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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

TSA Baggage Inspections

My wife recently returned home from a trip in which she had to fly.  We try to avoid flying if at all possible.  Neither one of us is intellectually equipped to suffer the indignities associated with the mandatory strip searches and personal invasions associated with air travel.  For some silly reason we still believe in our Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our persons, papers and possessions.  We still believe that we should not be forced to prove to the government that we are innocent prior to being allowed to behave with some modicum of freedom.  We are both amazed at how most citizens of the SDA are more than happy to act like sheep and allow themselves to be herded along by TSA agents who are shouting at them like sheep dogs barking at the flock.  We can't conceive of how people could willingly give up their freedom for a promise of "security" that does not exist.  Still, it happens.  That is life in the real world.
Upon her return she noticed that a piece of paper had been slipped into her suitcase.  It was from the TSA and entitled "Notice of Baggage Inspection".  Here is a bit of what it said, "To protect you and your fellow passengers, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is required by law to inspect all checked baggage.  As a part of this process, some bags are opened and physically inspected.  Your bag was among those selected for physical inspection."  Now that sentence strikes me as being extremely odd.  In fact, it is extremely odd for several reasons.  First, the notion that a bunch of thugs with IQs in the forties and fifties can be empowered by the federal government to "protect" me from terrorists by searching my wife's bags is ludicrous.  These people are idiots and thieves.  They only work for the TSA because they are incapable of finding a job in the real world.  I have had numerous things "lost" (translate "stolen") by TSA agents over the past several years.  Do they really expect anybody to believe that their presence actually makes us more safe?  Do they really expect anybody to believe that they are not doing anything more than stealing our property? 
Second, if they are "required by law to inspect all checked bags", why do they not inspect all checked bags?  Why do they, by their own admission, only inspect "some bags"?  I have no idea what percentage of checked baggage they "inspect" but it must certainly be less than half.  Given that reality, how can they possibly claim that they are protecting my safety?  More than half of the checked bags are put on the plane with nothing more than a cursory glance in their direction.  Either all bags must be inspected or none of the bags should be inspected.
Third, why was my wife's bag "selected for physical inspection"?  Is it because it looked like it might having something worth stealing inside of it?  I suspect so.  From the outside it looks just like millions of other bags that go through airports every single day.  Were TSA agents watching her approach the baggage check station in order to determine if they might find something worth taking from her bag?  Fortunately she could not find anything that had been stolen.
The next sentence on the TSA form amazed me.  It said, "During the inspection, your bag and its contents may have been searched for prohibited items.  At the completion of the inspection, the contents were returned to your bag."  What do they mean when they write, "may have been searched"?  If they have taken the time to take the bag off the line and inspect it, why would they then tell me that they might not have actually inspected it?  Either they inspect all of the bags they grab or they do not.  What do they mean when they say they "may" have inspected it?  Are they trying to play mind games with me?  Are they trying to act like some sort of secret organization?  Are they trying to force me to guess if they actually inspected the bag or not?  I have no idea.  It makes no sense at all to me.
The form goes on by telling me that, "If the TSA security officer was unable to open your bag for inspection because it was locked, the officer may have been forced to break the lock on your bag.  TSA sincerely regrets having to do this, however TSA is not liable for damage to your locks resulting from this necessary security precaution."  Ha!  What a sentence that is.  First, the "may" word shows up again.  Either the TSA thug broke the lock or he didn't.  There is no "may" about it.  Second, don't lie to me you idiots!  The TSA thug does not "sincerely regret" breaking into the bag.  In fact, I suspect he had fun doing it.
After breaking into my wife's bag the thugs at the TSA then have the unmitigated gall to inform me that they are not liable for damage they have done to the bag and its contents.  Nobody else in the world can claim an exemption from liability prior to committing a unconstitutional action.  Nobody else in the world can claim exemption from liability for a crime prior to committing the crime.  Why do we put up with this invasion of our constitutional rights?  Why do we put up with this invasion of our privacy?  Why do we allow the federales to claim they are exempt from liability for their actions?  I just don't get it.
The goons at the TSA conclude by telling me that what they have done to the bag is a "necessary security precaution".  Everything about that phrase is wrong.  What they do is not a "necessary security precaution".  What they do is an "unnecessary criminal action".  I know, I know.  I can hear you telling me to calm down.  Why get so upset about something as trivial as a TSA exam?  Why throw a fit over something so insignificant as having a private bag searched by an agent of the government without my knowledge or consent?  My answer is a simple one.  I am unwilling to give up a nano-gram of my freedom in exchange for a promise of security from the government, whether they can deliver it or not.  You heard that right.  Even if the government could make me as secure as they say they can, I would not give up any freedom in exchange for that security. I don't want it.  It costs way too much.  It may sound strange but my position on this issue used to be the position of the majority of the citizens of the United States of America.  In the Socialist Democracy of America I am afraid I stand almost alone.  Majority rules and my freedom, along with yours, goes out the window.


  1. Thank you Oline. We might not be an army but some of us remember what it means to be free.