Whether ‘We the People’ want it or not, the TSA still sees fit to give everyone from the elderly to toddlers the invasive ‘enhanced pat-down’ procedure; and since they’re in charge, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. They are so incredibly adamant on this fact that they’ve even fired 5 and suspended 38 of their own employees for not doing enough enhanced pat-downs, despite an overwhelming majority of Americans who believe it to be undignified, ineffective, and downright rude. Ledyard King of News-Press.com reports:
Five Transportation Security Administration workers at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers have been fired and another 38 suspended after an internal investigation found they failed to perform random screenings last year.”
The article goes on to say that,
The number of workers involved makes it one of the largest disciplinary actions TSA has taken in its 10-year history, TSA spokesman David Castelveter confirmed.”
The TSA is not taking ‘no’ for an answer, from either the passengers who board the flights to the employees who feel uncomfortable groping them. Why do these TSA employees feel uncomfortable? Raven Clabough of The New American divulges a sobering aspect to how complete strangers touching children (whether wearing a uniform or not) is a difficult issue.
In 2010, experts at Child Lures Prevention (CLP) voiced serious concerns about applying pat-down procedures to children. According to the organization, in an effort to have children cooperate with the screenings, TSA officials decided to call the pat-downs “a game.” TSA regional security director James Marchand explained: “You try to make it as best you can for that child to come through. If you can come up with some kind of game to play with a child, it makes it a lot easier.”
But CLP’s Ken Wooden explains that telling a child they are participating in a game “is one of the most common ways” for sexual predators to engage children in inappropriate contact. Likewise, because children “don’t have the sophistication” to differentiate between the pat-down at the airport and sexual assault, the TSA procedures may desensitize them to sexual molestation.
If I were a TSA worker, I’m not sure I would be very diligent at my job if the boss asked me to grope a child like it was a ‘game’. Nonetheless, the TSA is here ‘for our protection’, aren’t they? And, protecting takes funding, so the TSA is going to force you to pay extra at the airport after groping your 16-year-old daughter for 5 minutes. Erik Wasson of The Hill reports:
The 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill would increase one-way fees for passengers from $2.50 to $5 in order to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said the $315 million in funding would otherwise come from taxpayers and argued it is better to stick passengers who rely on TSA with the bill.”
The King article does go on to say just how much groping Americans could have saved Americans in hindsight.
During a two-month period last year, as many as 400 passengers who underwent routine screening at Southwest Florida International Airport never got additional random checks, Castelveter said. About 3.8 million passengers flew through the airport last year.”
So, what’s the moral of the story? The SFIA TSA probably just fired some of the last few employees that had any qualms about inappropriately touching people. Who will take their place? People who don’t have moral qualms about inappropriately touching people. Because this agency is eager to pat-down those who are too young to have driver’s licenses, or too old to walk, it indicates that this is becoming less and less about stopping terrorism.
Why would a government agency refuse to drop a policy that the American people (and politicians alike) find violating to personal liberty, despite the fact that it has been shown to be completely ineffective at stopping terrorists? I believe a quote from Lord Acton comes to mind,
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”