Tiffany Applewhite Touched My Vagina
And my breasts. She's a "team leader" at the Delta TSA checkpoint at LAX. I had to ask her for her first name because her name tag only says "Applewhite" and "team leader."
There is not a shred of probable cause to search me at the airport because there is no reason to believe I am anything but what I am -- an advice columnist, author and blogger flying to New York with my boyfriend, where I'll have a business meeting and go with him to some events honoring his boss, Elmore Leonard.
But, in order to complete normal business travel, I have my body violated just about every time I take a plane.
I had my breasts and vagina and the rest of my body groped by Tiffany Applewhite, a tall, light-skinned black woman with tight-permed hair. She asked me if there were any sore areas on my body.
Hmmm...maybe the gropenfrau would take it easier if I said so. So, I said my breasts and vagina. She said she'd be gentle in those areas and only use the back of her hand. Well, that makes it all fine, then, doesn't it?
She instructed me at one point in how to lean over so she could correctly violate me in the name of "security." I didn't do it quite right -- partly because I was being violated at around 5 o'clock in the morning, and partly because I've never been in prison or been prison-raped.
Oh, and they again used the punishment and intimidation factor of making you worry your stuff is going to be stolen if you get the patdown -- leaving your stuff out on the belt unguarded. They just "don't have personnel to watch it, they told me -- as I'm always told. Yet, they can spend billions on useless machinery.
"You chose the patdown," a bald, light-skinned black man who chose it for me added (when he told me to go through the cooker instead of the metal detector).
Read any George Orwell, you big loser? You scumbag earning money for violating people's bodies and rights?
Caught any terrorists lately -- or EVER?
Of course not, because the TSA has not caught A SINGLE TERRORIST.
Beyond the fact that the problems we had on 9/11 were due to our not expecting terrorists to perform suicide missions, the TSA is staffed by McDonald's fry cooks on track to get a government pension. These people couldn't catch Al Zawahiri if he crawled up their ass and whistled.
They have, however, stopped some really good pot from reaching its destination and being smoked. And, this is a jobs program for unskilled workers and a way for government swells to funnel money to their friends who own the companies that make the scanners and other equipment useless in catching terrorists. (Jonathan Corbett showed how absolutely child's play it was to defeat the body scanners.)
And ultimately, as I wrote in my op-ed about the TSA, this is about obedience training for the American public -- teaching us to be docile as our rights are taken from us.
I cried as I was screened and told them they were horrible for violating our rights for money. I will at least make a spectacle of myself and in turn of what they are doing.
Don't go quietly, please. And name names of those who violate you -- post their name (THEDALA MAGEE!) and a picture of them if you can find or take it. (To avoid a libel suit, be absolutely sure it's the right person -- there were a number of Tiffany Applewhites, and most of them are regular people who don't appear to grope people's genitals for a living.)
If more people screamed and yelled and protested in some way, we might be able to make some change. In so many ways lately, our constitutional rights are being eroded. Keeping quiet will not end well for any of us.