A Simple Plan: Nov. 24th is Opt Out of Body Scanning at Airports

Airport Full Body Scan inverted = nude image?

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The holiday season is nearly upon us. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest days for air travel in the United States.  Hundreds of thousands of people confronting the newest privacy invasions the TSA can deploy.

Though full body scans are still being phased in throughout the United States’ air travel system, there are airports where they are required for everyone and random scanning is everywhere.

So what?

Well, you might think that, but the safety of the machines is really not known when you consider that most research done to prove radiation level safety is about as well done as the tests that pharmaceutical companies use when they set about trying to coerce the FDA into approving a new drug.

Did you know that a new drug only has to show positive results in 30% of its test groups to garner a go ahead from the FDA? Yep, only 3 out of 10 people need to be “helped” by a medication before your doctor is convinced and prescribes it to you.

So, when the TSA assures you that full body scanners are safe – remember that they don’t have any longer term studies proving this and that recent studies about radiation effects on adults show that it doesn’t take much radiation at all to trigger a mutant cell in your body to go all rogue cancer all over your insides.

One thing the TSA is not advertising is that they cannot force you to go through a full body scanner. You can opt out and be groped and/or molested.

But why would I want to do that?

Because if enough of us opt out – say on the same day, like the busiest air travel day of the year – maybe they’ll give up this asinine and pointless invasion of our liberties.

After all, what’s the point of inspecting passengers down to their birthday suits when the cargo being loaded onto your plane is barely frisked at all and the ground crew who wander about under the plane as it sits for an hour and a half waiting to be cleared to taxi aren’t being watched all that closely either.

America! Wake the fuck up! They are training you. Testing you to see how much crap you’ll take without protest. Remember how well cooperation worked for European Jews in the 1930’s?

Stop being a sheep. Sheep get sheared and sodomized.

How to Raise Hell

  1. Stop flying.
  2. OPT OUT of the scanners. EVERY TIME!
  3. Educate yourself, your family, friends and neighbors.
  4. Organize an educational event at your local airport for National Opt Out Day, Nov 24.
  5. Create a video saying why you won’t fly. And send us a link!
  6. Protest to the airlines.
  7. Make a fuss to the hotels.
  8. Complain to the government.
  9. Report your experience to EPIC.
  10. File a complaint with the ACLU.
  11. File a TSA Civil Rights complaint.
  12. Tell We Won’t Fly your TSA story.
  13. Tweet your feelings with hashtag #wontfly
  14. Like our Facebook page.
  15. Connect with us on Twitter.
  16. Post to Facebook.
  17. Blog or make a video about your feelings and experiences.
  18. Ask local media to cover this story.
  19. Got more ideas? Share them

This year, the day before Thanksgiving Day could be the start of the new American Revolution. The one where the people really start to take back America, starting with their personal dignity.

The Federal government hasn’t offered one shred of proof that herding its citizens though airport “security” is really stopping terrorism. But there is plenty of evidence that it’s turning the American people into a flock of docile, willing to believe anything they are told future cattle car occupants.

Opt out. Do it for your dignity. Do it to prove that you can think for yourself. Do it to stop the madness. Just a dozen or so people would tax the system at every gate in America. The TSA simply doesn’t have the manpower to handle more than a couple of pat-downs at a time. And the video I’ve seen of opt outs show that the TSA employees are clearly uncomfortable  and don’t want to touch passengers, which is why they try to intimidate them into being scanned.

Opt out.

Do it every time.

The Obama administration is the Cheney run Bush White House. They don’t have the balls to go Nazi.

Opt out. Do something really positive for a change. Not like the idiocy of voting the Republicans back into power (which incidentally will change nothing). Take a real step towards change.

Our parents and grandparents made actual sacrifices during the first half of the 20th Century, while most of us haven’t done a thing that has ever mattered in the larger scheme of things. Don’t do it to avoid cancer – though that’s a great reason – or to protest the bait and switch diversion it so obviously is.

Do it because you are guaranteed freedom from search and seizure without cause by the Constitution so many of you gibber about when complaining about unimportant things like being able to pray in a crowded classroom (seriously? you should worry more about the indoctrinating of your child into a consuming  and completely disposable cog).

You are an American. Being strip searched for no reason.  By people you would cross the street to get away from if they were walking through your neighborhood.

Opt Out on November 24th.  Make ’em Molest You.  And then dial 911.

3 responses to “A Simple Plan: Nov. 24th is Opt Out of Body Scanning at Airports

  1. The Nazis used national emergency as a premise to repeatedly target and detain, search and question Germans boarding or taking trains considered political dissidents or morally unworthy; targeted Citizens were intentionally delayed by police/military so they would be late or miss work. Of course many lost there jobs and could not survive.

    Does the lawsuit by The Transportation Security Administration against John Tyne for refusing the X-ray body scan mean; that we don’t dare buy a plane ticket unless we are prepared to submit to a body scan or be sued for $11,000? Pretty soon most persons showing up to fly will be those that will submit to X-ray scans, erroneously giving the impression the public has accepted being repeatedly radiated/scanned before flying. I would not want to own airline stock.

    If not stopped, Airports are just the beginning of Citizens being X-rayed / Stripped Naked by Government, having their Private Body Parts Touched, Squeezed and Patted-Down by Government Employees. It is problematic Americans (next) will be X-Ray Scanned and Physically Molested boarding trains, cruse ships, buses; when entering sports events and office buildings. Continued Low Radiation Exposure is Accumulative and believed to cause Cancer.

    Americans should boycott airlines; that would get TSA’s attention and stockholders of airlines. Meanwhile Not just pilots and flight attendants, “ordinary air passengers” should also be afforded privacy, when felt up, searched at public airports.

    Talk about government in your face. Recently the Obama government purchased hundreds’ of X-Ray Vans that will travel our streets without warrants, x-raying Americans, seeing Citizens naked when walking, standing, riding their bike. Government/police will use the x-ray vans to peer though Citizens’ homes and vehicles, exposing Americans and their families to radiation. X-ray vans are an affront to privacy, allowing government to view Citizens in their bedrooms. Americans need to ask Obama if independent studies were conducted to determine if Citizens could develop Cancer, if (repeatedly exposed) to police X-rays. It is easy to imagine government/police with or without a warrant every night X-raying a person of interest in his or her home. It is foreseeable some Citizens might install similar to smoke detectors, sensors that will set off an alarm, if their home or vehicle is being bombarded with X-rays.

    Obama’s X-Ray Vans can ALSO be used by the military or police to secure perimeters to control civil unrest and instances of revolt, to screen and stop Citizens carrying guns, cameras; any item. Does Obama expect Americans to revolt?

  2. I think the last time I was on a plane was in ’96. I find the whole process way too bothersome. Then there’s that nasty crashing business.

    Good post, though. Very well written and thought out. I’d love to see a protest like this take place — even for the sheer entertainment value.

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