Freedom is Dead
TSA chief: New pat-downs necessary; policies stay put
Today on Capitol Hill Americans watched the demise of the American Dream with the cameras rolling. Our 4th Amendment right is no longer under attack, it’s simply dead. In the name of security, while pandering to the fears instilled in us by our government, we have allowed our inalienable rights to be taken away.
“This is unfortunately the world in which we live,” Lieberman said. “We have to do everything we can to protect the traveling public.”
I respectfully disagree with the senator. We certainly live in a world where we need to have a heightened sense of security and a focus on risk management. But to frame the brash disregard of Constitutional Rights as a measure of protection is absurd. I have traveled internationally on many occasions and have been witness to the evasive measures taken to ensure security in foreign airports. Guards armed with assault rifles, tanks guarding airport entrances, and multiple security checkpoints are commonplace in most airports throughout Europe. Yet, these same Europeans are astonished and bewildered at the measures taken at American airports that blatantly invade our privacy and violate our rights.
If our 4th Amendment is no longer a right that is protected and cherished, then we should at least be given the privilege to vote for it being repealed. this action however would reveal the actual intentions of our government. The goal of someone in power, is to stay in power.
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” George Orwell 1984