An Uncivilized People,

"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public ...."

—Ayn Rand

It is not the actions or policies of a nations government that determine the degree of that nation's civilization. We are rightly outraged by TSA's outrageous intention to brazenly violate the most personal of our privacies, the dignity of our own bodies, but it is not the worst thing.

"Security scanners which can see through passengers' clothing and reveal details of their body underneath are being installed in 10 US airports, the US Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday."

And that means every detail.

"While it allows the security screeners -- looking at the images in a separate room -- to clearly see the passenger's sexual organs as well as other details of their bodies ..."

You do not have to submit to the scan, but the alternative is equally invasive.

"Lara Uselding, a TSA spokeswoman, added that passengers are not obliged to accept the new machines. 'The passengers can choose between the body imaging and the pat-down.'"

Your "choice" is to either allow a complete stranger to see every detail of your naked body, (or your child's naked body, say your 12-year-old son or daughter), or allow a complete stranger to put his or her hands on every intimate part of your body (or your child's body).

The Worst Thing

As outrageous as the intentions of the TSA to violate people's privacy is, what makes it possible is much worse?and what makes it possible is an American Society comprised of people completely inured to government intrusion into every aspect of their lives, who no longer have a sense of personal dignity and privacy, and are prepared to accept anything in the name of "security."

Even worse is what this portends. This is a test of just how far the government can intrude into people's lives, just how much oppression they will tolerate. A people who will tolerate this kind of outrage will tolerate anything. When the government comes to you, and tells you they have to move you to another place for your own security, that you must line up with all your neighbors, naked, and be calmly herded into the waiting train cars, there will be nothing left but a nagging vague feeling that something is wrong, but you will not be able to remember what it is, or to stir yourself to resist.

Only If

If you doubt this is your fate, if you believe this is only an inconvenience, only a temporary measure, others in the past have ignored such inconveniences and temporary measures, evading the clear warning that might have saved them from total oppression or the persecution that awaited them.

If this outrage is tolerated, the oppression will come, and it will come to those who deserve it. If you think, "what can be done?" it is a sign itself that the battle is already lost. There are things that can be done, but most will not do them, because they lack courage and the will to fight. Every battle is costly, but this one does not require bloodshed?it only requires people of character to refuse to be willing accomplices in their own oppression. Only if this battle is waged and won, can the restoration of freedom in this country come without bloodshed?if at all.

What Can Be Done?

These are the things that can be done. Will they be done? Sadly it is unlikely that the kind of people who have allowed themselves to be disarmed in almost every place in the country where they most need to be will have the character to do any of them.

1. Refuse to fly on any airline until all restrictions on being personally armed are lifted, and make it loudly and publicly clear that is why you refuse to fly. There is almost no hope that anyone will have the courage or willingness to do this, but there are still other things one can do.

2. Refuse to be scanned or felt up ["patted down"] by anyone for any reason. It will mean you will not be allowed to fly if you are selected for this treatment. Did you think your freedom would cost nothing?

3. According to the article, "TSA foresees 30 of the machines installed across the country by the end of 2008." Find out which airports have these machines, and these policies, and refuse to use them, no matter how inconvenient it is. Did you think your freedom was going to be convenient to keep? Does it matter so little to you, that you would sacrifice it for convenience?

As a matter of fact, that is exactly what is going to happen. If the American Revolutionists had as little character as the American people today, America would be celebrating the Queen's birthday every year, not the Fourth of July.