Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Through the Looking Glass

I know... believe me, I know... that I've been horrible about blogging. I wish I had a better handle on why that is, but there are moments when I have to say something or spend years telling myself that I should have said something.

Today I awoke to the news that
TSA was putting federal agents - air marshals - on Los Angeles' Metrolink. This is being marketed as "test" but the public is reminded that the 'T' in TSA covers all forms of transportation. This is apparently a "test" being conducted across the country.

This is one of those incremental changes that people say I overreact to... Like when I-5 and I-15 were blocked by Border Patrol checkpoints on the San Diego County line at least 75 miles north of the US-Mexican border. The one response I got was that they were successfully catching "a lot" of drug smuggling activity.

For forty two years I was taught that totalitarian government was the antithesis of liberty. I was employed for twenty years in the defense of that concept. The very idea of a central Department of Homeland Security brought to mind nothing so much as the Soviet KGB. Now I am forced to accept that federal surveillance and intervention is acceptable to protect us... not from (other) totalitarian governments but from common criminals.


I am mindful of the quotation attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

For the record, I object to federal interference/intervention in the internal affairs of the city and county of Los Angeles and the state of California. If TSA wants to ride Metrolink, make them buy a ticket.

P.S. While I have the soapbox out, Mr. Bush did not take us to war in Iraq on the basis of faulty intelligence. He took us to war in Iraq on the basis of manipulated intelligence, and he damn well knew it.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Ronni Bennett said...

Welcome back, AQ. You've been missed. And you've made an important point about GW's faulty interpretation of pre-war intelligence.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Winston said...

Echoing Ronni, welcome back. I had not heard of the TSA "experiment", but it is scary. There are a few states left (I suspect that Ahnold Land is not among them) where the local good-ol-boys wouldn't take too well to interference by guys in black suits carrying federal id cards. They probably know that too and will be quite careful in choosing the locations for their damn tests.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

"While I have the soapbox out, Mr. Bush did not take us to war in Iraq on the basis of faulty intelligence. He took us to war in Iraq on the basis of manipulated intelligence, and he damn well knew it."

That's about the clearest summary of the situation I've seen.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

You are a slacker AQ Merry Belated Christmas anyways, you know I can agree with your points here but we already knew that. Have a happy new year.

10:47 AM  
Blogger MARYBETH said...

A belated Merry Christmas and a Very Blessed NewYEar

N a m a s t e,
MB

9:42 PM  
Blogger The Appalachianist said...

Happy New Years...hope your health is well.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Tamar said...

Hello there Always Question,
Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You cant even run your own life in a respctful, responsible way, yet you feel you can run the country. Clean up your life before you say what others should do. Anything else just makes your comment the babblings of a fool.

11:29 AM  

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