1/3 of Americans say TSA cavity searches are okay by them

Land of the Free.


In what should be a surprising result but, sadly, isn’t, one-third of your fellow Americans say a body cavity search to board an airplane would be fine and dandy.

No one who’s been paying the least bit of attention in the past few years can possibly be surprised by this. Certainly not anyone who knows what the Patriot Act is, or the NDAA, or the Espionage Act, or anyone who’s looked at even one of the hundreds of posts at this blog.

You simply cannot pretend that you don’t know what’s going on in this country. And if you try, don’t be surprised if you’re referred to as a “Good German.”

I’ve already said more times than I can count that I don’t know what it will take to wake people up. I’ve already documented thousands of accounts of TSA abuse. I’ve already warned against the danger of denial and the danger of conditioning. I’ve already suggested ways to resist. I’ve already said I’ve run out of words. I don’t know what else to do.

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/daBinsi)

  • Roger

    Flying is really fun.

  • Jax Teller

    Wow. Whatever happened to the USA. It’s a shock to see how far they’ve fallen … and not a single real attempt to prevent their own rape by their self-proclaimed overlords – that they keep voting in for themselves.


  • This post has gotten picked up by a UK chat board called “Lotus Seven Club Forums.” People there don’t want to believe what’s going on in this country. We’re used to that kind of denial. Hell, even Americans don’t want to believe it. Oh, well. Sticking one’s head in the sand is obviously a popular activity.

    Here’s the link, headed “This can’t be true, can it?” to which someone answers: “No, it cannot. — Did you honestly think that the rants on some random nutter’s blog were purely factual? No way.”


  • Robert

    Let’s face it,these are the same useful idiots who voted for the scumbag in office right now!!

    • Robert, I will repeat what I’ve said so many times, including on this blog: the TSA — and the entire National Security State — are a bipartisan abomination. The Republocrats are equally guilty.

  • Are you ready for an Obama DHS Border Protection penetrating X-RADIATION scan while transiting a U.S. Land Border? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/13/1161220/-Mass-X-Radiation-Exposure-at-U-S-Borders#comments

  • Dolt

    I believe that of the 1/3, half of them truly have no idea what a cavity search really means. They probably relate it to their teeth or something. I’m not being sarcastic, it’s just the sad, sad truth.

  • Bob

    1/3 of the people polled probably grew up in a time when authority figures were like Andy Griffith. Hence they will do what anyone with a badge, real or imaginary, tells them to do.

  • Blackbearfamily

    People, the answer is simple: refuse to fly. And, I don’t mean a one-day boycott, but rather a full-blown strike to last until Congress pulls TSA out of our airports.

    Hit the airlines in their collective pocket, and they will spend their megabucks to oust TSA for us.

    I don’t fly – EVER – because of TSA. What are YOU doing?

    • Blackbearfamily, totally agree. For those of us who can make that decision; not everyone can. Some people are forced to fly for work. But most people aren’t. I wrote about this here:


    • ghostsniper

      Won’t work, we are outnumbered.
      Notice the headline, the people that condone cavity searches will continue to fly no matter what.
      There are now more 2 legged animals in the US than 2 legged people.

      • ghostsniper, then I’ll reprint, as I have so many times, the words of Frederick Douglass from 1857:

        “Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

  • Magellan

    Americans who say body cavity searches are okay are either ignoramuses or as perverted as some of the agents doing the search . A search by a tsa goon will likely be more than a visual, the shining a flashlight, but involve a manual search that means probing with the fingers and the entire hand into the rectum or vagina, commonly used in prisons and by the police. But these type searches are not conclusive since contraband can still be in the intestine or stomach and excreted later on in the flight.

  • davidgilmore

    TSA should search their brain cavities to see if there’s anything in there.

  • Lisa, this poll was not as scientifically done as normal polls, from what I gather (it has no probability of error for example).

    That being said, I think 20% of people would not have an issue if this was the most rigorous poll ever conducted.

    • frostysnowman

      That’s still too many. I’m not sure why even one person would think a cavity search is OK.

  • LeeAnneClark

    There’s nothing you can do. You can’t reason with the unreasonable. You can’t use logic with the illogical. They are frightened followers who don’t want to have to think for themselves because it’s too hard. People who they believe are “in athouritah” are telling them that if they don’t allow uneducated, ill-trained, sadistic government thugs to probe their privates, they might get blowed up by a big bad terrorist. The fact that there is ZERO LOGIC behind that concept is meaningless, because the thought process necessary to reason out that logic is just too complex for the average sheeple.

    I truly believe you are fighting a losing battle, Lisa.

    • I think that mentality is what causes this problem in the first place. They day we become complacent is the day they take away more.

      • LeeAnneClark

        Your comment is unclear, as I’m not sure which “mentality” you are referring to. Are you saying that the problem is the mentality of the sheeple willing to allow government thugs to probe their orifices? Or are you suggesting the problem is with the mentality of thinking adults who recognize the absurdity of the whole TSA theater show?

        I’m also unclear which “they” you are referring to. Is “they” the terrorists who are supposedly single-mindedly obsessed with getting bombs on planes, ignoring more logical (and far easier) targets such as trains, buses, malls and nightclubs? Or is “they” the TSA?

        I tend to not put a lot of stock in comments that refer to nebulous “theys” who will supposedly strike if we get complacent, as these are usually from the tin-foil-hat types. But yours is so nebulous that I really don’t know how to respond, and I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt if you will do us the favor of clarifying.

        • The mentality I was talking about is the former one you listed, about the “sheeple.” I personally don’t like that term, but it does describe the problem accurately. Some people are just complacent and do not want to cause what they view as trouble. Look forward, and don’t complain. Your previous comment seemed to suggest something like that, especially when you referred to these protests as a “losing battle.” I cannot accept that designation.

          And “they,” in this case, refers to the TSA. I meant that they take away more liberties and rights in the name of security. When no one stands up and says anything, it becomes that much easier to accomplish that task.

          • LeeAnneClark

            Thanks for clarifying.

            I agree with most of what you’ve said here, except that I still can’t help but believe that fighting against the “sheeple” mentality is a losing battle.

            I wish it wasn’t…but I still think it is. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop fighting. And I applaud everyone who speaks up and takes action in this fight.

            Interestingly, I think another comment below this hit on one of the big reasons that the “sheeple” (for lack of a better term) mentality is so prevalent in our society. “Bob” wrote:

            “1/3 of the people polled probably grew up in a time when authority figures were like Andy Griffith. Hence they will do what anyone with a badge, real or imaginary, tells them to do.”

            Not only do I agree with this, I see it in my own family. Many of my family members grew up in a small Southern town, and in most of their lifetime experiences, authority figures were kind, benevolent members of the community who would never do anything to harm anyone because they WERE part of the community. When that is your perception of authority, it’s hard to deal with the cognitive dissonance when faced with the reality of the corrupt, uncaring, power-mad thugs that populate the TSA.