TSA's Government-Mandated Sexual Humiliation
I notice that in this my latest column, many among the commentariat take umbrage at my use of the word "thug" in the following context: "But flying includes the legal obligation I submit to having my genitalia groped by some TSA thug wearing the same latex gloves already shoved down nine dozen other strangers' underwear."
I make no apology for that, nor for where I later wrote of TSA agents "sniffing my crotch like the dog[s] that [they] are." The fact that agents are just following orders, just doing their jobs or just paying their bills doesn't justify their mass mistreatment of others. And once this treatment is accepted as normal in airports, it will spread to other forms of mass transit as well.
I remain simultaneously appalled and unimpressed by the stalwart protests in favor of the poor downtrodden TSA. Yes, the TSA agents stroking women's labia and squeezing men's testicles are human beings. So too was the TSA agent who spilled an ostomy bag's contents over a bladder cancer survivor. And the agent who lifted a woman's blouse in full view of other passengers, and joked about it. In all of history, every state internal-security agency trained to view its own citizens as potential enemies, and treat them accordingly, has been composed entirely of human beings. And they remain Milgram-experiment-perfect examples of just how loathsome human nature can be.