In a few months, we will observe the tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. One of the most dramatic changes since the 9/11 attacks has been airport security. But when you see the video of something that recently happened at a major US Airport, you will wonder what is going on and are we citizens or are we all suspects?
The Bush Administration’s reaction to 9/11 was among other things to create a whole bunch of new government agencies, including the Transportation Security Agency.
Ann Coulter once branded TSA employees as “McDonald’s rejects.” That is far too kind. McDonald’s rejects cannot inflict the kind of damage that the TSA can.
The TSA has never prevented a terrorist incident. In fact, the Agency is so politically correct that four year olds must be fondled, while young, military age men from countries that are hotbeds of jihad.
Now, if you want to go to the airport and fly, if you are selected, you must make the choice between being irradiated or being molested. And God forbid that you speak up and exercise your rights as an American citizen.
A young man in Phoenix at the Sky Harbor Airport recently filmed an example of this lunacy. His mother was being patted down when she became hysterical over the TSA employee touching her breasts. Whether the TSA employee did or did not act inappropriately is a matter of debate. It is not recorded.
What happened after that was.
Airport officials quickly surround the crying woman. Her son, videoing the incident is told to leave the area. He leaves the immediate area but continues to video. Two female TSA agents come out trying to make him stop filming. On threatens to have a “LEO” or law enforcement officer come and seize his baggage. Eventually a South West employee tells him he has to stop filming. The young man refuses. In the background you can still hear his mother crying hysterically.
Eventually a police officer comes over, asks him for some identification and then says he has done nothing wrong and moves along.
Ultimately it appears Southwest did not let him fly. Ordinarily I am a pretty big fan of Southwest Airlines, but Southwest was out of line here. Photography, except in a few sensitive areas, is not a crime.
A year earlier, the same young man had videoed in the airport and some of the TSA remembered him from that incident. They decided to make an example of the family.
He was not filming in a sensitive area. Had they done the simple and smart thing and just ignored him, this would not have ended up on the Internet. Unfortunately, these people are given power, are quite willing to abuse that power and have no clue about the law or the rights the Constitution gives American citizens.
This video is a pretty good example of how bad our airport security system is. It does nothing to stop those who want to commit terrorist acts. Instead, it simply makes air travel as painful as possible. Perhaps Congress could tear itself away from harassing oil company CEO’s or having Hollywood celebrities as witnesses at meaningless hearings long enough to have a real hearing on how the airport security system is not working and how it does little more than violate the rights of American citizens.
Have you heard about this?
Police charge mother in Nashville airport altercation
Woman refused to let officers screen daughter
I say good for her--I would have been belligerent too!
And, I thought TSA just revised their rules for "groping" children???
. . .and when TSA tries to tell you “It is 10,000 times safer than your cell phone and uses the same type of radio waves as a sonogram.” ask them to prove it and then show them the following:
Cancer Surges In Body Scanner Operators; TSA Launches Cover-Up
Fearful of provoking further public resistance to naked airport body scanners, the TSA has been caught covering up a surge in cases of TSA workers developing cancer as a result of their close proximity to radiation-firing devices, perhaps the most shocking revelation to emerge from the latest FOIA documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. . .
. . .After Union representatives in Boston discovered a “cancer cluster” amongst TSA workers linked with radiation from the body scanners, the TSA sought to downplay the matter and refused to issue employees with dosimeters to measure levels of exposure.
As we reported yesterday, newly released internal government documents, obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, reveal that the TSA, and specifically the head of the Department of Homeland Security, “publicly mischaracterized” the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in stating that NIST had positively confirmed the safety of full body scanners in tests.
In erroneously citing both NIST and the Johns Hopkins school of medicine to claim that the body scanners are safe, the TSA has also deliberately misled the public on the dangers posed by the devices.
We have to fly from time to time for business and have copied any/all info on the safety of "scanning" and take it with us just in case we encounter a TSA agent who wants to tell us "it's safer than our cellphone"--so far, we haven't had to use them but we're ready!!!