Things continue to get creepier and creepier in the United States since September 11, 2001. Honestly, I'd love to go back to the days where we only had metal detectors and fully armed men (and I must say, National Guard soldiers are professionals compared to the run of the mill screener) at the airports instead of these rent-a-cop wannabes in the TSA uniform working for an $80 billion waste of tax payer money known as the Dept. of Homeland Security (multiple redundant bureaucracy that has FAILED to communicate across to other agencies like the Dept. of Justice... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/26/napolitano-cross-examined-over-fast-and-furious/ Which is one of the justifications for DHS in the first place...). For Airline travel we now get two choices, regardless of the fact that they have failed to prove that there is probable cause for searching every single American who flies, we either can have our nude picture taken at a scanner equipped airport or submit to an intimate pat down. While they claim that because they only partner you up with a person of like sex, with the current tolerance of homosexuals (indeed, actual deliberate recruitment in some cases) in the Federal Government it still begs to question if someone doing the pat down isn't some perverted freak getting his or her kicks on your taxpayer dollar. Then there is whom they choose... They can't profile, oh heavens no. So, Grandma, six year old girls, and Alaska State Representatives http://www.newsminer.com/pages/full_story/push?blog-entry-State+lawmakers+warn+Alaskans+about+TSA+body+scanners+&id=16859474&instance=blogs_editors_desk ) who have had breast cancer get flagged instead of Islamic males between the ages of 16 and 30 who have attended Madrassas in Pakistan or Afghanistan (notice that I didn't put race in there as there are plenty of white and black Muslim converts in our country that have gone off the deep end...). Of course, perhaps the Airport Police Officer and former co-worker with a violent ex-boyfriend are not to be believed when they express concern over the employment of near criminals by the TSA... Namely, the Airport PD Officer pointing out which screeners couldn't join a real police force due to criminal records as well as lack of competency identifying suspicious persons needing apprehending during TSA audits of local TSA checkpoints. Don't even get me started on the violent man who purchased ammo whom I almost took down because his ex-girlfriend worked where I did (we sell ammo) in spite of being told to keep away... He very nearly skirted a restraining order that would have cost him his job (and really, she should have still filed IMO... buying ammo where your ex works? When other places sell ammo in town? Creepy... But then, this is the TSA's finest!).
DHS and the TSA is just the tip of the iceburg these days. Since the election of President Barack Obama things have only gotten worse faster. I can't blame him completely as the TSA and DHS were indeed creations of the previous Bush Administration with body scanners in the R&D phase during Bush's second term. However, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano was placed in charge of DHS by Obama. Whats her experience with 'homeland security'? Well, she was Governor of a border state and supported Obama's rather ludicrous immigration policy and Southern Border plan (which is sit and do about nothing). So, while Americans must be scanned, swiped, and groped; Mexicans pass north virtually without so much as being asked why... Not that I mind the actual workers coming, so long as they pass through the gate and get a card and pay our payroll taxes in order to assist in funding the benefits those taxes pay for that they receive... Its just the massive amount of drugs, and yes even now terrorists, that get smuggled in with the workers. Its the human trafficking that bothers me more than the pot and the cocaine (but that gets my goat too...). Of course, with this kind of problem, who is targeted by DHS as a potential threat? The guys trying to blow themselves up (all of whom, or most of whom, if I recall correctly originated in European airports by the way...) in the name of Allah? The shady Mexican with the gang tattoos? One of the thousands of OTM's that actually gets snagged by the few Border Patrol catches? Nope, the Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, white, Conservative, GWOT Veteran, who has a Gadsden Culpeper Flag that says “Don't Tread on Me”. Twice in 2009 we had reports from the DHS, FBI, and other LEA's working closely with the Federal Government brand people like myself who have crazy notions of Liberty as terrorists (http://trendnemesis.blogspot.com/2009/04/14apr09-we-are-being-profiled-again.html)... Despite the damage control that had to be exercised from these two FUBARs, DHS still continues to follow this line of thought (which is the agenda of the Southern Poverty Law Center by the way, while they have some great information they are slaves to a Left Wing agenda that slams anything they deem as 'Right Wing'; for example I would probably be labeled as a potential hate threat due to my stances on immigration and homosexuality, and believe it or not my affiliation with the American Legion) without question.
To top this all off, we have seen a new trend in the manner in which the FBI operates. Dangerously close to, or actual, Entrapment. FBI informants finding people of a specific profile that is vulnerable and easily manipulated, and then pushing them into plotting acts of violence. Its a convoluted trail to follow, and not all cases run the risk of Entrapment honestly speaking (locally the domestic threat presented by Schaffer Cox is an example where FBI informants were pushing violence, but we also have Cox and his disciples stating in no uncertain terms to police officers and State Troopers that they knew where they lived and that they could kill them; all while standing in a COURT HOUSE, regardless, its interesting to connect this to other FBI cases with the same tactic: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/schaeffer_cox_fbi_informants_basically_kidnapped_m.php ). While there are 20 plots the FBI brags about, we find out 17 were FBI produced, bank rolled, and supplied to individuals targeted by informants with some bad records (not too dissimilar to Olson in the above article). Not only do we have Muslims being entrapped and pushed over the edge to violence (makes you wonder if someone working for the FBI didn't push Maj. Hassan over the edge at Ft. Hood and everyone is keeping quiet about it...) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots but also it seems like its happening to Americans that fall under the new definitions of domestic terrorists (albeit Cox certainly was leaning heavy that way without the FBI when I look back at whom he chose to surround himself about the time I did some art for him in early 2009...). Of course, whats also interesting is how they treated a Material Witness in the case against Schaeffer Cox: http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/16673344/article-Anderson-brought-in-under-material-witness-warrant-in-Schaeffer-Cox-case?instance=home_news_window_left_top_2 and http://patriotslament.blogspot.com/2011/12/it-wont-happen-in-america-yeah-well-it.html. With this kind of treatment of a material witness, one wonders why agents have shown up to cuff Eric Holder with his refusal to cooperate in the Fast and Furious investigation (the gun smuggling by the BATFE which resulted in the death of a Border Patrol Agent... Killed by a gun provided to a cartel by courtesy of the agency responsible for busting illegal firearm transfers and smuggling...).
So there you go folks. Creepier and creepier. Try to enjoy the Holidays, maybe someone in Washington will wake up and pull their head out of their ass finally and pull the plug on this travesty of a Department known as Homeland Security and end the multiple redundant security apparatus that is only making matters worse in the US by trampling our Bill of Rights (particularly that Fourth Amendment) every time we go to the airport... Makes me wonder if my fellow Veterans and I aren't going to have to bear a Scarlet Letter at some point in time and submit to a bit more extensive procedures to be allowed to travel around the country if we also happen to hold certain political view points based on some of the reports flying out of DHS, DOJ, and other Federal agencies.