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Commuters Herded Like Cattle as China Escalates its Own “War on Terror”

I have often said that while 9/11 was a horrible event, our collective response to it has been the real tragedy (read my How I Remember September 11, 2001 post). A terrible event is no excuse to become such scared children that we would relinquish the basic freedoms our ancestors fought so hard to secure for us.

The only people who really benefit from an expansion of the surveillance state and a loss of liberties are the rich and powerful. With China’s economy in free fall and increased violence occurring, it appears the leadership there is taking a page out of our post 9/11 playbook. This is what the commute looks like at train stations in Beijing:

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This is what cattle in pens look like:

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Actually, the cattle have more space. Seriously though, this is all security theatre. As I have mentioned on prior occasions, I have never gone through one of those naked body scanners. Instead, I opt out for the TSA “freedom grope.” Why? Because I know it’s total bullshit and I’m not going along with it.

I fly from Denver to New York City quite a bit and you know what I’ve noticed. While every machine in Denver is now a naked body scanner, all of the machines from the security checkpoint I use in New York are regular metal detectors. I find this bizarre. If the number one target for terrorism can get away with metal detectors, why can’t everywhere else? Because people like former head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Michael Chertoff, need to get paid.

More from the Wall Street Journal:

Already difficult commutes in China’s capital became even more punishing this week, as Beijing beefed up subway security checks in the wake of deadly attacks targeting civilians.

Hundreds of unhappy commuters stood in long lines across the city Wednesday morning to undergo enhanced security screenings, which now include body checks as well as bag screenings in several stations. At stations in the city’s north, subway staff said passengers had to wait between 20-30 minutes to get through the security line, up from about 10-15 minutes prior to the new screening requirements.

“This is such a hassle,” said Zhi Yajuan, 23, as she stood in line Tuesday at Tiantongyuan North Station. “It’s just going through the motions. They don’t care even if the machine beeps.”

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Video of the Day: The Police State Arrives in Syracuse

In the off chance that you still think you are a free human being as opposed to a pig in a pen, look no further than what the TSA has just installed at the Syracuse airport. Apparently, it is no longer good enough to be screened as you enter the airport via either a naked body scanner or an invasive pat-down. No, that’s just not gonna cut it in the “war on terror.” Now you need to go through “exit pods” just to leave the airport.

If you don’t think this is ridiculous, you will put up with anything. Meanwhile. the pods were part of a $60 million renovation of the airport. Just more wealth extraction and waste from the opportunists in Washington D.C. Check out this clip from NBC describing these absolutely degrading and humiliating devices.

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Ron Paul Blasts Both the NRA and Gun Control Pushers

Ron Paul, once again, proves why he is an American treasure.  If more people were able to bust out of the ridiculous Republican-Democrat fake divide this country could be a wonderful place to live and work in.  From US News:

Rep. Ron Paul, not one to shy away from controversy, has blasted the National Rifle Association for proposing that every school hire armed guards to protect against mass shootings, and has also condemned liberals for promoting more government control of guns.

The impulse to have government ‘do something’ to protect us in the wake of national tragedies is reflexive and often well intentioned. Many Americans believe that if we simply pass the right laws, future horrors like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting can be prevented. But this impulse ignores the self evident truth that criminals don’t obey laws.

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Backlash Against the TSA Shredding the 4th Amendment in Houston

My Take: This fits in nicely with my article from yesterday about how 9/11 continues to be used to dismantle the Constitution and further our progression into a police state.  For those of you who haven’t read the Constitution in a while this is what the 4th Amendment states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Is this really the kind of country you want to live in where government bureaucrats treat you like a criminal everywhere you go?  Are you really that afraid of terrorists?  Remember what the very wise Ben Franklin made clear centuries ago that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

How about we stop being a nation of frightened children and stand up proud and strong for freedom and liberty.  That’s why all of our ancestors came here in the first place .  Let’s not throw away all they sacrificed for us.

Houstonians Revolt Over TSA On Buses

“It was used as a pretext to harass people”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, April 27, 2012

Dozens of outraged residents attended a Houston METRO board meeting yesterday to express their disgust at how TSA workers were used to interrogate passengers on buses during a so-called “anti-terror” exercise last week.

Complaining of how their fourth amendment rights were violated, residents were joined by several prominent lawyers in an extraordinary backlash against the federal agency and local authorities.

The meeting was dominated by more denials on behalf of METRO that warrantless bag searches had occurred during the drill, labeled BusSafe, which was billed as a counter-terror exercise yet only managed to snag alleged prostitutes and drug users.

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