The above video is real. This is an example of exactly how spiteful and out of hand TSA and Homeland Security has become. Even the House of Representatives has challenged these procedures already – and it’s out of their hands in the short term, because Homeland Security falls under the auspices of the Executive Branch. You can see further discussion on Metafilter.
That’s right, this TSA mess is under the direct purview of none other than the President of the United States.
Here is what I wrote my representatives via Congress.org:
I am furious at the infringement of civil rights used in the application of backscatter scanners and TSA pat-downs. There is no evidence that this in any way makes Americans safer, and it is in no way a relevant response to recent or more distant attacks on US soil. This is a violation of 9th Amendment rights in a profound way – among those unenumerated rights is the right NOT to suffer intimidation by our own government.
I find President Obama’s interaction and connection to the backscatter companies suspect, and I do believe that Mr. Obama needs to use his presidential authority to put a stop to the continued abuses of Homeland Security IMMEDIATELY. This “safety inspection” benefits no one. Further, I think all “security” procedures implemented since 2001 merit review – with an eye toward shutting down the TSA and Homeland Security completely. The CIA and FBI served adequately, and it has long since been demonstrated that 9/11 occurred as a direct result of Executive branch neglect. To continue with these agencies is to simply allow a legacy of incompetence and corruption to continue.
For those unfamiliar with the 9th Amendment:
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”