If you’re like me, you scan the mainstream media to see what their agenda is, what they’re talking about…and for an occasional chuckle. After all, the overwhelming majority of what they have to say is absurd, manipulative and transparent. In my mainstream media scanning over the past couple weeks, I was really drawn to the story of the former Miss USA, Susie Castillo, who posted an emotional video on her blog that she taped at Dallas-Fort Worth airport. In the video, Castillo details how a TSA agent, for lack of a better description, invaded her privacy.
Now, at first, I thought I could just lump this story in with the other anti-TSA stories of late. And I don’t mean that in a negative way; I just mean that many of us are unsettled by the abuse of our rights at the hands of government (TSA, DHS, FBI, CIA, etc.), but no changes have occurred. The TSA will go right on violating us, because there are no ramifications for doing so, and not enough politicians have the spine to do their Constitutional duty and protect our rights.
But in reflecting on Susie Castillo’s video, I decided to go back and watch it again, and then see what people were saying in the comments section in the various sites on which the video was posted (and there were tons of sites).
I have to admit, I’m naturally a cynical person; I often find myself feeling like Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood” where he says, “I see the worst in people.” People make it easy: they’re slothful, apathetic, ignorant (and content in that ignorance), fear-driven and therefore hate-filled, and the list goes on. But when I read the comments people were posting on Castillo’s video, I felt overwhelmed by a feeling of hopelessness, anger and loneliness.
Why? Let me explain. In reading the comments people were leaving, I found those in support of Castillo were few and far between. It was only every 4th comment or so that thanked her for standing up for our liberties, being bold in putting herself out there for the common good, and helping raise awareness among the sheeple that this sort of thing isn’t freedom and can only lead to further rights violations at the hands of a corrupt government.
No, the normal comments were ripping into Castillo. But the funny thing is that every one of the thousands of comments left by these disinformed website visitors, fell into one of 11 comments. In other words, thousands of people were using the same ignorant thoughts to derail Castillo’s attempts to free them from the injustice they’re fully welcoming into their lives. It’s not like they had a solid argument. None of them actually stated anything of value or added substantive arguments against Castillo’s position. No, these people were just vomiting the propaganda the mainstream media — by way of the powers-that-be — has been feeding them since birth.
Here are those 11 comments (all just copied and pasted) and my own response — often brutal because I’m so sick of the the ignorance and stupidity of the masses — to show just how brainwashed, fear-driven and miserable these people really are:
1. “Oh, so you think because you’re Miss USA, you shouldn’t be subjected to the same security measures as everyone else?”
Those who say this are morons of the highest degree. In the video, Castillo states over and over that she can’t believe we’re being treated this way. The operative word there being “WE“! But the miserable, lifeless, apathetic (and pathetic) dumbasses out there who left this comment, or a variation of this comment, are the same people we can thank for being violated by the TSA.
These are the same people who go about their lives, mindlessly procreating, living off of the welfare programs ruining our country (and the rest of the developed world), all the while killing brain cells by drinking too much alcohol, eating unhealthy, processed foods and watching “Jersey Shore” or the equivalent. They should turn their anger inward and try to make something of themselves instead of berating someone who’s trying to help them. It’s not difficult to see the worst in people. They make it easy.
2. “Shut up you whiny wimp! I’d rather get a pat down than be blown up by crazy terrorists!”
Is it really that simple? If you don’t get x-rayed or patted down, your plane explodes? Yet more proof that people are sheep. Statistically speaking, the odds of being killed by a terrorist on a plane are so insignificant that it’s not even worth mentioning. Yet the fear-mongering mainstream media, controlled by the powers-that-be, create a fearful environment where people truly believe that without a TSA patdown or their bodyscanning machines, we’ll all be blown up by terrorists. People….are….so….stupid!
Oh, and to call Castillo a wimp is such a joke. She’s a public figure who’s taken a beating for speaking up for our Constitutional rights. What have you done, other than insult her behind a faceless, anonymous comment? Who’s the real coward?
So, sheep, consider this quote, often attributed to Edmund Burke:
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Castillo’s doing something. What have you done other than take up space?
3. “If you don’t want to get a pat down or go through the x-ray machine, don’t fly! Take a bus or a car!”
Again, laughable. The immense stupidity of people often escapes even my wildest imagination…which is incredible considering I already think quite lowly of people.
Let’s break this down a moment: Castillo was flying back from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on business. She had hosted some kind of event there for a new movie. Castillo, herself, even states that she flies a ton for business since she works as a TV host and actress. Although I’m not a Hollywood insider, I don’t have to use too much brain power to know that people in the entertainment industry (and most other industries, really) have no choice but to travel if they want to work. Was Castillo supposed to take a car or bus to and from Rio de Janeiro? Would she have been offered the job if she stipulated such things in her contract? Of course not.
Many people cited the fact that nowhere is there a Constitutional right to travel by air. Well, duh! Of course not! Air travel didn’t exist in the 18th century. But it was understood that we all had the right to travel as we pleased. It’s a fundamental right in a free society. And as times change, our right to travel improves as technology improves. In the US, we have the right to travel by car once we’re of age and as long as we abide by the rules of the road. Fortunately for us, terrorists haven’t tried to use cars to blow us up or we’d probably have many unconstitutional laws that prohibit our right to travel by car.
A quick look at “US Code – Section 40103: Sovereignty and use of airspace” proves that, “A citizen of the United States has a public right of transit through the navigable airspace.” Unfortunately, it goes on to say that the government can basically regulate us any way they please. So we have a Constitution, but apparently, they don’t need to abide by it.
And therein lies the problem. The government shouldn’t be able to violate our Constitutional rights in order for us to travel on an airplane. Otherwise, what good is the Constitution? At present, entering a TSA security checkpoint is worse than being a suspected criminal. At least suspected criminals are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The implications of the implementation of these TSA patdowns and bodyscans is that we’re all guilty until proven innocent. Otherwise, how could the government (DHS, TSA) justify abusing our 4th amendment rights?
Here’s what the 4th 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.”
At airports, apparently just by default of being an air traveler, these TSA agents have probable cause, apparently supported by default of the fact that their agency exists to protect us, to search and seize all of you and your belongings if they suspect your may commit a crime.
Is that okay to you? And if it is, please do me a favor and leave this site. You and others like you are what’s wrong with this country today.
4. “The x-rays in the bodyscanners emit such low levels of radiation. They’ve been deemed safe by the government. Just go through them and quit complaining!”
Okay, dumbasses, so the government tells you something is safe and you believe them? Apparently you’ve never read about the government’s past; about how our government has used US citizens as guinea pigs countless times over the years. Well, maybe it’s time to use your brain for a minute…you know, the thing you’ve had switched off since childhood?
Let me give you just a few examples of our dear, dear government harming its own citizens. Then you can tell me if you still believe it when they say these bodyscanners are safe:
The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment:
I’ll just quote NPR here, since it’s a mainstream media outlet, and sheep like mainstream news:
“For 40 years, the U.S. Public Health Service has conducted a study in which human guinea pigs, not given proper treatment, have died of syphilis and its side effects,” Associated Press reporter Jean Heller wrote on July 25, 1972. “The study was conducted to determine from autopsies what the disease does to the human body.”
“The Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began the study in 1932. Nearly 400 poor black men with syphilis from Macon County, Ala., were enrolled in the study. They were never told they had syphilis, nor were they ever treated for it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the men were told they were being treated for “bad blood,” a local term used to describe several illnesses, including syphilis, anemia and fatigue.
“At the start of the study, there was no proven treatment for syphilis. But even after penicillin became a standard cure for the disease in 1947, the medicine was withheld from the men. The Tuskegee scientists wanted to continue to study how the disease spreads and kills. The experiment lasted four decades, until public health workers leaked the story to the media. By then, dozens of the men had died, and many wives and children had been infected.”
Look at this, another mainstream media source to support my next example of egregious, detestable, evil government behavior. Here’s what ABC News reported on Operation Northwoods:
“In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
“The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and, “casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.”
Another mainstream outlet, Wired.com, wrote an article on the sinister CIA program dubbed “MK-ULTRA”. Here’s more from Wired.com:
“(In 1953), Central Intelligence Agency director Allen Dulles authorizes the MK-ULTRA project. The agency launches one of its most dubious covert programs ever, turning unsuspecting humans into guinea pigs for its research into mind-altering drugs. Under the guise of research, LSD, whose psychedelic properties were discovered by a Swiss chemist in 1943, was secretly administered to CIA employees, U.S. soldiers and psychiatric patients, as well as the general public.
“In addition to drugs, the program included more than a hundred sub-projects that involved radiological implants, hypnosis and subliminal persuasion, electroshock therapy and isolation techniques. (The MK in the project name referred to the Technical Services Division that oversaw the project, and ULTRA was a security classification applied to top-secret intelligence.) More than 30 universities and institutions participated in CIA-funded research, though not all were aware the spy agency was their benefactor, because funding was sometimes laundered through shell organizations.
“The CIA ultimately concluded that the drug was too unpredictable for reliable research, but that was too late for Frank Olson. Olson was a 43-year-old civilian germ-warfare researcher for the U.S. Army who was also a CIA employee and an unwitting recipient of CIA acid. During a 1953 meeting at a mountain retreat with MK-ULTRA head Dr. Sidney Gottlieb and other CIA employees, Olson and four other scientists drank a glass of Cointreau that had been secretly spiked with LSD.
“They were told about the drug about 20 minutes after ingesting it. Olson apparently had a severe reaction and left the retreat in an agitated state and later threatened to resign. The CIA claimed he suffered a sudden bout of extreme paranoia and depression and sent him to a psychiatrist in New York for consultation. He died in a “fall” from the 10th floor of his New York hotel room. A CIA employee who had accompanied him to New York reported that he awoke at 1:30 a.m. to see Olson hurl himself through the closed window.
“Olson left a 38-year-old widow and three children under the age of 10. In the absence of other evidence, Olson’s family reluctantly accepted the CIA’s puzzling explanation that the scientist had been suddenly seized by a fatal depression. It wasn’t until the 1990s, when Olson’s son had his father’s body exhumed and examined, that he discovered that his father might have actually died from a blunt force trauma to the head, which may have been received prior to his fall from the window.”
Does it get any more mainstream than TIME Magazine? So then you sheep will have no problem accepting what they reported about Operation Midnight Climax:
“At night, women lured men to the hideaways and fed them LSD or marijuana, while other men watched the action through two-way mirrors and tape-recorded the sounds. Scenes from seamy bordellos? Havens for desperate voyeurs? No, these were taxpayer-financed operations of the CIA, which was experimenting with drugs during the 1950s and ’60s in a project with the sophomoric code name Midnight Climax.
“The women, apparently moonlighting prostitutes, were paid $100 for each assignment by the CIA. The operation, conducted by CIA alchemists from 1954 until 1963, was part of a quarter-century hunt for a psychogenic philosophers’ stone. The purpose was to discover the secret of brainwashing, to protect U.S. agents and gain control over enemy spies.
“Operation Midnight Climax was disclosed last week at a Senate hearing, adding bizarre details to the story of CIA drug research exposed in 1975 and 1976 by Government investigations. Further revelations were provided by a cache of 8,000 heavily censored documents sifted by Senate aides and New York Times reporters.
“CIA-paid researchers conducted LSD experiments on prisoners at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, Ky., the New Jersey reformatory in Bordentown and Michigan’s Ionia State Hospital. Experimenters used tranquilizers and alcohol on mental patients and staff members at the Butler Memorial Hospital in Providence. Other scientists tried out brainwashing techniques—including isolation and sensory deprivation—on patients at McGill University’s Allan Memorial Institute of Psychiatry in Montreal.
“At a Senate hearing last week, CIA Director Stansfield Turner gave a final accounting: 149 projects for an undisclosed amount of money at 80 U.S. and Canadian universities, research foundations, hospitals and prisons. At least 39 projects involved human subjects, often without their knowledge. No one knows where they are now or what effects they may have suffered. Said Turner: “It is abhorrent to me to think of using humans as guinea pigs. I assure you that the CIA is in no way engaged in either witting or unwitting testing of drugs today.”
Do you believe Turner? If so, you’re a moron and you should donate your brain to these experiments. The government has done nothing to warrant our trust in them. On the whole, they lie to us, withhold information from us, and manipulate us to do as they wish.
Now let’s get back to these x-ray emitting backscatter bodyscanners. As stated in this NaturalNews.com article, all radiation is harmful, ultimately because radiation damage is cumulative in our bodies. Radiation mutates our cells, so avoiding radiation when you can is smart. Let me rephrase: not avoiding radiation when you can shows you’ve probably already been irradiated too much and your brain power has suffered from it.
Next, let’s take a look at this letter, written to President Obama’s Science Czar (i.e. Assistant to the President for Science and Technology), John. P. Holdren, from a number of Ph.Ds at the University of California, San Francisco. In the letter, these UCSF faculty write:
“The X-ray dose from these devices has often been compared in the media to the cosmic ray exposure inherent to airplane travel or that of a chest X-ray. However, this comparison is very misleading: both the air travel cosmic ray exposure and chest Xrays have much higher X-ray energies and the health consequences are appropriately understood in terms of the whole body volume dose. In contrast, these new airport scanners are largely depositing their energy into the skin and immediately adjacent tissue, and since this is such a small fraction of body weight/vol, possibly by one to two orders of magnitude, the real dose to the skin is now high.
“In addition, it appears that real independent safety data do not exist. A search, ultimately finding top FDA radiation physics staff, suggests that the relevant radiation quantity, the Flux [photons per unit area and time (because this is a scanning device)] has not been characterized. Instead an indirect test (Air Kerma) was made that emphasized the whole body exposure value, and thus it appears that the danger is low when compared to cosmic rays during airplane travel and a chest X-ray dose. In summary, if the key data (flux-integrated photons per unit values) were available, it would be straightforward to accurately model the dose being deposited in the skin andadjacent tissues using available computer codes, which would resolve the potential concerns over radiation damage.
“Our colleagues at UCSF, dermatologists and cancer experts, raise specific important concerns:
A) The large population of older travelers, >65 years of age, is particularly at risk from the mutagenic effects of the X-rays based on the known biology of melanocyte aging.
B) A fraction of the female population is especially sensitive to mutagenesisprovoking radiation leading to breast cancer. Notably, because these women, who have defects in DNA repair mechanisms, are particularly prone to cancer, X-ray mammograms are not performed on them. The dose to breast tissue beneath the skin represents a similar risk.
C) Blood (white blood cells) perfusing the skin is also at risk.
D) The population of immunocompromised individuals–HIV and cancer patients (see above) is likely to be at risk for cancer induction by the high skin dose.
E) The risk of radiation emission to children and adolescents does not appear to have been fully evaluated.
F) The policy towards pregnant women needs to be defined once the theoretical risks to the fetus are determined.
G) Because of the proximity of the testicles to skin, this tissue is at risk for sperm mutagenesis.
H) Have the effects of the radiation on the cornea and thymus been determined?
“Moreover, there are a number of ‘red flags’ related to the hardware itself. Because this device can scan a human in a few seconds, the X-ray beam is very intense. Any glitch in power at any point in the hardware (or more importantly in software) that stops the device could cause an intense radiation dose to a single spot on the skin. Who will oversee problems with overall dose after repair or software problems? The TSA is already complaining about resolution limitations; who will keep the manufacturers and/or TSA from just raising the dose, an easy way to improve signal-to-noise and get higher resolution? Lastly, given the recent incident (on December 25th), how do we know whether the manufacturer or TSA, seeking higher resolution, will scan the groin area more slowly leading to a much higher total dose?
“After review of the available data we have already obtained, we suggest that additional critical information be obtained, with the goal to minimize the potential health risks of total body scanning. One can study the relevant X-ray dose effects with modern molecular tools. Once a small team of appropriate experts is assembled, an experimental plan can be designed and implemented with the objective of obtaining information relevant to our concerns expressed above, with attention paid to completing the information gathering and formulating recommendations in a timely fashion.
“We would like to put our current concerns into perspective. As longstanding UCSF scientists and physicians, we have witnessed critical errors in decisions that have seriously affected the health of thousands of people in the United States. These unfortunate errors were made because of the failure to recognize potential adverse outcomes of decisions made at the federal level. Crises create a sense of urgency that frequently leads to hasty decisions where unintended consequences are not recognized. Examples include the failure of the CDC to recognize the risk of blood transfusions in the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, approval of drugs and devices by the FDA without sufficient review, and improper standards set by the EPA, to name a few.
“Similarly, there has not been sufficient review of the intermediate and long-term effects of radiation exposure associated with airport scanners. There is good reason to believe that these scanners will increase the risk of cancer to children and other vulnerable populations. We are unanimous in believing that the potential health consequences need to be rigorously studied before these scanners are adopted. Modifications that reduce radiation exposure need to be explored as soon as possible.
“In summary we urge you to empower an impartial panel of experts to reevaluate the potential health issues we have raised before there are irrevocable long-term consequences to the health of our country. These negative effects may on balance far outweigh the potential benefit of increased detection of terrorists.“
That last sentence says it all. The evidence is clear: the government isn’t trustworthy, and many in the scientific community are speaking out about the definite harm these scanners are causing us all.
Wake up, sheeple!
5. “And besides what did you mean about how you hate having to go through this as an AMERICAN? Does ‘being American’ exclude you from such scanners or pat downs? Do you think you Americans are too good for such things?”
As Americans, we have a Constitution that protects our rights. Other nations have their own Constitutions, while others do not. Some nations don’t grant their citizens any of the rights we should inherit upon birth as humans (which are protected by the US Constitution).
Clearly, all Castillo meant by this was that since we have a Constitution, we should be protected from this sort of rights violation. The sort of simpleton who’d say the above about Castillo is either A) truly retarded, or B) upset that her ideology goes against theirs. But what kind of person wants their rights taken away? I’ll tell you: an ignorant one.
6. “The TSA isn’t just looking to grope you inappropriately any chance they get. Their job is to make sure that you and all other passengers are safe and that nobody is carrying something that is a threat to that safety.”
Does it make it okay just because these TSA agents are “just doing their job“? A violation of our rights is a violation of our rights, regardless of who the perpetrators are. A government lackey isn’t above the Constitution; at least, they shouldn’t be. Not if we’re still living in a Constitutional Republic.
But again, therein lies the problem; the very reason we even have this problem: people just want the government to keep them safe and secure. People are driven by fear and so they act as such. “Fine, take my rights away, so long as I’m safe from harm.” Well, who’s going to protect you from the government? Because in case you skipped the above, they’ve done more harm on US citizens than these “terrorists.”
***Note: just so you’re aware, I put “terrorists” in quotation marks because I think calling them terrorists is more propaganda. Think about it: let’s say China suddenly became what the US is today: the world’s police. And China showed up on our shores acting like they now ran the place. And let’s say they proceeded to target “terrorists” — i.e. those who would oppose them — and in the process killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians like we’ve done in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc. Would you sit back and take it? Or would you fight your oppressor? Many Americans have such a distorted, slanted, ignorant view of the world, and comment 6 exposes that ignorance.
We have to make these TSA agents uncomfortable in doing their “job.” We need to let them know that what they are doing is unjust. If more of us do what Susie did, the TSA would surely be disbanded in weeks. Think of the time we’d save in airports…and the money we’d save as a nation, reducing the massive deficit by billions. Anyone who says these TSA agents are just doing their job is ignorant; ignorant of reality and most certainly ignorant of history.
Have you heard of the Milgram Experiment? We’ve written alot about this experiment because it’s quite descriptive of where we’re headed as a society, but I’ll let Jeff Riggenbach explain:
”Stanley Milgram, the social psychologist at the City University of New York whose book Obedience to Authority was published in 1974. The book was Milgram’s summary of and reflections upon a series of experiments he had begun conducting back in 1961, when he was a newly minted Harvard PhD in the second year of his first teaching assignment, as an assistant professor of psychology at Yale. Milgram advertised for volunteers who would be willing to participate in a psychological experiment in return for a small payment — “four dollars for one hour of your time,” according to the ad reproduced in Milgram’s 1974 book. When the volunteers reached Milgram’s laboratory, they were told they would be participating in a study of how memory and learning were affected by punishment.
“They were told that in the experiment each of them would play the part of a “teacher.” Each of them was then paired with another volunteer, who was playing the part of a “learner.” The rules were simple. The learner was strapped into a chair by a white-coated “experimenter” and connected to electrodes. In an adjoining room, with a window through which the teacher and the experimenter could see and make eye contact with the learner, the teacher read a list of words arranged in pairs aloud into a microphone. The teacher’s voice was audible to the learner through speakers on the walls of the adjoining room. In similar fashion, the learner’s voice was audible to the teacher and the experimenter through speakers mounted on the walls on their side of the glass.
“If the learner repeated the word pairs in correct sequence, the experiment would go on. If the learner made an error, the teacher would administer an electric shock to the learner by remote control, pressing a button on a control console. Each electric shock administered would be stronger than the one before.
“At some point in the proceedings, the volunteer “teachers” discovered, the volunteer “learners” began to show discomfort, then increasing evidence of feeling serious pain, when the shocks were administered. It wasn’t long before the learners began demanding, then begging, to be released from the experiment. It wasn’t long before they began struggling to escape from the chairs into which they had been strapped by the experimenter. It wasn’t long before the learners began pleading with the teachers to help them get themselves free.
“And, as the severity of the shocks the experimenters ordered the teachers to administer grew greater and greater, the console from which the teachers administered these shocks began to display warnings that the selected voltages were dangerously high. Still, any teachers who protested to the experimenters or even raised questions about whether the experiment should proceed were sternly ordered by the experimenters to continue. They were told by the experimenters that everything was all right.
“And, in fact, everything was all right. The learners were not really volunteers, but actors. They were not really receiving any shocks at all. But the teachers did not know this. They believed themselves to be inflicting excruciating and possibly life-threatening pain on the learners. And most of them went right on doing so, despite the struggles and protests of their victims. Only one of Milgram’s first 40 volunteers refused to inflict any more shocks beyond what his console told him was 300 volts. But by that time, according to Milgram, the learner’s “response can be described only as an agonized scream. Soon thereafter, he makes no sound at all.”
“Yet all but one of Milgram’s first 40 volunteers went right on administering shocks. Two-thirds of them went on administering shocks right up to what their consoles told them was 450 volts, the highest voltage the equipment could produce, even though by that time, the learners were totally unresponsive and apparently either unconscious or dead.”
Milgram went on the summarize the findings of his experiment. He said it was:
“A simple experiment … to test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist. Stark authority was pitted against the subjects’ strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects’ ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not.”
So with all that in mind, do you really think what the TSA is doing is okay? Do you really believe it won’t one day devolve into a Gestapo-like entity? The nature of freedom is that it’s fleeting, and once the process of erosion begins, it never ends. Castillo was right on this point as well; her instincts are correct: one day there will be rectal exams or something similar. The “no-fly” list will surely grow. And to be certain, our rights will continue to expire…all in the name of keeping us safe.
7. “My husband is a TSA Officer! He said you would be surprised at the stuff they find on people! The problem is the public is not made aware of the guns, the knives, the drugs, etc. that passengers try to carry on to these planes! The TSA is protecting us!”
Don’t you find that strange? If the TSA is having so many triumphant victories in the war on terror, why would they not publicize them? After all, they do have themselves quite the image problem right now as more and more people wake up.
On the TSA’s homepage, they have their “Week At a Glance” section where they show you the stats on how many dangerous objects or individuals they’ve confiscated or stopped, respectively. From May 2 through May 8, the TSA confiscated 7 artfully concealed, prohibited items and 13 firearms found at checkpoints. Also, 4 passengers were arrested after investigations of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents.
To be sure, none of these individuals were terrorists. They, like me, were just people who forgot that carrying scissors on board a plane was dangerous and therefore lost their right to keep them. If they were terrorists, we would have heard about it. Think about it: every time a terrorist is caught, we’re told about it. Remember the would-be terrorist in Portland that almost detonated a fake FBI-made bomb over the Thanksgiving holiday? That made headlines for days and days. They saved us! Well, they also created the entire scenario, entrapping the extremist. The FBI enabled the entire process, and when the extremist was about to detonate the fake bomb that they made for him to detonate, they swept in, arrested him, and proclaimed themselves our saviors.
Rest assured, if they stopped a big terrorist plot, we’d be told about it. How else are we going to know when to hoist the TSA/DHS/FBI/CIA onto our shoulders and parade them around as our heros? Yay, PATRIOT Act! Yay, illegal wiretaps! Yay unconstitutional gropings at airports! Yay!
By the way, let’s also forget about the fact that the TSA has failed up to 70% of internal tests. Here’s ABC News, Houston with more:
“Experts say every year since the September 11 attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert tests of airport security. A person briefed on the latest tests tells ABC News the failure rate approaches 70 percent at some major airports. TSA’s new director said every test gun, bomb part or knife got past screeners at some airports. Authorities tell ABC News the incident is not uncommon, but how often it occurs is a closely guarded government secret.”
And yet most sheeple go right on trusting our government: “Go ahead, strip us of our rights. They’re keeping us safe! Thank you, Big Government!”
Ugh…stupid people create these problems for the rest of us. I think it’s high time we started to make stupid, ignorant people uncomfortable in their stupid, ignorant slumber. Let’s let them know it’s their fault we’re all losing our liberties. Let’s wake them up like we need to wake up the TSA agents who willingly ignore the Constitution when they invade our personal space and seize our belongings.
8. “The use of the word “molestation” to describe a patdown is an insult to people who have actually been molested.”
What Castillo actually said is that she “felt molested.” She didn’t say she was molested, which means something very different. To feel something is quite relative to the person and his or her experience of the event that took place. I may feel like I’m dying from the same flu as another man who feels just a little under the weather. However, it doesn’t negate my feeling like I’m dying; it’s how I felt.
How someone feels is their own reality. And the Constitution is there to protect us all from being subjected to the whim or opinion of the masses. After all, if most of us felt like being a white man was a crime, you, me and every other white dude would be locked up and/or killed. Mob rule has no place in a Republic.
What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t matter what you think of Susie Castillo’s feeling like she was molested by TSA. What matters is that the Constitution is there precisely to prevent innocent people from feeling like they’ve been molested.
From where we are today, it’s not far-fetched to imagine Federal agents breaking into your home, beating you and your wife, stealing whatever they want, and leaving you in a pile on the floor, sobbing, with no rights or recourse. If the TSA can circumvent the 4th amendment at airports, why can’t the FBI or CIA do the same at your home or business?
So doesn’t it stand to reason that we’d better protect all of our Constitutional rights? Oh, but she said “molested.” Shame on her!
As the title suggests, the Stupidity of the Masses Makes Me Sick!
9. “I’m pretty sure the families of the victims of 9/11 will appreciate your desire to get rid of security, so that many more innocents may die, and our country suffer another great attack.”
This one may be my favorite comment of them all, because it shows the absolute ignorance and stupidity I’ve been bitching about for the past 6000 words. First of all, Castillo never says she wants zero security. She simply states that she shouldn’t be forced to choose between being irradiated or being groped by a TSA agent; both violations of our 4th amendment rights. Secondly, for the moment, let’s assume 9/11 really was carried out by terrorists; do you really think the loved ones of those who died on those flights want our rights being violated to keep us safe?
Okay, maybe that’s a bad question because the answer is likely, “yes,” they probably do want our rights violated to keep us “safe.” But we’ve already established — unless your head is still buried in your ass — that the TSA isn’t keeping us safe at all. They’re just violating us. So in no way is Castillo advocating for zero security, she’s advocating for a Constitutional form of security.
But now let’s talk about 9/11. After reading above — from a mainstream news outlet no less — that our very own military planned to attack the United States to ignite anger and support for an attack on Cuba and Fidel Castro in what they called “Operation Northwoods,” do you really think 9/11 being an “inside job” is so absurd? Because if you do, you’re retarded…and I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean that literally. Offended? Deal with it. It’s my first amendment right to speak my mind. At least, for the time being….
Have you not heard about building 7? And how buildings don’t go into free fall unless they’ve been purposely demolished by experts? Have you never visited the website started by the over 1500 Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth? Have you never read reports about the corruption within the 9/11 commission?
The info is out there, and once you look beyond what you’ve been told is the truth, it becomes startlingly clear that we’re being lied to. About what, exactly, we may never know. Or maybe, like with Operation Northwoods, MK-Ultra and the Tuskegee Experiments, we’ll find out decades later when a new administration is in power who we can’t directly blame for the injustices committed in the past. Smart move if you’re the government and you want to remain in power.
One thing is certain: trusting our government is something only a fool can do.
10. “Oh, yeah, get rid of these pat downs and x-ray machines…then what!? What do you suggest for security since you know so much about this!”
Castillo never professes to be a security expert. What she brings to the table is the fact that she was violated, which brings to light the fact that all of us who travel by air are having our rights violated. It’s not her job to figure out what sort of technology or procedures would be both effective and Constitutionally-acceptable. It is, however, our duty, universally, to stand up for our rights. Because if we don’t, one day we won’t have them. Being a celebrity, Castillo has brought this story to more people, possibly, than ever before.
If I may impose my opinion — why stop now, right!? — it seems to me that behavioral profiling would work well. Monitor people for suspicious behavior. If they’re behaving suspiciously enough, there’s probable cause to investigate further. That is acceptible according to our 4th amendment. Of course, this could also be a slippery slope because what, exactly, determines “suspicious behavior”?
Then again, why couldn’t a metal detector suffice? That should stop guns from getting on board. To me, preventing people from bringing knives on a plane is absurd. Unless they use the knife to harm someone, we should, again, presume their innocence until they prove themselves guilty. Why would someone bring a knife on a plane just to stab someone? Couldn’t they do it much more easily on the ground?
You may be saying, “Oh, well what about the 9/11 terrorists and their box cutters, Mr. Know-it-all!?” Well, now cockpit doors are sealed, so a man or two or three wielding box cutters or knives won’t be taking control of planes anymore. As an aside, sealing the cockpit door is a smart security measure. It doesn’t invade our privacy or waste our time…and it actually works.
As for bombs, again, wouldn’t it be easier to detonate a bomb in a mall or a sports stadium? If death toll is what terrorists are after, a plane is quite limiting. You could kill more people by blowing up other places. I understand that terrorists are also purportedly after simply scaring us out of our way of life, so by blowing up an airplane, they damage our psyche. Well, actually, no…not if we don’t let them. How about we just go on with our lives. If we’d done that after 9/11, we’d be flying through airports (pun intended) and probably wouldn’t have had another attack.
So in closing, stop being such a dumbass and wake up. And you know if I’m talking to you. I do blame you for your ignorance, or worse yet, your complete faith in the fact that you know it all even though you’re totally ignorant.
11. “You’re just doing this for publicity and to get back into the public eye.”
Do you know what a viral video is? A viral video is something that spreads organically, from one user to another, therefore growing exponentially. In order for Castillo to have done this as a publicity stunt, she would have had to have an infrastructure of hundreds of thousands of people who were in on the whole thing, and who shared her video with everyone they know.
So, aside from the fact that that’s impossible, you — if you belive she did this for publicity — have shit for brains. If she showed up in the pages of US Weekly or People Magazine simply talking about this and how she “felt molested” when she passed through TSA at DFW, then you may have a point. But the reality is that Castillo filmed an emotional video at “6:30am after an 11-hour flight from Rio” (her words) not looking glamorous at all (quite the opposite, actually), and posted it on her blog. If it was done for publicity, I’m sure she at least would have had make-up on.
Furthermore, the YouTube video that everyone has seen, and now has over 1.1 million views, isn’t posted on the site by Susie. Which means that someone else grabbed the video, posted it on YouTube, and then it went from there. In other words, there’s no way Castillo did this for publicity. Do you have any idea how few videos go viral in this magnitude? Let’s just say that you have better odds of being blown up on an airplane by a terrorist (1-in-10,408,947) or being struck by lightning (1-in-500,000).
So wake up. Snap out of it. You make me sick. People like Susie Castillo should be praised. Instead, the sheeple out there belittle her and call her names. In their comments, many people called her “whiny,” which I found ironic, considering the very thing they were doing by writing that comment was whining about her. The amount of stupidity out there is immense. So believe me when I say that the stupidity of the masses makes me sick!
We’re living on a planet of idiots!