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Maybe the most interesting thing to come out, so far, from the “porno-scanner”/TSA-gropings controversy is this statement by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas: “You can’t provide perfect safety.”

Going on, Rep. Paul denied that it is “the government’s role . . . to provide safety.”

It isn’t; it’s to protect our rights. But here we’re being told that we go to the gate, we buy a ticket, and you’ve lost your right, you’ve sacrificed your right. Where did that come from? It’s about the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.

Rep. Paul has introduced legislation that would prohibit physical contact between TSA screeners and would-be airline passengers, and would prohibit taking images of people’s bodies using X-Rays, millimeter rays, etc..

Ron Paul sees all these new, invasive screening techniques as based on the idea that it is the government’s job to ensure airline invulnerability to terrorism, not the airlines’. He suggests putting the onus back on the airlines, who would likely be more respectful of their customers than the TSA is.

9/11/01 caught the airlines and the government with their pants down. Maybe the best solution to this security lapse isn’t to institute intrusions into our pants, or the kind of X-Ray vision scanners that boys used to be enticed with in the back of comic books.

There must be better ways.

Alas, government probably won’t find them. Which is why Ron Paul is on to something: It should be up to private enterprise.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor

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  3. Andrew Terhune says:

    As far as I’m concerned, they can scan away. I have nothing to hide.

  4. About time somebody has the guts to say just what common sense dictates is the truth. Thanks Congressman Paul, and thank you Mr. Jacob for passing his remarks on.

  5. MoreFreedom says:

    I think Bush lacked the wisdom to allow the airlines to provide security (given the government was preventing them from using profiling) and instead bowed to the government unions and statists and implemented the TSA. It was a big mistake. Instead they should have this security for all government employees and those entering government buildings. They, and their families, can be subjected to molestation. After all, it’s to protect them. But they should leave us alone.

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