Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Going Rate For 4th Amendment Rights = $100

Don't care to be groped or scanned at the airport?
No problem...
You can restore your 4th amendment rights for a mere cost/bribe of $100!

Yup - TSA has introduced a "program" which allows air travelers to forgo the humiliating and ridiculous procedures which treats every flyer like a criminal and desensitizes the population to Police State protocol!

All you have to do is apply - or rather... be invited to join - and submit to a background check and pay $100. It's easy to become a "Trusted Traveler"!
The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out expedited screening at big airports called "Precheck." It has special lanes for background-checked travelers, who can keep their shoes, belt and jacket on, leave laptops and liquids in carry-on bags and walk through a metal detector rather than a full-body scan. The process, now at two airlines and nine airports, is much like how screenings worked before the Sept. 11 attacks.

To qualify, frequent fliers must meet undisclosed TSA criteria and get invited in by the airlines. There is also a backdoor in. Approved travelers who are in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's "Global Entry" program can transfer into Precheck using their Global Entry number.
So selected frequent flyers and other “Trusted Travelers” (as defined by Customs and Border Protection which is part of DHS) are the fortunate minority who may participate in this new “Pre-Check” program. Everyone else can strip and get to the back of the line.

Security breach? Nah... We all know that "Trusted Travelers" could never go rogue and bring dangerous stuff on board at a future date.

No worries in creating a "security hole" ... this whole grope and scan deal isn't really about security anyway.

The airlines and TSA are cashing in on the application fees too... In February, 26,602 people applied, and February applications were up 42% from January!

Ya think TSA hired someone from "the Mob" to design this extortion scheme?

Paying to restore your rights ... just like the bribes taken at checkpoints in Communist countries.

I especially love this comment on the WSJ article from someone named Ian Watson:
Now you can pay money to enjoy the kind of security that existed a decade ago, and apparently still works. This article is the best evidence yet that the TSA's primary mission has morphed into one of facilitating its own bloat by way of tax funding and now direct payments from travelers.

Maybe local law enforcement agencies will take notice. Tired of slowing down for school zones? Pay your local police department $100, take a driver quiz, and now you can just breeze on through at 60 mph.

How nice.