Poll: One-Third of Americans Would Accept Cavity Searches By TSA

In past columns, I have lamented how our government has not only stripped away core civil liberties from citizens, but that citizens have become increasing passive and accepting of the loss of such freedoms. A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive offers a particularly chilling measure of just how passive and accepting citizens have become to the new realities of our internal security system. The poll found almost one third of American adults would accept a “TSA body cavity search” in order to fly. Moreover a majority believes that it is reasonable to criminalize the act of disobeying any TSA agent.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Infowars from November 5-7 among 2059 American adults. People were asked: “Given the recent reports concerning the threat posed by terrorists who plan to implant bombs within their own bodies, how willing, if at all, would you be to undergo a TSA body cavity search in order to fly?” Thirty percent said yes.

Notably, the Supreme Court recently gave prisons and jails virtually carte blanche to conduct strip searches on anyone who have been arrested and jailed in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, 566 U.S. ___ (2012). In a 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that officials may strip-search individuals who have been arrested for any crime before they are simply put in a cell, even minor offenses. The dissenting justices noted that a recent study conducted in New York under the supervision of federal courts found that out of 23,000 people searched, only one inmate had hidden contraband in his body in a way that would have avoided detection by x-ray and a pat-down. That did not matter to the majority which stripped away protections for citizens, even those arrested for the most minor offenses.

Decisions like Florence are part of a broader erosion of expectations in our society. Citizens are becoming used to government intrusions and searches.

Citizens now treat security officials as naturally posing unchecked authority over their lives. Almost 60 percent found that a law allowing for the arrest of citizens would be appropriate if they disobey any order by a TSA agent.

The fact is that there has always been a sizable group of Americans who accept and even relish a dominance by authority. There are some who simply favor more authoritarian measures and readily embrace the loss of freedoms. However, if accurate, this poll is a chilling measure of the erosion of the expectations of privacy and rights by average Americans in the expanding internal security state.

Source: Infowars

130 thoughts on “Poll: One-Third of Americans Would Accept Cavity Searches By TSA”

  1. We so often hear that flying is a privilege, not a right.
    US Code Section 40103
    A citizen of the United States has a pubic right – yes, right – of transit through navigable airspace.

  2. Idealist, seems that part of the thread long gone about the implanting but I was reminded of many years ago when I was evaluated for the trigeminal neuralgia, As you may know any touch at all, even that if a slight breeze or wisp of hair can trigger horrendous unmitigated pain.
    The doctor evaluarting me was an eye doc with a germanic or austrian accent. He touched me, triggered my pain, then looked at the nurse. “This is how you do torture, you make it so all you have to do is touch them.”
    Chilling at the time, chilling still, and worse if someone like him is at the helm of companies that make implanted devices.

  3. Kay,

    If you included more than two links, your comments automatically go to moderation. There are four words that trigger moderation as well (f*ck, b*tch, b*stard and a**hole). If none of those are an issue, then WordPress my have misfired on the spam and/or moderation filters (it happens from time to time) or simply eaten the post (it simply sent it to limbo, which also happens from time to time).

  4. Florida certifies victory for House newcomer Patrick Murphy (D) against incumbent Rep. Allen West (R)

  5. idealist707 1, November 10, 2012 at 11:44 am


    Not only you but LeeJCarrol and I beiieve in the possibilities of advnced nanotech on cell level. I put forward your bacterial symbiosis as a possible factor in stimulating and guiding the growth of nerve cells in the brain from implanted electronics to target cells which might be useed benignly or malignantly. We are dependent on you to watch the bacterial world for developments.

    OK? Was tired and more so now.. Naptime.
    My research indicates that we only know the slightest about microbes at this point.

    There are millions of species of them that we know nothing about.

    I would call for a moratorium on any technology until we graduate thousands of microbiologists to become informed of that vast realm.

    I say that because I am informed by microbiologists that we know of way less than 1% of the total species within their ancient realm.

    What we know is that the vast majority of them are human friendly at a minimum, and at a maximum we could not exist without the friendly symbiont types that make up about 99% of the whole realm.

    But we can, as we study them, formulate hypotheses that must stand the test of time as we move along in the sure-to-be long lasting research.

    Bonnie already has discovered their language along with many words in that language (Microbial Hermeneutics – 2).

    Our antibiotics heretofore are hick shotguns shooting at noises in the dark, so that whole realm of medicine can be improved to be focused only on the renegades among them.

    Many, if not all, of the parasitic pathogen microbes that harm us, in my opinion, were damaged by the K-T Boundary Extinction Event, and have not recovered from that trauma (see Are Microbes The Origin of PTSD?).

    I suggest that we do some repair at the level you suggested, AFTER we fully and competently assess that entire realm of life first.

  6. I don’t think there is much of a movement on the left these days. Most progressives remain part of Obama’s coalition…. women, minorities lbgtq and young people.

  7. Elections 2012
    Green Party
    Jill Stein

    Election Day has come and gone, but official certified vote tallies may not be in for weeks, but early results totals have been cited on Green Party Watch. According to these early tallies, in the 38 states where Jill Stein was on the ballot, she took between 0.2 percent and 1.3 percent of the vote by state.

    1. “According to these early tallies, in the 38 states where Jill Stein was on the ballot, she took between 0.2 percent and 1.3 percent of the vote by state.”


      Stunning. The Establishment is no doubt quaking in their boots. That sure taught them a lesson.

      As a contrast Eugene V. Debs, who founded the Social Democratic Party and ran for President as a Socialist had these results:

      “In his showing in the 1904 election, Debs received 402,810 votes, which was 2.98% of the popular vote. Debs received no electoral votes, and, with vice presidential candidate Benjamin Hanford, ultimately finished third overall.[16] In the 1908 election, Debs again ran on the same ticket as Benjamin Hanford. While receiving a slightly higher number of votes in the popular vote, 420,852, he received 2.83% of the popular vote. Again Debs received no electoral votes.[17] Debs received 5.99% of the popular vote (a total of 901,551 votes) in 1912, while his total of 913,693 votes in the 1920 campaign remains the all-time high for a Socialist Party candidate.[18] Running alongside Emil Seidel, Debs again received no electoral votes”

      The difference with Debs though was that he knew how to organize and also that many of his campaign planks were later to become law.

  8. MikeS, “It is all well and good to hate Obama’s national security policies, but the fact is that from his own statements Romney’s own positions would go further than Obama’s. This was underscored by the fact that his foreign policy and security advisers were all former G.W. Bush insiders. ”

    Obama doesn’t need Bush insiders to go further than Bush. He already invaded Pakistan and Yemen without looking for an ok from Congress or the UN. His use of drones has escalated exponentially, his use of warrantless wiretaps has escalated exponentially, his prosecution of whistleblowers has escalated exponential, his persecution of journalists has escalated exponentially, his deportation of undocumented aliens has escalated exponentially. He signed the NDAA, he has a kill list. Need I go on?

    B/c of people on the left would who scream bloody murder if Bush or Romney did this, Obama gets away with it.

  9. Anonanon,

    I have a specific instance case where the guy broke out a window at the courthouse the first old snap in October. He got six months which was the maximum for this crime. He did it for three hots and a cot…..

  10. feemeister

    I’ve read about people committing crimes so that they can go to jail for a warm place to sleep and medical care. The best is supposed to be federal prison and the best way to get get there is supposed to be robbing a bank, I guess a federally chartered bank.

    It’s not funny at all.

  11. Here’s my part that was not off topic from last night (if this works now):
    Here’s some of the lovely TSA programs for our protection from all the terrorists in the street of the USA


    According to the following article, there were 9300 non announced TSA searches last year, which they are expanding on this year. Probably the VIPR searches that lottakatz mentioned above


    I asked two people who go to football games if they would have a problem being searched by the TSA before entering. Both of them said ”No, it will keep us safer!” Of COURSE I asked them had they not felt safe at football games before (and if they didn’t why did they GO to them), but all I got were eyerolls!

  12. sling, that was it; I think there were 3. I’ll repost it in segments! Thanks ya’ll!

Comments are closed.