Ron Paul wants to kill the TSA, which could end the careers of 500 puppies - latimes.com
The DHS is an unconstitutional Federal Agency, as well as a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which was put in place to prevent creation of a 'National Police Force' in the wake of abuses during the Reconstruction Era. DHS (and by extension, TSA) usurp State and Local Law Enforcement entities by unlawfully performing Police functions at the local level. I personally witnessed DHS agents doing STREET PATROLS at the last International Auto Show in Detroit. All of their LEGAL functions should be performed by the FBI, and in many cases are redundant of them. How does a massive NEW layer of bureaucracy add to National Security? In many cases, it HINDERS national security by politicizing valid security issues, at the same time forcing valid security-sharing functions to be 'filtered' through a vast, inefficient bureaucratic apparatus. But the real problem is that the DHS seems to be able to function ABOVE and OUTSIDE the law, rather than enforcing it. Just look at the operation of the TSA for guidance, where 'programs' and 'procedures' that are clearly illegal and unconstitutional (if performed by private citizens or entities) are not only kept in place, but are defended, expanded and given PRECEDENCE over valid civil rights issues!
Just because a Federal Agency has the power to do something does not make it legal, morally valid or even the right thing to do. Acceptance of this onerous Police-State fear-based mentality by the media and, by extension, the public at large will only lead us down the slippery slope to further encroachment on, corruption of and elimination of the very basic freedoms that made this country great. It is the same warped principle that we saw in Vietnam, where our Orwellian Masters declared 'We had to destroy the village in order to save it'. How illogical and twisted is it when our Government tells us we have to give up our rights in order to 'defend them'? Americans need to stand up for our rights, and stand up to the Federalist Bullies that are trying to turn us into a nation of docile Sheeple- unwilling to stand out from the flock and declare 'Enough!' If we fail to stand up and protect our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms, then our Children and Grandchildren will suffer, and never forget how their coward forbearers squandered the precious gift of freedom for a cheap (and false) sense of security!.
Thaddeus S. Kaczor, Jr.