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Flying by the seat of TSA junk

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By Hannah Hayes

By now you’ve probably read or heard a story about the invasive policies of the TSA. Here’s another example of manipulation by the financial elite. Struggling to understand how the minds of these afflicted affluenzas work, I am wont to admit their incredible success. The entire country has been brought to its underwear by the likes of Michael Chernoff, George Soros and many other CEOs and lobbyists.
Following the money often yields surprising results. Scanner stocks are scoring big. ICx Technologies Inc., L-3 Communications Holdings and OSI Systems are doing well, but that kind of private-sector growth only improves the economics of the military-industrial complex. This is not the kind of “recovery and reinvestment” it was hoped the Obama administration would provide.
Body scanners will leave you exposed, and pat-downs must feel like molestation to many. Air travel is supposed to be a way to boost the economy, but they’re simply making it too unpleasant, and probably not much safer. My out-of-state holiday guests chose to drive.
Airport security looks like theater to me and probably does to those who are conspiring against us.
In our mountain community, exposure to radiation is omnipresent. Latitude, altitude and solar activity all contribute to greater risk. The effects on children, especially unborn, are marked, and any additional exposure should be monitored by parents, as the damage is cumulative. Many adults wisely choose to avoid extra exposure to ionizing radiation whether it be X-rays, fetal ultrasounds, mammograms or other potentially dangerous diagnostic tools.
It’s business as usual as the rich fly though security while the people are standing in line to be groped. Exalting privilege while sacrificing the privacy of the masses for what feels like bumbling and ineffective TSA security simply does not equate. Should this be considered “unreasonable search”?
I flew recently but was not one of the 2 to 3 percent chosen for the new additional screening. Looking around at my fellow travelers, I couldn’t help but think that by the time we’re waiting in line to get on our flights, these measures are way too late and inefficient for catching a terrorist. I’ve flown for the last five years with the same kind of water-bottle filter. On my return home, it, fortunately not me, was randomly subjected to 15 minutes of scrutiny. Now don’t you feel safer?

Hannah B. Hayes is a former Both Sides Now debate columnist, small-business owner and peace activist. She has been a part of the Evergreen community for more than 35 years.