18 March 2012

Government Hypocrisy

This time from the TSA:

Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can now bypass the hassle.
The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out expedited screening at big airports called "Precheck." It has special lanes for background-checked travelers, who can keep their shoes, belt and jacket on, leave laptops and liquids in carry-on bags and walk through a metal detector rather than a full-body scan. The process, now at two airlines and nine airports, is much like how screenings worked before the Sept. 11 attacks.
To qualify, frequent fliers must meet undisclosed TSA criteria and get invited in by the airlines. There is also a backdoor in. Approved travelers who are in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's "Global Entry" program can transfer into Precheck using their Global Entry number.

This is nothing more than the federal government yet again trying to tax people, this time in an especially insulting and hypocritical manner.  Two observations are in order:

First, the TSA, in setting up this system, is tacitly admitting that some passengers pose a greater threat than others.  Now that this absurdly obvious truth has been officially acknowledged, it should be the case that the TSA simply states that profiling not only works, but that it will be the standard du jour henceforth.

Second, the TSA, in setting up this system, is tacitly admitting that the current screenings aren’t all that effective.  Seeing as how the current systems can’t even detect metal, it seems absurd to even continue the charade that it will keep passengers safe from even the most obvious of threats.

Now, what makes this whole incident insulting is that the TSA wants to charge airline customers $100 to have special access to a screening standard that should already be the standard screening procedure for every airline at every airport.  In essence, people are asked to shell out their hard-earned dollars to escape a tyranny that shouldn’t even exist in the first place.

This is sick.  No, it’s beyond sick; it is evil.  There is no reason for the government to be doing anything of this sort.  If the special system can work for some, it can work for all, and should be implemented universally, posthaste.  Unfortunately, this will simply turn into a system of convenient taxation and crony capitalism because the American people are too tolerant of tyranny to fight this encroachment on their liberties.  Their hell will be deserved.


  1. I find it quite entertaining to observe the extent to which Imperial DC bureaucrats will go to follow the "we are all equal" meme. The sanity of the government planners sitting in their offices coming up with this stuff is questionable.

  2. Hmm. Step One: Set up an inescapable, intrusive, futile and patently offensive bureaucracy with the authority to lock you away forever or at the very least ensure you and your luggage never make it on time to your pre-paid once a decade vacation.

    Step 2: Offer people a way to buy their way out of it.

    AStep 3: Profitsss.

  3. @Carnivore- but now, as Orwell might put it, some of us are more equal than others.

    @Prof. Hale- There are are days when I wish I was dishonest enough to think of these sorts of things, so that I could become quite wealthy. Crony capitalism is the best, as long as you're a crony.