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TSA Creates 'Privileged Flyers' as Part of Larger Program
The Scoop on TSA Pre™ ... Hello out there in the blogosphere, I am Jonella. I work with Bob at TSA and in particular I work on a lot of the TSA Pre™ communications. Since the launch of TSA Pre™ last October, more than 750,000 travelers have received expedited screening and we've received lots of positive feedback and a few reoccurring questions or themes that I want to address and what better place than here on the TSA Blog! "Why is TSA Pre™ only open to a small, select group of passengers?" – TSA Official Blog
Dominant Social Theme: We are creating an uber-class of mobile people for security reasons. Don't worry about it.
Free-Market Analysis: Is the TSA's efforts to create a privileged "flying class" part of a larger elite strategy to create a group of entitled corporate and government workers?
We've written about this before in terms of "corporate cities" being developed in India and elsewhere. These experiments are being carried out in the developing world because they would arouse much suspicion in the West, but they are taking place.
Such cities are often created around one or two companies – plus government facilities, perhaps – and the resident receives security cards and clearances to enter and leave the city. The problem with such cities is that if the resident loses his or her job, then he also loses his transportation, shelter, social network, etc. You can see one of our articles here: Overpopulation Alarmism Gives Rise to Corporate 'Sustainable Cities'.
This is an unfortunate step up from being dependent on one's livelihood for a single occupation. In this case, the job means virtually everything and losing it means one's entire life is virtually stripped away.
Such efforts are ongoing, however, around the world, often described on dedicated websites in the most glowing terms. We would tend to believe such trends are not mere aberrations but are being organized by elites that seek one world government.
There is evidently and obviously a power elite that is funded via their control of central banking around the world. They not only seek global governance, they apparently also want to organize the world in certain ways.
They seek a system, it seems, in which a handful of "chosen ones" work directly with them while other government workers and knowledge workers also receive special benefits and privileges. Within this context, we can perhaps place the TSA's attempts at creating a privileged class of pre-approved flyers.
Such a privileged class is supposed to be seen as a natural outgrowth of 9/11 and subsequent security measures. But there is considerable question about the 9/11 narrative and, in any case, searching everyone's shoes on their way to boarding a plane doesn't seem to us to be a very logical response, no matter how it's justified.
From our admittedly suspicious perspective, the TSA is merely an extension of this globalist urge to create a rigidly organized one-world society. We're fairly sure that it is not going to stop at airports. Sooner or later people will be searched at sporting events, concerts, etc.
It is not at this point hard to imagine that in the US and even in Europe internal passports will be introduced for purposes of "security." Within this paradigm, the "privileged passenger" would become the "privileged traveler" – able to travel around (and into security-heavy buildings) without being subject to the inconveniences of ordinary civilian interactions.
In a sense, then, the privileged traveler effort now underway at the TSA is fraught with consequences that have a much larger import. For the elites that seek a certain type of world, the TSA's activities – no matter how ludicrous in the short term – have a longer-term beneficial impact.
They are organizing people, and expectations, in a certain way. Here's some more from the TSA blog:
TSA Pre™, as with our other risk-based initiatives, is based on the premise that most passengers do not pose a risk to security. Acting on that premise, we looked for pre-existing traveler databases we could utilize to test our ability to identify low-risk passengers. U.S. airlines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have populations of travelers who have already provided details about themselves and both were willing to partner with TSA to offer TSA Pre™ benefits to their populations as part of our initial test of the expedited screening concept.
We are actively looking for ways to include more populations in some of the risk-based screening initiatives. For example, we recently added active duty U.S. service members to the TSA Pre™ population. We are starting their eligibility for those traveling out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with plans of expanding this particular initiative to other airports in the future through our partnership with the Department of Defense.
Frequent flyers contacted by aircraft operators do not incur a fee to participate in TSA Pre™. Currently, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are participating in TSA Pre™ and operating out of 12 airports and both continue to offer eligible passengers the opportunity to opt in. US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which will join TSA Pr?™ in the coming months, are also contacting eligible passengers to invite them to opt in. JetBlue is expected to join later this year. So, if you are a frequent flyer with any one of these airlines, check your email and be sure to opt in so you can participate.
Another option for passengers is to join one of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs. TSA's partnership with CBP automatically qualifies U.S. citizens who are members of Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS for participation in TSA Pre™ - at no additional cost. People who are not current members of those programs can apply anytime to get the dual benefit of Global Entry for international travel and TSA Pre™ for domestic travel. Global Entry charges $100, and membership is good for five years. The cost to join NEXUS is about half as much and also applies for five years.
It's actually hard to keep track of all the ramifications. In the above quoted material we can see that the first people enrolled in the trusted traveler program are employed by the US military. And the program is located in Washington, DC to begin with.
One has the random thought that such a program could easily involve suspicious speech. One could find one's travel privilege revoked (or travel at least made a good deal more tedious) if one made a politically incorrect statement to the wrong people. (And, yes, this is already happening via the "no fly" facility.) The possibilities are endless ... and ominous.
The TSA's chirpy approach to blogging not withstanding, the policies being developed and rolled out under the guise of "security" are in line with the development of an authoritarian state.
These programs set policy not only for the US but also for the West and even for developing countries. As they are part of a larger power elite globalist agenda, in our view, their dislodgement will only come after considerable energy and hard work, if then.
Conclusion: What seems ludicrous to most people who believe in a modicum of freedom and civil society is perfectly logical to those who do not care about appearances but are interested in creating programs and policies for a future society that will look a good deal different than this one.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 04/19/12 08:28 AM
We plead not guilty to that Chargex. We, in ARG MetaPhoria, are currently showing everyone what to do to get ourselves out of this financial mess . . . showing the people what to do in such a confusing manner that those that would maintain confusion on the true simple source of a money supply see nothing and move along.
We move so slowly, it seems like we are stopped!
Currently, we are floating over Dalkey, Ireland, home of the finest lenticular printing in the world (in my humble opinion.)
Osh Kosh, Oh My Gosh! . . . Difficult and pointless to counterfeit . . . company coupon money. Joyous flashy stuff!
What we are doing is perfectly moral, ethical, and legal (legal in the 'arbitrary' or "contrived" law as well as common law sense of the word.)
We're doing it for the thrill, and we're going in . . . check in later tonight to see what just didn't happen . . .
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Posted by amanfromMars on 04/19/12 04:20 AM
And furthermore, and especially so also in the fun and games of futures and derivatives zeroday trading, that is how both the crooked saint and the saintly crook and their flocks achieve paper title to physical world riches at zero real expense, for everything has been reduced to electronic transactions and credit transfers, which are then by reason of insanity and for no other perceivable great purpose than to create primitive ignorant conflicts and successive arrogant mayhems, is the easily created paper bounty totalled and tallied as an unpayable debt to be heaped upon everyone else as a diabolical burden ….. to try and create an exclusive power elite with such a simple artificial control over the human hordes.
And boy oh boy, are they gonna fix that abomination and perverse anomaly with a vengeance, or what? Well, wouldn't you, if you were deliberated enslaved to server a system which stole everything from you for the greater leisure and pleasure of themselves?
Or have you never ever thought about it and what IT has discovered about that and is sharing for free everywhere with everyone.
What's wrong? Has the cat of nine tails gotten DB readers' and commentators' tongues and extraordinarily rendered y'all speechless on such a simply complex matter/such simply complex matters?
"The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it." - John Kenneth Galbraith
"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." - Herbert Spencer
ARE YOU GUILTY OF BEING COMPLICIT IN CREATING WORLDS FULL OF FOOLS?
Posted by amanfromMars on 04/18/12 01:41 PM
IT aint rocket science, is it?
Posted by amanfromMars on 04/18/12 01:31 PM
Oh, and it can be further simplified yet again, should they agree to accept one of those magic plastic cards which are always charged with more than enough for their every need, even should their needs be fed from the extravagant ends of available scales.
Then is the power shared, with the onus on both parties being to deliver what is required and ideally in their best, mutual beneficial interest, for a failure to deliver will trigger a default punitive action.
Posted by amanfromMars on 04/18/12 01:21 PM
What you have not recognised in that which you have posted, is that both Power and Money are trumped and/or delivered by intelligence and thus is a smart being with a demonstrably greater intelligence, able and/or enabled to "trouble" a system which considers itself untouchable and in absolute control [and let us not get bogged down in arguing about that being a delusional aspiration and fantasy situation, for it may very well not be for smarter beings with demonstrably greater than normal human intelligences] is that which is what one should be engaging with.
However, even that task for an elitist system, or an awakening mass movement being educated on how things are powered and controlled on a global basis to entrap and dominate them, is probably not necessary for them to consider, as to speed things along, lest the system and the masses not be nearly smart enough to recognise the dangers and troubles it faces and have no viable solutions to offer, would any smarter being worthy of the moniker first freely offer their services before contemplating the ease with which they will cause system administration havoc and collapse with CHAOS.
And it is a very simple thing to remember, and something which always works remarkably well ... ... . Give any smart being what they want and you will control them as they control and enable you to continue giving them what they want. Only fools destroy anything rather than constructing and recycling everything to create a Brave New Orderly World. And if they would only want fiat money, is that a double whammy of incredible great fortune, for it never ever leaves the system, does it, and whenever it is being spent, does it create industry and pleasure ... . just like magic.
Posted by gutfeeling on 04/17/12 03:36 AM
This ties in exactly with what filmmaker Aaron Russo said that Nick Rockefeller told him. That the aim of the elites was to have everyone microchipped, and that the elites would have a 'KMA' ("Kiss My Ass" as Nick Rockefeller was alleged to have said) marker on their microchips which would mean the authorities would have to leave them alone.
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Posted by kenn on 04/17/12 12:15 AM
Two things these people (for lack of a proper name) respond to.
Since we don't have the power we need to go to #2.
Don't fly unless you positively, absolutely, downright have to...
Don't go to the games, theaters or anywhere they try to assert their counterfeit authority not to mention their dirt dumb stupidity...
Posted by rhondabear49 on 04/16/12 11:57 PM
The problem with special clearance is that it is more class warfare. A moderate fee in your view is not so moderate to those less fortunate. It will create decension. I believe that all laws should apply to everyone equally, from the ditch digger to the POTUS. What we need to do is fight back against the unconstitutionality of the TSA or it's going to spread to all areas of our lives.
Posted by dimitri on 04/16/12 02:03 PM
The "corporate city" is basically the way society is structured in "Hunger Games." Predictive art/fiction no more. Just reality.
Posted by Friend_of_John_Galt on 04/16/12 01:45 PM
There are questions about TSA practices that are outside the "corporate, sustainable cities" issue that DB raises. While the "company town" issue is a concern, it isn't really a key issue within the mess that is TSA.
TSA spends most of its time following stupid rules (is that 4.5 oz of liquid (OK) or 6 oz, (Not OK)?, etc.) This does not create the travel safety that most people want, despite the appearance of a great deal of on scene drama. (My 2.5" pocket knife hooked to my keychain was confiscated -- as if the nail file, tiny scissors, or even the cutting blade represented any real risk of my overcoming cabin staff, other passengers, and then breeching the locked, hardened flight deck door. This is pure insanity that even the former administrator (during the Bush administration) of the TSA admits. Indeed, he even suggested that allowing box cutters onboard would not be a risk, now that flight crews are behind strong, locked doors.
Then there is the enormous waste of time required for passing through security (to say nothing about the 4th amendment violations involved). If you fly, why is it assumed that you must give up your rights?
In my case, I worked as a private employee of a contractor to a Federal agency. I was required, as a condition of employment, to obtain a "secret" clearance, which was granted. Eventually, I was put in charge of the "secret safe" for the division within which I worked. I was entrusted with (presumably) vital secrets of the United States, yet I am not allowed to get on an airplane without screening and intrusive searches. (On one occasion, I had allowed foil from a package of mints to accumulate in a pocket (rather than litter the floor with the wrappings) -- it set off the metal detector and I was thoroughly searched (eventually finding the wrappings). Yet with a background check it is obvious that I'm among the least likely to represent a threat to travel safety.
As a result of this massive waste of my time, I no longer travel by air unless the trip is absolutely necessary. I now do my pleasure travel via RV.
Clearly, there are many travelers who could be eliminated from the pool of "potential danger" in airline travel. Those who have not previously had security clearances for other purposes, my be charged a moderate fee for having a background check, as that seems reasonable. (I recall my employer mentioning payment of $200 for my security clearance -- billed back to the Federal government.) Suitable ID cards with biometric information embedded would help ensure reliable identification (and reduce the potential for counterfeiting).
Once these travelers were removed from the "high danger pool" (perhaps with a random security check to ensure quality control), then TSA officers could focus on the undocumented travelers and use other non-inspection means to further focus on those who might represent the maximum risk.
Of course, a better solution would be to remove the TSA from providing airline/airport security -- rather return that to the private sector who would be expected to focus on the results rather than the methods, as the TSA wastes so much time with today.
Posted by Bluebird on 04/16/12 01:36 PM
Well now, doesn't she just make you want to giggle with glee? Such great people doing such a wonderful thing for us little folk! You gotta love em, right? Gosh, I hope I don't go blind checking my emails every little bit looking for my special invite. I hate to disappoint, but I wouldn't fly if they were paying me and passing out green stamps.
I believe the Daily Bell is correct in their analysis. Looking more like 1984 every day, isn't it. Wow.
Posted by elray on 04/16/12 01:19 PM
Brick by Brick the walls are being built.
One by one the chosen are allowed in, to be protected from the rabble.
I hope you are all where you want to be --- Now --- before the doors are closed.
If we follow the elite mems outlined here in the DB, we are in for a long and tortuous ride.
Best case, ever greater civil unrest.
Worst case, Rome on a Gobal scale.
Or am I being too optimistic.
Posted by kdervin on 04/16/12 12:58 PM
Those corporate cities are the new, improved versions of company towns in late 19th century America, e.g. Pullman in Chicago. You got paid in company script, had to shop at the company store, lived in company housing - and strangely enough, never able to save money to get ahead.