Politics and all that jazz / Serious Shit

“Secure Flight,” Insecure Travel Rights

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Starting this year, Americans will have to get government approval to travel by air. As Privacy Journal revealed last fall, henceforth “Permission Now Needed to Travel Within U.S.” Getting a reservation and checking-in for air travel will soon require Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authorization.  That permission is by no means assured: For example, if your name matches a “no-fly” list, even mistakenly, you can be denied the right to a reserve a seat on a flight. If your name is on a “selectee” list, you and your possessions will be searched more thoroughly before you can board. What is going on here?

Protecting air safety is essential, but professional screening at airports already provides for it. Giving the TSA as an official agency the additional authority to decide who gets to go where reaches beyond safety into overextended governmental power. This newly minted “Secure Flight” rule fundamentally imbalances long-standing citizens’ rights both to travel and to be left alone. If your name appears among hundreds of thousands on “watchlists,” you assert that the government should not require ID to fly, you don’t want to reveal your date of birth for concern about identity theft, or you don’t choose to declare your gender, you can stay home.   Click here:
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=166 for the rest of the article.

Wow!  I’ve been writing for months now, about the fact that our government is doing foul things.  If this isn’t proof to you all of that, I don’t know what you’ll need to see the “writing on the wall”.  This is so un-American and unconstitutional that even a blind man can see it.   And if you’re like me and like to travel, this is particularly alarming.  The first question that you need to ask yourself is who determines who goes on these so-called watchlists?  And then ask yourselves what is the criteria for determining these lists?  Some years back a famous music artist from the 70’s (Cat Stevens) was detained at an airport and treated like Al-Quaeda– that can easily be your everyday tax paying citizen.  I implore everyone to read the entire article.  It not only raises the issues, but offers a way (a very easy way) for you to get involved and change the direction of this before it’s too late.  While we are being distracted by twitter, facebook, myspace, video games along with this devestating economy and one foreclosure after another, our government is swooping in like vultures and picking away at our constitutional rights.  It doesn’t take much to get involved because again, our government was designed “by the people, for the people”.  It really is our duty to get involved.  And please don’t take for granted that because you’ve never been in any sort of trouble, paid your taxes (basically have been an upstanding citizen all of your life) that this can’t affect you.  I know for a fact that in the past three years, I’ve been pulled and searched at various airports, 5 times for no apparent reason.  This is serious shit, folks.  There is no punchline to this because it’s no joke!

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