Andrew Steele
America 20xy
November 26, 2010

There was no greater reflection of the political leadership we live under than seeing Hilary Clinton this week, when asked about the new pat-downs, give some dry mad-lib, fill-in-the-blank style statement attempting to justify herding innocent Americans through radiation baths to see through their clothes, or having their genitals groped. When asked if she would be willing to go through the same ordeal herself Clinton gave a smug smile — like a college student admitting that she never goes to a class in which the professor doesn’t keep attendance — and said not if I could avoid it, then eerily cackled.

Since the body scanner story caught fire in the mainstream press countless horror stories have been coming out about a man’s urostomy bag being opened, a woman’s prosthetic breast being exposed, and a child being strip-searched…all personal humiliations in which the victims are given only the cynical reassurance by their government that their dignity is collateral damage in the fight against Al CIA-da.

In the 21st Century the people of the world are being told by leaders who can hardly keep a straight face that they need to let glorified mall security guards in uniforms with the honorary title of “agents” dig around in their underpants before they get onto an airplane. This is because some guy who was helped onto a plane last Christmas by intelligence officials unsuccessfully tried to light his shorts on fire. There are no boundaries when it comes to the plebeian flyers, we’re told, because out of those masses of business men, soccer moms, grandmas, and toddlers anyone is a potential terrorist…except for that influential minority who have already proven themselves to be mass murderers — they don’t have to be body scanned or groped at all.

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I’m talking about the people who have occupied the Presidency.

Mark Hemingway recently wrote a story proposing that President Obama put himself and his family through the same enhanced pat-downs that his own family was forced to go through when they went to the airport. No doubt, if the innocent people Obama murdered were killed by commercial airlines instead of predator drones, and if he wore a turban and spoke to the nation from a cave instead of the Oval Office, he would be considered the world’s number one terrorist. (That is, of course, if you first believe that the original guy in the cave who caused three skyscrapers to fall because of fire was actually the one who managed to “pull it” off). Certainly, in such a scenario Obama’s family still wouldn’t have to endure a pat-down or be body scanned, and would likely be flown to safety, because the United States has been known to help the families of alleged terrorist masterminds escape the country in the aftermath of big attacks before.

Obama joked last year about using instruments of mass murder — predator drones — while speaking at the annual Correspondents Association Dinner. Bush joked during his presidency about made up WMD at the same event.  These are the people causing Americans pain…not underwear bombs or printer cartridges… because even if you still manage to somehow believe the “official story” of 9/11 and the “official stories” of everything else they blame on people with hard to pronounce names, it is the pursuit of corporate American empire that began the war of terror from which such events arose, and the American people have been chess pieces in this war as far back as almost everyone alive now can remember.

Even if you can’t see the obvious — that the body scanners are a way to train the modernized world to submit to big government and for Michael Chertoff to make a profit — then settle on this simpler reality — that the body scanners are a lazy, police state reaction to the hornet nests that the military industrial complex, which all modern presidents have represented, kicked over in their pursuit of profit and personal power. Because of these few peoples’ crimes and not because of their own Americans are being asked to submit. From the actions of people like Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama an old man found himself humiliated and covered in urine, people who were molested as children now have to avoid flying for fear of terrifying memories coming back to them from being touched or leered at, and mothers have to explain to their children that while nobody else is allowed to touch their privates, people in uniform are because all the stuff they learned in school about America and the “Home of the Free” is now just a silly myth — like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny.

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When people say that the body scanners are an indication that the terrorists have won, they have no idea how true that statement is.

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