Activism Is Neither Comfortable Nor Convenient

The widely publicized call by the head of the TSA NOT to cause slow downs by opting out of scanning at airports today is really the issue.  The only way for protest to work is for it to inconvenience a lot of people, including, but not limited to, the protesters.  If we put comfort above our rights, if we are afraid to cause anyone to be late or to call us names, as we have been doing, we lose our rights, as we have been doing.

No one who has stood in the cold rain holding a No Torture sign or camped in the 115 degree heat to protest the illegal, immoral US wars will ever say that these actions were comfortable nor convenient.  They were the right thing to do and I only wish many more of us were willing to give up comfort and convenience to save our country.

If you were planning on gumming up the works at an airport today, ONWARD.  Do it!  If you have decided to cancel airline travel, don’t back down!

There is ample evidence that the scanners are in place because high level officials and members of Congress have invested in the companies that make them.  These companies have also invested a lot of money in lobbying.

Matthew Harwood reports on TruthOut

The other large, full-body scanner manufacturer, Rapiscan, which makes backscatter X-ray machines, had the biggest name lobbying for them: former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. … Chertoff, however, never let either newspaper [NY Times and Washington Post in which he published op ed pieces advocating scanners] know that he was being paid by Rapiscan to endorse their products. According to Carney, Rapiscan also hired Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price (D-North Carolina), chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, another proponent of full-body scanners. Chertoff and Carr’s efforts worked. The TSA handed Rapiscan a $173 million contract.  Read the rest here 

You can read The Bizarre Tale of Graft and Sleazy Political Opportunism That Brought Us the ‘Porno Scanners’ here.

And, you can read TSA Gestapo Empire by Paul Craig Roberts here.

You can read the report by Diana Sweet: “Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years” here. 

Ted Rall has perhaps the most important thing to say in his article Why TSA Molesters Are Striking A Nerve that you can read here.  We have put comfort and convenience ahead of our rights and this is the result.

In another matter where protest may really make a difference, but which will not be convenient, there is the movement to take money out of the banks.  You can read about that here.  The article gives practical suggestions for how to prepare for what to do with your money once you withdraw it.

One way to make this less inconvenient is to put money in not for profit banking.  I have accounts in a credit union that is almost as convenient as commercial banking but is a not for profit concern.  Even if it had been much less convenient, I was no longer willing to support commercial banks.

If we do not take actions, we will see things grow worse and worse.  Will you risk some temporary discomfort and inconvenience or regret that you did not when you find, sooner than you may dream possible, that we are without any rights at all?

I urge you in the strongest way to take actions now.  If you want to let others know how it goes, this is a place to post about your actions.  “Together we can do this.”  We can save our country and pass it on to the next generations.

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