The TSA News — an indispensable blog if you care about the excesses of the TSA — has an infuriating story about a local newspaper opinion column by a TSA shill named Lisa Farbstein.
Farbstein was responding to a column by Diane Dimond, reprinted here at Huffington Post. Ostensibly Farbstein was correcting factual errors in Dimond's criticism of TSA procedure. But Farbstein let the mask slip a bit — she uttered as text the subtext to all of the TSA's overweening demands for unquestioning compliance:
For someone who lives just 15 miles from what used to be the World Trade Center, Rockland resident/writer Diane Dimond seems to have a short memory. In a recent column, she ranted about TSA because she doesn’t like to take off her shoes at the checkpoint and because TSA dared to open her husband’s carry-on bag to take a peak at what she admittedly defined as containing “specialized” electronic equipment.
She criticized the very security measures that were designed to keep passengers safe —to help ensure that there is not another 9/11 in her back yard – in any back yard for that matter — yet at no time did she ever contact TSA to check her facts. So permit me to do the fact-checking for your readers.
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Perhaps the next time Diane and her family fly out of a New York-area airport to a fun vacation spot, they’ll look out the car window at the New York skyline minus the Twin Towers and remember some of the true facts about TSA and why it exists.
And there it is — stripped of pretense or dissembling, the core of the TSA's argument: shut the fuck up about us or terrorists will kill your family.
Governments and government minions accrete power through fear. The TSA — like so many other agencies of post-9/11 American government — has been doing it for years; Farbstein just dumbed it down a bit more than they usually do.
We've written about the TSA's idiocies and abuses here for years, but I'll let Bill Fisher at the TSA News Blog demolish this particular instance of nonsense. In short: the proposition that the TSA is keeping us safe from terrorists is untested and unproven, and the proposition that "safety" requires us to endure the TSA's thieves and sex offenders and thugs is offensive and preposterous. Linda Farbstein is just competing with Blogger Bob for the role of the TSA's lead propagandist, a position that is to American liberty what Tokyo Rose was to American troops.
Regrettably, "accept government power or you'll die!" is usually an effective argument. That's why so many Americans meekly accept the TSA's abusive security theater. That's how American jurors can convict a woman for "disorderly conduct" for loudly demanding that TSA thugs not grope her daughter's genitals.
Don't like it? For God's sake, say something.
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