"Security" vs. Freedom

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thomas Sowell notes that Israel manages to achieve excellent airline security without violating air passengers -- along the way to discussing how full-body x-rays and pat-downs illustrate the Obama Administration's contempt for freedom and the American people:

If anything good comes out of the airport "security" outrages, it may be in opening the eyes of more people to the utter contempt that this administration has for the American people.

Those who made excuses for all of candidate Barack Obama's long years of alliances with people who expressed their contempt for this country, and when as president he appointed people with a record of antipathy to American interests and values, may finally get it when they feel some stranger's hand in their crotch.

As for the excuse of "security," this is one of the least security-minded administrations we have had. When hundreds of illegal immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring countries were captured crossing the border from Mexico -- and then released on their own recognizance within the United States, that tells you all you need to know about this administration's concern for security.
I was in grad school shortly after the atrocities of September 11, 2001. I recall half-joking afterwards with an Objectivist friend that we'd know we were losing when the a new bureaucracy was created to deal with the threat of terrorism. That joke very quickly came to pass.

More incredible is this airline security situation. I was involved with a campus Objectivist club back then, and soon after the atrocities, we learned that an ARI speaker would be in the area. So we took advantage of that fact and worked with a local Objectivist group to set up a lecture on my campus. Someone I know from that group joked about having campus security frisk everyone on the way in to the lecture. Now, less than a decade later, that, too, has pretty much come to pass.

I hope Sowell is right.

-- CAV


: Minor edit.


Dismuke said...

I think Sowell is on to something with regard to the Administration and the Left's contempt for the American people.

According to them, it is OUR fault that we need to worry about terrorists in the first place. If America was not such an evil country the terrorists wouldn't be mad at us. And if the American people weren't stupid and had they voted ONLY for Leftist politicians over the past four decades the world would love us and the "overseas freedom fighters" wouldn't hate us.

If "overseas freedom fighters" must be screened to prevent "man made disasters", then it is only fair that the rest of us be screened as well as it is OUR fault in the first place. Who are the American people to think that they are somehow special or deserving of dignity anyhow? This is just another example of the Administration cutting Americans down to size.

And guess what? Even after she has to give up her military jet in January, Queen Pelosi, as minority leader, will still be EXEMPT from screenings. I think she should be forced to go through screening with television cameras present (though the massive cosmetic surgery might set off plastic explosives detectors).

And do you suppose that Janet Reno Nepolitano has to be screened when s/he travels? I think s/he should get a taste of its own medicine with television cameras present (though it might create a bit of a dilemma as to whether to use a man or woman for the same-gender pat down)

This Administration deserves nothing but universal contempt, scorn and ridicule.

Vigilis said...

"If anything good comes out of the airport "security" outrages, it may be in opening the eyes of more people to the utter contempt that this administration has for the American people."

I, too, hope Sowell is right, Gus, but his hope seems woefully short.

Perhaps more citizens may soon begin to see the false appeal of the masses for socialism. Compared to opportunities for all availed by capitalism, socialism is but a grand disguise for favoritism.

Gus Van Horn said...

"This Administration deserves nothing but universal contempt, scorn and ridicule."

Hear, hear!

Gus Van Horn said...

Your remark on favoritism reminds me of a news story I'd meant to link: "Body scanner makers doubled lobbying cash over 5 years."