By Douglas J. Hagmann
At the same time that the federal government is mandating the physical and constitutional violation of air travelers at our airports, they are prohibiting law enforcement officers in Arizona from asking for proof of identity and citizenship from those they suspect as being illegal aliens.
22 November 2010: “They” could not have planned it any better, initiating enhanced screening procedures right before the busiest travel time of the year. Our visceral reaction, outrage and chants of “don’t touch my junk” are understandable and warranted, but tend to overshadow our visibility of what’s really taking place, which is vastly more than meets the eye.
The media seems to be stuck on reporting the more salacious aspect of TSA agents having a collective case of the “touchy-feelies” while the underlying motives of our government are barely addressed. Yet that’s exactly where we need to be looking. We need to identify and understand what is taking place behind the snappy sound bites and outrageous video snippets. We also need to understand why these things are happening so we will not be surprised at what is likely to happen next.
As I wrote last week, the current TSA measures have very little to do with security. It is becoming much more apparent that the Department of Homeland Security itself, at its uppermost levels, has little to do with actual security. At the same time that the federal government is mandating the physical and constitutional violation of air travelers at our airports, they are prohibiting law enforcement officers in Arizona from asking for proof of identity and citizenship from those they suspect as being illegal aliens. They are also planning to remove the token presence of National Guard troops from our southern border by the end of February. So much for security.
This entire scenario would be difficult to reconcile in logical terms, or to simply laugh off and blame it on the inefficiency of government, until you probe deeper into “their” agenda.
The American people are being carefully and deliberately conditioned to accept the stripping away of our Constitutional rights, a process in the making for nearly a century. To see how far this conditioning has progressed, just look at how many people are willing to be groped, fondled, nuked, and subjected to other forms of degrading tactics by agents of the federal government for the mere illusion of security. They reason that if it will make air travel safer to have their genitalia fondled, that it is a “necessary evil.” Well, they are only half correct; it is indeed evil, but not necessary.
At what point will these “grope-a-dopes” draw the line and consider the actions of the government a provocation? When will people begin to connect the dots of the globalist agenda and become non-compliant?
I believe that is the larger question being raised by the puppeteers behind the proverbial curtain.
The erosion of our rights has been in progress for decades and under multiple administrations, but with this administration in particular, there is more to it. Rather than ending this madness, the Obama administration has instead ramped up the very tactics that had progressives calling George Bush a criminal. Why? It seems that people cannot understand that under the umbrella of globalism, political party is irrelevant. Both sides drink from the same trough.
To see it as some do, which is some sort of political “payback” against the American people for the midterm elections results is, in my opinion, purposely myopic. It is much larger than that.
The continuity of criminalizing non-criminal behavior of free citizens while giving a pass to others transcends political parties and is an integral component of social conditioning. Although it did not begin with Obama, he is integral in accelerating the implementation of the global power elite’s goals and objectives. Like the sand in the top of an hourglass appears to flow faster as it reaches its end, so too does the agenda of the proponents of a new world order. We are now at that point in time.
It would be a mistake to believe that this administration is merely mishandling the current throw-down between the TSA and airline passengers at the boarding gate. It is not being mishandled, but carefully crafted into organized chaos designed to elicit social unrest. Anyone refusing to comply with the increasingly oppressive federal rules will be considered domestic terrorists, much like we’ve seen with individuals and groups concerned with our Constitution, second amendment rights, and pro-life causes.
Many wonder how a regime in Germany could have rounded up and sent six million Jews to their deaths. Well, this is exactly how. It begins through conditioning, involves nationalization, and relies heavily on the conditioning and on the malaise of the people. “They” are the power elite – the globalists, who do not view themselves as Americans and don’t care about national sovereignty and care less about state sovereignty.
Under previous administrations, we’ve seen the likes of Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski and countless others who were appointed to cabinet positions or advisors with designs on a one world government and consolidation of power among the global elite. Now, take a good look at who Barack Obama has chosen as czars, advisors and appointees. Look at what has been advanced within the last two years under Obama.
In addition to the social component, there is a large economic component to this madness as well.
Under Obama, the nation’s health care industry has essentially been nationalized, and facing financial difficulties, the government became heavily involved in the auto industry to the point of de-facto nationalization. Why not the air travel industry, which in 2007, was responsible for generating just over $1.3 trillion in economic activity, or 5.6% of the total U.S. economy. The airline industry employed over 11 million Americans who earned about $396 billion.
The enhanced screening at our airports is not helping the airline industry, a vital part of our economy and infrastructure, but hurting it. This nonsense has the capacity to deliver a death blow to the airline industry. Could this be part of the larger agenda? Just look at the history over the last two years, and I believe the answer will become quite evident.
Meanwhile, take a look back at the airports across the country, as tens of thousands will be huddled in confined areas just to board a plane for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a recipe for disaster. But a planned one that should not surprise anyone who is paying attention.
(KMOV) -- More Americans are growing angrier, over what the Transportation Security Administration, admits are more intrusive security put downs at airports.
One woman is comparing her experience at Lambert Airport to a sexual assault.
Business traveler, Penny Moroney, was flying home from St. Louis to Chicago. Like all other airline passengers, she had to go through security first. When the metal in her artificial knees set off the detectors, she had to undergo more screening. When Moroney asked if she could go through a body scanner, she was told none were available.
A pat down was the only alternative.
Moroney explains “Her gloved hands touched my breasts...went between them. Then she went into the top of my slacks, inserted her hands between my underwear and my skin... then put her hands up on outside of slacks, and patted my genitals.”
“IwasshakingandcryingwhenIleftthatroom”Moroneysays. “Underanyothercircumstance,ifa person touched me like that without my permission, it would be considered criminal sexual assault.”
Moroney complained to the Transportation Security Administration, TSA, supervisor and then complained on the ACLU’s website.
The national office is now monitoring what it calls a “flood of complaints” from across the country.
Edwin Yohnka of ACLU Illinois says there are no laws and no regulations that govern scanners and pat downs.
Moroney said she wishes there were full body scanners everywhere so that she could have avoided a pat down.
The TSA’s response was that their officers’ first priority is safety when asked if putting hands down thefront of someone’s pants is excessive. The TSA said they don’t comment on individual screening procedures at checkpoints.
Anyone who sets off the metal detectors is required to go through a physical pat down, but the TSA says they use a less aggressive touch for children under 12.
The government is currently adding more body scanners at airports across the country.
It has been 20 years since the murderous sanctions of the supranational police force known as the UN were implemented in Iraq. These sanctions claimed over 1.5 million innocent lives including more than 500,000 children by starving them to death. It has now been over 7 years, since the Zionist-instigated, Zionist-designed, Zionist media-enforced occupation of Iraq began, and as of this moment, 1.5 million more innocent Iraqis have been slaughtered. That’s 3 million human beings. Dead. In twenty years time. And these are only the casualties reported. All news files use the phrase “at least” preceding every description of how many are dead after a bombing, a shooting or a missile strike. There are martyrs whose names will never be known, whose faces will never be seen, whose stories will never be told.
In addition to the legacy of rape, murder and destruction, the terrorist armies of America, Britain and their allies have turned Iraq into a toxic wasteland by leaving behind 1,700 tons of depleted uranium (which doesn’t include what was left in the first Gulf War), 5,000 tons of other hazardous waste materials, and over 14,5000 tons of contaminated oil and soil tainted by the oil. Basra, in Southern Iraq, has been devastated by depleted uranium. Fallujah, in Western Iraq, has been torn apart by white phosphorus and mark-77, including 133 of its gorgeous mosques. The diseases contracted from exposure to these weapons of mass destruction are now more exuberant than Hiroshima and Nagasaki after Zionist Harry Truman dropped Zionist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s atomic bomb. Babies are stillborn. People die of cancer and other unknown infections from the WMD-affected areas daily. Mothers and fathers commit suicide due to what has been done to their children. Crops are irrevocably damaged. Water is undrinkable. Those who eat or drink have a high-risk chance of getting sick also. These horror stories are never told either. These are casualties never counted.
The utter devastation of Iraq has turned over 5 million Iraqis into refugees, internally and externally, and 5 million children into orphans. Tens of thousands of Iraqi girls and women have been victimized by Kurdish-Israeli gangsters who have criminal sex rings all across the Middle East from the Zionist entity to Turkey to Syria, after they turned to prostitution as a way to support their families (1). The child mortality rate in Iraq has skyrocketed 150% since 1990, when the deathtrap of UN Resolution 661 was integrated into world policy. Only 50% of school-age children are attending class. Despite being the ancient land of the eternal Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, 70% of Iraq’s people have no access to water. 80% have no access to sanitation. 70% of Iraqis are unemployed, and 43% live in horrendous poverty (2). 5,800 Iraqis are detained in US prisons, overt and covert, for absolutely no reason, with absolutely no evidence, and 30,000 more Iraqis are being detained by the treasonous puppet government with no charges against them in the most inhumane conditions (3). These are undisputable facts. Now the questions are: Who are the criminals behind 20 years of atrocities? And why did they perpetrate such horrible, ungodly crimes against humanity?
Attributing the desecration of Iraq to such generalities as “corporatism” or “imperialism” is baseless and unequivocally cowardly. Corporatism and imperialism are not living, breathing entities which determine the affairs of mankind. There are individuals behind every action of corporate greed and imperial interests. They have names. They have affiliations. And in the case of the illegal invasion, occupation and subsequent genocide against Iraq, every individual involved is a Zionist of Khazarian or Anglo extraction with dual loyalty to the despicable, criminal, illegitimate state of Israel.
A 1982 document entitled “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties,” written by Oded Yinon, an Israeli foreign policy advisor, appeared in a World Zionist Organization journal, and it describes the Zionist plot to destabilize Iraq and separate it into three states: a Sunni State, a Shia State, and a Kurdish state, before fulfilling the delusional Talmudic prophecy of annexing those lands as a part of Greater Israel. Whenever the Zionist media mentions strife in Iraq, it always describes it as ‘sectarian,’ even if there is no evidence of sectarian strife. This propaganda has been designed by neo-conservative policy makers and commentators from pro-Israel think tanks like Kristol Jr., Kristol Sr., Krauthammer, Pipes and his racist father, Cohen, Goldhagen, Frum (Bush’s speech writer), Lewis and Rubin to portray Iraqis as savages, and as animals, who not only hate Americans but each other as well, to dehumanize them so the American masses are brainwashed to think of them as such and support the illegal war. The traitor and former CIA asset Ahmed Chalabi is at work with a company owned by Zionist criminal Zeev Belinsky to construct a wall in Baghdad to separate Sunni and Shia communities in another scheme to create Iraqi disunity (4). It has been mentioned by several US politicians including self-proclaimed Zionist Joe Biden, that the only solution to the ‘conflict’ in Iraq is to break it up into nation states. Sunni, Shia, Kurd, and Assyrian lived together peacefully in brotherhood before the criminal US-UK invasion. Nation states aren’t necessary. Only an end to the occupation is. That must not be forgotten.
A 1996 document entitled “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” was written by Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, Meyrav Wurmser and other Zionist agents for current Prime Minister of the usurping Zionist entity, mass murderer Benjamin Netanyahu. This document saliently featured the removal of Saddam Hussein and the weakening of Iraq as a cornerstone for Israeli success and domination of the region. Richard Perle and Douglas Feith would later become high-ranking officials in the Pentagon for George Bush’s criminal administration, and they were instrumental in the orchestration of the unlawful occupation of Iraq.
In 1998, a bill was signed into law by the butcher of Bosnia, war criminal Bill Clinton entitled “The Iraq Liberation Act” which made ‘regime change’ in Mesopotamia an important aspect of US foreign policy, and it was this felonious legislation that was cited prior to the invasion on March 20, 2003. It was co-authored by Zionist monster Joe Lieberman and banking shill John McCain.
These three documents were what the Zionist puppetmasters of Bush and Cheney used as reasoning to destroy Iraq. Zionist Philip Zelikow, the criminal behind the ridiculous 9/11 Commission Report, admitted that Iraq had been invaded for Israel’s protection (5), as did Marine General Anthony Zinni (6), and Senator Fritz Hollings (7). Zionist Paul Wolfowitz, a chief architect of Iraq’s plight, vehemently advocated torture and executions of Iraqi prisoners, and it is due to his lunacy, that 900 Iraqis sit on death row waiting to be killed, despite being convicted of crimes with no evidence. Wolfowitz encouraged the genocidal army to set up concentration camp-type prisons to break the Iraqis’ spirit of Resistance (8). Wolfowitz was also responsible for bringing in Mossad and Shin Bet advisors to train US assassination hit squads in 2003. He has openly confessed that this was a war of aggression that he helped foment. Why has no court prosecuted this maniac? Zionist Stuart Levey was a key official in the Treasury Department that appropriated additional war funds to the US military. The Pentagon derived its false intelligence for the war from the Office of Special Plans, controlled by Zionists Douglas Feith and Abram Shulsky, which was supported by liar Donald Rumsfeld, and usual suspects Elliot Abrams and Wolfowitz. Feith and Wolfowitz conducted seminars for the US military that focused on torture-interrogation, that should be used by the troops to humiliate any Iraqi that was detained (9). It was this training that led to the horrors in Abu Ghraib prison.
Douglas Feith’s former law partner, L. Marc Zell, formed an alliance with nephew of aforementioned Iraqi traitor Ahmed Chalabi, Salem Chalabi to set up the Iraqi International Law Group, which was called a ‘marketing partnership for Iraq’s reconstruction.’ What it really was, was a war profiteering agency that would rake in billions of dollars on the backs of oppressed and psychologically devastated Iraqis. The companies brought in for this war profiteering were almost exclusively Zionist. 55 Israeli companies are now working in the ruins of Iraq, under assumed names (10), including Perini, the company of Zionist Senator Diane Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, which has received over half a billion dollars in reconstruction contracts (11). Since the invasion, the Zionist entity has exported $300 million of goods annually to Iraq. It has profited from artifacts stolen from Iraq’s soil, like ancient Talmudic manuscripts extracted by the US army’s elite ‘MET Alpha’ unit in May of 2003. Dual citizens of Israel from Kurdistan, working with Mossad, are also engaged in hostile takeovers of the tombs of sacred men regarded as Prophets in the Abrahamic faiths, claiming these are ‘Jewish’ properties to be overseen by the Israeli Minister of Tourism, although every Prophet mentioned is fully accepted by Iraq’s Muslims, and Muslims worldwide. The tombs of the Prophets Jonah in Mosul, Daniel in Kirkuk, Ezekiel in Babel Province near the city of Najaf, and Ezra in Misan Province near Basra belong to Iraq (12). Any statement declaring that these sites belong to Israel is simply more Zionist madness.
Other profiteers included war criminal Dick Cheney’s company Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR, which had made billions in building US military bases worldwide, and former CIA agent Erik Prince’s Blackwater, now known as XE, whose homicidal campaigns of trigger happy paramilitary activity have left thousands of Iraqis dead, including the infamous massacre in Nisoor Square. It is estimated that over 100,000 military contractors on the Zionist US government’s payroll are still operating in occupied Iraq, many of them from XE, and 7,000 more have just been sent in after the withdrawal of several brigades of US military men.
The Secretary General of Hezbollah, his eminence, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, made an extremely important point that must be taken into account, during his historic speech for Al Quds Day this year, “If the level of the Israeli spying activities in Lebanon is so high, what can we say about the Israeli espionage in Iraq, amid an American occupation? All of us know that having a strong and unified Iraq is a red line for Israel. That’s why Israel believes it should work day and night to promote conflicts among Iraqis (13).” Mossad has been caught by local Iraqi police interrogating and torturing civilians detained in secret prisons. A retired Israel intelligence offier, Shmoel Avivi has been the primary weapons dealer for ‘terrorist groups’ in Iraq since 2005 (14). More than 530 Iraqi scientists have been slaughtered by Mossad hit squads since 2003, and many of their family members have gone missing (15). As of November 2009, 950 Israeli agents were stationed in Kirkuk and are rumored to have a bomb-making facility there. Just like the parasitic Israeli drones & balloons that have been flying in Lebanese airspace since Hezbollah thoroughly embarrassed the Zionist entity in 2006, several Israel Aerospace Industries reconnaissance drones have been sighted in Iraq since 2007. The killing of an Israeli soldier during a US onslaught against Fallujah that claimed hundreds of innocent lives in 2004, exposed a Zionist network of over 1,000 operatives scattered across neighboring villages (16).
False flags have become the signature of Mossad involvement in a crime; assistance comes from their allies in CIA or MI5. The case of the two British morons dressed up as members of Al-Mahdi Army planting car bombs in the fall of 2005 serves as the most prominent illustration (17). No Iraqi Resistance organization, Sunni or Shia, Muslim or Christian has ever claimed responsibility for any of the truck bombings, ‘suicide bombings,’ or IEDs that have been a part of life in Iraq since the occupation began. The reason why they have never claimed responsibility, is because they aren’t the ones responsible. No suspect has ever been caught in any truck or car bombing. No body for any suicide bomber has ever been uncovered or identified. The IEDs have been portrayed in the Zionist media as homemade explosive devices used by ‘desperate insurgents.’ A closer look at the capabilities of the IED cuts through this monumental and condescending lie; the devices are anything but innovative. These devices are designed. The explosions produced by these devices are powerful enough to flip over a 70 ton tank. Several of the IED models are equipped with depleted uranium projectiles to pierce the toughest military-grade armor (18).
The explosions that murdered 125 innocents at the Imam Ali Mosque on August 29, 2003, the series of bombings that murdered 178 people and injured 500 more on March 2, 2004 for Ashoura, and the two truck bombs that murdered 152 innocents and critically injured 347 more in Tal Afar on March 27th 2007 are menacingly revealing examples that military grade explosives were used due to depleted uranium-tipped shells being found at the scenes of the massacres (19). The only place where such sophisticated weaponry is produced, is the Zionist entity’s laboratories. The IEDs are manufactured by Rafael Advance Defense Systems, the chief weapons developer for IOF. The triggers for the IEDs are manufactured by Zionist company Zapata Engineering, which was given a $200 million contract to store US ammunition and destroy ‘enemy’ ammunition in Iraq. Zapata Engineering convoys routinely travel with US army brigades (20). It is quite interesting, that Zapata’s main office in North Carolina, is near the Fort Bragg US army base where Mossad agents trained assassination squads in 2003 (21). All evidence points to the fact that the murderers of Iraq’s people are NOT Iraqis, but efficiently trained, Zionist explosive experts. The Sayyed was right, Israel works hard day and night indeed.
A final point that needs to be addressed before concluding, is the point of the two theories that mislead those seeking the truth about Iraq, deflecting their attention from Israel to groundlessness. The first theory is a relatively old one, the second theory is a relatively new one. The first theory is the timeless “War for Oil” diatribe that was introduced by the same ‘liberal’ Zionist ideologues that backed the US invasion then miraculously turned against their initial decision. The US already dominated the oil industry. Its excellent relations due to its imposing military presence in a plethora of oil rich nations including Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are evidence of this; and this isn’t counting its own profitable oil and natural reserves on its stolen and occupied Native American land, its bases in East Asia, and its bases in several oil-rich nations on the annihilated continent of Africa. The last thing the US needed was Iraq’s oil. Also, US oil corporations were able, willing, and ready to deal with Saddam Hussein because they feared losing out to Russian, Asian and European competition once Iraq no longer accepted dollars for oil, only Euros. They had already been in deep economic engagement with oil administrators in Iraq, despite sanctions, embargoes, and congressional & presidential disapproval. War and genocide would severely damage their business relationship with Saddam, and it did once the occupation began, hence why gas prices in the US spiked throughout Bush’s reprehensible presidency.
One detail that is never mentioned by the erroneous “War for Oil” crowd for obvious tribal reasons, is that if there indeed was a war for oil, it was a war for oil to send to the Zionist entity. In 1927, the sanguinary British Empire, acting at the behest of Lord Rothschild and his immensely powerful banking clan, built a pipeline from Kirkuk to Haifa to accommodate the energy needs of Zionist Jews illegally migrating into Palestine. After more than two decades of regional conflict, especially unified uprisings in Iraq against the oppressive UK-installed monarchy, the pipeline was severely damaged and it eventually decayed, although the transit route remained. Once the bloodthirsty US military was firm in Iraq’s ground, Zionist Bush reopened the idea of renovating the pipeline much to the delight of his Zionist controllers (22); mass murderer Netanyahu commented “Soon you will see Iraqi oil flowing to Haifa. It is just a matter of time until the pipeline is reconstituted, and Iraqi oil will flow to the Mediterranean. It's not a pipe dream; (23)” and in April of 2008, Haaretz reported the plan to transport Kirkuk’s oil to Haifa via Jordan, the usurping entity’s monarchical ally, for a lucrative transfer fee (24).
The second of the theories, and the more absurd of the two, is that Iran is behind much of the chaos in Iraq, using death squads to breed ethno-religious conflict and instability. It is sickening that there are actually commentators and journalists who believe this idiocy, and it makes one wonder if they are simply Zionist-trained propagandists used to infiltrate the Resistance movement. The only death squads in Iraq are the Special Forces admittedly trained by the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Zionist entity to conduct assassination, kidnaping, torture and rape to intimidate the people into submission (25). These CIA death squads are behind the near extermination of Iraq’s ancient Christian population, who were instrumental in the accomplishment of the July 14th Revolution that removed the British monarchy in Iraq, whose scientists helped make Iraq a center of academia in the Middle East, and whose benevolent leaders always had solidarity with Iraq’s predominantly Muslim population (26). It was the occupying entities of America and Israel that murdered Iraq’s Christians, NOT Iraqis. These foolish anti-Shia, anti-Persian bigots can’t show us a drop of depleted uranium from Iran, an Iranian military base, an Iranian tank, Iranian white phosphorus, Iranian mark-77, Iranian cluster bombs, an Iranian lobby instigating the violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and people, or an Iranian media brainwashing the global masses to support the genocide in Iraq because they don’t exist. Spreading disunity and hatred benefits nobody but the Zionist occupiers.
The occupation of Iraq is nowhere near over despite the Zionist-birthed, Zionist-funded, Zionist-supported stooge and liar Barack Obama’s proclamations with cover from the Zionist media. 94 military bases still remain. 40 military camps still remain. 50,000 troops and 100,000 contractors still remain. The largest US embassy in the world is an everyday reminder for the Iraqis of the repugnance, revulsion, and dehumanization they have faced for the past 7 years. The large majority of Iraqi children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (27); the mental scars inflicted by the occupation may never heal. Depleted uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years; thousands of tons of this destructive substance have been spilled in Iraq since 1990 and the damage caused is irreversible. The tactics used by the occupation forces were designed and implemented to break the people. Iraq remembers Mahmudiyah, Haditha, Karbala, Najaf, Diyala, Anbar, Mukaradeeb, Mosul, Khanaqin, and Baghdad, Basra and Fallujah over and over again. Iraq remembers and it will never forget.
Iraq is the cradle of civilization. It is the sacred land where Prophets walked. Similar to occupied Palestine, it is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews who lived together harmoniously before the Zionist entity was created. Iraq is the land of knowledge, where its contributions to mathematics, science, poetry, language, art and culture were known and cherished worldwide. This rich history is no longer at the forefront though when one thinks of Iraq.
Now Iraq is the land of the butchered and the deformed. The land of the infected and the cancerous. The land of shattered dreams and disintegrated lives. The land of the depraved and the degraded. The land of the raped and the insulted. The land of widows. The land of orphans. The land of sorrow. The land of despair. The land of the broken. But... Iraqis are still here. Iraqis are still here, and still fighting.
The murder of Iraq was designed and executed by the agents of international Zionism, the leaders of which reside in Israel, America, and Britain. Those who subscribe to another theory are dead wrong, and the facts confirm it. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that a strong, unified Iraq was a ‘red line’ for Israel, and he couldn’t be more correct. Like in the days of revolutionary leader Abdul Karim Qasim, who overthrew the British-installed dynasty, Iraq will be strong and unified again. Iraq will mend the pieces of its broken land. It will heal the wounded, and celebrate the lives of its martyrs. Iraq will rise again. And when it does, it will once again strike fear in the hearts of its Zionist enemies.
Jonathan Azaziah is an Iraqi-Moroccan Hebrew-Russian MC, poet, activist, and writer from Brooklyn, New York currently residing in Florida. His mixtape, Take The Red Pill Volume 2: Disarm The Octopus will be available for download in Fall. He can be reached at Jonathan.Azaziah@Gmail.com.
The Transportation Security Administration’s passenger check procedures are now even more intrusive and demeaning. They’ve reached the point where the only alternative to body scanning is an even more invasive pat-down (including cupped hands over breasts and groin). That’s right: If you don’t want to be ogled by cretins viewing your genitalia with their x-ray specs, you’re free to let them grope your family jewels instead.
Never mind their claims that radiation from the body-scanners is “harmless.” Just like asbestos, Agent Orange and depleted uranium. Any time someone in authority tells you something is “harmless,” they’re probably lying. (For that matter, any time someone in authority tells you anything, they’re probably lying.) Anyway, so what if they really believe it? If they find out later they were wrong, they’ll still stonewall and fight to the end to avoid compensating you.
Never mind how easily the system can be abused — not just by drooling idjuts getting their jollies looking at you nekkid, but by preserving and distributing your image in all sorts of illegal ways. (It’s really only “illegal” if you have some realistic means of finding out and doing something about it, or their superiors could be bothered to investigate something that would just make them look bad.) Most organizations that engage in malfeasance as standard operating procedure probably have written policies against it. The whole point of written policies against anything is to provide plausible deniability to folks in authority who couldn’t give a rip one way or the other. “We TOLD those guys at Auschwitz not to kill any Jews …”)
Never mind all that. Let’s just focus on the system’s effectiveness.
The simple fact of the matter is, the Underpants Bomber’s device probably wouldn’t even have shown up on the scanner anyway. That’s right. The scanner is useless for preventing the very thing it was introduced in response to. Like most statist measures, and most measures introduced by the management of hierarchies of all kind, the whole point is just to be on record having done SOMETHING so that their own posteriors are covered. It doesn’t matter whether it actually works or not — what matters is they DID SOMETHING.
And unlike the lumbering bureaucratic dinosaurs in the U.S. national security state, the folks at al Qaeda are at least half-way intelligent. They don’t keep doing the same thing over and over again. They do something once for a big payoff, then move on to something new on the assumption that the other side is developing countermeasures.
In general, networks are agile, resilient, and innovative, while hierarchies are ponderous and reactive. What’s happened so far?
Richard Reed tries to smuggle explosives in his shoes. The TSA, after hundreds of thousands of committee man-hours, finally grinds out a policy requring everyone to take off their shoes — further slowing down the glacial pace of processing travelers onto planes.
Someone (maybe) tries to smuggle liquids on planes. Hundreds more committee man-hours … and everyone has to chuck their shampoo bottles.
Someone straps explosives to his leg. Hundreds more committee man-hours … and you’re performing a peep show for free.
Someone smuggles explosives on a Fed Ex package. Hundreds more committee man-hours … and the air freight system will probably slow to a crawl for universal (but probably mostly ineffectual) inspection of every package.
I wonder how long it will be before someone in al Qaeda smuggles explosives onto a plane in his rectum — and deliberately lets himself get caught — so the entire civil aviation system will be effectively shut down by TSA’s new mandatory cavity searches for everyone.
Hierarchies always develop, at the greatest possible expense and effort, plans for fighting the last war — and not very effectively at that.
If your safety depends on TSA’s so-called “counter-measures,” you’re doomed. Their only real effect is to shift resources to the TSA bureaucracy and the security-industrial complex.
That, and empower knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers to feel you up.
Executive Order--Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered that:
Section 1. Order of Succession. Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order, the following officers, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of Attorney General, during any period in which the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, and any officers designated by the Attorney General pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 508 to act as Attorney General have died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Attorney General, until such time as at least one of the officers mentioned above is able to perform the functions and duties of that office:
(a) United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia;
(b) United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota; and
(c) United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.
Sec. 2. Exceptions. (a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1 of this order in an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall act as Attorney General pursuant to this order.
(b) No individual listed in section 1 shall act as Attorney General unless that individual is otherwise eligible to so serve under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this order, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to depart from this order in designating an acting Attorney General.
Sec. 3. Executive Order 13481 of December 9, 2008, is revoked.
Sec. 4. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 4, 2010.
Feeling lonely and craving human touch? Book a flight and go through airport security. The TSA screeners have a new enhanced pat down which has been likened to "foreplay." What's that? You don't want to be fondled for TSA's new aggressive and controversial body searches? TSA is counting on that, counting on you to instead choose for airport screeners to see a picture of the intimate contours of your naked body via the scanners. The aggressively enhanced TSA pat down involves over-the-clothes searches of passengers' breast and genital areas. You can opt not to go through the backscatter body scanners, and thereby keep your genitalia private from pictures, but then a TSA screener will use a front-of-the-hand, slide-down body screening that Ars Technica called "nut-busting pat-downs."
The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg asked a TSA screener, "In other words, people, when faced with a choice, will inevitably choose the Dick-Measuring Device over molestation? " The TSA screener replied, "That's what we're hoping for. We're trying to get everyone into the machine." Goldberg pointed out the fact that a terrorist would hide weapons inside their body and then asked if the new TSA guidelines included a cavity search. The TSA screeners said, "No way. You think Congress would allow that?"
These new TSA security theater search tactics have raised privacy issues with civil liberties advocates. The TSA tried similar aggressive pat down searches in 2004, but backed down when the ACLU began investigating. In 2009, issues with TSA and virtual strip searches via body scanners had the ACLU quoting Slate, "Show us your body, or we'll feel you up." That seems more true today with the TSA's new rub down searches.
In a recent post called TSA pat-down search abuse, the ACLU asked people to share more information about how these TSA searches are being conducted. There is a form to file a complaint with the ACLU, "If you are denied the right to opt out of the body scanner machines or believe you have suffered from rough, rude, and humiliating manhandling and groping of breasts and crotch areas, sexual comments, and a lack of privacy."
TSA's Blogger Bob wrote, "Passengers may receive a pat-down in a number of circumstances: to resolve an alarm at a walk-through metal detector; if an anomaly is detected during screening with advanced imaging technology; or during random screening. Passengers who opt out of enhanced screening such as advanced imaging technology will receive an equivalent level of screening to include a thorough pat-down. Remember, you can always request to be screened in a private area."
Christopher Elliott reported that TSA said, "TSA takes passenger privacy very seriously and builds privacy protections into its security procedures." If a stranger feels you up at the airport, how is that invasion taking your privacy seriously? I'm not proposing that TSA workers enjoy subjecting people to enhanced rub downs, but surely the public outcry is only going to get much worse. In comments, some say they will not send their children through x-ray body scanners and will press charges if a screener "molests" their child. The Savvy Traveler wrote that the new TSA pat down "would be sexual assault anywhere else." After her underwire bra set off an alarm, CNN's Rosemary Fitzpatrick was reduced to tears when subjected to a pat down. She said, "I felt helpless, I felt violated, and I felt humiliated."
People on certain medications or who carry certain toiletries might trigger "groping." People who have a pacemaker, or who had hip or knee replacement, as well as those who are wheelchair bound and cannot go through the body scanners will be put through an "abusive pat-down complete with hands to the crotch." Consumer Traveler summed it up as, "According to executives with whom I discussed these various pat-downs, training was too difficult for a selection of pat-downs, so the decision was made to treat everyone like a common criminal suspected of carrying a hidden snub-nosed pistol or secreting drugs or explosives. "
ACLU spokesperson Christopher Ott told Homeland Security Today, "We're all for good effective security measures. But, in general, we're concerned about this seemingly constant erosion of privacy, and we wonder whether or not it's really going to be effective.
None of us want terrorists on a plane, but surely terrorists would conceal explosive devices or weapons inside body cavities which would not be detected by the enhanced TSA pat down. A year ago, Slate pointed out that TSA promised the enhanced pat-down would "affect a very small percentage of travelers." To which the Slate writer said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's what you said about the body scans. Just put on the gloves and get it over with."
That may seem like a sick joke, but so did body scanners at one point. Let's see if we can stop this madness before it escalates further. If you feel humiliated, manhandled, sexually assaulted, or suffered a lack of privacy after "TSA search abuse," then make sure you at least file a complaint with the ACLU.
Billings, Montana — 31-year-old Ryan Bain of Billings, Montana went into cardiac arrest and died while being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility after police shocked him multiple times with a Taser gun.
It happened Sunday night just after 11:00 PM. Yellowstone County Sheriff's Deputy John Smith was off-duty while driving on 13th Street West near Avenue E when he noticed a naked man running through a neighborhood. Smith notified the police department and assisting officers were sent. Police said the suspect entered a house not believed to be his own before he stole Deputy Smith's 1992 Chevy van.
Officers tased Bain multiple times - twice in the back and once on the leg - in an effort to subdue him. The officers then put their tasers in drive-stun mode, a less intense shock.
Officers finally subdued Bain, but when they arrived at the detention facility, he began to fight officers. He was then tased a fourth time and placed in a restraint chair.
Medical personnel checked Bain, but shortly after being placed in a holding cell the suspect went into cardiac arrest. The suspect was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare and according to a press release was listed in critical condition, but a caller who identified himself as a family member informed KULR-8 Tuesday evening that Bain had died.
Officers said the suspect appeared to be under the influence and they had no choice but to try and apprehend him.
As with any "use of force" case, whether a suspect is hurt or not, police will investigate what happened to determine if their actions were appropriate.
Panama City Beach- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the death of a local man who died while Bay County Sheriff's deputies were trying to arrest him. The death of 23-year-old Andrew Grande is devastating for his friends and family. But it was also traumatic for the deputies and the camera crew riding along with them as the responded to a disturbance call early Friday morning.
Just after 2AM Friday deputies responded to a disturbance call at the Executive Inn on front beach road. They say Grande pushed a female friend. A camera crew from Zoo Productions filmed what happened when deputies arrived. When one of the deputies tried to arrest him they say he resisted and stuffed something in his mouth. That's when at least one of the deputies shot him with a taser. They say he pulled the taser probes out of his body, that's when deputies noticed he was choking.