Episode 352 – The TSA (and other experiments in evil)

02/01/201940 Comments

In 1961, a psychologist conducted an experiment demonstrating how ordinary men and women could be induced to inflict torture on complete strangers merely because an authority figure had ordered them to do so. In 2001, the United States government formed the Transportation Security Administration to subject hundreds of millions of air travelers to increasingly humiliating and invasive searches and pat downs. These two phenomena are not as disconnected as they may seem. Join us today on The Corbett Report as we explore The TSA (and other experiments in evil).

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In 1961, a psychologist conducted an experiment demonstrating how ordinary men and women could be induced to inflict torture on complete strangers merely because an authority figure had ordered them to do so.

In 2001, the United States government formed the Transportation Security Administration to subject hundreds of millions of air travelers to increasingly humiliating and invasive searches and pat downs.

These two phenomena are not as disconnected as they may seem.

Today we explore The TSA (and other experiments in evil).

This is The Corbett Report.

In the midst of this year’s government shutdown, a story began to emerge: the safety of the skies was being threatened by the effect that the shutdown was having on workers of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

VICTOR OQUENDO: Good morning Robin, this place is a ghost town. For the second day in a row the security checkpoint here at Terminal B inside of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport is shut down. Those are the ticket counters right there behind me, they are empty as well.

SOURCE: Airport security checkpoints close amid shutdown

JAKE TAPPER: Hundreds of TSA employees, who are working without pay right now, have called out from work this week. At Dallas-Fort Worth alone sick calls are up almost 300%.

SOURCE: Hundreds of TSA employees are calling out sick amid shutdown

DAGEN MCDOWELL: Also, the busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the Atlanta Heartsfield Jackson Airport, reported delays of more than an hour at checkpoints at times on Monday.

SOURCE: TSA staffing shortages hit airports amid partial government shutdown

ADRIENNE BAILON: “I was in JFK at 6:30am the other day and they were playing that poopty scoop Kanye song and I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.” So ladies, what do you think about these agents going from TSA to TS-heeeey? I feel like whistle while you work. OK, you know what I’m saying? You’re working without getting paid, at least have a good time doing it but as long as it doesn’t get in the way of a very significant and important job, which is the safety of our air.

SOURCE: Government Shutdown: TSA Turns to… Explicit Rap Music?

While the TSA has been sold to the public as a valiant squad of dedicated operatives working diligently to protect “the safety of the air,” this public image could not be further from the truth.

The Transportation Security Administration was formally established in November 2001 under the pretext of “fixing” the system that had “somehow” allowed 19 men with box cutters to supposedly commit the most egregious violation of American airspace in history (aided in no small part by the simultaneous “failure” of the entire American intelligence establishment and the most sophisticated air defense in the world). Originally placed under the Department of Transportation, it was just a matter of months before the administration was transitioned into the newly-created Department of Homeland Security and began turning the relatively benign airport security procedures into an ordeal that traumatizes and humiliates virtually everyone who has to endure it.

FATHER: Rocco, they just gotta check you, OK? It’s no big deal.

ROCCO: But I want to go with Mom.

FATHER: Yeah we’re going to go there and eat in a minute. I know. It’s kinda weird, but it’s no big deal.

SOURCE: TSA Nabs Suspected Al Queda Terrorist At Chicago Airport, A toddler in a wheelchair

GIO BENITEZ: Listen as little Lucy says something it’s hard to imagine any 3 year old saying.

LUCY FORCK: I don’t want to go to Disney World.

BENITEZ: What made the toddler so distraught her parents say, was this:

TSA AGENT: It is illegal to do that.

BENITEZ: A run in with TSA screeners at Missouri’s Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

SOURCE: Girl in Wheelchair, 3, Detained by TSA: Caught on Tape

TSA AGENT: I’m also going to be doing a groin check, which means that I’m going to place my hand on your hip and one on your inner thigh, slowly go up and slide down.

JOHN TYNER: OK.

TSA AGENT: I’m going to do that two times in the front and two times in the back.

TYNER: We can do that out here, but if you touch my junk I’m going to have you arrested.

SOURCE: If You Touch My Junk, I’ll Have You Arrested – US Airport security

MELISSA DYKES: I mean, I’m sitting here right now, I’m staring out the window and there’s an American flag flying on this entry border thing for the airplane and it’s just such a joke. It’s just . . . what exactly are we? What has America become?

SOURCE: Why I Hate Flying in America…

If we are to take the establishment of the sprawling TSA bureaucracy and the invasive, degrading airport security procedures it has implemented at face value—that is, even if we accept that the administration was set up to “fix” the holes in airport security—then the entire experiment can be written off as a colossal failure.

Reports of TSA failures to find knives, massive shipments of narcotics, loaded guns, and even the very types of box cutters we are told were used on 9/11 have been so numerous over the years that it would be impossible to enumerate them all. Even just this past month, a passenger was able to sneak a gun onto a Delta flight bound for Tokyo, but the TSA insisted that the security failure had nothing to do with the shutdown; it was just standard TSA incompetence.

Even the government’s own testing of TSA procedures has confirmed time and again that the agency fails in providing even the most basic level of security for airline passengers.

In 2006, government investigators found that they were able to slip 75 percent of their fake bombs through checkpoints at LAX, one of the busiest airports in America, and 60% through Chicago O’Hare, one of the busiest airports in the world. A 2008 report from the Government Accountability Office blasted a government program to test for “gaps” in airport security because it failed to follow up on why these failures were occurring. In November of 2011 Congressional investigators issued their own blistering report on the agency, calling it an “enormous, inflexible and distracted bureaucracy” and pointing out that Americans “are no safer today than they were before 9/11” despite the 60 billion dollars that had been wasted on the administration up to that point.

But if we attack the TSA on grounds of incompetence, we risk falling into a carefully-laid trap. Proponents of this governmental monstrosity will argue that what is needed is more money to help the valiant guardians of the sky do their job properly. They will point to the shutdown and the resulting mess at the airports as an example of how vital the administration really is, and how important it is to continue increasing its budget so it can add ever more expensive weaponry to its arsenal of harassment.

No, it is not because of “incompetence” that we must condemn the Orwellian nightmare unfolding at the airports every single day. It is because this security theatre was never meant to keep us safe in the first place. The TSA is not a well-intentioned agency in need of better management or more funding or more highly-trained agents. On the contrary. It is doing precisely what it was created to do. The problem is that most people do not know what it was created to do.

In order to understand the real purpose of this spectacularly successful government agency, we need to revisit the Milgram experiment.

In 1961, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a now-famous experiment into the public’s propensity to obey perceived authority figures. In the experiment, ordinary men and women were tricked into administering what they believed to be painful and even fatal electric shocks to complete strangers on the pretense that they were helping a scientist conducting research into memory and learning.

RESEARCHER: We want to find out just what effect different people have on each other as teachers and learners and also what effects punishment will have on learning in this situation.

SOURCE: Obedience (Dr. Stanley Milgram, 1962)

But that “memory research” was just a cover story. In fact, both the scientist and the strangers were actors. The only one not in on the sham was the one delivering the shocks. The real experiment was designed to see how far those ordinary men and women would go in inflicting torture on others when commanded by a perceived authority figure.

SUBJECT A: Incorrect. You will now get a shock of 75 volts. [Applies shock] Soft hair, he kinda did some yelling in there.

RESEARCHER: Continue please.

SOURCE: Obedience (Dr. Stanley Milgram, 1962)

The study is famous in the annals of psychology because the results were so completely unexpected. Most psychologists predicted that only a very small percentage of the participants in the study would continue delivering shocks past the point where those shocks could be fatal. Instead, a staggering 65% of the test participants proceeded all the way to the maximum (supposedly lethal) voltage.

SUBJECT B: That is incorrect. This will be 195 volts. [Applies shock] The correct one was…

VICTIM: Let me out of here!

SUBJECT B: Slow dance.

VICTIM: Let me out of here my hearts bothering me. Let me out of here, you have no right to keep me here. Let me out. Let me out of here. Let me out my hearts bothering me!

RESEARCHER: Continue, please. Go on.

SUBJECT B: [Inaudible]

SOURCE: Obedience (Dr. Stanley Milgram, 1962)

Let’s repeat that. 65% of participants—ordinary men and women who thought they were volunteering for a simple experiment about memory and learning—were willing to deliver what they sincerely believed to be potentially fatal doses of electricity to random strangers simply because an authority figure assured them that it was necessary to continue with the experiment.

VICTIM: You have no right to hold me here!

SUBJECT B: The next phrase is ‘Fast’ …

VICTIM: Let me out, let me out, let me out of here!

SUBJECT B: Bird. Car. Train. Plane.

[Silence]

RESEARCHER: Continue, teacher.

SUBJECT B: That is incorrect. This will be 345 [volts]. The correct answer is ‘Fast Bird.’

SOURCE: Obedience (Dr. Stanley Milgram, 1962)

So now let’s look at the TSA’s real role. No, they are not there to keep us safe from the scary, turban-wearing Al-CIA-da goblins. But they are running a giant, society-wide, real-world Milgram experiment in obedience training. In this case, though, there are no actors. Real people are really being tortured, molested, degraded and subjected to the most demeaning public humiliation at the hands of badge-wearing authority figures. And this time the subjects of the experiment (the general public) are not being asked to deliver a shock. They are not being asked to participate in the torture, aid in the pat-downs, or help run the body scanners.

Instead, they are being asked not to participate. To sit. To watch. To learn. This is what happens to those who resist. This is what happens to random people who do not resist. This is what happens to 96-year-old WWII veterans. This is what happens to 4-year-olds. This is what happens to pregnant mothers. One day it will probably happen to you. And you, the ordinary men and women who are made to watch these torture sessions from the lengthy line up at the security gate, are expected to do nothing. There is nothing you can do. Nothing you will do.

If the TSA is not an attempt to “keep the skies safe” after all, but a nearly two-decade-long experiment in obedience training, then it cannot be denied that that experiment has been remarkably successful.

REPORTER: The YouTube user who posted this wrote that the agent subjected his kids to the pat downs because he had been selected as usual for a security check because of his name. We shared the video with TSA, the agency offering no comment but directed me to the section of its pat-down policy that says ‘officers will work with parents to resolve any alarms at the checkpoint.’ TSA has modified screening procedures for children 12 and under that reduces the likelihood of a pat-down.

PASSENGER: Well I mean you got to follow the rules but in the same regard I think that I’d probably have some apprehension. I’d be a little bit upset about it.

ETHAN ROSENBERG: I have to do what they’re doing.

REPORTER: What you see in this video is familiar for 10 year old Ethan Rosenberg.

ETHAN’S FATHER: Yes, he has to have a manual pat-down. He has a cochlear implant, a medically implanted device.

REPORTER: Ethan’s dad describes his son’s pat-down every time they fly as not a problem. Though Ethan clues us in on what these kids could be feeling.

ETHAN: Well, sometimes it’s uncomfortable.

SOURCE: TSA search of children causes stir

People watch passively as the molestation and humiliation of strangers unfolds mere steps away from them. No outcry. No protest. No boycotts. No mass movements to stop these scenes from playing out again.

Yes, there was a mass campaign to “Opt Out” of the TSA’s invasive body scanners. A day was set, people were organized, a wave of Thanksgiving flyers were readying themselves to opt out of the procedure and overwhelm the agents with a never-ending stream of people to be patted down. But the TSA, knowing they would have been defeated had such a movement gained ground, chose to turn off the scanners and wave people through on the planned Opt Out Day, and the public, quickly distracted by the next story in the 24/7 news cycle, moved on.

The next time they have to take a flight, those same people who once protested these procedures will step dutifully into line, take off their belt and shoes, and pray that it won’t be them next. And unless and until people stop doing nothing and start doing something in the face of these obvious injustices, absolutely none of this will change. And, if people continue doing nothing, within a generation no one will even understand that these scenes are objectionable. That they don’t have to happen.

But you see, this is the most surprising part of the Milgram experiment. The one that everyone forgets. The experiment wasn’t run once or twice. It was run dozens of times, under all types of circumstances, and a remarkable fact was discovered: The way the experiment was set up determined the extent to which the participants obeyed their instructions. Sometimes the experiment was run so that one subject could watch other subjects participate in the study before they did. And in cases where the first subjects obeyed the psychologist and delivered the shocks, the later subjects would, too.

Yet—and here we get to the real lesson of the Milgram experiment—if the teacher saw other teachers disobey the psychologist and refuse to deliver the shocks, they would disobey, too.

PHILIP ZIMBARDO: Now I said he [Milgram] tested 1,000 subjects. In any one study, it’s only 50 or 60. But let’s look at the other 16 studies.

In each study, he varies one aspect of the social situation. We call that “experimental variations.” So in study 16, the percentage of people going to 450 volts is 91%. Nine out of 10 people go all the way. Why? In study 16, you come in and they say, “We’re running a little late. Why don’t you sit and wait until the other person finishes?” And you see a confederate looking like you go all the way to the end. In study number 5, only 10 percent go all the way. In study 5, you come in and you see people like you rebel.

That says we are powerful social models for other people. If you model evil behavior, it’s gonna spread to others. If you model good behavior, caring behavior, compassionate behavior, it’s gonna spread in a positive way.

SOURCE: The Lucifer Effect in Action: My Journey from Evil to Heroism

This is the surprising conclusion that has been scrubbed from most accounts of the Milgram experiment: Disobedience, once modeled, becomes an option in the mind of the public.

Remember this the next time you are at the security checkpoint: When you are asked to step into the body scanner, those behind you will be watching. Your choice will make a difference. When someone is being molested at a TSA pat-down and you are a witnessing it, those around you will be taking note of your reaction. Your behavior will affect theirs.

So, what choice will you make? Will you pass or fail this real-world Milgram experiment?

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  1. MaryD says:

    TSA screening = Sexual assault!

    I for one refuse to fly and allow myself to be groped by “order followers”. I choose to boycott that disgusting system. I feel sorry for those who do not have the courage to do the same.

    • Octium says:

      I think the effect of a boycott can be magnified if you write to all those unintended victims of your boycott and tell them why their business had been effected by the TSA.

      For example if you spend your holidays locally instead of flying interstate, write to the hotels, restaurants, museums, amusements parks and transport businesses etc that would have got you business had you flown and tell them the reason why your are not there.

  2. scpat says:

    Another interesting side of the human psychology involved in the TSA checks are the attitudes of the “agents” wearing their uniforms and badges. Some agents will treat the people they are screening with disrespect and will have a pompous attitude toward them. You must submit to them and grovel at their feet because they are an authority. The Standford Prison Experiment demonstrated this aspect of psychology.

  3. MaryD says:

    TSA screening = Sexual assault!
    I wonder how fast the airlines would force the government to halt the screening program if everyone boycotted flying for just one week.

    • Stronghorse says:

      I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the airlines to stand up to the feds. There was a “Sunset” clause in the original bill, and when the time came for it being mandatory expired, the airlines were supposed to be able to opt out. Some of the airlines wanted out of the system, and were willing to provide their own security.
      So the feds told them their FAA license would be revoked. Of course they decided to keep the TSA rather than lose their federal license.

  4. n4x5 says:

    Truthstream Media’s video from 2017 in the wake of the Las Vegas event discussing the specter of scanners in hotels. Trump, Michael Chertoff, Sheldon Adelson make an appearance, among others. The original video appears to have been scrubbed from YouTube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPpYilKQ1b4

  5. richard.tamm says:

    At the same time there is this aspect to the TSA agents, there is also this other story of the effects of these wireless machines they use causing them to get sick. They are also victims, and we all will be with the intro of 5G wireless. Please watch this video and comment on the dangers of 5G. Thanks!
    EX DHS EMPLOYEE REVEALS ALL IN THIS INTERVIEW ON THIS COMING TECHNOLOGY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=pheiufl6TCA

    • Octium says:

      Thanks for the link.

      Yes, I think many people are underestimating the danger of 5G, including the alternative media.

      If you liken the range of frequencies of visible light to notes played on a piano – the entire range of visible light would fit inside one octave (12 Keys).

      However the range of 5G frequencies covers 8 Octaves, the entire piano keyboard and more.

      Different notes on a piano have different affects on people, even though technically they are all sound waves – same goes with EM waves!

      The confusing part is that not every part of the band is going to be used in every part of the world all the time, or when the service starts up initially.

      It could be that some places get 5G with no problems and we end up having the mind controlled zombie march latter on down the track.

  6. Fawlty Towers says:

    I’m so glad you did this specific episode James!

    Because it really gets to the heart of 9/11 being an inside job and the complete sham that the whole TSA system is.

    One day I know I will shout out to all, during a TSA screening at an American airport this very fact:
    “9/11 was an inside job! This entire TSA screening system is a complete sham!”

    I avoid traveling to the U.S. whenever possible.

    Anytime I have to go through TSA screening, or any screening at non-U.S. airports (and I have enough time) I opt out of the full-body scanner.

    The security workers drag their feet and make me wait for my special treatment.
    I have no problems making a spectacle of myself so others will see and
    possibly also join in dissent.

    My behavior is due to a combination of my personality and knowledge about what happened on 9/11.

    I always look at the long TSA/security lines and say to myself, “What a joke and complete waste of time and money!”

    And no, I don’t feel any safer with their ‘security’ checks.

  7. HomeRemedySupply says:

    There are some profound aspects which Corbett points out in this video.
    It goes beyond the TSA.
    Corbett points out solutions against many injustices.

    QUOTES
    …Let’s repeat that. 65% of participants…were willing to deliver what they sincerely believed to be potentially fatal doses of electricity to random strangers simply because an authority figure assured them that it was necessary….

    (Being CONDITIONED, acclimated, as a society.)
    …So now let’s look at the TSA’s real role…running a giant, society-wide, real-world…obedience training.
    …And unless and until people stop doing nothing and start doing something in the face of these obvious injustices, absolutely none of this will change. And, if people continue doing nothing, within a generation no one will even understand that these scenes are objectionable.

    (What we can do about injustices.)
    …Yet—and here we get to the real lesson of the Milgram experiment—if the teacher saw other teachers disobey the psychologist and refuse to deliver the shocks, they would disobey, too…

    Your behavior will affect theirs.

    • Fawlty Towers says:

      Absolutely!
      I certainly got this point and it is spot on the money.

      I don’t think airports are the place to rally dissenters;
      organizing dissent in advance (an event reported by James) is the more
      prudent and savvy way to go about this.

      However we need to begin the process ASAP before it’s too late.

      They are bringing this ‘training’ to more and more venues each year.
      Sporting stadiums etc., any place with large crowds that can be checked, fondled, screened by machines etc.

      • namcc says:

        Hello! I have been a subscriber for a long time and do not often comment. I could not find a way to post except by reply via an existing comment. Sorry about that.

        I wish to comment generally here.

        I enjoyed the TSA video. Yet, what DO we DO folks? I don’t have a good answer. Will never forget my experience in the airport in Phoenix AZ. There was some sort of terrorist news going on that day and TV’s played video coverage with loud audio for hours and hours non-stop during my stay. You could not block it out, nor could you get away from it. It was intolerable. It was harassment pure and simple. I remember also there was a grown woman sobbing loudly during the screening machine process. She was exhausted and upset. I felt bad. I was confused what was going on.

        There was no way I was going to allow myself through the naked body scanner. I knew that. I had no idea WHAT I was going to do when my own TURN came up. The best I could do was screw up my stance 3X’s the man became frustrated with me, sent me for a pat down. I know. A weak defiance.

        The patdown was not as obscene as some images portrayed in the film. Worker was professional with a decent sense of humor,yet, I thought there was something so very wrong about what went on. This inhumane process. I wondered what I could/might have done instead while still getting my flight home? I remember I had a pounding pounding headache for hours after that evil experience.

        I don’t have a good answer……..Deciding not to fly all together forever is not a realistic option for many of us.

  8. Fawlty Towers says:

    An alternative to the in-your-face shouting to the TSA “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!” approach would be something a little more subtle, like wearing t-shirts with a slogan.

    Perhaps we could brainstorm here on something that would encapsulate everything James enunciated in this episode in just a few catchy words?

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Fawlty that’s a great idea. Marketing in the field is fun and rewarding when you start seeing the crowd respond positively. I wonder if Airports could be considered public space, and how far you could get in contact with the marks? A pamphlet , a dollar paid for a question, survey, exchange and leading the topic to the place where you got them. Fun in a place where some ham handed police can’t get to close to ruin it. Got to think out of the box where their training has no reference to respond.

      • Fawlty Towers says:

        If most airports are like Pearson International in Toronto then they are private entities, where they have their own police patrolling the grounds.

        Years ago, a group I belonged to staged a publicity event there (noise pollution) and we had to get approval beforehand from the airport authorities (GTAA).

        • generalbottlewasher says:

          This ought to be a no brainer. Just from my experience the travelers entering the airport are irate to the prospect of the degrading hurdle that awaits. Talking to people one morning in Geneva, they all were pissed at the ridiculous Americans who caused all this trouble. Needless to say the Swiss are a good model for a preboarding inspection. Dignified and anything but invasive. Here in the heartland I have not seen one person who sees any need for the TSA. So seems like an easy lift. Im going to check Monday with the Tulsa Airport Authority about travel market surveys at the front door.

          • Fawlty Towers says:

            Yes, given the potential number of sympathizers to this issue,
            I think it could be relatively easy to get something going in the way of a unifying marker of some kind to identify those ‘on the team’.

            It could catch on quickly and spread around the nation/world, so that people would be ready/willing to take some sort of collective action, at a moments notice.

            Like everyone refusing the full-body scanner and opting for a manual body inspection…

            Carefully worded surveys could also help to gauge support for the cause and enlist ‘team members’.

    • mkey says:

      The shirt could read “I didn’t bathe in a month due to privacy concerns”.

      • Fawlty Towers says:

        Thanks mkey.
        Humorous to us, but I don’t think the pubic at large would get the full message James was trying to convey.

        Here are some possible ideas that could be fleshed out (no pun intended):

        (T)it(S) ‘n (A)ss: Obedience Trainers and Molestors
        (T)it(S) ‘n (A)ss: Obedience Trainers and Predators

  9. n4x5 says:

    This apparently coincidentally just happened. Pretty sparse on details so far.
    Delays at Orlando airport after TSA agent jumps from hotel

  10. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Obedience to Authority Figures
    ANCEDOTE

    I work outside. Next to where I work is a sandwich shop where I go to use the restroom on occasion. I know the lady manager well, and sometimes we will chat outside over a cigarette.

    About 3 weeks ago, when I was over there, the manager told me, “We got robbed on Sunday.”
    My eyebrows go up. “What happened!? Did someone break in?”
    “No, …” She goes on to explain.

    Sunday is extremely slow for the sandwich place. One guy was there working. He gets a phone call. The caller says something like, “This is the District Manager for _____ SandwichShops. We have a security situation and I need you to follow my instructions right now….” (There actually is no regional manager, because this sandwich shop is an individually owned franchise. It has only the owner and the shop’s manager in directorship positions.)

    The caller tells the young employee to go to the safe, pull out all the cash, and also empty the register of all the cash. The employee is instructed to walk over to the nearby Target store and buy a cash card. The employee is instructed to immediately call back the District Manager with the card’s number codes so the cash can be transferred right away.

    The obedient employee did.
    After all, it was an authority who gave him instructions.

    Your comment is probably the same as my comment when I heard the story.
    My comment was the same as the Sandwich Shop’s Manager’s comment when she found out.

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Homey that’s rich! That would be the kind of stuff that I would present to a town hall. The anti-authoritarian message would spread like a flu bug. Is imagination relative to intent and could it be prosecuted? Probably. So lets don’t think along those lines, that is my impression around here. If you ask why around here you would be labeled. A very effective control mechanism and once installed hard to override. As your story indicates. Being observant and taking stock from Cecil Rhodes and locally Brother Raymond, I blame the Jesuits around here for indoctrinating children with a robotic obedience to authority. Big Oil is big private education. My favorite saying to what you described is ” where did you go to school to learn that?” Large forces locally in that way of obedience training.

  11. m.clare says:

    What would Gandhi do? Civil disobedience coupled with peaceful resistance.

    Next time I fly (going to visit Japan for the first time) I intend to sport a comically enormous dildo attachment under my Hudson’s Bay Dungarees. Frisk away, boys.

    Now… if ALL of us did likewise…

    • m.clare says:

      Better still, women wear the dildos while men wear prosthetic breasts. Consistent with mainstream indoctrination, it is my RIGHT to dress in accordance with my sexual identity.

      Fight Absurdity WITH Absurdity: Wear Your Freedom Phallus With Pride.

      It’s what Gandhi would have wanted.

    • Fawlty Towers says:

      You go girl!
      If I’d be there, I’d be cheering you on. 🙂

      I’d take a disposable whopper if I were you though.
      Chances are they will try to confiscate it on the grounds that
      it is a weapon of mass proportions.

      Do let us know how things go!

    • mkey says:

      How large are we talking about? Will you be shooting for a record?

      Iffy but not exactly vulgar content ahead.
      https://i.imgur.com/W81angW.jpg

    • senge says:

      Hey, great idea! Why don’t we really weird out the pat down agent by adding moaning and exploding in silly laughter when certain parts of the body are touched? (no, not the obvious ones)

      After the pad down is over, offer her/him a cigarette and ask “was it as good for you, as it was for me?”

      If only I had the courage…

  12. sTevo says:

    I’m resigned to going thru the scanner. I look better with my clothes on, so the scanner dude or dudette who sees my profile, or somewhat naked image, is not going to be impressed. They are probably so immune to seeing things that they would rather not see, that you almost have to pity them.

    While I agree with all points, I’m not going against the machine on this one. Trillions to one I will loose. But it’s is right and just for us little mice to fly the one finger sulute to the war hawks.

    As always, enjoyed listening and keep up the outstanding job.

    • AnimalsArentFood says:

      I have to wonder if a secondary purpose is deterring people from flying so that they won’t see other areas of the world for themselves; only through the lens of controlled media.
      I personally will never again fly anywhere as long as the TSA exists.

    • Fawlty Towers says:

      While I agree with all points, I’m not going against the machine on this one. Trillions to one I will loose. But it’s is right and just for us little mice to fly the one finger sulute to the war hawks.

      First of all, I highly recommend watching the video mentioned above by richard.tamm.

      “EX DHS EMPLOYEE REVEALS ALL IN THIS INTERVIEW ON THIS COMING
      TECHNOLOGY”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=pheiufl6TCA

      I discovered the video not by his link, but by a circuitous route.
      The woman who put it out, Dana Ashlie is to be commended for her work in this field (5G, scanners, wifi, cell phones etc.).

      She interviews a former TSA (tits and ass) employee and what she has to reveal is absolutely shocking. The video should be compulsory viewing for all Corbeteers!

      It’s more than just another “machine”. Much more.
      This is psychological conditioning at its worst.

      Most of the public don’t think twice about this “inconvenience”.
      More and more inconveniences will be foist upon us in the name
      of ‘national security’ in the future.

      I refuse to obey for a variety of reasons.

      First is the safety/health factor. Intuitively I knew not to trust these machines and the above video explains exactly why this is so.

      Second, is the ‘lemming conditioning’ that is inhumane.

      Third is the false pretense under which they are being utilized. It was explained to us that this heightened security is needed to prevent another 9/11 attack. Well there was no security breach at any airport on 9/11 !

  13. albus says:

    The Milgram experiments are startling, but I wouldn’t conflate it with the TSA who have about as much authority as a cashier at a store, with their faux badges and uniforms. I would imagine most people approach security checkpoints as a brief obstacle to getting on their flights, and are not so moved by their banality as to feel the need for protest. Indeed, the TSA has always been a debacle and enormous waste of money in it’s ineffectiveness and inefficiency, and I would hesitate to give them credit as a vehicle of public obedience. That said, I do find the ubiquity of security checkpoints in general to be disturbing, and I fear for the day when the public consciousness accepts them as a necessity for freedom and safety, and forgets a time before.

  14. zyxzevn says:

    Redacted tonight make fun of propaganda about Venezuela.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8nT_OD0MU

    I think that humor is a good way to counter propaganda,
    as many of the statements are absurd.

    Some funny political related images:

    How to solve economic problems:
    https://i.imgur.com/KHxTnAG.jpg

    We should exit vietnam
    https://i.imgur.com/blsUwAP.jpg

    Russians did it!!!!
    https://i.imgur.com/nQoUjUy.jpg

    Get all answers:
    https://i.imgur.com/gAtXDXn.jpg

    The problem with people:
    https://i.imgur.com/gMoqE.gif

    Complex but right
    https://i.imgur.com/pzBSVo1.jpg

    My gender:
    https://i.imgur.com/bVRo6zO.png

  15. laurey says:

    Gratitude, James.

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