Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"If My Bra Is A Threat To National Security, We're In Big Trouble"

"Bleeep!" goes the metal detector.

"The guard doesn't crack a smile. Instead, he beckons a lean, hard-faced woman with greying blond hair held back in a high pony tail. Next thing I know, I've been pulled out of the line, away from my family and escorted into a little low-walled room for a more intimate encounter. I stand there, a bit flustered, but still smiling.
"I think it's just my bra," I say, trying to strike up a friendly girl-to-girl rapport. She's having none of that. She escorts me to a special chair and runs the wand carefully over every bit of me. Then, she has me stand on a pair of footprints, outlined in white. She wands me again, and again, my torso sets the thing buzzing like an angry mosquito.
She eyes my bosom suspiciously. It's not the kind of ogling I'm used to

Gestapo tactics at the airport aren't meant to keep us safer. Heavy handed "security" with all it's frustrations, intimidations and outrages are meant to get us used to, by increments, an oppressive police state apparatus where we have no privacy and we learn to be servile, unquestioning serfs.

Recent exercises have shown that all the severe restrictions and rules and mind numbing security is total garbage. Agents are able to bring guns and fake bombs past all the screening that airports have set up. Predictably, instead of pointing out the obvious - that the nazi like behavior of security is useless for safety and has everything to do with a nascent police state, the execrable MSM squawks for even more restrictions and ruder fascist thugs.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess I'd better forget about wearing my klingon warrior outfit on the plane to that Star Trek convention next month. I just might be tempted to go viking all over the damn fascists if they try and take away my batliff.

21/11/07 4:59 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

And they DON'T have a sense of humor.
Um, what's a batliff?

21/11/07 5:45 AM  
Blogger spooked said...

good post-- sadly, I have to agree with your conclusion.

21/11/07 5:56 AM  
Blogger spooked said...

of course, the fact that contraband gets past security so easily goes a good way to pointing out how bogus the terrorist threat really is!

21/11/07 5:58 AM  
Blogger nina said...

yep. the real terrorists are breast-feeding mom's and those dang underwire bras.

anyone noticing a "boob" theme here??

21/11/07 10:52 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

spooked - yeah, that's an extremely good point. if over 50% of deadly devices gets past "security" then if there is this terrible terrorist threat, why haven't there been any incidents?
Yep indeed nina, the job of that brownshirt thug who violated this woman was to intimidate, not protect. As long as that's the case, the job will attract people who like intimidation.

21/11/07 6:01 PM  
Blogger Bpaul said...

A friend called this "security theater." I so agree. I agree with your contentions a well.

This and tasering I've been watching, because it up the threat level from the people who are supposed to be 'protecting' us.

I see it as testing the waters,or rather stretching a muscle.

Stretch enough and you are ready to accept heavy civilian casualties from own our military, or wider unexplained incarcerations.

22/11/07 8:22 AM  
Anonymous nick z. said...

batliff: Klingon weapon, resembles a bird with wings spread wide, every edge sharpened like a sword. Very deadly.

If they have outlawed a double-edged sword, chances are they would also outlaw a batliff, if they were popularized.

23/11/07 6:28 AM  

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