It’s hard to think of a single government policy that has engendered a more sustained universal outrage then Janet Incompetano’s latest airport security procedures which have produced anecdotes such as a videotape of a screaming five-year old little girl being groped by an adult TSA official. It a perfect storm of outrage because what is welling in response to airport gropers is a collective primal realization that our freedoms and national security are rapidly disappearing.
The river outrage is so fulsome because it emanates from three large tributaries. First, is the realization that if an anonymous government official can grope you without any probable cause, what can’t they do to you? What could be a more perfect statement signifying that we no longer control our own government, that it controls us.
Second, being groped by a government official is an outrageous example of politically correct bureaucratic ineptitude. Unlike the Israelis who have used advanced profiling techniques to keep terrorists off their planes successfully for decades, we are outraged when the TSA spends its time patting down a ten-year old kid from Des Moines while the underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber who both traveled numerous times to and from Pakistan and Yemen respectively, were allowed to travel freely.
Third, our outrage comes from fact that this policy shines a bright light on the fact political correctness is a form of cowardice and that we are losing the war with resurgent militant Islam. CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) has already put the government on notice—there will be no groping underneath Islamic women’s garments. And we know this government will be cowed into submission. So while some of the Muslims among us plot our demise, they will be left alone and we Judeo Christians will be treated with feigned suspicion. We are outraged to realize that this entire airport security apparatus is a charade; all staged to make us think our government is taking our security seriously when in fact it is too cowardly to do so. We are outraged to realize that the freedoms so fundamental to an America we once knew are under siege.