The very premise of the TSA chief “asking” shows he has lost command. Don’t ask, implement.
It is always amazing to me how certain sectors of the American Public can declare that they have rights, while others seem not to be able to exercise theirs. It is also amazing to me how folks react differently to an event, depending on who is office or who they perceive is there carrying out their political view point. Also quite astonishing is how quickly we forget, and I can tell you the events of 911 have now faded from the minds of many, amnesia has set in. Causing airlines to loose money by triggering a slowdown on one of the airlines busiest day, will end up hurting every taxpayer.
After 911, everyone wanted every possible thing done to avoid the unimaginable incidents that happened that fateful day. Yes the constitution has given American citizens fundamental rights against abuse by their government but I also think that they want to be safe and maybe there are uncomfortable things that we will need to endure to increase our safety. Personally I am obsessed with getting to my destination safely much more than am concerned about a pat down. If you say, oh no you are more concerned about your rights than getting there safely, I would ask, what does it mean not to get there safely? It means the plane that you were riding in just blew up, your body have been blown to bits or worse in only two parts, and you are now dead. Your family and friends will now suffer for the rest of their lives because you and a whole lot of others made a lot of raucous about scanners and a pat down. You see you have the privilege to make a riot over the TSA’s plight because you are alive. Reason with me for a moment. If all the folks that died in airplanes on 911 were given a choice of a pat down, knowing that it would increase their chances of being here alive, not guaranteed, but just increase their chances if they had to go through a pat down, do you think they would take it, knowing that if they did not it would possibly be a death sentence, what do you think they would do? You may think that argument was silly, ok, think about it this way. What guarantee do you have that by the TSA getting rid of the pat down procedure, and the scanners a disaster will not happen as a result. Think, that is all folks have to do, Think, less emotion, more thinking.
Understand what is at stake here, and understand the situation. Do you really think that the President and his staff, the hated group that they are, actually are getting off on checking folks with scanners and grabbing images of body parts so they can store them, for what ? Are we serious? Why are we not pushing for a third party verification process, authorized by congress to guarantee that these images are discarded after the scanning process has been completed, than jumping up and down like spoil brats about a process that was initiated for our safety.
Back to understanding the game, the situation. There are a set of folks from not so friendly enclaves, who are now looking at us like Amoebas in a lab dish, squabbling like fools, and are looking to see what the result will be. What decision are we going to make. If the scanners and the pat downs are gone, then the lack of these methods opens up a wide range of devastating opportunities. Whereas if we keep firm to our methods, especially when we do not know all the information the government has, and stop projecting an image that we find it easier to get back at our own government than unify to protect ourselves, then we would stop playing catchup.
Are there things that need changing, you bet there are many. We need more highly trained TSA staff at the “checkpoints”. Yes checkpoints, there is a war of odds, combinations and permutations that is constantly being played against every American airline and entry point by land, 24×7 and 1 successful hit out of a 100 failures by folks bent on destruction, is all that is needed. Am not saying current TSA agents are not well trained but they should even be more highly trained, preferably they should all have a high level of clearance and well trained in psychological forensics. There is a built in chip in the minds of many Americans that say, “if you look inner city and less educated than I am, you should not be checking my boxers” Another grave error for the TSA is getting sucked into the Obama negotiating syndrome (ONS). The ON Syndrome is negotiating with everyone, giving many options hoping they will like you and work with you in the end. The ON syndrome has only one finality, the ON gets flipped around to a big fat “NO” and you have nothing but the cake slammed in your face. Stop trying to negotiate with every dick and harry, so they will play nice. You either go through the scanners, or you don’t fly, period.
If some human rights organization or individuals would like to sue the government, then they should do that, and whatever is the result, then it will be the law and we go refining the process, but we should not throw our hands in the air like wimps and throw the whole process through the window because a few folks feel uncomfortable with pat downs or scanners. Boycotting scanners is a product of having choices. I say govern with balls, have only scanners in place and stop checking grandma’s britches and the boxers of little 5 year old Frank. If only the scanners are in place, you can still boycott the scanners, but last time I checked, a taxi ride or driving from NY to LA was very time consuming and costly, and cars tend to take on water and run out of gas in attempts to go from Philadelphia to Frankfort Germany.