“All governmental legislation, laws, regulations, limitations, fees, and fines are backed up by the barrel of a gun. Some of us never forget that. Some of us never learned that, and it seems to me that we are going to have to change that if we are ever going to get anywhere.”
by Linoge




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

consider the symbology

Uniformed, badged personnel, operating under the authority and power of an authoritarian set of laws granting them extra-Constitutional capacities, instruct you – an American citizen who has broken no laws and done no wrong – to adopt a position of submission – hands above your head – before entering a chamber that could, on quick glance, resemble a high-tech shower stall.  After that, you will be "allowed" to enter the secure side of the area these uniformed guards control. 

holocaustshowerWhat do you do? 

I dare say any educated student of history would tell the… entities… wearing the uniforms and wielding their authoritarian power to pack sand (in hopefully significantly more colorful language) and take their violations of basic human rights and shove them up their collective arses… not without cause, given what history has taught those who are willing to learn about such situations. 

Unfortunately, it would appear as though the average American is far from educated, or at least is willfully ignorant of inconvenient facets of history, given that this scene is replicated thousands (millions?) of times every day around the country, and disturbingly often with smiles on all parties’ faces at that: 


Think about it. 

8 comments to consider the symbology

  • May I suggest an earlier thought of kilt wearing? I’ll go with you just to make it interesting :).

    Disavowed With Honor

  • Mike123

    Agreed, but what can we do about it.

    We need to fly and if we don’t consent we won’t be able too. The courts are going to wrap themselves into a pretzel knot to justify this violation of the Bill of Rights.

    I’ve tried not to fly but in the coming year, I’m going to have too.

  • Tom

    What we do is tell our elected representatives that they should take away the TSA’s ability to do this sort of thing. The TSA is just a government agency that has rules that allow some things and disallow others, and gets funding from tax payers. Then you get your friends and neighbors to tell their representatives, and so on and so on. If the rep doesn’t try to take some sort of action, you support the challenger in the next election. If you’ve convinced enough people of your cause, maybe he/she gets replaced by the challenger. Then you hold his/her feet to the fire. It sounds simplistic, but our elections are still one person, one vote. No matter how much money gets spent on campaigns, if people actually thought about whom they were voting for all the big money contributions would be for naught. Getting people to think? That’s the hard part.

  • Volfram

    @ Mike123:
    Find an alternative. There will be one. Bring a lawyer and a doctor if you have to, and get a medical exemption, or sue for exposure to unsafe levels of radiation, strip naked right there in line, moan suggestively every time the TSA agent touches you, bring explosive chemicals or other dangerous items you know the scanner won’t detect and then place them in the “safe” area.

    It’s a dominance ploy. Counter with your own dominance ploy, and don’t let up until your enemy is a broken, crushed, and weeping shell of a former human being.

  • Just another extension of the frog in a pot anecdote. Desensitize the gullible (for their own good, of course) while slowly increasing the level of intrusion and deride those who complain. Within a generation or two (or even less?) you have ovine compliance to your every whim. Perhaps we’re watching the zombie infection of fiction in action?

  • @ Disavowed With Honor: The problem is that I only really fly around Thanksgiving/Christmas, to places that are generally frickin’ cold. I’m a pansy.

    @ Mike123: What can we do about it? Shame the uniformed entities at the checkpoint. Bombard our legislators with demands that this admittedly-anti-constitutional organization be disbanded and its orchestrators up on charges. Refuse to fly unless absolutely necessary.

    The list goes on and on.

    Unfortunately, the trick is that it will only work if enough people do it, but, apparently, enough people are content to walk into the showers voluntarily.

    @ Tom:

    Getting people to think? That’s the hard part.

    Bingo. As always, America’s problem has never been, is not, and probably will never be its government or that government’s various organs. Instead, its problem is its people.

    @ Volfram: More and more I see news reports of tiny little airlines sprouting up, only servicing a specific area, only using small aircraft, and thus skirting underneath the purview of the TSA. I wonder how they are doing…

    @ Dun Karinn: Unfortunately, I do believe this is all part of a gradual, incremental abridgement of our various rights. Unfortunately, those behind it – if anyone is actually controlling it instead of just one massive Juggernaut lumbering towards the same end result – are doing it so very incrementally it will be hard to fight.

  • Volfram

    @ Linoge: I bet they’re making a killing. Know where I could find a list?

    The beauty of Capitalism!

  • Apparently, this will get you started. Cannot tell if the TSA is making a buck off the program or not, but someone is.