Wednesday, November 17, 2010

TSA Naked Body Scanners and Excessive Pat Down Debate Heating Up.

The issue of Naked Body Scanners and groping at airports by the TSA is heating up as more and more Americans are voicing outrage citing health concerns and personal liberty violations. What started out as a few unfortunate events in which women were touched in degrading fashion has become what appears to be the norm as more travelers across the nation as complaining that are being touched in ways which are offensive. 

The new security protocols put into common practice by the TSA have upset American to the point of proactive resistance. The Independent Union of Airline Pilots has issued a warning to all union members to outright refuse submitting to a naked body scan citing health concern that the scanners increase the risk of cancer. The union is also urging all members that a pat down be done in private to the excessive groping involved. As we all know when unions start refusing to comply with policy that situation is reaching a head. Union leader Captain Dave Bates issued a letters to all pilots to begin an outright revolt against the new TSA security protocols which was publish by the Atlantic. You can read the letter by clicking here.

The entire issue brings up an even larger issue in modern America. What is the line which government stops and personal liberty starts?  Many Americans feel they are free and the government cannot control their lives. It is in the American spirit to resist any type of government tyranny which is forced on them. To tell a citizen in US that they must do what the government says and there is no other choice is similar to declaring citizens are slaves. The system of the US government structure was created to put the citizens in charge of the nation. If the citizens do not want the government to do something then Washington must obey. In short Washington is confused about who is really in charge in the United States. So where is the line? 

Some citizens are fighting back and showing Washington who is in charge. Captain Dave Bates has refused both the body scanners and any pat down. He now faces loosing his job because the TSA will not allow him to go to work. If you cannot trust the pilots then who can you trust?   

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