By Colleen Smith, Staff Reporter

The Transportation Security Administration, as you may know, was formed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. It replaced private security at airports with a federal government agency. Many investigative journalists have found them to be no more effective than the old private security guards, and possibly less so. Many critics have feared that this agency would become too powerful, and would abuse that power. Their fears have come true. A new security scanner allows them to see us naked. Peeping toms won't even need to hide in the shrubs any more.

Many say that the line between security and paranoia was crossed almost as soon as the TSA was created. Now, an even worse line has been crossed. The Fourth Amendment states: "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." Having to let any yahoo in a uniform take a gander at your privates is nothing like security in our persons, and is in no way reasonable. At no time before 9/11 would any court have allowed random strip searches of travelers, and none should now, but I fear that the Fourth Amendment has been tossed into the dustbin of history. Random strip searches are exactly what this machine does.

The TSA claims that the images of people they are screening are immediately deleted once the scans are complete. Baloney! Why just ogle a woman once? Take a picture. It will last longer. There is no way that these pictures are not going to end up on the internet. Do you want to pose nude for the TSA's pinup calendar? If not, there are ten airports you most not fly from. They include Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver, Albuquerque and New York's Kennedy airport, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami and Reagan National Airport.

Sickos and perverts are undoubtedly lining up to get jobs with the TSA at these airports. Why pay to go to a strip club or a peepshow when you can get paid to ogle? They might as well make us dance around a pole while they are at it! Next time I have to travel, I am taking the bus.


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