It appears the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ready to shake Americans down for money and their information as part of a TSA Perv, I mean, TSA Precheck program. Yes, I intentionally used the word “perv” because that is in fact what they will be doing, even more than what they have previously done.
So what is this new program? According to the TSA website:
TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines, to receive expedited screening benefits. Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
So how will this process work? First you can expect to fork over $85 for an enrollment fee. Should you be approved, you will be eligible for five years, after which you will need to re-apply.
According to TSA, they expect “vetting process to take approximately 2-3 weeks.” They also note that “A U.S. passport is not required to enroll.”
In other words, you’ll be giving up a lot more than just your shoes and letting some TSA officer “cop a feel” on your and your family or look at your naked body and expose you to harmful radiation levels. You’ll be turning over quite a bit of information on yourself voluntarily, plus $85, as if your tax dollars weren’t paying for the TSA in the first place.
The first two enrollment locations, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Indianapolis International Airport (IND), will open in fall 2013 with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.
If you are approved, you will receive confirmation via the U.S. mail, provided it hasn’t collapsed under the weight of its debt at that time. You will also be issued a “Known Traveler Number,” which will be used to book your travel arrangements.
Notice this little caveat. “Current TSA Pre✓™ participants, including those eligible via a CBP Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, will continue to receive TSA Pre✓™ eligibility. Participants who opted-in through their airline frequent flyer program may want to consider applying for TSA Pre✓™, as they are more likely to be selected for TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening more often if they are vetted via the TSA Pre✓™ application process.”
Ah, yes, anything to get you to hand over your money and your information to the feds at the TSA, who time and again have shown their utter incompetency and criminal behavior against American citizens. Well, enjoy your extortion America. As for me and my family, we’ll just not be flying, like we’ve done since the federalization of airport “security.”
Michael Minkoff comments:
Having already established that they are intent on making your airport visit as miserable as possible, the TSA is now making it clear that they will relent, a little, if you give them money. Words like “extortion,” “Mafia,” and “legalized mugging” should all come to mind. It’s for your protection? I think the Godfather had a really similar line.
In the past, torture has been used for political re-education. That’s kind of the purpose of the TSA. They are torturing us so that we will get used to a pervasive array of government intrusions (some virtual, some manual) into our lives (for our safety of course). This re-education program has already been so effective that most people will probably sign up for this PreCheck service without thinking about it. They will remark to each other in the lines, at their homes, and at their water coolers: “PreCheck is just so much faster than the regular security checkpoint, isn’t it?” They will never think about the freedom they lost. In fact, 12 million people have already signed up for this “incredible new service.” And it is likely that very many more will follow.
I have an alternative idea: How about we stop paying the TSA with both our tax dollars and our after-tax dollars, and rely on the people we already pay (local law enforcement) to do their jobs? What’s that you say? Our local law enforcement is too busy collecting traffic fines to protect us when we need them? Well, let’s stop paying for those too.
Minkoff’s idea is brilliant. When people have had enough of government abuse, all in the name of “security,” they will begin to heed Minkoff’s words.
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