The Unifying Thread

There is a unifying thread between the TSA and the drug war. The unifying thread? The search for contraband. You gave up the 4th Amendment to get at the dopers. And now that you are a suspect you have nothing to protect you. Because the 4th Amendment has already been torn down to make searching for contraband easier. And why was the 4th written? To make searching for contraband harder.


Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 11.21.10 at 10:17 PM


My dad died in 1990. But I remember when the Reagan urine testing got started and he said, "I'll be damned if I'd let them make me pee in a cup!" It was considered an outrage by many people at the time, yet they gradually softened after hearing repeated lectures about all the harm that would be prevented, the people who would be saved, etc.

Remember Secretary of State George Shultz?


"US president Ronald Reagan insisted that all members of his Cabinet would have to submit to a compulsory urine test. Secretary of State designate (at that stage) George Shultz told Reagan that if he didnít trust his proposed appointments sufficiently without the support of a negative urine test, then he should not appoint them. So Shultz became Secretary of State without the benefit of a urine test.


I would just love to hear the reaction of Thomas Jefferson to the idea that the government would be testing people's urine (much less groping their genitalia).

Yes, it started with drugs. It continues.


Eric Scheie   ·  November 21, 2010 11:26 PM


What a great comment. I linked it in my latest:

M. Simon   ·  November 22, 2010 1:15 AM

It's funny how often the old "camel's nose in the tent" people are correct.

Slippery slopes, they're not just for wackos anymore.

Veeshir   ·  November 22, 2010 10:27 AM

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