Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TSA: Conditioning Americans to Accept the Unlimited Power of Government.

Training the young
The often arbitrary, high-handed manner of the gestapo the TSA is gradually expanding into every area of American life regardless of whether that area falls under their jurisdiction.  Their special brand of sexual assault, and cancer-causing porno scans are branching off to political rallies, train stations, bus depots, public buildings, Disney World, sporting events, street corners, and even  local prom nights.

Even if you prefer or an administrative regime, to a constitutional republic, you have to admit, the claim that groping teenage girls at a highschool prom falls under the jurisdiction of a federal transportation agency is a long-assed stretch.

What is the purpose, here? Well, as part of something called the VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program, the TSA has one role, and that is to condition and train Americans to understand and accept that the government has unlimited power.  They can search you, grope you, molest you, terrorize you any damned time they want, all under the pretense of national security. 

So, if these warrant-less, generalized, often violent searches conducted by sociopathic uniformed goons, acting on behalf of government does not set off your  fascism alarm, then maybe the gestapo's TSA's Nazi-like disdain for our more vulnerable citizens, just might.

After listening to Sibel Edmonds, in an interview with Naomi Klein, on The Boiling Frog, tell her airport story of what happened to her mother, who, during the Khomeini regime, was made to disrobe during her menstrual cycle, by the Iranian version of the TSA, who then proceeded to shred  her mother's pad,  before her family could board the plane to leave Iran, there is no doubt that we're not only on the path to becoming a police state, we're there.   I mean, what's the difference between what happened to Sibel's mother during the time of the and the 95-year old woman who had to remove her adult diaper, and the countless other TSA horror stories?

The trappings of Nazi Germany continue to echo, increasingly louder, as we progress through second  decade of the 21st century.  An open society like ours does not shut down overnight. It's a slow process that gradually desensitizes citizens to the point that they don't even notice the water starting to boil.

The four-year renewal of the Patriot Act , hastily signed into law at the same time the nation was cheering the murder of Osama Bin Laden should be enough to scare anyone. However, just in case, here are a few more: the  "See Something Say Something Act", reminiscent of WWII, where the Nazis policed everyone through a network of citizen spies, and everyone lived in fear that they might be turned in by neighbors, friends, and even family;   the indoctrination of children;  the creation of federal goon squads;  the constant use of propaganda;  the Nazi-esque rhetoric such "Homeland Security", "Patriot Act", etc; the continuous growth of the  surveillance state; the repression and intimidation of activists and patriots; the demonization of who knows how many innocent people;  the ongoing destruction of the rule of law and civil liberties;   the loss of the freedom to travel without the fear of assault...and the list goes on...
Fascism: "A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion." [Robert O. Paxton, "The Anatomy of Fascism," 2004]

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