♫ Freedom’s just another word…/…for takin’ off your shoes ♫

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Last June, the TSA changed the name of its main hub to the "Freedom Center."

The new name was apparently chosen from an agency-wide competition.

Which means that in addition to being creepily and predictably Orwellian, the government agency in charge of preventing another terrorist attack in our country’s transportation system also suffers from a disturbing lack of creativity.

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16 Responses to “♫ Freedom’s just another word…/…for takin’ off your shoes ♫”

  1. #1 |  John | 

    This is the greatest title for an entry I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the content is as disturbing as the title is funny.

  2. #2 |  andyinsdca | 

    I missed the part where he said we have always been at war with Eastasia.

  3. #3 |  TSA Guy | 

    For what little it’s worth, a lot of us at TSA thought it was pretty stupid/creepy ourselves.

  4. #4 |  tim | 

    TSA Administrator Kip Hawley said the Freedom Center is the heart of what TSA does and “is not a place to sit and watch.”

    Ah … where to begin….

  5. #5 |  Eric | 

    We have never been at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Oceania. I’m calling the thought police.

  6. #6 |  Wayne | 

    I’m surprised they didn’t call it the Ministry of Freedom or MiniFree for short. Probably would have been too obvious.

  7. #7 |  Donnie | 

    I wonder if the title Restricting Freedom Center was considered?

  8. #8 |  Bourgeois_Rage | 

    There’s already a Freedom Center in Cincinnati…

  9. #9 |  Ben | 

    This is double plus ungood.

  10. #10 |  Eric | 

    Thanks to the TSA, I’m about to take a 5-hour car ride to New York instead of a 1-hour plane ride. The reason: All the extra hassle at the airport. Freedom Center indeed.

  11. #11 |  Burdell | 

    I recently flew (out of Hartsfield) for the first time since before 9/11. I have to say, the hassle didn’t live up to the hype. It took less time to get through security than it took to walk from security to my gate.

    Maybe it’s different at other airports, but I was pleasantly surprised. Even taking off my shoes didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.

  12. #12 |  mattincincy | 

    #8 you beat me to it… there’s already a “Freedom Center” in Cincinnati, on prime land, that nobody (except school kids who have no choice) EVER goes to. Interesting they’d pick the same name as another government project that while different in function, very similar in bullshitedness.

  13. #13 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Freedom Center is doubleplusgood!

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