TSA stormtroopers picked the wrong guy

TSA stormtroopers picked the wrong guy

PostBy: jpete On: Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:34 pm

This is the stuff they get away with all the time. Except this time they picked a guy with a firm grasp of the Constitution and a digital recorder! :D
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Re: TSA stormtroopers picked the wrong guy

PostBy: pvolcko On: Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:18 pm

Good for him. Most wouldn't bother standing so firm on principle, even if they knew they were not required to answer such questions. That is the trouble with the "soft police state". It is just bothersome enough to make your life uncessarilly difficult if you want to assert your rights, but it isn't yet so gung ho as to result in frequent clear abuses of the law and of civil rights.

Britain, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, etc. have been going through this creeping police state phenomenon for many many years now. We're still in the very early phases. Sadly, we're also much more likely to employ high technology to enact the police state in such a way as it will be far less obvious and oppressive feeling to the average citizen, compared to these other countries. Also sadly, I do not think Obama or the democrat congress is going to do a damned thing to put the brakes on it. Indeed, expect it to increase: "By making these new fangled full body xray machines standard across the nation's airports we'll be pumping $20 billion into the economy and lowering insurance rates for the nation's air carriers by hundreds of millions a year!" And of course look for the Health Care reform to be a trojan horse for unprecedented government encroachment into the way people live their lives, all in the name of our nation's health and cost savings (have to "pay" for that $1.6-4.0 trillion dollar price tag somehow). Much the same on cap-n-trade and the push for green vehicles, smart grid enabled homes, etc.

Sure, they'll may fake hay with a few high profile, low impact policy changes: GITMO, foreign electronic surveillance program, no more shampoo and nail clipper restrictions in checked luggage, etc. But the other hands of government will be busy seizing much more substantial power and levers for control of our country and our lives.

Sorry... Like I said, good for him. Me, I just stay out of airports all together if at all possible. :)

Re: TSA stormtroopers picked the wrong guy

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:25 am

Last time I was on plane was back in the early 90's, for my carry on I took all my camping gear because it was essential that I had it when I got there. It's designed to pack down really small... One thing I took was a MSR cook set, fule bottle and stove.. If anything looks like a bomb. :P

They didn't even blink an eye at the local airport here, Out in Arizona the second time I was there they asked what it was, then asked if it had fuel. Of course it didn't, the guy opened the bottle but that was it. Amazing how far it's gone since then. I'd imagine you'd get carted away now trying to take something like that on a plane even if it was in your regular luggage.

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Re: TSA stormtroopers picked the wrong guy

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:54 am

Back in the 80's brought cooler full of ice and beer on to a People Express flight along with 5 open bottles of liquor.
Everyone near us had a great flight BOS to FLA.
Only problem was they served Michelob cans and we had Bud cans.
Different times.
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Re: TSA stormtroopers picked the wrong guy

PostBy: wnyjim On: Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:04 pm

This is a violation of the 4th amendment. Eroded by George Bush and company to save us from terror.
Now Obama didnt change the rules they still stand. And the 2nd amendment is next.
When will we learn its a Bi partisan agenda?
Say good bye to our rights in small pieces. Boil the frog a drgree at a time.
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