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The TSA's mission creep is making the US a police state
guardian ^ | 18 April 2012 | Jennifer Abel

Posted on 04/23/2012 7:16:42 PM PDT by george76

The out-of-control Transportation Security Administration is past patdowns at airports – now it's checkpoints and roadblocks.

Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists have shouted down all constitutional or human rights objections with the mantra "If you don't like it, don't fly!"

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now TSA is invading travel by other means, too. No surprise, really: as soon as she established groping in airports, Napolitano expressed her desire to expand TSA jurisdiction over all forms of mass transit

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Airports, bus terminals, train stations, highways – what's left? If you don't like it, walk. And remember to be respectfully submissive to any TSA agents or police you encounter in your travels, especially now that the US supreme court has ruled mass strip-searches are acceptable for anyone arrested for even the most minor offence in America. If you're rude to any TSA agent or cops, you risk being arrested on some vague catch-all charge like "disorderly conduct". Even if the charges are later dropped, you'll still undergo the ritual humiliation of having to strip, squat, spread 'em and show your various orifices to be empty.

Can I call America a police state now, without being accused of hyperbole?

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: policestate; tsa; tsaoutofcontrol; tsapervs; tsapolicestate

1 posted on 04/23/2012 7:16:47 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

But, but, but......I thought that’s what the ‘readers’ at the Guardian want????

Note to Guardian: Please work on your OWN country that has implemented ‘Big Brother’......then give me a call. KTHNXBAI.


2 posted on 04/23/2012 7:24:01 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: george76
Poisonous vipers usually get killed after they bite someone.

Of course the common garden variety are a real threat via the bite only if they have rabies.

3 posted on 04/23/2012 7:27:10 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: george76

Pretty soon they’ll be making surprise inspections of businesses and homes! Don’t believe me? Just watch.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 7:31:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: george76
"Can I call America a police state now, without being accused of hyperbole?"

As long as we have free and fair elections, I'm not sure you can call America a police state, even if the police are temporarily out of control.

Now if one party managed to get hold of both parties and the press and nominate only liberal candidates, and it was almost impossible for a third party to run against them, then ....

Yep, you can call us a police state.

5 posted on 04/23/2012 7:41:22 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: george76

The State Department just said that the War on Terror is over. We no longer need the TSA, DHS or the Patriot Act.


6 posted on 04/23/2012 7:45:28 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism is not a party slogan, but a mindset guided by core values and walking the walk.)
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To: george76

Let me just say for the record: Bush’s fault.

Of course, this is the one area that the Obama administration is reluctant to give away credit for.


7 posted on 04/23/2012 7:49:30 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: TADSLOS

“The State Department just said that the War on Terror is over. We no longer need the TSA, DHS or the Patriot Act.”

Surely you jest.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 7:53:03 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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9 posted on 04/23/2012 7:55:06 PM PDT by garjog
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To: george76

Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Papa Bush need to take Obama aside and tell him to cool it on the totalitarian sh*t... We’re not some creepy third world African dictatorship. After 9/11 measures were taken to protect citizens... but it’s time to back off now...


10 posted on 04/23/2012 7:56:20 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: george76

“And remember to be respectfully submissive to any TSA agents or police you encounter in your travels, especially now that the US supreme court has ruled mass strip-searches are acceptable for anyone arrested for even the most minor offence in America.”

Why isn’t this a major campaign issue? Could it be both sides are interested in control of average folks?


11 posted on 04/23/2012 7:56:44 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

Could it be???

The mission of the TSA has nothing to do with airport security. It is to condition people to being groped, prodded, herded and generally treated like cattle. It is to condition us to slavery. We are already a police state. Its time to rise up and get rid of the tyrants and take our liberty back.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 8:02:31 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: DannyTN

With mass voter fraud and a virtual one party system with a choice of “progressive” Mittens or “progressive” Obama which the elite orchestrated with their money and air time, you can say we have democracy in America?

If you have no constitutional rights and there is no limit on Federal power, you do not have a Democatic Republic anymore.

If federal agents can sexually molest you at their will, and without cause as you try to fly on airplanes, you don’t even have the dignity of a free man anymore. If they make that system so that you can not use roads or any transportation without being molested, you will be like a Soviet citizen.

The elitists, who refer to themselves as the ‘smart” people, hate us. It is not a mistake or a joke. It is systematic. It was launched by Bush in the name of Islamic terrorism.


13 posted on 04/23/2012 8:07:53 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GOPJ

I am thankful writers in other countries are condemning these abuses of Americans. Our newspapers could care less and our elite hate us.


14 posted on 04/23/2012 8:10:01 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: JimSEA

People who object to the growth of Gov’t and expansion of the nanny state are a minority and aren’t prone to getting votes, ie Ron Paul.


15 posted on 04/23/2012 8:16:26 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: SaraJohnson
I am thankful writers in other countries are condemning these abuses of Americans. Our newspapers could care less and our elite hate us.

I'm thankful writers in other countries care about us too. Freedom of the press is wasted on our self censored biased MSM.. The only - ONLY - enemy they hate is us - their fellow Americans who happen to be conservative... Shame on them.

16 posted on 04/23/2012 8:27:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: george76

The TSA is the most under-reported, and if Obama remains, this agency will be the most dangerous phenomena in this country’s history.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 9:11:58 PM PDT by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: george76

The tsa/will be armed and turned against the American people. Military won’t. These people enjoy doing what they do to people. That’s where the 450 million rounds of jhp 40 Cal are going.

Consider we go through about 70 million rounds a year in Afghanistan. Now figure how long 450 million rounds will last tsa, FBI, IRS, dea, batfe against us citizens.


18 posted on 04/23/2012 9:20:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

It’s what a great many freepers were yelping for ten years ago. Scratch a neocon, find a Trot — then and now.


19 posted on 04/23/2012 9:32:13 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: JimSEA
Why isn’t this a major campaign issue? Could it be both sides are interested in control of average folks?

That might very well be it. I think you're on to something.

The first TSA fag that attempts to stop me from driving somewhere is not going to enjoy the experience at all.

20 posted on 04/23/2012 9:45:07 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Romulus
It’s what a great many freepers were yelping for ten years ago. Scratch a neocon, find a Trot — then and now.

Yup. The number of freepers who have tried to tell me that "I don't have to fly if I don't like it" would be disheartening if I didn't know how strong the tendency towards statism there is in any society. 

21 posted on 04/23/2012 9:48:53 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: george76

“Can I call America a police state now, without being accused of hyperbole?”

Yes.


22 posted on 04/24/2012 1:19:49 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: SaraJohnson

Ya know...all you say is true but you omitted the part where We the People failed to rejected it. In fact, the electorate is the problem not the despots. As a people we’re apathetic, stupid, self centered and happy for the govt to steal from someone else so we might have. If there’s a problem in DC its b/c we’ve allowed it to fester. While we wait for DC to reform itself the noose gets tighter. Real change is going to come from an awake electorate not the pols.


23 posted on 04/24/2012 4:49:31 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: george76

TSA needs to be abolished.

We need to do what Israel does and actually use profiling to look for terrorist instead of stripping grannies and putting children through porn scanners.


24 posted on 04/24/2012 6:39:58 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 556x45

Debate on these big issues used to take place in the newspapers and television news pro and con debate panels. That is not true anymore in today’s brainless”gottcha news.” We also had conservative and liberal think tanks arguing and educating people on such expansion and spending. Now we are dominated by radical Soros gottcha.

I can’t place all the blame on the people who do not know the dangers because it is hidden from them by today’s elitists who have the responsibility to deliver valid information on what is happening in DC.


25 posted on 04/24/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: DannyTN

We don’t have free and fair elections. Voter fraud is rampant.


26 posted on 04/24/2012 3:18:18 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: george76

What is the Republican Leadership doing about this out of control TSA agency???


27 posted on 04/24/2012 6:06:09 PM PDT by victim soul
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