Steve Watson & Paul Joseph Watson
May 24, 2011
A Star Wars ride at Disneyworld in Orlando has been equipped with a TSA style checkpoint complete with naked body scanners and authoritarian security agents.
Of course, it’s a “joke”, the scanners are not real. However, critics contend that the move represents a normalization of grossly invasive security theater.
Thrill seekers entering the newly re-opened Star Tours Star Wars simulator ride will now find themselves in a security line similar to that of any airport across the country.
A Disney update states:
The second room of the queue is now a security check area, similar to a TSA checkpoint. The two G-series droids are still there, G2-9T scanning luggage and G2-4T scanning passengers. While we won’t tell you why, you’ll enjoy paying a lot of attention to what the scans of the luggage show is inside.
It gets better, Disney wants your experience to be as close to a real trip to the airport as it can be:
When it’s your turn to go through the passenger scan (a thermal body scan), you may be verbally accosted by a security droid. Also, keep an eye out in the queue for an earlier version of RX-24 (“Captain Rex”) from the original Star Tours; he’s labeled “defective” and has some familiar dialogue.
Perhaps such procedures could be carried out by imperial stormtroopers?
Given that this is Disney we are talking about, we can hardly expect the level of satire to be that scathing. Lets be clear, this is not a critique of the erosion of fundamental freedoms in modern society – it’s Walt Disney. In which case, this serves as little more than at best a normalization of TSA tyranny, and at worst a full on indoctrination exercise.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Clearly, with all the rebels around the Empire had to initiate a security crack down.
The TSA has also announced its intention to expand the VIPR program to include roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, setting up a network of internal checkpoints and rolling out security procedures already active in airports, bus terminals and subway stations to roads and highways across the United States.
These internal checkpoints, run by Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and the TSA, involve trucks being scanned with backscatter x-ray devices in the name of “safety” and “counter terrorism”.
Since the launch of the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” program, the DHS has also released promotional material which depicts would-be TSA agents conducting searches at public events, including a Buccaneers football game.
Homeland Security is also developing technology to be used at “security events” which purports to monitor “malintent” on behalf of an individual who passes through a checkpoint.
If people think they can avoid the TSA by staying away from airports, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening. TSA is clearly engaged in a total takeover of society and plans to have its agents searching, patting down, scanning and harassing Americans at all levels of society, not just at transport hubs but at public events, in the street and on highways and roads across the country.
The implementation of ‘Checkpoint USA’, where citizens are routinely stopped, searched and radiated by federal VIPER teams is further evidence of how America is crumbling into a Soviet-style police state where the presumption of innocent until proven guilty is abolished and the 4th amendment eviscerated.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.