Q. Don’t most Americans want to have safe skies? Why is there opposition to the scanners and pat-downs?
A. American citizens’ choices are not between safe skies or unsafe skies. We can assume that everyone chooses safe skies. That is not an issue. The issue, the question, the choice is whether we will have safe skies with intelligent, effective security consistent with our national character — which is available without potentially dangerous scanners and without offensive groping — or whether we will let government bureaucrats reduce us to cowering cretins to be herded like cattle. It is a function of responsible citizenship to question and challenge government bureaucracies and agencies that spin out of control, particularly when their actions threaten to harm citizens, when their actions fail to justify and deliver what they promise, and when their actions provide great financial benefits to current and former government agents and to their friends at the expense of the American taxpayer. We need security, of course, but we don’t need to be duped and robbed in the process. We want airport security, but we don’t want to be taken in by money grubbers who tell us the sky is falling and then put in systems that give us the illusion of security — at both high cost and loss of our dignity and fundamental rights — while failing to provide the security we need and want.
Q. Why do some say the scanners are unsafe? Hasn’t the government assured us that the scanners are safe?
A. TSA officials have cited reports that say the scanners are safe, but even the reports they cite, such as the one from Johns Hopkins, raise questions about safety. The government assertion that the scanners are not a health hazard most likely is true some of the time and not true some of the time, depending on the frequency of exposure and depending on whether there is proper calibration, maintenance, and operation of the scanners. Because scanner safety, such as it may be, is contingent upon perfection in those three areas, it is not unreasonable for travelers to have a high level of concern about safety. A scanner that is not properly calibrated, that is not properly maintained, and that is not properly run by a competent technician can and will do great harm to those who suffer exposure.
Q. There are people who want to do harm to the USA. Shouldn’t we do everything we can to stop them?
A. Well, if they have forced us to surrender our human dignity and that of our neighbors, if they have forced us to buckle under to a government bureaucracy that is out of control and answerable to no one, if they have forced us to acquiesce in a money-grubbing scam by a former government official (See the one minute presentation in the House of Representatives at www.citydesk.us.), if they have forced us to forgo protecting our children from harm to their health and well-being, if they have forced us to relinquish our right and duty to question government dictates, then they have already succeeded in doing harm to the U.S.A. I think what you mean to say is that we must do everything we can that is intelligent and right and consistent with our national character to stop them.