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Libertarians Consider TSA Scans A Greater Violation than Burqa Subjugation

Posted on November 16 2010 10:00 am
A life-long conservative Reagan Girl and conservative feminist, Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Lisa is a staunch, unapologetic, Christian supporter and defender of Israel, who considers herself a spiritual Jew. Lisa resides in CT with her family and assortment of rescued pets.

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Americans have become subject to Peeping Tom airport X-ray scanners and full body groping.  New TSA rules claim to prevent terrorists from blowing up airports and planes, but scanners won’t protect America from another 9/11. They will, however, violate travelers’ Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in their persons.

Americans should be up in arms over Superman X-ray vision machines: TSA scanners see the naked body through clothing.  Libertarians at Lew rightly condemn this unconstitutional violation, because, if one rejects full-body scans, one must be subjected to full body gropings many liken to rape.  You won’t find conservative feminists like me disagreeing with that analysis.  However, one Rockwell libertarian gallingly considers full-body scans more of a  liberty infringement than Islamic burqas forcibly covering Muslim women from head-to-toe, never allowing Muslim women to be seen by any eyes.

Lew Rockwellians consider invasive scanners unconstitutional.  Covering Muslim women in burqas is harmless compared to TSA scans.  But both are violations: one abuses every person’s body and privacy; the other infringes women’s human and civil rights through Islamic slavery of women.  Both should be condemned as abusively robbing freedom.

According to a column by William Norman Grigg at, the enslaving head-to-toe burqa is not as bad as Peeping Tom airport scans:

A small but passionate segment of the population is sick with worry over the incalculably small possibility that Muslims may someday force their daughters to wear burqas, yet indifferent to the fact that those same daughters can’t board a commercial flight without being virtually strip-searched or physically molested by a TSA functionary.

Grigg is correct, full body scans are unethical.  Covering women under sheets is equally unethical.

Grigg can relax.  Muslim women can board commercial flights without “virtual strip-searches,” and they won’t be “molested” by TSA gropers either, as NewsReal Blog’s Lori Ziganto explains.  The TSA does not target Muslims:

Surely, you’d think, this wouldn’t be done randomly, but would rather be a targeted measure.  And, you’d also think, certainly the absolutely random subjection of children to such ‘pat-downs’ wouldn’t occur. Well, you’d be wrong on both counts.  Of course this isn’t targeted—that would be too profile-y and stuff!  Because, tolerance.  Or something.  You see, because we must tolerate those who wish to kill us, we cannot offend them. We cannot be perceived to be singling out a certain group. We must, therefore, waste time and resources using terrorism countermeasures against, you know, NON-terrorists. And we are to pretend that 90-year-old grandmas from Nebraska flew planes into buildings on September 11th.  Or that three-year-old girls strapped bombs to their shoes or in their underwear.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch reports that CAIR demands only non-Muslims be violated by TSA scanners, forbidding Muslim women from being scanned and strip-searched:

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