Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fiddle About With Uncle Ernie Sam

I miss the days when the Transportation Security Administration was merely a bad joke rather than a public employment program for NAMBLA. Spokesmen for the TSA have already admitted that the agent who molested six-year-old Anna Drexel in the now-infamous video followed “proper procedure”; in other words, TSA sees nothing improper about forcing little girls and boys to submit to big scary strangers who want to squeeze their buttocks and run their hands between their legs, stroke their hair and pull it back from the nape of their neck, run their fingers all around the insides of their underwear and shirt necklines — nothing extraordinary about that, just the ordinary everyday submission TSA expects all travelers to endure.

Now that Drexel’s parents have come forward and made national headlines, other parents have come forth with their children’s stories too: last week eight-year-old Spencer Sheahan was fondled on his way to Disneyland. Spencer said “I didn’t know what they were going to do to me”; Anna Drexel’s parents said their daughter started to cry after her groping, and asked if she’d done something wrong.

No, dear, you did nothing wrong: the TSA did, and to a lesser extent your parents did too, taking you on an airplane a full six months after TSA implemented its molestation policy. TSA agents in Washington DC might have gone too far when they pulled a 15-year-old girl away from her mother before groping the teen; the girl turned out to be the daughter of Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who has introduced legislation that would ban TSA agents from groping a minor “unless a parent gives consent and is present for the screening. If a minor is traveling alone, a representative of an air carrier must supervise the pat down.”

Chaffetz means well but misses the point: the problem isn’t “minors are being groped without their parents’ consent” but “every flier in America is being groped (or at least at risk of it) without their consent.” And having your mom or an airline executive watch while you’re being degraded won’t make it any easier. Just ask little Anna Drexel.

The TSA has been a pointless, useless, unconstitutional organization from its very inception. Preventing another 9/11 required two things, and we’ve already done them both: strengthen cockpit doors so hijackers can’t force their way in, and let passengers know the old conventional wisdom “During a hijacking, the best course of action is to be quiet and do what the hijackers tell you” is wrong.

Everything else since then has been pointless: the bans on tweezers and similar grooming items, the restrictions on toiletries, all these and more have done nothing but erode the fourth amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Back in September 2006 I said of the TSA: “these stupid rules aren’t meant to make us safer, but only train us in habits of evermore mindless obedience.”

And that was back in the good old days, when TSA was merely a sad unconstitutional joke of a make-work program, not the out-of-control mass molestation squad it is now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion, what else can be said, what else can be done, what else can "we as a the people of the United States", now, and must do, to stop this? We have heard every story imaginable following the new Nazi/TSA regime situation in the U.S., and you can bet that there isn't a country in the World that's not laughing at us.
So, what now? more video posts, more and more people in an uproar over this, and more rights taken from us? This is just way out of control...

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

little girl talks about tsa

5:20 AM  
Blogger ColleenDown said...

Thank you, it is so nice to wake up in the morning and hear the voice of reason chirping outside my window! I will pass this on!

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Kaiser said...

I have created a Travel network that will help folks avoid this virtual strip search/molestation. Would love to share the information with anyone interested.

All the TSA is doing is just eye candy. It hasn't made us any safer- it's just inconvenienced us.

If you are interested in the travel network information, please email me direct:

7:43 AM  
Blogger Sommer said...

Thank you for continuing to write about this absolutely depraved sexual abuse that the TSA is perpetrating on innocent people. This is a little girl who was pointlessly molested, and a large number of adults watched it but no one came to her aid. No one stopped this monstrous ogre from manipulating the child's genitals while cooing disgusting personal comments about the child's hair and utterly ignoring the child's repeated and insistent verbal objection to the attack. It turns my stomach.

As I keep saying to the anything-for-security cowards: If watching a grown-up bully sexually assault a six-year-old girl makes you feel safer, there's something wrong with you.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Ted said...

What strikes me most is the fact that no sane person on the scene could possibly have thought it was remotely necessary to randomly grope a 6 year old girl, and yet there it is. I wrote about this sort of thing shortly after 9/11. I'm appalled but not surprised.

Somebody needs to do an animated video of Obama's daughters being gang patted, or whatever they call it.

You would make a good porn writer. Not that I track the genre. But I guess it's now more or less synonymous with journalism.

2:15 PM  

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