by Deborah Newell Tornello on February 18, 2013
I wish I could say that this is a new low for the contemptible thugs
in blue for whose equipment and “services” taxpayers pay billions of
dollars every year.
Sadly, it isn’t. It’s just par for the course; another Day in Despotism here in the Land of the Meek, Home of the Afraid.
In case you couldn’t bring yourself to watch this indisputable
display of abuse — this disgusting mistreatment of a little girl and her
family about which her mother and father comment “look
at her all dressing like a potential terrorist/drug trafficker; people
who roll in on hot pink wheelchairs, wearing a gingerbread coat and
clutching a stuffed baby lamb, are just begging to be harassed” —
let me itemize the violations and absurdities at hand (perhaps you can
identify more; as a mother myself, I’m too upset by what I just watched
to further research the laws, statutory and logical):
First, there is the obvious Fourth Amendment violation against
unwarranted search and seizure. I don’t care what kind of pretzel logic
the TSA twists itself into parroting in order to justify groping a
three-year-old in a wheelchair who’s on her way to Disney World: it’s a
violation of her Constitutional rights. Period. Full stop.
And this should not stand. Not in the country that calls itself the
United States of America. Citizens and residents who accept otherwise
should not only be ashamed of themselves, but should, in my opinion, be
constantly, and in strenuous terms, be made aware that they’re engaging
in a kind of treason against the very freedoms the nation’s founders
established (and countless fought for and died to protect), and thus, by
extension, debasing the idea of America itself.
Second, travelers are indeed permitted to photograph and/or videotape the so-called “screening procedure”
(more accurately, security theatre), including aggressive pat-downs
that would be defined as sexual assault in any other context and nude
photography of their bodies. The only subject matter exempt from
passengers’ freedom-to-document are the screening machines themselves.
As shown in the above video, these TSA screeners try to claim otherwise
and keep harping on their imagined rule that the passengers can’t record
the incident, even as the parents ask them to cite the actual law
Third, the tactics here are insensitive and unkind on their face, as
well as pointless. Not only is this little girl so obviously terrified
to the point of crying out loud, and desperately upset that her comfort
toy — her stuffed animal — is being taken away, she is distraught that
her parents’ attempts to protect her are being summarily ignored.
Imagine how frightening that must be. If indeed the child “alarmed,” the
screeners could have resolved the matter by allowing one of the cleared
parents to carry her through the metal detector in their arms while
they checked her wheelchair for hidden bombs, machetes, or
fusilage-piercing grenade launchers.
What will it take for the American public to recognize how wrong this
is, all of it, and demand that our so-called leaders put an end to it?
Why are citizens not carrying out a full-on economic boycott of the
airlines for all non-essential travel? What will it take, if not the
unconstitutional persecution of a little child in a wheelchair?
In: Other News, Politics
Tags: abuse, Airport, assault, child abuse, crime, DHS, Security, Travel, TSA
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