Ethan A. Huff
Natural News

Sunday, September 11, 2011

(NaturalNews) As the ten-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks quickly approaches, a recent USA Today piece reflects on the drastic, and likely permanent, changes that have taken place in US airport security.

What was once a relatively simple and painless walk through the metal detector has mutated into a nightmarish circus of screaming TSA agents, invasive pat-downs, naked body scans, strip searches, and other unconstitutional violations of personal and civil liberties — and conditions will most likely never return to what they once were before 9/11.

Many NaturalNews readers will remember pre-9/11 flying conditions when friends and relatives could freely walk to departure gates to see off their loved ones. Or when spending a few minutes in a short security line, with no convoluted restrictions on liquids or wearing shoes, was all it took to board a flight. These were the days when Americans were treated more like innocent travelers than guilty terrorists, and when airport security was not run by the heavy hand of a bloated federal government.

But everything changed, of course, after the 9/11 tragedy took place. Americans willingly sacrificed their freedom in the name of security and protection against terrorists. And as well-intentioned as many people likely were in bowing down to the federal overlords that were all-too-quick to unlawfully search them and seize their property, this capitulation to tyranny has made air travel feel more like lining up for roll call at a Nazi concentration camp than simply embarking on a peaceful and more rapid form of transportation than bus or car.

Air travel has not become safer by ‘enhanced’ TSA security protocols, despite propaganda

Some people might argue that because there have been no US major attacks since 9/11, the TSA’s enhanced security protocols have obviously been a success. The US government and mainstream media have repeated this mantra for years, and have even singled out a few supposed cases where terrorists were stopped as supporting evidence. This notion, however, is a logical fallacy, and here is why.

Just because there have been no major terrorist attacks on US soil since 9/11, it does not mean that TSA and its enhanced security procedures have had anything to do with it. After all, TSA has had to “upgrade” its security protocols several times since its post-9/11 inception because of potential terrorists like Richard Reid, also known as the “shoe bomber,” and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the media-dubbed “underwear bomber,” both of which had breached security.

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A recent report issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations also found that since November 2001, there have been more than 25,000 airport security breaches, despite a present TSA. These, of course, include the case where a man successfully flew from New York to Los Angeles without identification or a ticket (…), and another in which an armed undercover agent made it through the TSA security line multiple times without being detected (…).

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