TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA ScandalOne of the Nation authors, Ames, also recently wrote an excruciatingly stupid, stupefyingly long piece -- almost 5,000 words! -- mostly about Jon Stewart and some Hollywood celebrity's kid. Greenwald, an indefatigable researcher (I'm glad he's reading this trash for me, so I don't have to) also linked to this item, where Ames observes in passing:
Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA? This past week, the media turned an "ordinary guy," 31-year-old Californian John Tyner, who blogs under the pseudonym "Johnny Edge," into a national hero after he posted a cell phone video of himself defending his liberty against the evil government oppressors in charge of airport security.
[W]e see many of the same elements driving the current "rebellion" against the TSA: Koch-related libertarians, Washington lobbyists and PR operatives posing as "ordinary citizens," and suspicious fake-grassroots outrage relentlessly promoted in the same old right-wing echo chamber.
So far, all we know about "ordinary guy" John Tyner III, the freedom fighter who took on the TSA agents, is that, according to a friendly hometown profile in the San Diego Union-Tribune, "he leans strongly libertarian and doesn't believe in voting. TSA security policy, he asserts 'isn't Republican and it isn't Democratic.' "
Tyner attended private Christian schools in Southern California and lives in Oceanside, a Republican stronghold next to Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps base on the West Coast.
... [T]he whole reason why the TSA was formed was because private contractors paying airport security minimum wages were considered a big part of the reason why the 9/11 terror attacks were allowed to happen. Since the formation of the TSA, not a single terror attack originating from an American airport has taken place. But apparently that's not nearly as relevant as the complaints of a few libertarians....
A recent CBS poll  found that fewer than one in five Americans object to the TSA's use of scans and pat-downs. Nevertheless, like the Tea Party libertarian protests that "erupted" "spontaneously" in February 2009, the protests against the TSA, and the media coverage of the spectacle, grips the nation.
Anytime anyone says anything libertarian, spit on them. Libertarians are by definition enemies of the state: they are against promoting American citizens’ general welfare and against policies that create a perfect union. Like Communists before them, they are actively subverting the Constitution and the American Dream, and replacing it with a Kleptocratic Nightmare.Truly, the Nation has fallen on evil days. Its writers are now defending not just the TSA, but "the Constitution" and "the State" in general, and digging up us old half-decomposed Communists to draw and quarter, like poor Cromwell's corpse, on the same gallows with "subversives" of every stripe. (I don't know what to make, at all, of that garbled "perfect union" quote; what was the Woodchuck thinking of?)
Partly, of course, this is just Team Spirit. Ames and Levine are, of course, Democrats, and now that the voyeurs and gropers of TSA are Obie's voyeurs and gropers, they're also Ames and Levine's voyeurs and gropers. And if, by some highly improbable chance, the Koch brothers are in fact somehow behind the anti-voyeur-and-groper movement, why then the Koch brothers are the Other Team, and therefore anything they do is by definition a Bad Thing.
But it goes deeper. In fact it goes to the very core of the liberal mentality, which as I have argued elsewhere, is in fact intensely authoritarian, and much given to groping people for their own good. Ames and Levine are distinctive only by being boneheaded enough to speak plainly.