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Are Those Serrations on Your Knife?

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I’ve ranted about the TSA plenty on this blog – I travel a lot and find dealing with the TSA one of the more amusing experiences in my life.  So does Patrick Smith of Ask the Pilot – one of my favorite travel blogs.  In a recent post headlined Propped up by a culture of fear, TSA has become a bureaucracy with too much power and little accountability. Where will the lunacy stop? he discusses the case of "pilot re-screening" and the "dangerous airline cutlery."

  • Bill Mosby

    Perhaps I'm having a paranoia moment after reading the Smith article, but at times like these I remember that powerful tyrannies have begun with quite a bit less power. For example, I have read that when the General Secretary position was open back in the early days of Lenin and Stalin, nobody wanted it because it seemed so unglamorous. However, Stalin volunteered because he knew it would give him access to information on party members. He took that and ran with it.

    It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that the Department of Homeland Security itself, or one of its powerful parts such as TSA, could be parlayed into something quite useful to one with despotic aspirations.

  • http://www.kidmercuryblog.com kid mercury

    TSA sucks, no doubt about it. but hey, obviously we need DHS and TSA to protect ourselves from bin laden, that wily cave dweller who can get past the most powerful air defense in the history of the known universe at any moment.

    9/11 truth ends the TSA, as well as a bunch of other stuff that no one wants (dhs, war in iraq, war in afghanistan, potential war in iran, unconstitutional laws, hyperinflation, rethuglicans, dumbocrats, etc). the truth sets us free.

  • Bill Mosby

    Perhaps I'm having a paranoia moment after reading the Smith article, but at times like these I remember that powerful tyrannies have begun with quite a bit less power. For example, I have read that when the General Secretary position was open back in the early days of Lenin and Stalin, nobody wanted it because it seemed so unglamorous. However, Stalin volunteered because he knew it would give him access to information on party members. He took that and ran with it.

    It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that the Department of Homeland Security itself, or one of its powerful parts such as TSA, could be parlayed into something quite useful to one with despotic aspirations.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kidmercury kidmercury

    TSA sucks, no doubt about it. but hey, obviously we need DHS and TSA to protect ourselves from bin laden, that wily cave dweller who can get past the most powerful air defense in the history of the known universe at any moment.

    9/11 truth ends the TSA, as well as a bunch of other stuff that no one wants (dhs, war in iraq, war in afghanistan, potential war in iran, unconstitutional laws, hyperinflation, rethuglicans, dumbocrats, etc). the truth sets us free.

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