Monday, October 15, 2007

Supreme Humiliation at our Airports

I try posting about our decreasing freedoms as Americans when I can. Just the latest was warrantless spying on Americans by our government in conjunction with the major phone companies. Lately, I've also been talking about the sicko politicians (many of whom have happened to be Republican) who are publicly high and mighty about family values and how homosexuality is an abomination. At the same time, they're engaging in deviant sexual behavior, and it's often with men or little boys. I say this, because I just came across a story that, in my mind, merges these two together.

Last week, Phoenix International Airport began using a new kind of x-ray machine to search passengers for weapons. It's called a "millimeter wave" and scans a person's entire body. It creates a "graphic image" of the person's body, and it's as close to the real thing (seeing someone naked) as you can get.

This is a voluntary alternative to being "patted down" (at least for now). Either way, it makes you forget that you're in America. And it has many kinds of implications. In some religions, it's prohibited for a woman to show her naked body to anyone other than her husband. So as well as our freedom of privacy being eliminated in this case, freedom of religion is as well.

And what kind of people are hired for these kinds of positions? I don't want to be vulgar, but what if an attractive woman walks through there? Can the guy looking at these images save them and print them out? Or worse, what if it's a child? This could be a dream job for a pedophile. What about radiation poisoning? And what happens when it becomes required, and you know it will be. When someone comes into the U.S., the land of the free, maybe for the first time, the first thing they'll be required to do is go through one of these machines.

Will this prevent terrorism? Of course not. It's yet another way for someone to make a lot of money and weaken the values of this nation at the same time.

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