TSA Nabs Suspected Al Qaeda Terrorist At O'Hare: Toddler In A Wheelchair
Does the removal, by our government, of our civil liberties in the name of "security" get any more disgusting?
So -- do they change the gloves between patdowns?
Posted by: Radwaste
at March 18, 2012 4:55 PM
This is totally unacceptable and absolutely revolting! This TSA crap has gotten way out of control and I certainly don't want my tax dollars to pay for this kind of abuse of power.
Instead, we should be checking out the TSA. Here's a fine example of how good the TSA is at preventing terrorists from getting onboard planes: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-205954/Man-bullets-boards-flight-London.html
Here's another story of the TSA's failure at thwarting a terrorist attack: http://www.examiner.com/civil-liberties-in-national/forget-the-tsa-emulate-jasper-schuringa
Yes, we need to be vigilant about making it safe for everyone to fly, but I hardly believe that this child was a threat to anyone. All the TSA served to do was to frighten an innocent child and put his family through an enormous amount of stress, humiliation, and anger.
This system has gotten broken beyond repair. This is outrageous!
Posted by: Lisa N
at March 18, 2012 5:20 PM
For all you regular readers of the Goddess' blog you can skip past this post. I'm going to post my regular rant about not needing the TSA. For all you new readers, please read it carefully and refute any statement or misstatement. ;-)
The TSA was not needed one hour and one minute after Tower II was hit!
The paradigm, the norm, the expected, what everyone was taught to do was to sit down, shut up and wait for the plane to land and the negotiations happen. That was the model from Entebbe onward.
The passengers on board did not really know what was about to happen on September 11, 2001 at 8:46:30 when Flight 11 struck Tower I.
Even the passengers on Flight 175 probably didn't realize what was about to happen when they struck Tower II at 9:03:02.
The Pentagon crash of Flight 77 at 9:37:46 may have been still a matter of ignorance.
At 10:03:11 on September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after the brave souls counter-attacked and caused the hijackers to crash the plane.
The time difference is 60 minutes and 9 seconds from Tower II being struck to the crash of Flight 93. The shoe bomber and panty bomber were taken down by fellow passengers as well. Additionally how many times have you heard of passengers' concerns and diverted flights?
The TSA is and has always been a joke, no make that a total stupidity, that has wasted our country's fortune going down a rabbit hole.
If you don't believe me look at the 9/11 timeline.
There will never be another 9/11 style attack unless the attackers can arrange planes full of geriatrics, and even then it would be doubtful.
Sorry to be repetitive, but until the general population gets these facts down, the rest is a waste of air.
Posted by: Jim P.
at March 18, 2012 8:13 PM
Actually, you can't repeat this too much, at least the way I see it.
Posted by: Amy Alkon
at March 18, 2012 8:37 PM
Oh, it's on, people.
Posted by: Crid [CridComment at gmail]
at March 18, 2012 10:18 PM
"Actually, you can't repeat this too much, at least the way I see it."
This reminds me of Ed Asner in one of my favorite SNL skits.
Do you mean repeating this too often will dilute the message and be less effective and therefore is not good?
Do you mean that this needs to be repeated as often as possible so that people don't forget about what 's happening?
Posted by: Goo
at March 19, 2012 6:19 AM
Completely unacceptable bullshit. That father did an amazing job of keeping it together for his son. I'm not sure I could have remained that calm!
@Rad...of course he didn't put clean gloves on. You should have seen the reaction of the TSA goon a few weeks ago when I asked her to put on clean gloves before touching my person. She told me she had just put fresh gloves on two people before me. Yeah, that's nice, put clean ones on again.
Posted by: sara
at March 19, 2012 6:22 AM
Posted by: Crid
at March 19, 2012 7:45 AM
South Park introduces the Toilet Safety Administration in this episode:
Rude, crude and socially unacceptible. It is South Park, after all...
Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie
at March 19, 2012 8:05 AM
Might I point out the obvious: the wheelchair itself.
Posted by: Joe
at March 19, 2012 8:10 AM
Funniest. South Park. Ever.
Posted by: Eric
at March 19, 2012 9:58 AM
Huh. One of my local news stations just posted this on Facebook. I had never really viewed TSA related news except on this blog, and I was sorely disappointed at the number of commenters who fully support TSA and its actions. Not only that, but some suggested that the kid and his family must have done something to provoke the search.
Posted by: Meloni
at March 19, 2012 10:33 AM
And anyone else: My same comment from earlier is available here and I will grant open copyright and GNU public license to my comment to any and everyone. I do appreciate attribution, but quite frankly don't care if it doesn't happen. I would like to see the stupidity of the TSA happen tomorrow.
Posted by: Jim P.
at March 19, 2012 8:15 PM
People drive to work in cars or pirates? (required):