A key U.S. senator said on Wednesday that he supported hiking aviation security fees as authorities boost security after the failed attempt to bomb a U.S. commercial airliner on Christmas Day.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman said that the Department of Homeland Security's budget may not keep pace with inflation, which could inhibit efforts to thwart terrorism threats. Boosting aviation security fees will help fund air industry security, he said.
"For that reason, I will support a request to increase aviation fees to benefit the budget of homeland security," Lieberman said at a hearing on the department's fiscal 2011 budget.
Last December, a Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb hidden in his clothing, but it failed to go off completely and he was tackled and subdued by passengers.
That failed attempt led the Obama administration to boost airport security dramatically, and included in its fiscal 2011 budget additional money for advanced-imaging body scanners that could detect bombs hidden in clothing.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to deploy hundreds of the machines this year with the goal of having 1,000 of them operating by 2011.
One complaint from the airline industry is the cost of securing planes and screening passengers.
Comment: I think I could write for about an hour concerning all of the hegemonic and Orwellian components to this article. Lieberman is not a friend of liberty; only tyranny and war.
Limiting the growth of the federal and national governments is one of the core components of repeal movement. In this one short article we see the erosion of civil liberties through the use of body scanners and the unbelievable growth of the police state security apparatus. We see unsubstantiated fear being used to scare the public to impose greater tyranny.
This growth will be paid for not only through additional taxes placed upon the aviation industry but by the citizens of this country. We will pay the cost through taxation and the airline industry will see revenues lost when the citizenry cannot afford to fly, nor desire to put up with the police state measures imposed by the TSA and DHS.
In plain terms the police state security measures being imposed must end. We must eliminate this new growth "industry" and the only way we will succeed is when we send people like Lieberman packing and return the states rightful place within the original body of Federal Government and this will only occur when the 17th Amendment is repealed.