“To reiterate, people are compelled to comply with the violation of their personhood, and even the degradation of passenger safety, because they are afraid of what will happen if they refuse. And coercion by fear, called by any other name, is nevertheless the very epitome of terrorism. Whereas politicians make promises in exchange for power, the leveraging of fear to control the actions and decisions of others in society is the work of tyrants.” –Michael Roberts
[Michael Roberts is the pilot who refused the whole body scanners and started the public awareness campaign. I highly suggest reading his speech given at the The Stripping of Freedom conference.
There is no question that the TSA is illegal and should be annihilated out of existence. Their abuse of law abiding citizens in unforgivable yet many consider it necessary. I am given no option in this, and people have vacated my rights for me that weren’t their rights to vacate to begin with. I am astonished when I hear someone say that is the cost for wanting to travel. This is beyond what was done in Soviet Russia, how is this acceptable? To be willing to vacate your rights out of fear means you weren’t worthy of them to begin with.
As Mr. Roberts says many are still traveling because they have to. They put up with it out of fear. Fear that if they refuse to travel they may loose their job, and on the other side fear of jail should they speak out against the screenings, there by still loosing their employment. I would rather have an airline check luggage for bombs, even this is futile for the most part, and allow anyone with a concealed weapon permit to carry on board an aircraft. I flew numerous times prior to September 11th with a knife in my pocket. America did change on September 11th, it changed because of a bunch of intellectual cowards in congress created the DHS and flushed our rights down the drain. –B]