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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
I am no prude, but, seriously, when I learned that some catholic priests were leaving the Church so they could get jobs with the TSA, I began to think about air travel in a whole new light.
I fly maybe four times a year domestically, and one international trip a year. What strikes me is how professional the foreign security checks are, especially compared to domestic checks within our borders. As of now, I am going to rethink all future travel plans, at least until President Obama and his gang of serial gropers reconsider the error of their ways.
A couple of recent stories have shocked Americans. About time, I say:
A flight attendant and cancer survivor has revealed her horror at being forced to show her prosthetic breast to a security agent during a pat-down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Cathy Bossi from South Charlotte has been a flight attendant for over 30 years and has worked for U.S. Airways for the past 28 years.
She said she was asked to go through the full body-scanners at the airport in early August which she was reluctant to do because of fears of the radiation from the machine passing through her body.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…
High radiation levels? breast groping, removal of prosthetics? THESE are what the modern TSA requires of law abiding citizens, simply so we can fly?
It gets worse:
Thomas Sawyer, a retired special education teacher and bladder cancer survivor, was chosen for enhanced pat down after airport body scanners picked up on his urostomy bag. Sawyer, 61, wears the bag to collect urine, but TSA officers broke the seal on his bag, causing urine to flow on his clothes and body, reports MSNBC. Upset and humiliated, Sawyer says he had to board his plane before he had a chance to clean up.
Had enough? there’s more.
Secretary Napolitano and President
Bush Obama both announced that this “layered” approach to “air safety” was necessary to protect Americans’ freedoms. Say WHAT?
Perhaps we should time travel to the mid 1700s, and recall the immortal words of Ole Ben: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Well, he was right. The real pity is that we’ve already given up too many essential liberties, including the freedom to travel freely.
Liberty? Hah. Security? Well, according to all independent experts, the new TSA approach does nothing at all to increase safety and security. Instead, it merely reinforces the unwarranted fear that was inflicted upon us by the Bush Administration, with malice aforethought. We were plucked like a guitar string, and subjected to lies, fake increased security alerts, and propaganda for years. Apparently those efforts have taken their toll.
For some years now, America has become a fear driven country. I think we should petition congress to change the words of our national anthem from “Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave) to something far more accurate. Land of decree, home of the slave?
I am open to any and all suggestions.
Several years ago, I personally witlessed what I call the “Deadly Nail Clipper” incident. I was stopping over in Hawaii on my way to a point further west. At the security check, a well dressed elderly man, about 80, was carrying a sealed jar. Unfortunately, he also carried the gold and jewel encrusted nail clipper that his deceased wife have given to him. The TSA bastards bitched and raised their voices, and actually pushed this poor man around. Then in front of the elderly gentleman’s eyes, one of the TSAssholes took a pair of pliers and ripped apart his nail clipper, after which he threw it away.
That was bad enough, but the TSAsshole was not done. That jar? That sealed jar? That sealed jar for which he had papers, a certificate and notarized proof of contents? It contained the ashes of his recently deceased lifelong mate. He was taking her remains back to her homeland (Japan) for burial. He did not feel comfortable stowing the jar in baggage. From the argument, he claimed that he had called ahead, and the TSA approved his carrying the ashes in the passenger compartment.
Guess what? Yup, the TSA bastards cracked open the jar, and using one of the plastic x-ray trays, EMPTIED OUT THE ASHES so they could sift to them. Finding nothing, without any apology or explanation, they shoved the ashes back in, handed back the jar, and threatened him that if he ever did something like that again, he would be facing real trouble.
(accompanying empty space is intended to indicate speachlessness. Shock. Anger. Dismay. But especially anger.)
Janet Napolitano’s response to the rising complaints? “If you see something, say something.”
OK, I’ll bite. I have seen something. I have seen the TSA grope, fondle, attack, and assault law abiding citizens allegedly “for their own good.” I have seen TSA bring a grieving elderly man to tears, by destroying a harmless gift from his wife, then fondle her remains in front of his eyes. I have seen the TSA mistreat, badger, insult, and smirk while doing it.So, this is what I will say: BULLSHIT. I call bullshit on this useless, ineffective, insulting and degrading policy, and on the TSA that instituted this mess.
There have been several reports of rape victims pleading with TSA not to fondle or grope them. Too bad. According to Napolitano, if you don’t like it, don’t fly. You should be comforted that the TSA is taking liberties, oops, taking your liberty seriously. You have three choices:
Office of Civil Rights and Liberties (TSA-6)
External Compliance Division
601 S. 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598
All three will provide you with the same result.
Here’s what the TSA tells us about civil rights and liberties:
We treat all members of the traveling public in a manner free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation. To emphasize our commitment to TSA employees and the traveling public, TSA issued its Civil Rights Policy Statement.
Quite simply, our policy statement assures travelers they will be treated in a fair, lawful and nondiscriminatory manner. It also emphasizes we have no tolerance for harassment in the treatment of the public we serve. Finally, it outlines out how we ensure an environment free of discrimination through program, policy, and operational reviews.
Sure thing, folks. The TSA agrees to not discriminate in how they fondle, grope, assault and attack you and your loved ones.
Even the dead ones.
Oh, one more factoid to factor in this debate. Do you know how many terrorists have been caught or captured by this group groping, this Gate Rape?
On Edit. This is actually getting worse:
f you don’t want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.
That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.