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