September 11, 2001 – America was attacked by 19 religious nuts, most of whom were from our dear friend,  Saudi Arabia

October 26, 2001 – The Patriot Act, the  biggest attack on American freedoms and rights, was signed into law.

November 19, 2001 – The TSA is created.


They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Benjamin Franklin


For those who don’t have their pocket copy with them, contact the ACLU. They will send you one for free.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

My, my, how far we have fallen in so few years. David Hume once wrote, “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” Few words ring ever so true and appropriate today. It isn’t so much the point that our rights and liberties are at risk, but that so many people are so willing to give up those rights and liberties, without the least bit of struggle.

We fought the revolutionary war to gain those rights. We fought a very (un) Civil War to protect them, and to expand them to every living human. We fought in two World Wars, for the most part, to protect and extend freedoms around the world. Just look at the Marshall plan’s success, and our refusal to make colonies out of lands that our military conquered.

With an ugly marriage between uglier partners, the Cretinous Religious Reich on one side, and NeoCon, reactionary war-loving, bank-lickers on the other, it was a question of when, not if, America would be in a war under George the Wth.  September 11th merely provided him and his beast fiends with cover.  Whether it was Iraq, Iran, Yemen, or Syria, after Cheney-Bush managed to wrestle the presidency  for themselves, with the help of a supremely disappointing court, there was a sense that America would be bearing arms, not arming beers.

After 9/11, the drums of war began beating nonstop. Even worse, America found itself under another attack, this one against our minds and against rational thought. We became, quite quickly, a fear based nation. Fear drove our thoughts, our decisions, and most of all, our politics.

Sure, there were some complaints. Several senators had grave doubts about an Iraqi invasion. Congressmen were concerned about the lack of WMD and the UN findings.  But those few, those brave, those honest voices, they were drowned out by a complacent media, spineless leadership (on the D side of the aisle), and a propaganda war organized and promoted by the Pentagon. Once we were at war, dissent was pressed down even harder.

Fear was deliberately injected into our society, and constantly promoted, and security (ahem) was sold as a necessity.  The color coded threat levels may have been a joke on late night TV, but they were devastatingly effective. “Beware, we have SECRET information that there will be an attack!” “Buy Duct Tape and cover your windows!”

The more hysterical the warnings got, the more irrationally America reacted. Eventually, the  Pentagon planted fake news with compliant media outlets, the White House lied through their teeth, and any dissent among politicians was immediately attacked as unpatriotic.

As Lyric Operas go, the conducting of this Gala Affair was executed brilliantly, with malice aforethought. My hat’s off to Cheney Bush. They ran a brilliant campaign, with the help of the Military, Retired Military soldiers (so called independent TV experts), formerly great papers like the NYT, WaPo, ChiTrib, LA Times, and others, and most of all, with the politicians we elected to represent us and to protect our constitution.

Eventually, real news began to mingle and trickle out with the fake stuff. There were not WMD. Saddam was no real threat to anyone, even the Iranians. Afghanistan was a mess, caused by Rumsfeld, not solved by that arrogant SOB. And then there was torture. Geneva Convention breaking torture.

At first, with every bit of real news, the Administration reacted predictably. It raised the Color Coded Threat level. It ignored the bad news, or pointedly shifted topics. Remember how Dick Durbin was attacked – simply because he complained about US troops inflicting torture on prisoners?

Over time, people began to come out of their Government induced, fear based comas. A few Anti-War protests resumed, (and unlike the earlier ones, no government goons squads were organized to disrupt them),  and as the breath the depth of the Pentagon’s illegal propaganda became known, even the MSM began to react, although not as strongly as we would have hoped. Funny, they are more anti-administration now, far more than they were with Cheney Bush, even after they learned that they were repeatedly and extensively misled and lied to. So they take it out on Obama. Great. Nice move, assholes.

Now, the biggest news is the extremely personal, extensive and hands on pat downs that the TSA demands of the Sheeple of the United States. Either that, or you must undergo a high energy scan that sees through all clothing, effectively making you naked in public.

In case you missed it above, let’s repeat a cornerstone of our constitutional protections:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

What ever happened to our Constitution, the one that Congress, the president, and federal office holders swore an oath to protect? Since when do people have to give up their privacy, their dignity, and their sense of being secure against unreasonable searches, simply so they could travel?

Fear has become such a strong part of American society, that too many people don’t even recognize how many of their constitutional rights were taken away. At least the Librarians of our country realized how offensive and unconstitutional parts of the Patriot Act were. If only they had a louder voice, and if only more people had taken notice.  The Patriot Act was bad, but the TSA is even worse.

Let me be blunt. The Patriot Act is offensive, unnecessary and unconstitutional.
The TSA is offensive, unnecessary and unconstitutional.  Unfortunately, I see too few people in congress willing to do the heavy lifting to rid our country of these horrific laws. Fear remains entrenched, if only in the background, of the new American psyche. We’ve been fed so much bullshit, we’ve been so indoctrinated by the Cheney Bush administration and the Pentagon, that we may actually be beyond salvation, beyond hope.   Instead of critical, important policy discussions, we get Tea Baggers  elected to national office, demanding that they take their country back. Back from what or who? A black guy in the White House?

There is good news, though. Bristol Palin looks like she’ll make it to the next level of Dancing with the Stars! And Sarah’s wonderful Alaska reality program was a huge hit!

Seriously, there is good news. many courts have found that the mass arrests of anti-war protesters were illegal. Convention protesters, illegally spied on, detained, and charged without reason, have been released without any criminal sentence. Americans are beginning to take a hard look at the TSA, and wondering, “How the HELL did this happen?”

Well, enough of this angry rant. I doubt that I can convince the more security conscious that the Patriot and TSA are actually cancers infecting America. Some here may be willing to sacrifice their freedoms, just to protect “our freedoms.”  We know, from two years of hard, unpleasant experiences, that we cannot rely on the current president to make major policy changes, nor to protect our rights against an intrusive government. To the contrary, he has extended, even expanded on each and every Cheney Bush move, including warrantless surveillance, domestic spying, and of course, Patriot and TSA.

So much for protecting our freedoms.

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  1. As one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a Founding Father of our nation, Benjamin Franklin once said in 1775:

    “They who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    Little did he know just how right he would be. As Congressman Ron Paul said in a recent speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives, if you or I did what these groping TSA goons are now freely allowed to do in the name of “safety” we’d all be thrown in jail.

    When, oh when, are we as a nation finally going to rise up and demand our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms back?

  2. Might I suggest, A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ,
    as crying and laughing at the same time isn’t working.

  3. It’s the fluorene in the water and is also a constituent element in the majority of antidepressants. Seemingly Rob that’s what has gotten us in our collective, passive fix since 1947. It’s rendered “We the People” into simply docile creatures who are more enamoured with the the trivia of life rather than which gives it substance: i.e., FREEDOM! Freedom is not free either, but somehow ‘shopping’ is better. Seemingly our national credit card is max’d out and we can no longer buy freedom at any price. / : |


    ” A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves”…Edward R. Murrow


    Carl Nemo **==

  4. The difference between the media’s response to Bush vs. Obama is simple: Bush was a committed (or should be) zionist, while Obama puts on a much better show of neutrality. Not that it has done any good. His Cairo speech was empty BS, his cabinet is composed almost entirely rabid zionists and his m.o. is clearly “tell the little goyim what they wanna hear, do the opposite behind closed doors.”

    Imagine how insane the zionist media machine would be if Obama actually DID something about the Israel problem?

  5. The TSA is the mall cops of the government but now we get pat downs? Great for those who have been molested in the past. Great place for a perv to work. Beats getting into the priesthood. Of course the scanners “picture” is tossed. Sure it is. Was 35,000 of them recently found in a Federal Court House! Now that would NEVER happen with the TSA. Now toss in the problems of low level radiation. I can’t wait to find out a perv TSA agent has a lock box full of little boy or little girl scanner photos and I believe it will happen. Oh…and don’t forget all those celebrity body shots from the scanners. My, my, my…look at his junk! How much for that picture? 500K?

    Janet Napolitano was rather dismissive of all the whiny little fliers complaints. As a local columnist stated have her go through the full procedure – scan and search – and put it on TV.

  6. Any and all airports have the right – and now the obligation – to choose private security forces instead of the TSA… AT THE GOVT’s EXPENSE. Yep, call, write, visit, and otherwise demand that your airport expel the TSA Gestapo and replace it with a private security force under the control of the airport.

    Just one more indication that the people ALLOW the govt to serve them, not the other way around. Get on with it.

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