The TSA’s New Security Theater Prop

The TSA thinks that if they just keep finding and implementing new ways to humiliate and dehumanize us, eventually they’ll catch a terrorist. Anyone who says that the pat downs, the body scanners, the liquid testing and the interrogating are any more than just security theater must be delusional. They will never catch anybody this way especially because so many agents are morally bankrupt. The TSA is a safe haven for child molesters and other sexual predators who couldn’t find work elsewhere. Thanks, Obama, for creating jobs for criminals.

The TSA has a new toy to play with and experiment with on people. It’s a body scanner that can detect what you ate for breakfast, what your adrenaline level in your body is, whether your body has marijuana residue or traces of cocaine, whether you have gunpowder on your clothing, whether you have pharmaceutical drugs in your system, and so on. It detects the molecular compounds in your body and can tell everything about your body, more than you would know about yourself.

Predictably, the TSA claim that they will be using these scanners to find explosives and weapons. But what if they do find traces of drugs on you? You don’t have to be a drug user simply to have trace amounts on your clothing or shoes. The Daily Mail reported this a few years ago:

A father-of-three who was found with a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of one of his shoes has been sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison. Keith Brown, a council youth development officer, was travelling through the United Arab Emirates on his way back to England when he was stopped as he walked through Dubai’s main airport. A search by customs officials uncovered a speck of cannabis weighing just 0.003g – so small it would be invisible to the naked eye and weighing less than a grain of sugar – on the tread of one of his shoes…One man has even been jailed for possession of three poppy seeds left over from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow Airport.

I know these incidents happened half way around the world, but it looks like with these new scanners, it can start happening here.

And after they try them out in airports, is the scanner manufacturer going to start pitching them to local, state and federal law enforcement? Shopping malls, theaters and stadiums? The TSA is already branching out beyond airports and into bus and train stations with prospects of expanding to other arenas.

One of the perks of this technology is that the scan can be done from 164 feet away without your even knowing about it. So, instead of cops parking on the side of the freeway, checking people’s speed with a radar gun, they could start using these molecular scanners, scanning for any trace of drugs in your car or on your person. They could check your blood alcohol level. They could check your adrenaline level, and if it’s high, they might think you’re either guilty of committing a crime or on your way to commit one.

Whatever the prospects, these new scanners, which may be implemented in the next couple years, are only making security theater more unrealistic