Border Patrol checkpoints aren’t always near the border. Some aren’t even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it’s an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.
A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. So they’ve begun their own monitoring — to inspect the process.
The monitors want the Arivaca checkpoint closed. They say it’s just one more sign of the permanent militarization of the border region. The Border Patrol says it has no plans to alter operations here.
The Transportation Safety Administration recently opened a new security model to the public. The agency says it wants to move away from a screening process that’s “one-size-fits-all.” Their answer: The Pre-check program. But what, exactly, are TSA officials checking?
Here’s an awkward question that may be urgent: Are we getting over 9.11? Will we ever? Do we want to?
My recent experience with TSA at IAH, George W. Bush Airport in Houston, Texas.
First they groped me for opting-out of the body-scanner, and then they false-positive alerted on me after the gloves they groped me with alarmed “explosives”.
Having been sexually assaulted by TSA before in the Miami Airport, I was concerned. I asked what they were going to do next, and they replied, “Something that’s going to make you want to leave the country.”
I repeatedly requested that the following procedure be done in public, for all of our interests, and they insisted on taking me into the private room. I stood firmly on the position that I would only leave the public view if the act were filmed by my wife.