STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Propaganda Helps Push More Toward TSA Tracking Program
By Daily Bell Staff - May 17, 2016

Five questions about extremely long airport security lines Scott Mayerowitz … Already faced with lines that snake through terminals out to the curb, fliers are bracing for long waits at security in the busy months of July and August. Some major airports are currently seeing wait times exceeding 90 minutes at peak hours.  Here’s a look at the problem and what travelers should expect.  –USA Today

The entire US mainstream media is not able to remain coherent regarding the “extremely long airport security lines” that have received so much attention recently.

There is still NO reporting on the obvious reality of what has occurred:

What’s that? That Homeland Security has created an airport disaster and caused tens of thousands to miss flights in order to force people into its PreCheck program.

We explained this several days ago in an article entitled, “Homeland Security Creates Travel Havoc to Force People Into PreCheck Programs.”

It pointed out that the PreCheck program, according to the TSA and Homeland, was not a success.

It also pointed out that the TSA has been embarked on a process to make airline check-ins more rigorous.

We quoted Travel Weekly:

The confluence of events leading up to this point started last year when a TSA internal investigation revealed security failures at many of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators smuggled weapons through checkpoints in 95% of trials.

This caused the TSA to tighten screening methods and stop procedures that helped facilitate the faster flow of passengers, such as allowing TSA officers to use their judgment in moving certain people, such as families with children or the elderly, into the PreCheck lines.

And we pointed out The TSA and Homeland must have known that wait times would rise with more rigorous screening.

These are important points but you won’t find them in most of the millions of words being written by this sudden airport, wait-time crisis.

You could understand the lack of information in the initial article. But here is week #2 of coverage and if anything the propaganda and missing information has grown worse.

Over the weekend and into Monday, PreCheck boosterism became even more blatant if that were possible.

Here is one recent article from USA Today entitled “What is TSA’s PreCheck expedited screening program?”

The article takes the form of a Q and A  but never once touches on the idea that the current disastrous wait-times are purposeful.

Q: Why are the waits so long?  A: More people are flying, thanks to a mix of a strong economy, more flights and lower fares thanks to cheaper oil. At the same time, the Transportation Security Administration and Congress cut the number screeners by 10 percent on expectations that an expedited screening program called PreCheck would speed up the lines.

However, not enough people enrolled. The TSA had been randomly placing passengers into the faster PreCheck lanes but that stopped in the fall after government auditors found lapses in security.

We can see the article mentions PreCheck right away. And it also provides reasons for the expanding lines.

But the article doesn’t tell the truth about those wait lines. It never explains that the wait-lines are part of a conscious policy implemented by Homeland Security.

In just a relatively few sentences, the article tells a lie and leaves out its most important point.

A recent article posted at a local NBC website doesn’t even try to conceal the linkages. It is actually an AP article entitled, “As security lines grow, is TSA’s PreCheck worth it.”

It begins like this:

Fliers facing extremely long airport security lines this spring and summer might want to consider becoming members of the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck, an expedited screening program that can speed travelers through the checkpoint. That could come in handy at airports notorious for long wait times.

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, wait times were over an hour at 7 a.m. Monday morning. PreCheck took just minutes.

We can see the article doesn’t try to answer the question it poses in its headline. It simply asserts right away that PreCheck could “come in handy.”

An article that was more than propaganda would provide information on privacy concerns regarding PreCheck. But we are not dealing with normal articles here.

The entire torrent of articles on airline wait times over the past week provides us with yet another example of what we call dominant social theme – an elite meme.

It is a social manipulation masquerading as journalism.

The PreCheck program is a way for Homeland Security to keep track of passengers and travel flows.

Even more importantly it is the beginning of a system that will allow Homeland to dictate who can travel when and where. It is the first, active step to government control of long-distance travel.

Homeland Security created the current wait-time airport crisis and did so to force people into its invasive PreCheck program.

After more than a week’s worth of coverage, thousands of articles and millions of words, the reality of Homeland’s manipulation has not once been examined or reported on in the mainstream media from what we can tell.

Conclusion: This is stunning indictment of US mainstream journalism and proves yet again the comprehensive level of control excerised over the media by Fedgov and the shadowy powers behind it.

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  • Bruce C.

    Okay, so since we are in to week #2 of this theme, I’ve thought of a few more things.

    Maybe fliers aren’t reading those articles.

    Maybe fliers standing in line don’t want to lose their place in it by signing up for PreCheck.

    Maybe a lot of fliers HAVE signed up for PreCheck but since it takes a year to qualify…

    Maybe a lot of fliers are young people – you know, the ones who think that getting a tax refund means they didn’t pay any taxes – so they’re just not getting it.

    Maybe only the press care about the long lines because they may be the only fliers with jobs and schedules.

    Maybe the media knows the government is corrupt, incompetent, subversive, and bureaucratic and assume everyones else does too, so that wouldn’t be news.

    Maybe the congestion at airports will be referenced by Obama as evidence that the economy is doing well.

  • michaelrivero

    Basically, TSA is running an extortion racket. Pay them $85 or they will make you miss your plane.

    • Praetor

      Yes. Maybe when people shell out another $85, the TSA will place a permanent, bar code on their forehead. That way they can show the people you got something for their $85!!!

      • Joseph Burke

        It’s called 666.

    • Absolutely. Nice hearing from you.

      Michael Rivero is founder of leading alternative news site whatreallyhappened.com.

  • Praetor

    Yes, of course, its manipulation.

    I’m reminded of how the computer age and internet, was to change everything, and that includes travel. Seems the computer age has just made traveling worse.

    Business travel, and the computer/internet age was going to be a big money savings proposition. Less monies spent on air travel, much smaller need for having a company car pool. Lower insurance cost, because company employees have no need to travels as much, lowering the risk of accidents of all kinds. Business decisions and transactions could be preformed of a computer connection via the internet. What happened to this prediction.

    Personnel travel, ok, you most go see grandma, at least every few years. But, with the computer/internet, you can see grandma everyday if you choose too or other family and friends, and you can do this from anywhere in the world. If you live in the U.S; and you’re grandma live 1500 miles away, you can drive to see grandma in a comfortable 3 day drive, and you can plan the trip on you’re computer and have preplanned stops, and you can see an amazing country in real time. The computer/internet age was to changes all this need to travel.

    So, we ask are selves, are there more people traveling. I say no, and I ask myself why in this computer/internet age are people traveling by ‘AIRPLANE’ at all. Its not rational behavior, because air travel is turning into the slower means of communication!!!

    • Bruce C.

      Entertainment. And because there are so many people even small percentages are big numbers. I’ve heard that the reason airplanes are so packed and flights sell out so quickly is because they purposely fly fewer planes, but I agree the amount of travel and entertainment I see is pretty amazing for a supposedly sucky economy.

      • Praetor

        Here you have business/government partnership at its finest. The individuals, ‘We the People’ need to redefine how things are going to work, and if that means the air industry goes bankrupt, so be it. Air travel, to do business, really is a bad business model, if you’re a business man trying to make money. Are business transaction, ‘deals’ sealed with a handshake, still. It seem the U.S. has turned into one big, BS nightmare!!!

  • Bob34242

    I LIKE THAT- EXTORTION RACKET!

  • OhmygDD

    Two points: First, the TSA was setup by the same cast of characters that created the Federal Reserve and 9-11. Second, every time you buy a ticket YOU are supporting these criminals. If no one flew for one month the entire industry would be on their knees and would start serving instead of giving orders. You give the money, you give the orders. YOU ARE STUPID.

  • Privatize the TSA.

    • You need to abolish it, not “privatize” it.

      • You can abolish it, but the market will demand security so it will come back. Better private than government run.

        • There is no such thing as privatizing a government monopoly. It simply moves control of the monopoly from “public” hands to “private” ones. But the underlying difficulties inherent in a government enforced monopoly remain. Subjecting the TSA to real competition might help. But then there is the issue of the industry itself. Airports are controlled by government. In order to properly privatize the TSA, you’d have to subject both airports and (TSA) agencies to competition. And remove Homeland Security from its supervisory role.

        • Mary

          The market was not demanding security when they started the tsa. Show me where there was a public outcry for security or TSA. Never happened.

          You may not remember, too young?, but check the news all through the 70s. There were many highjackings. They happened all the time so that it became a common joke that all flights in the US ended up in Havana. Yet there was no ratcheting up of control the way it is today with TSA. This is a psyop, 100%.

      • Marten

        Or boycott the airport, do not fly anymore…

      • LawrenceNeal

        You got that right. Attach abolish the Federal Reserve Counterfeiting Scam to the same bill.

  • Ernie Hopkins

    Good coverage on an issue that we recently had first hand experience with. It is very DELIBERATE on their part and they take pride in hundreds of passengers missing flights.

    • Thanks. Sorry to hear.

      The coverage of this issue has been incredible. And not in a good way.

      • Bruce C.

        It’s an on going debate whether the media/press is complicit or themselves bamboozled. I thinks it’s both. They probably represent the population as a whole. Most still trust the government for the most part so don’t think it works against them and only for itself, and so they don’t look to government as the source of problems, or at least purposeful ones.

        I’ve always wondered how the press was to remain objective in this constitutional republic. The 1st Amendment gives them “freedom” from government coercion operationally but how does that protect against intellectual cronyism? Basically, those in the media are pro big government and that determines their coverage and analysis just as much as if they were pro Constitutionalists/limited government fans.

  • Philosopher Deplorabilis

    It is complete BS. The “pre-check program” is not free. Why the heck doesn’t TSA and HS accept a fricken US passport? Or a military ID? I can get on any military base in the world but I can’t get on a plane without being groped by some low-level government employee? Give me a break.

    I paid for my US passport. That should be sufficient.

  • rahrog

    Let’s not forget that TSA was created for “safety” & “security” reasons. Now these bozos have created a bottle neck of humanity that any retard with a home made bomb can wreak havoc on. Sickos don’t have to actually get on a plane to inflict mass casualties. Anybody see a red flag here?

  • no republicrat

    Days after 9-11 I suggested an alternative to gov’ment control of air travel to airlines.
    Simply pre-screen passengers. A passenger who is pre-screened can carry a weapon on any flight within the state the permit is issued but not interstate.

  • FLR

    Pre-check is not particularly intrusive. In fact, I qualified “for free” ca. 2011 through my frequent flyer status, although it was supposedly not “guaranteed” for every flight. Since around 2012, I got Global Entry, which qualifies you for Pre-Check. (It costs $100 for 5 years.) You still need to provide the information required for GE enrollment when you buy an international ticket. They do a perfunctory background search and have a perfunctory interview. It actually makes entering the US less intrusive since you don’t ever have to deal with a human being.

    It’s silly to object to this as a matter of principle. I seriously don’t think those people are bright enough or adequately organized to operate a proper surveillance state. Joining the program leads to minimum aggravation and minimum scrutiny.Never being able to fly anywhere or especially outside the US is not a good choice. Then you are effectively trapped there.

  • FLR

    Exactly. That’s what they did in Brussels. Usually they are frantically chasing the latest incident, but not in this case apparently.

  • mary

    FLR,

    I’m sorry to tell you but your post is totally off base and missing the point. Tptb want you to run to pre-check and when a significant % of people are signed up, it will no longer be “not particularly intrusive.” People were, thank god, not signing up in droves the way they wanted, so now they are giving people like you, who apparently can’t figure out the obvious, the incentive to do so.

    Their best tactic is to create a trap that seems “not so bad” at first. The sheep willingly enter, then the trap is sprung. Think gov’t school.

    DB is quite correct in this article. They will use pre-check to stop people from travelling, not allow them hassle free travel. DUH!

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