Spice That Up For You?

I’m assuming this is not perverts pretending to be TSA agents so they can put stuff in our drinks:

The latest — well, not the latest, actually, just finally picked up by the mainstream media — is that TSA agents, while randomly roaming around at the gate, well past the checkpoint, are not only singling out passengers for yet another grope or a paw through the bags, but also “testing” the beverages they’re drinking.

I know — I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you can’t make this stuff up.

Yes, dear reader, that water or coffee or soft drink in your cup, the one you bought after you passed through the checkpoint, in the so-called sterile area? That could contain a bomb! And you didn’t even know it!

Thank heavens the TSA is here to save the day. As they dip their little Magic Bomb-Detecting Stick into your beverage, be sure to smile and thank them. After all, they’re Keeping You Safe.

TSA defends the practice here, calling it layered security. I call bullshit. I am long past being generous with TSA. I don’t think it’s even security theater anymore. I think they are seeing how far they can push us until we stop complying.

The day is coming when we will see video of TSA agents manhandling someone because they didn’t want their drink sampled or their kid groped. And, to TSA and their bootlicking proponents, this will just mean we have to empower them all the more.

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  1. InsipiD

    TSA defends the practice here, calling it layered security. I call bullshit. I am long past being generous with TSA. I don’t think it’s even security theater anymore. I think they are seeing how far they can push us until we stop complying.

    This. You give someone power and they will quickly become a tyrant. This happens on a scale both large and small.

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  2. RonK

    This. You give someone power and they will quickly become a tyrant. This happens on a scale both large and small.

    the ‘iron law’ at work

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    Why doesn’t Israel pull this kind of bullshit?

    You know the answer, but I’ll say it: Israel actually cares about security. They know that they are the highest priority target for terrorists. They live in a small country where it would be easy for terrorist to sneak in. And so they do a very hard analysis to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

    Our TSA knows that terrorist attacks are rare. They are more interested in (a) giving the appearance of security to assuage our exaggerated fears; b) creating a climate where the citizen expects to be harassed and complies with the harassment.

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  4. Ed Kline

    I stopped flying years ago, and until enough people do stop flying, this is going to continue. The only people with enough power to stop this are the airlines, who won’t until it profoundly effects their bottom line.

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