Archive for November 2010

Airport Security: Better Ideas

November 30, 2010

After all the outrage over TSA “security theater” these past few weeks and the success of National Opt-Out Day, we need to remember to promote possible solutions rather than just complaining.

With that in mind, here is an excerpt from a great article in Canada Free Press…

The path to safer air travel

It might surprise some people to learn that it takes travelers at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel less than 30 minutes on average to get from the parking lot, through screening and to the boarding area, all without the use of full body scanners or needless groping.  Their system of security is arguably the most effective in the world. They have not had a security breach since 2002 when a passenger mistakenly boarded a flight with a stowed handgun. Even then, that situation ended without incident.

I’ve heard and read all of the arguments that the Israeli security model could not be effectively implemented in the U.S. and Canada due to a wide range of factors, including area and demographics. Baloney. These contentions are merely excuses by people with little or no security experience who are afraid of being accused of bigotry and intolerance, or who stand to make fortunes through the sale and deployment of high tech x-ray devices.

Full article link.

I also say “baloney” to anyone who claims we can’t use the Israeli model here because we have so many more airports, so many more travelers. What? We can’t hire enough people to make up for the larger scale? In case it has escaped anyone, we have MILLIONS of UNEMPLOYED people right now who could use a job! A great many of those unemployed are over 35 and would probably be more than capable of doing the work.

In addition to hiring and training people in the Israeli model, many have asked why we aren’t using bomb-sniffing dogs. Indeed, why not? Apparently, the dogs have proven to be far more accurate and reliable than the billions of dollars spent on machines to do the same thing in Iraq as shown in this video:

Ideally, the whole thing would be left to private enterprise and the free market but let’s be honest. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So given the constraint that airport security will remain in FedGov hands for the foreseeable future, it should make one wonder – doesn’t the government want to create jobs? They keep saying they do but when a ripe opportunity to do so appears they look the other way.

It’s almost as if lining someone‘s pockets is more important than finding and using proven and effective security measures.

National Opt-Out Day is a Success

November 24, 2010

Actually, today is NOT the busiest air travel day of the year. Not even close! Everyone just thinks it is.

 All reports are that people are moving through the lines quickly – even more quickly than usual – and that only a small percentage of travelers (as expected) have opted-out of the scanners. A handful of educational outreach groups peacefully handed out literature at airports today, but those were far from the security lines, slowing down no one.

 There have even been reports from travelers that in many airports the scanners were not even in use today. Though TSA denies this was a tactical decision on their part, it certainly helps explain why people have been moving through the lines much faster than usual.

 So if TSA actually did feel threatened by Opt-Out Day and you got through an airport security checkpoint today in record time because only the traditional measures were in use – you’re welcome.

It also seems that Thanksgiving air travel is down considerably this year and travel by road is up approximately 12%. A spokesman from AAA says the organization estimates “94 percent of all holiday travelers to go by automobile” this year.

 I’m certain that at least some of that increase in road travel is due to people who have chosen liberty over fake security. So take that, Big Sis. We’re opting out of flying entirely.

 All in all, I’d call the day a rousing success.

Is TSA Set to Become Obama’s ‘Civilian National Security Force’?

November 22, 2010

The other day I read that TSA Chief John Pistole wants to take TSA “to the next level” by expanding its reach to rail and subway travel. He said he wants “TSA workers, including 47,000 screeners at 450 airports, to operate as a “national-security, counterterrorism organization, fully integrated into U.S. government efforts.”

 When I was able to see straight again I began to wonder… could this be what Obama had in mind when he called for a “civilian national security force” back in 2008?

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives 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.”

Will the Blueshirts really become our version of the Brownshirts? I’m beginning to believe that is exactly the plan.

If the people who understand that TSA’s methods violate our constitutional rights are not successful in forcing changes, I am certain we will soon see TSA “security” checkpoints at every form of public transportation, every stadium, arena, major tourist destination and even schools. And at that point the notion of individual liberty will be a thing of the past.

Song of the Day: F*ck the Fed

November 6, 2010

On the 100th anniversary of the secret Jekyll Island meeting that led to the creation of the Federal Reserve, Thirteen O’Clock’s Song of the Day is:

Fed Returns to the Scene of the Crime

November 6, 2010

The Federal Reserve returns this weekend to Jekyll Island – the scene of the secret meeting one hundred years ago that led to the formation of the Fed. Forbes magazine founder Bertie Charles Forbes wrote of this meeting some years later:

Picture a party of the nation’s greatest bankers stealing out of New York on a private railroad car under cover of darkness, stealthily riding hundred of miles South, embarking on a mysterious launch, sneaking onto an island deserted by all but a few servants, living there a full week under such rigid secrecy that the names of not one of them was once mentioned, lest the servants learn the identity and disclose to the world this strangest, most secret expedition in the history of American finance. I am not romancing; I am giving to the world, for the first time, the real story of how the famous Aldrich currency report, the foundation of our new currency system, was written… The utmost secrecy was enjoined upon all. The public must not glean a hint of what was to be done. Senator Aldrich notified each one to go quietly into a private car of which the railroad had received orders to draw up on an unfrequented platform. Off the party set. New York’s ubiquitous reporters had been foiled… Nelson (Aldrich) had confided to Henry, Frank, Paul and Piatt that he was to keep them locked up at Jekyll Island, out of the rest of the world, until they had evolved and compiled a scientific currency system for the United States, the real birth of the present Federal Reserve System, the plan done on Jekyll Island in the conference with Paul, Frank and Henry… Warburg is the link that binds the Aldrich system and the present system together. He more than any one man has made the system possible as a working reality.

If you are unfamiliar with what the Fed really does, how it does it and why you should care, you owe it to yourself to watch this video: