Interpretations:I Can Help The Next In Line
Police brutality[edit | edit source]
I hear this as smart, sharp commentary on the notion that the police are there to "serve and protect"--it's been clear for a long time now that their service is not the customer service sort, and especially clear since the Ferguson protests erupted in August of last year. In theory, the cops are there to help, and they often complain about how much of their time is taken up with slow boring administrative work that doesn't feel very different from slow boring customer service work. But you don't expect a customer service agent to be armed with a lethal weapon and empowered to deal aggressively with someone just because they don't like that person's tone.
So yeah, the juxtaposition of "I can help" and "show me your ID" and "let's take this outside" feels weird and jarring, but that's the weird jarring juxaposition we live with every day in the form of law enforcement. TMBG is just putting it where it's easy to see. --Rosefox, 2015-04-27
TSA[edit | edit source]
"Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual, and putting terror in every heart." -Justice Robert Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, 1949
Many who have flown in the years following 9/11 has heard the lines in this song proudly stated by the employees of both the airlines and the federal government. When we step into the airports, we are no longer part of a customer service industry, but (and keeping this short to avoid it being a TSA rant) rather a world of unrestrained abuse that continues unfettered by our own inaction.
John Pistole, who heads the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), posted an op-ed in USA Today on August 17, 2012 in an attempt to shore up support for and justify the existence of his “behavior detection” program...
Pistole: “While deterrence is an important outcome of TSA’s security protocols and initiatives, it is also difficult to measure. But when security measures deter a would-be terrorist from attempting to carry out a planned attack, we have succeeded.”
In other words, “we know we haven’t found any terrorists, but please continue to allow us to violate the constitutional rights of travelers.” --http://tsanewsblog.com/5150/news/behavior-detection-still-a-bad-idea/
Yes, even at the time of this posting, reports of abuse by the agency is still published, still covered up, and worse, still accepted by the travelling nation as a whole. Posted by Trish24 • I may never fly again and I am serious thank you TSA. I was TSA prechecked but my hands got wanded and supposedly something showed up. My carryons were totally dumped out including my wallet. I was taken to a room for full pat down..breast, groin they reached inside my pants...degrading, humiliating and frightening..I am a 63 year old woman with high blood pressure they are lucky I didn't stroke out! As I tried o repack my carryons and tuck in my shirt I heard the agents state that I was the fifth false positive that morning and they knew the wand was defective. Not going back to RSA Fort Meyers!
Partial repost of a thread started at Reddit: ...She was required to be taken to private screening. Where she was told that she is officially "detained". She was told that her genitals had to be stroked several times as a more intensive pat down.
She requested a phone call and a lawyer, but it was denied. She asked for a police officer. The TSA officer said that all the requests and questions are considered threats. The police officer finally came and said she "didn't want to deal with bullshit" and told my wife she must either be patted down or go to jail. My wife was not allowed to leave the airport any other way. She finally submitted to the pat down. She asked what set of the scanner, but the TSA refused to give an answer.
So, if I may...I can help the next in line :)
-Typical Bacchus 13:23, March 18, 2016