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27 September 2006 @ 10:09 am
Civil Disobedience  
Re: The guy who was detained by TSA for writing "Kip Hawley is an idiot" on his toiletry bag

If I must fly any time soon, I'm going prepared.

I'll make and wear a t-shirt with this icon on the front, or something similar. On the back, I will express, in Farsi, my pride in my heritage and in the fact that I was raised in America and taught to respect, admire, and uphold the ideals expressed in the Constitution. I will carry those metallic Bill of Rights cards in my pockets. I will scrawl the Fourth Amendment on my luggage tags, and inside my bags will be Fourth Amendment leaflets labeled, "For My Friends At TSA. Please Take One." Inside my quart Ziploc of toiletries will be a generous supply of condoms, lube, tampons, pads. The bag itself will be labeled too- probably with something along the lines of, "TSA: Please Use the Lube and Be Gentle."

A disturbing number of Americans would call me an asshat for doing any of the above. The security sucks, but it's "necessary" to "protect" us. Everyone just wants to get on the plane, why do I have to "cause problems" and "hold things up?"

Why? Because I want my fucking freedoms back. I'm not afraid of "terrorists," I'm afraid of more useless and Constitutionally questionable "security." And unless more people protest civilly, unless it becomes impossible to maintain this strangehold of false security because too many people are "being asshats," it's not only going to stay this bad, it's going to get worse. And it'll be our own faults.
steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on September 27th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
"You can't say bomb on an airplane!!!!!"
"Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb, are you gonna arrest me?!!?"

I had my chapstick confiscated on my outbound flight. I said to them, "What on earth could I possibly do to a whole 747 plane with a tiny tube of chapstick??? Smear gunk on the seat in front of me?!" The girl said, "It's policy, miss. If you want it, you need to go back to the counter and check it." Uhh, yeah, let me waste good pre-flight drinking time to salvage my chapstick...right....let me tell you, my lips were not happy that whole weekend. Stupid TSA bastards....
Nokomis: What were you THINKING?thebigfatman on September 27th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
I asked how this was even remotely like shouting "Fire" in a crowd, and his answer was "Perhaps your comments made them feel threatened."

Is this an impromptu new amendment to Number One?
Freedom of Speech (unless it makes someone feel threatened).

Actually, I rather like that. Bush & Co would never be able to say a word again.