The Source Article
Paul Joseph Watson
September 26, 2012
This Thanksgiving, Infowars.com is giving thanks for the First Amendment, by getting back in the faces of those who are attempting to abuse their authority to silence free speech and in turn conceal flagrant abuses of our rights and our basic dignity – with the launch of the national Opt Out and Film campaign.
Of course, every week should be First Amendment week, but we’re picking one week in particular as part of a grass roots outreach that we hope will contribute towards putting the final nail in the coffin of what has come to represent the face of big government tyranny – the Transportation Security Administration.
In November 2010, the national opt out day was a huge success that generated massive media attention. The TSA was forced to mothball most of its radiation-firing body scanners for that one day in a desperate attempt to avoid embarrassment - a political act that proved the naked scanners had nothing whatsoever to do with genuine security concerns.
Now it has been confirmed that the TSA punishes people who opt out of the scanners by subjecting them to more invasive grope downs, it’s time to re-assert our dignity, and we’re going to do it using the First Amendment.
The TSA’s own website admits that it is not illegal to film TSA agents, just as it is not illegal to film police officers. However, there are innumerable examples of the TSA threatening travelers who either film them or who simply dare to display a “bad attitude” while they are being harassed.
So that’s precisely what we’re going to do. Every invasive pat down, every overbearing rude TSA screener, every act of humiliation metered out against the elderly and the disabled, every attempt to intimidate and coerce Americans into a form of obedience that strips them of their basic human dignity will be caught on camera.
The TSA’s policy on “enhanced pat downs” now includes literally touching and groping people’s genitals as part of the procedure – a policy top rape counselors have warned is triggering post traumatic stress disorder in rape victims.
If Americans can be trained to put up with this level of intrusion, they will accept anything.
By focusing our attention during Thanksgiving week on filming TSA pat down procedures and opting out of other ridiculous TSA policies such as “chat downs,” forcing travelers to “freeze” on command, or testing drinks purchased by travelers after they have already passed through security, we’re going to expose the federal agency for what it is – an insult to everything America is supposed to stand for.
Remember, this campaign is about shining a spotlight on the actions of the TSA not only in airports but in every other place where TSA goons have infested – from subways, to highways, to political events and even school prom nights - the imposition of ‘Checkpoint USA’ is upon us and it’s time to let the system know we will not be treated like prisoners in our own country.
Petty tyrants and the people whose orders they carry out behave differently when a camera is rolling and they are exposed to the glare of public attention.
With the Republicans making noises about defunding the TSA and the federal agency’s reputation already on the ropes as an increasing number of airports replace TSA workers with private screeners, now is a perfect opportunity to help torpedo this federal agency for good.
We will be bringing you more details and updates about this exciting campaign over the next two months as we approach Thanksgiving.
OPT OUT AND FILM WEEK!
(November 19th, 2012 – November 26th, 2012)
Opt Out of the Body Scanner and other Invasive TSA Procedures
Why Opt Out?
- Because the backscatter body scanners have been associated with an increased risk of cancer and millimeter wave body scanners are potentially damaging to cellular DNA.
- Because having TSA photograph your naked body is an invasion of privacy.
- Because the TSA have implemented other invasive procedures which serve to facilitate compliance rather than enhance security.
- Because TSA have repeatedly abused their power and violated travelers’ rights by touching their private parts.
- Filming the TSA holds them accountable and is a way to protect your human rights.
- Filming the TSA is perfectly legal!
WILL YOU OPT OUT AND FILM TODAY?
Visit the Facebook Group page for the national Opt Out and Film Week.
We encourage people who want to become involved in this campaign to create their own flyers and material to draw attention to this grass roots activist campaign.
Many thanks to Ashley Jessica who had the idea for the campaign and is helping with promotion and organization.