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Originally posted by Ketzer22
Good evening. I've come to speak tonight about the TSA full body scanners and the "enhanced patdowns" that they have implemented in the airports throughout the country. I would first like to say that these, at their very core, are a gross and uncomprehensible1 invasion of privacy. When, in this country, did it become acceptable for a private company to demand to see their customers naked and poke and prod at them as if they were some sort of science experiment? 2 I like my privacy and I will refuse to fly until these scanners are banned and the enhanced patdowns are remedied. 3 And I know I'm not alone in this line of thinking. More and more people are becoming aware of this and are refusing to fly everyday. Is this really something that an already crippled airline industry wants to come up against? 4 If people begin to refuse to fly, how can the airline industry stay viable? They can't. When the airline industry sees how badly these invasive procedures are hurting business they are going to pressure the feds to rewrite the legislation. So why even implement something that will likely be revoked anyway? Its foolish. That's why I'm here tonight.
As members of the council with the largest airport in the state you can say 'No'. You can make a stand and say enough is enough, we want our privacy and we will not give it up. When I heard about these machines a quote from the great Benjamin Franklin came to mind "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety". Think about that for a minute. Should we, the people of the most powerful nation in the world, let the fear of terrorists turn our airports into outlets of borderline facism? I don't think so. If we let this fear do this to us, we're telling the terrorists that we're scared and that the mere thought of them allows us to throw common decency out the window. It allows us to strip search a 7 year old boy out in the open for everyone to see. It allows us to let the TSA make a pancreatic cancer patient urinate all over himself because they were too ignorant to the medical equipment hidden under his clothing. We are allowing these people to make a mockery of us and it is time to stand against this.
To quote the famous Mark Twain "In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot." Now is the time to stand up for the timid and the meek, to stand up to an overstepping federal government who no longer operates in a constitutional manner. Now is the time to put party lines aside because this is not a Republican vs. Democrat matter, this is a matter of the people vs. a monster. A monster that was created by political apathy and complacency of a nation that has seen many decades good times. Now is the time to be a Patriot.
I would like comments, feedback and constructive criticism.. I'm addressing them tonight at the meeting that starts at 5pm. Thank you.