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?   

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Geraldo Rivera Gives 9/11 Truth a Voice

The internet is a buzz over a recent piece T.V. personally Geraldo Rivera did which features Bob McIllvaine and Tony Szamboti. Both men are major proponents for a new 9/11 government investigation. The question of if you believe 9/11 was an inside job or not becomes a side issue when you consider that Rivera has been one of the loudest voices against the 9/11 truth movement. This sudden about face is almost unheard of in modern corp. media. How Rivera got this approved by this bosses is anyone's guess.

This event is huge given the fact the corp. media almost never features 9/11 truth in a positive light on equal footing. In the past the corp. media has attacked mocked and called for the heads of 9/11 truth supporters. Rivera himself once flipped his middle finger at a crowd of loud protesters during a `street` interview. It seemed that the corp. media had decided who their punching bag was and 9/11 truth was an easy target. Bill O`Reily  once had a young man who questioned 9/11 on his show and proceeded to berate the gentlemen with insults and threats. If Rivera`s recent piece is a sign that the 9/11 truth movement may be off the corp. media`s hit list we could see more things like this in the future.

Of course the questions that millions of American have deserve to be asked, debated, and looked into with merit and fairness. If all turns out to be nothing more than unconnected facts then that is actually great but the questions about 9/11 must first be asked in the public forum in a non-hostile environment.

No one knows exactly Rivera is having a sudden change of heart but the time being some serious questions are getting a change to breath in the open air a bit.

Below is the video of the interview Rivera did on WTC Building 7


Monday, November 15, 2010

GOP Senators to vote on Earmark Ban

On November 16,2010 all current GOP senators and GOP senate elect leaders will vote on a moratorium to ban all GOP earmark spending during the 112th Congressional cycle.  The Republican Conference, which happens before the start of each new Congressional cycle, is a time when the GOP sets it`s agenda and votes on key policies. This years Conference is vital as many newly elected GOP leaders in the Senate are under pressure from voters demanding cuts in spending. While many GOP members have already stated how they are going to vote on the ban, there are still many senators who not said which way they plan to vote. The actual vote is planned to happen very soon so contacting your Federal senator is very important so they know the will of the people loud and clear.

Earmarks, or in Washington `pork,` is money set aside in a spending bill for an individual senators pet project in his home state. Sometimes an earmark can be very good and provide something much needed for a state. Sadly, in most cases earmarks are nothing more than useless spending to warm voters to a certain senator. Everyone has seen the highway signs stating, `Your tax dollars at work.` Those so-called working tax dollars is Federal earmark money which the state could have provided from their own budget. Earmarks are a source of government waste and overspending which have long been a cherished tradition of Congress for decades. Every senator cries for their earmarks when any spending bill goes though the US Congress.

The situation of wasteful spending on earmarks could change if enough pressure is put on elected leaders. The GOP could send a powerful message to Washington which could influence the DNP to follow if the pressure gets heavy enough. The vote will be the first time in a very long time either of the two major parties have voted on suspending earmarks. In order to mobilize the citizens into unified action the website is full of the information on earmarks and actively  fight to end this bad habit of the US Congress to throw money down the drain.

To read the official citizens action alert and check a list of how GOP senators have promised to vote on this issue go here