"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
In 1755 (Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, Tue, Nov 11, 1755), Franklin wrote: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
This phrasing was also the motto in Historical Review of Pennsylvania, attributed to Franklin
It's important to note that this sentiment, with many variations, was much used in the Revolutionary period by Franklin and others.
I fly about once a month, and I'd rather be inconvenienced than be a fireball in the sky.
And while I don't understand how TSA chooses who gets checked ( I got to experience the full body scan last month and at my age, I'm relatively certain it wasn't done for anyone's viewing pleasure), I continue to blame the Taliban for this entire scenario.
I'm sorry it frightened your 4 year old, though. And watching 3 men in full Muslim regalia sailing thru the security checkpoint must have been maddening. Perhaps they were Embassy employees? Who really knows?
We have to remember that terrorists are capable of stuffing explosives in a baby's diaper. A cute young blonde female might be willing to give her life for her foreign boyfriend's twisted ideals.
We were told at the Great Lakes Training Facility in Illinois when we went up to watch our daughter's graduation from Navy boot camp, as our rental car and our individual persons were being thoroughly checked out, "You folks can thank Bin Laden for this."
All of the rules, regulations and laws are for the convenience of the watcher, not for the safety of the watched. Israel, who has no problem with air piracy or air terrorism for flight departing Israel or bound for Israel does not have this sort of ridiculous bureaucracy. They have no problem with profiling to help stop terrorist, deporting trouble-makers, put people in jail or just plain shooting them.
As Fed Up noted, there is a point where you cross the line. For me, the point that laws burden and punish the law-abiding with minimal results in stopping the bad guys, that is the line. When you won't profile and use information about who is most likely to be a criminal or terrorists, but you will pull 4 year old little girls away from their parents for no real reason, that is a system that is self-defeating and broken. It is also contrary to one of the basic premises of our law: the presumption of innocence.
Can't say that I have an answer for everything that is wrong, but I can say the direction we are going and the things we are doing as a nation (and giving up/giving in to as a people) is wrong.
On our first visit to GA back in 2002, my wife, 6 month old daughter, and I were rudely searched for weapons, first in NY and later in Atlanta. We obviously fit the profile of "terrorist". We stood mortified in front of 200 passengers as the TSA agents had us stand with our arms spread out, our legs spread apart; while they waved their magic wand all over us. Then they frisked our 6 month old even putting their hands down into her diaper.
Our suitcases were completely emptied and all the contents placed on two large folding tables.
Meanwhile, women in burkhas waltzed right on the plane as if they were VIPs. Not a second glance.
I guess that's what happens when we fly economy class.
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