and the noxious TSA is as good as place as any.

Well, it might be, if we assume it’s still possible to vote our way out of this—ie, that FederalGovCo will simply stand idly back while we go about the business of dismantling it via regular Constitutional order and process. None of which any longer, y’know, exist, either de facto or de jure.

That being so, and it is, we’re left with just the one discomfiting conundrum: to defeat them, we must become more like them. Longtime Constitutional conservative Alice Cooper long ago told us where that must necessarily start.

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  1. The Fourth Amendment is dead! period! end of statement! end of the Constitution of the United States of America! There is no more Fourth Amendment.
    Any police officer, under the guise of probable cause (whether truthful of not) may enter your living quarters without a warrant.
    A person, with malicious design, can untruthfully inform the police of a serious situation in your living quarters and the police are requuired to investigate: they feel they have been given “probable cause”. They are not required to investigate/question the truthfulness of the information leading to this invasion of your privacy.

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