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Commentary :: War and Militarism
TSA Invasive Air Passenger Body Searches—Prelude To Locking Down America?
21 Nov 2010
It is problematic TSA for reasons of national security will at some point, Force Citizens boarding trains and buses, to submit to invasive body scans and searches; routinely search Americans and their vehicles at highway checkpoints, before allowing passage.
TSA announced it will arrest air passengers as suspected terrorists that refuse both invasive pat-downs and body scans? Passengers no longer—will not be free to leave. How long before TSA’s invasive body searches/scans; threats of arrest and $11,000 fines are extended to Citizens boarding buses, trains and cruse ships? What choices will Americans have that are stopped at a TSA roadway vehicle checkpoint—problematic in the future? Will Citizens be allowed to turn their vehicle around or like air passengers, be forced to submit to invasive body searches/scans or be arrested as a suspected terrorist? Could Americans soon lose their right to travel freely in their own Country?

Another problem with TSA strip-searching and scanning Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans. At some point many Americans would be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland, not many years ago, Irish Catholics traveling, were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, Anti-War Activists and others should TSA extend its body searches and scans to passengers boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points? While U.S. Government might state otherwise, that would effectively Lock Down America.

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