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Welcome to Police-State America, Weary Traveler

How to make the tourists feel unwelcome, and citizens sick

The irony of all this is that if someone did want to commit mayhem at an airport, the easiest way to do it these days would not be to attempt something in the line waiting to have one's passport checked, but to wait until later, out at the baggage claim area, since there's usually nobody around wearing a weapon as people wait for their bags to appear from their plane, and it's not illegal to ship weapons in your checked baggage. (Granted that bags are routinely X-xrayed and checked for possible explosives before they're loaded on a plane, but there's nothing illegal about shipping your pistol, rifle or AR-15 in your checked baggage. A terrorist could thus just collect his bag, zip it open, whip out his gun and than spray the waiting passengers with bullets before any security guards could arrive to stop him.

If Homeland Security were genuinely concerned about public safety, they'd transfer those armed INS agents to serve as security guards in the baggage claim area, and leave intelligent, trained and -- what the hell -- polite and welcoming passport checkers to handle the paperwork end.

Meanwhile, I don't know what the deal is with banning cell-phone use in the waiting line while having one's travel documents checked. You can use your phone after the seatbelt light goes off on landing, while you're still in the plane, and everyone's on their phone walking to the passport line. What's so special about the immigration lobby that cellphones and computers have to be banned?

It is clearly just another act of intimidation -- something the INS goons can use to order people around.

I guess it makes a certain amount of sense. If you're going to be entering, or in the case of us citizens, re-entering the UNited States, maybe it's important to be reminded that you are entering a police state, so you'll remember that, for example, if you're stopped by a cop after you pick up your parked car and are driving home, you need to be ultra polite and obedient lest you be yanked from your vehicle and body-slammed on the pavement for asking too many questions, or for being too slow to show your license.

It's just your government telling you, "Welcome home. Now behave yourself...or else."

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story | by Dr. Radut