Calling All TSA Bootlickers: Justify THIS
Now it looks like they’ll have to update it: “If you don’t like it, don’t travel on any public roadways!”
Last week, on the day before Good Friday, the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with TSA’s snakelike VIPR squads held a mass checkpoint on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (also known as “the stretch of Interstate 64 connecting the cities of Hampton and Norfolk, Virginia”).
The Richmond Times-Dispatch noted
The Homeland Security exercise that slowed traffic at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel on Thursday morning was a routine sweep and not a response to any perceived threat or danger, the Virginia Department of Transportation acknowledged Friday…. "These exercises happen a few times a year in our region," [a VDOT spokesman] said. "Unfortunately, we are not permitted to let the public know ahead of time when it is going to happen because of the security involved, but it is an exercise that is done on a regular basis to make sure all the safeties and securities are met."The paper didn’t say how long the backup lasted, but local commenters at the Travel Underground forum reported delays of 90 minutes.
Old conventional wisdom: get to the airport two hours early, to give TSA sufficient time to violate your constitutional rights before boarding.
New conventional wisdom: drive to any location 90 minutes early, to give TSA sufficient time to violate your constitutional rights en route.
I grew up in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, and when I was a kid, my dad crossed the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel every day to get to work. When I was in college, I did the same thing. And now, TSA-style checkpoints will be the norm for everyday commuters like us? Employees in Hampton Roads are supposed to accept that they’ll be late for work, college students in Hampton Roads must expect to miss the occasional class or final exam … and for what? Not because any “perceived threat or danger” justified closing the bridge, because some DHS flunky wanted to conduct a random search for no reason, no suspicion, fourth amendment protections against unreasonable search be damned.
And, of course, commuters must be polite and respectful to the TSA, no matter how stressed out they are over things like “Dammit, my boss will fire me for being late!” or “Crap, my final exam starts in ten minutes and I’ll fail the class if I don’t take it!” If you’re rude to the TSA, you’ll be arrested on some catchall charge like “disorderly conduct,” and the Supreme Court has already ruled in favor of mass strip-searches of all people arrested for even the most minor of offenses.
So, even though the charges against you will most likely be dropped, you’ll still undergo the humiliation of being forced to strip, squat, spread ’em and show the emptiness of your various orifices. The consequences for disobedience grow harsher every day.
Can I call the USA a police state now, without being accused of hyperbole?