Things are even worse in my least favorite airport and least favorite town in the country. For those of you following the news, you know that O’Hare is only one of the many airports whose security has grinded to a halt due to the TSA.
Perhaps a flashback to 2013 would be instructive.
Back in 2013, a gentleman (and patriot) named Jon Corbett sued the TSA and the Federal Government over the body scanners, accusing them of being unconstitutional since the nude scanners are in direct opposition to privacy and the 4th amendment. (As an aside, you should check out Jon’s spectacular youtube channel: Corbett Report).
During discovery, several of the TSA’s internal documents relating to the scanners were exposed but had several sections redacted, preventing the public from seeing all the information. However, one of the many morons that populate state and federal government accidentally published the documents in their full, unredacted glory to the government electronic document site: PACER.gov.
A section detailing how “The TSA Has Misled The Public As to the Likelihood of the Threat ‘Addressed’ By Nude Body Scanners and Pat Downs,” includes a blacked out portion concerning the TSA’s knowledge that “explosives on airplanes are extremely rare.”
“For example, the TSA analyzed hijackings in 2007 and found 7 hijacking incidents across the globe, but none of them involved actual explosive devices,” Corbett explains in the brief, adding that the last attempt to bring an explosive on-board an airplane through a U.S. airport occurred 35 years ago.
Another redacted section highlights the government’s concession that, “due to hardened cockpit doors and the willingness of passengers to challenge hijackers,” it would be difficult to have a repeat of 9/11.
“The government also credits updated pre-flight security for that difficulty assessment,” the brief states, “but the assessment was written before the en masse deployment of body scanners and before the update to the pat down procedure. Further, the government admits that there have been no attempted domestic hijackings of any kind in the 12 years since 9/11.”
But here is the money shot:
(The TSA had wanted the following section completely censored)
This begs the question, then, of what evidence the government possesses to rationalize that we should be so afraid of non-metallic explosives being brought aboard flights departing from the U.S. that we must sacrifice our civil liberties. The answer: there is none. “As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.”
So remember this the next time you see a news report on long TSA lines.