Americans have been forced to sacrifice their privacy for the illusion of security for years, and new developments in airport security show no sign of that trend fading away.
After the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government went to work creating the Department of Homeland Security and their incompetent henchmen, the Transportation Security Administration. The latter, colloquially known as the TSA, have been tormenting Americans and our foreign guests in airports and train stations for the ensuing decade and a half, groping their way through lines of supposedly sovereign citizens, their children, the elderly, and anyone else unfortunate enough to be “randomly” selected for enhanced screening procedures.
As if this weren’t deplorable enough, the TSA has employed some downright frightening technology in the years to follow their inception, including controversial x-ray machines capable of creating nude composite images of anyone they so choose. While our government assured us that this invasion of privacy would not exist beyond the immediate security theater, subsequent investigations have found that to be disturbingly unrealistic.
Now, even more disturbingly invasive technology is about to employed at our nation’s air travel hubs, and, similar to the previous TSA transgressions, there is seemingly nothing that can be done about it.
“‘It’s disconcerting,’ said Harrison Rudolph, a law fellow at Georgetown University who focuses on the intersection of technology and legal policy. ‘There’s reason to think this rollout is only just beginning, and that more airports are going to start deploying, or more airlines are going to be deploying facial recognition at the boarding gate.’
“In its announcement for Houston, CBP wrote that photos of U.S. citizens successfully matched to a passport photo are ‘automatically determined to be out of scope for biometric exit purposes and the photo is discarded after a short period of time.’ The agency then offered its assurances that its officials are committed to privacy.
“There’s not a lot stopping CBP from sharing those photos with other law enforcement.
“Despite that commitment, there’s not a lot stopping CBP from sharing those photos with other law enforcement. The agency hasn’t publicized how, why, and whether it shares photos taken by facial recognition technology, which leaves the door open to a host of dystopian possibilities.”
The TSA has yet to officially stop or capture any radical Islamic terrorists, despite their 15 + years of fumbling around our nation’s airports.
What the TSA actually accomplishes is something called “security theater”, not security. The hope is that the mere presence of TSA agents will be enough to deter these hardened caliphate fighters from wreaking havoc on American transportation hubs. In the case of an actual emergency, these blue-shirted twerps will in no way be ready, willing, or able to step in and save lives. In fact, the TSA’s complete and utter ineffectiveness has caused at least one airport to consider replacing the government agency with a private security firm instead.