Visitors Now:
Total Visits:
Total Stories:
Profile image
By Tom Dennen, the paranoid historian (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

TSA ‘Bonehead’ Thinking – Are you a “Trusted Traveler”? All U.S. Military Including Private (Mer​cenary) Soldiers Are…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 23:00
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)


There are two kinds of Americans.

One travels extensively inside the country and is subjected to X-radiation exposure, sometimes also to embarrassing ‘body searches’.
The other kind of American travels to other countries but does NOT have to walk through the TSA machines.

Flying from Johannesburg, South Africa, through Heathrow in London, and into Boston’s Logan Airport, my baggage goes through the normal checkpoints.

The same on the way back, except that last time, Heathrow picked up the Bowie Knife I put in my hand luggage to test the system. “Americans come through here with all kinds of weapons,” the customs man said.

Logan did not pick up the knife before I climbed aboard my flight to London.

Daily Bell Free-Market Analysis: It is our perspective that within the next few years, certainly inside a decade, it will be difficult to travel outside the United States or move money outside

“To put things in perspective, in order to receive the benefits of TSA Pre-Check, all human beings not related to the military and over the age of 12 must apply for a DHS “Trusted Traveler” program in order to be considered for Pre-Check eligibility.

  ”Why? Because obviously the military can be trusted and those of us who work in more pacifist professions just can’t, I suppose! … TSA Deputy Administrator John W. Halinski, who is himself a 25-year Marine Corps veteran, made a statement that “TSA is grateful to the brave men and women in uniform who continue to serve our nation with honor and distinction. Providing TSA Pre-check expedited screening while on travel is the least we can do for the members of our military.”

“I hate to break it to Mr. Halinski, but offering our troops an expedited security screening is not one of the least things we can do. It is downright foolish to assume that military service members are somehow an automatic “trusted traveler” as a result of their endeavors, and deserve to have the privilege of a somewhat more relaxed screening procedure to the detriment of the general population.

“… This boneheaded mentality not only proves that many aspects of TSA screening protocol are just security theater, but this is a perfect example of government mafia police-state cronyism. The servants of the state and our destructive foreign policy shall be granted special privileges, while the civilian sheeple must endure the extra intrusion that only the almighty dollar (and obviously an NSA background check) can remedy.

“Good article: But what it is not saying is worth noting, as well. That is, the military is part of an all-private army at this time in the US. While the Pentagon and the political structure generally pays homage to those who join the military as part of a “public service,” the reality is that in many ways military personnel are paid private practitioners.

“Giving military personnel, especially, additional perks tends to widen the gap between the professional soldier and the civilian he is sworn to protect. We’ve seen in the increasing police beatings of civilians how easy it is to create an “us versus them” paradigm in which those in uniform begin to develop a sense of superiority.



Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.