Some of my friends and I disagree about how we feel about the TSA.  They don’t see any harm in the newly established TSA regulations and security.  To be assured of safety they would like everyone on the plane to be as little of a threat as they are.  

I see things differently.  I see a loss of liberty, a little at a time, in the name of safety.


 I enjoy hearing arguments against loosening of security at Air Ports.  Their first thought is that to argue for less security you must automatically be in favor of innocent people being killed.  If we eliminated all security then the skys would be filled with chaos, passengers would bring guns and bombs on the planes, hijackers would fly in like plague bats from hell.  Extreme to be sure, but not very possible.  To extend this argument one should also demand all air travel should be eliminated immediately, think of the lives that would be saved.  You can’t crash a plane that sits on the ground. 

I veiw increasing Secutity as a loss of liberty.  I guess I am most alarmed about how easily people jump into a security mindset.  Loosing our freedoms and liberty should not be so effortlessly tolerated.


I was surfing for some quotes that may apply to this line of thought.  I found quite a few and discovered that I only have to list them in a given order to faithfully represent how I feel about this TSA situation.


It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.

James Madison


We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

Barack Obama


It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.

Vladimir Lenin


The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.

 Abraham Lincoln


Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

John F. Kennedy

 I guess I am conflicted as well.  How much is too much?  How little is too little?



3 thoughts on “TSA-ing

  1. Archvillain says:

    Here are some other good quotes for you:

    I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave. – H.L. Mencken

    The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation– enlightened as it is– if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men. -Samuel Adams

    In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. – Thich Nhat Hanh

  2. cave blogem says:

    I love the Lenin quote. Guy was a laugh a minute. As your little brother I was wondering if you have read Cory Doctorow’s book, Little Brother. Has some great stuff about security and liberty, wrapped in a pretty fun story. And it is available online for free.

  3. planetross says:

    In 2002 my flight transfer was in the U.S..
    What a hassle and I felt like a criminal through the whole process.
    I will never go to an American airport again … unless my destination is in the U.S..

    on the otherhand, I’ve transferred in Mexico City a few times and they don’t seem to know what they are doing there. Going through security there is on the honor system or something!

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