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It's the stupidity, stupid.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
CBS reporter Peggy Fox taunts TSA protestor
Media Sheepledom: CBS reporter Peggy Fox
taunts TSA protester (exclusive)
The current scanning and pat down procedures being used to regiment Americans are for show, not security. They do not image internal body cavities, and they are used in lieu of actual intelligence about who is planning criminal or terrorist acts. Most tellingly, they were instituted after the Obama regime suffered an electoral revolt, and not after the underwear bomber or Times Square bomber raised public awareness of plots against our safety (and of the State's incompetence to ensure it).
So the logic is that no one is innocent until proven innocent, and all are suspects to be seized and searched, in violation of the 4th Amendment. TSArina Janet Napolitano's plans to scan and frisk people on trains, buses and at sports stadiums
is only the beginning. Anyone in a major city could be
building a dirty bomb. There will be daily home inspections.
And you will need a government permit and
clearance to live in DC or a state capitol.
It is the Road to Serfdom.
Each new abrogation of liberty provides the pretext for the next, since after all, we already allow this or that, so why not this next step too? And each disaster -- that will surely happen, since Napolitano and the Obama regime are both incompetent and unconcerned with any individual piece of livestock in the tax serf herd (as long as the whole herd produces enough meat) -- will justify further regimentation and executive power.
As is often the case, the press is more than willing to be
complicit, following government press releases and
attacking dissidents. Matt Welch at reason magazine has
provided a compendium of flaccid and quisling headlines
in the mainstream media. And Glen Greenwald at Salon
has pointed out the tendentiousness of Obama supporters
on the "left" who have decided to defend any Obama
policy, even when it is, as so many Obama policies are,
a metastasization of a Bush policy they were criticizing
only a few years ago.
I was witness to such an incident this week.
I am at National Airport watching 20-somethings protest against TSA and for the 4th Amendment prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures. Some of the protests or education outreach activites around the country (Philadelphia, SFO-San Francisco, BWI-Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Wichita) were organized by the Campaign for Liberty. The Reagan National leafletting was organized by C4L activist Steven Bierfeldt. (Steve was famously harassed by TSA last year for having a box of Ron Paul buttons and bumperstickers and the cash from selling them at some midwest convention when he attempted to board a plane to fly back home to the DC area.)
TSA or DHS or the airport has required that the protesters
get a permit, and did not issue them until 2:30 pm. Protester
is actually the wrong word; they are only permitted to leaflet.
Each leafleting protester must wear a green tag that
designates an area they can stand in to leaflet.
They are not allowed to be in even groups of two. I just
watched Fairfax, VA resident Brad Aefsky (not pictured in
this blog) be taunted by the local CBS reporter Peggy Fox
because "there was no protest" i.e. he was standing alone.
I watched him be interviewed by a series of reporters who
asked very boring questions. None of them seemed to see
the obvious story in front of them, the emptiness of
National Airport on a major travel day. But none of them
Until Ms. Fox. Ms. Fox did not realize he was required to
stand all by himself, and neither did I when she interviewed
him. But then, I am a blogger, not an Emmy award winning
TV blond who has covered local news from Miami to DC after
getting my BA in communications from VA Tech. But I did
manage to learn that about 20 minutes after she packed up
her camera crew. (Guess she was in a hurry to get
back to hubby Tom Horan in her suburban Virginia home. Ms. Fox taunted the protester she interviewed telling him "there is no right to privacy in the Constitution" and "you don't have to fly." So if you know her home address please publish it -- after all, this gal doesn't have to be a reporter does she?)
After her interview Ms. Fox then editorialized, telling Mr. Aefsky: "they are just trying to protect us;" "don't you go to the doctor and get examined," and, repeated a charge from one passer-by that using language critical of the TSA using words like or references to "groping" or "sexual assault" is (allegedly) offensive to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Her parting off-camera shots: Ms. Fox asked the 27 year old (male) anti-TSA leafletter "Have you ever been sexually assaulted?" and then said "Call me when you actually have a protest to cover."
CBS reporter Peggy Fox
PS In a cursory 5 minutes of googling I discovered that Peggy Fox did a story
on the Inaugural where she discusses the attendance of a Tom Horan WITHOUT