Lots of buzz in the news these days about the invasive (some say
tantamount to being groped) body searches and full-body scans, and about
the possibility of a traveler's revolt come this Thanksgiving.
So the question is, will Americans revolt against this outrage, or will
they simply go along like the good sheep they are?
This is something that should cut straight across any political
boundaries. Whether or not you believe that this whole misbegotten War
on Terror is just so much manufactured bullshit, this police-state stuff
ought to have everyone up in arms. The GWOT is, at best, pure folly, and
at worst, a cynical ploy to keep the American sheeple riled up and
whipped into a frenzy, so that no military adventure anywhere in the
world seems like enough. More bombs! More drones! More special forces!
I'm the farthest thing from a Tea Partier, but it seems to me that they
ought to be even more outraged than my compatriots over here on "the
left". I don't listen to Glenn Beck and don't intend to start, but if he
is the good demagogue that he's supposed to be, then you'd think he'd be
urging his listeners to clog up the airports this coming Turkey Day.
My guess is that this whole thing'll fizzle, with most people willing to
go along to get along. Too bad; it'd be nice to see the whole air travel
system come to a screeching halt.
* To those who insist that all this security-state stuff is needed
because of "the tourists", my answer is simple. Yes, terrorism exists.
The best way to stop it is to stop participating in it. Stop the state
terrorism that we practice and support everywhere in the world: the CIA
assassinations, targeted killings, drone attacks, extraordinary
renditions and the support of state-sponsored torture throughout the world.
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
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