I’m writing this letter to you whilst throttling at a high rate
of speed somewhere beneath the English Channel en route to Paris.
My ultimate destination is actually Tunisia, where I will spend
the next few days on the ground checking out how the country has
fared since its revolution last year.
Granted, having spent the last several days in London, it would
have been much easier if I had simply flown from Heathrow airport
to Tunis… yet I’ve deliberately taken this much slower route.
Why? Because the British government is doing its damnedest to outdo
the US as the WORST place to travel in, out, and through in the
entire world. And if you plan on traveling, this is important information
In the UK, the government is in the process of installing body scanners
at all airports. And unlike in the US and the rest of Europe, you cannot
opt-out. If they tell you to go through the scanner, you have to go
through the scanner… or else you don’t fly.
On the Heathrow airport’s FAQ page, in fact, they say:
“If selected for body scanning, you will not be offered an
alternative method of screening. Refusal to be screened will result in you
not being allowed to travel. We appreciate that this may appear harsh,
but it is necessary in order to maintain security levels.”
That’s enough to make me never fly out of the country ever
again. Hence, the Chunnel route. I opted to hop the train to Paris and
spend a few extra hours traveling rather than be radiated by
some sociopathic bureaucracy.
Let’s be honest– transportation security is not security. It’s not even
a charade of security. It serves but one purpose: to make sure that all
the little people out there know exactly who’s in charge: the government.
Even at the train station, British policemen were patrolling the arcade
as if they were in downtown Kandahar, clad in all black commando uniforms,
combat boots, and loaded automatic weapons at the ready.
Security staff was fondling travelers (you still have to go
through metal detectors and pat downs), rifling through suitcases, and
barking commands at the mass of passengers with a piercing shrillness that
can only come with a false sense of superiority.
Again, this has nothing to do with security. It’s just programming… training
people to submit to authority, desensitizing them to further erosions of
freedom. Sometimes the tactics are blunt, sometimes far softer.
In the Netherlands, for example, the Dutch government’s efforts
to program its population shows true mastery of subtle propaganda.
At Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, they simply no longer use the term
‘body scanner.’ Body scanner has negative connotations; people think
about radiation, and that’s bad for morale.
“Security scanner” on the other hand, is a neutral term. Nobody
thinks about it hard enough to realize that a ‘security scanner’ is the
exact same machine as a body scanner. It’s just clever marketing.
The propaganda is full of images of good little citizens being radiated
by smiling security professionals… and parents happily looking on as their
children enter the chamber.
The Dutch government has further published an amazing piece of
work entitled “What
is being done to counter terrorism… and what can you do?” which lists
everyone from teachers to janitors to scientists as government spies who
snoop and eavesdrop on citizens. Later in the Q&A section, the brochure
asks, “Are we becoming a police state?” and then answers with “No. We must
be vigilant for safety’s sake…” Well, there it is. The government says
this isn’t a police state, it must be true. Crazy.
Friday, August 17, 2012
A list of my faves
- The Curious Cat Lives
- This Could Happen To You
- Girls Doing Men
- Alltop Oddities
- Herald Police Blotter
- My Man Mumbles
- Girl power at its finest
- Super cool T's
- Straight Talk