Let me be sure I have the facts straight:
☑ I've honorably served my country in the USMC (injured in the line of duty even).
☑ I have NO criminal background.
☑ I have NO questionable affiliations (I'm not even religious).
☑ I'm about as low-profile as someone could be in the context the TSA is concerned about (35 yo, middle-class, white male, married with 3 children).
☑ I pay considerable taxes to to my government who uses all of them (and borrowed money) to fund the never-ending "fight against terrorism".
☑ Those taxes now Pay TSA to harass me at the airport; a federal organization that goes against virtually everything this country stands for and in a non-government facility at that.
☑ Now I pay again to have the government confirm that they know who I am (prints, dna, identity are all federal property already as I'm an active military veteran) and get this new federal ID number that confirms the US has validated all the above facts and I imagine this access could be invalidated at any time (should I be writing this?).
How is this not wrong in every sense? If any group (if not most everyone) in the country should have been exempt from the start, isn't it disabled veterans of the US military?!
Given the inconsistency I've seen at the scanners (I fly EVERY week and they NEVER follow full protocol; NEVER), it's not like there's any real security from the most dangerous types anyway.
The one good thing I can say is that the approval process was FAR easier and faster than I expected, but that's not saying much considering that I've had security clearance and background checks before and am about as qualified as a [now] civilian could be.
At least now I don't have to take my shoes off or my multiple laptops out when flying.
So let's open the full can of worms here. How do you feel about the TSA screening process? #outraged #relieved #confused #policestate #wheresthefreedomIfoughtfor #veterans