by Becky Akers: A
Dearth of Depraved Dames
and Noel Alexandre Bertrand must be two flummoxed felons.
Both men allegedly
assaulted passengers in aviation's gulag; both now endure Leviathan's
fury and might, with arrests and charges, trials and punishment
to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced
in August," in Mr. Advani's case.
And both must
be asking, "Why?" Tens
of thousands of sexual assaults occur daily in airports, so
frequently that they've become routine, with the culprits
not only admitting their crimes but actually bragging about
them. And repeating
them dozens, perhaps hundreds, of times per week. Outraged parents
pedophiles groping their children. Concerned
citizens videotape other victims so shamed they cannot even
face the camera while they struggle to recover from the attack.
assailants themselves often snap explicit pictures of their prey.
So the evidence
against these serial perverts is graphic and overwhelming. Yet far
from arresting or punishing them, Leviathan rewards them:
with paychecks, "federal
vision" so they can view all the pornography they please
on company time and our dime, "fist-bump[s],"
and badges calculated to awe the serfs.
all, it seems. Mr. Advani and Mr. Bertrand were not wearing cheap
polyester or tin jewelry when they struck. I was about to add that
they didn't confine their offenses to the Transportation Security
Administration's (TSA) notorious checkpoints, either – but then,
neither do the TSA's rapists. They have expanded the scene of their
crimes to airlines'
gates and even beyond airports to bus
So aside from
their clothing and the fact that neither man taped his exploits,
there's little that differentiates our two free-lancers' attacks
from those of the TSA's whores. Mr. Advani was aboard "an
overnight flight from Hong Kong to … Newark, N.J." last
May when he "reached under the blanket of a woman sleeping
next to him … and sexually abused her. Passengers sitting behind
the victim kicked her seat to alert her, prosecutors said."
When the lady “awoke, she became aware of the abuse and informed
the flight crew…" Which ineluctably led to Mr. Advani's "detain[ment]"
when the plane landed.
State Journal's readers are far more astute than its reporters
and editors, and they've
pointed out several problems with this story. How does a victim
who slept through her abuse, so soundly that she would have missed
it but for a boisterous rousing, know it really happened? How does
she testify to it? And how exactly did the passengers behind her
discern it through a blanket and, as one reader puts it, "the
small slit in between the seats?? [sic]" And if
they did, in fact, see what they think they saw, wouldn't they have
naturally assumed she was Mrs. Advani?
murky circumstances with the TSA's clear-cut, horrifically obvious
assaults before scores of witnesses and cameras on fully
sentient people who can and have loudly testified in detail to the
molestation. And yet Mr. Advani, not his governmental counterparts,
pled guilty this week "to
a count of sexual abusive contact" — though he doesn't
seem to have ever once threatened Sleeping Beauty with a fine "of
up to $11,000 and possible arrest" for resisting his advances.
Nor did Mr.
Bertrand. This former
Marine, 26, met a 22-year-old
woman in a restaurant at Denver International Airport, where she
was stranded overnight after missing her connecting flight (hmmm:
do you suppose the TSA had anything to do with that delay? Did it
close down her airport of departure because some
lucky cuss managed to escape its pawing? Or did it hold her
flight at the gate so its goons
could chastise a passenger who dared question them at the checkpoint?).
She says they chatted over dinner; when she left to find a secluded
area for some rest, he "followed
and sat next to her.
said [Mr. Bertrand] asked if he could kiss her … u2018when I tell him
that’s too forward, before I could finish my statement, he had already
pulled me in to kiss him…,' the woman said. … Suddenly, she said,
the man grabbed the strings of her hooded sweatshirt and pulled,
lifting her off the ground. The man then threw her on the floor,
grabbing her head and pounding it on the floor, said the woman,
who had a large bruise above her left eye. … u2018He pulled my pants
down and proceeded to assault me from behind.'”
You may be
thinking, Hey, at least Our Rulers don't beat us to a pulp before
gate-raping us. Au contraire. In 2007, Robin Kassner, a New
Yorker and "marketing
executive, says she was pulled out of the security line at Reagan
National Airport when screeners told her her contact lens solution
didn’t meet the liquid ban requirement. As a TSA employee searched
Kassner’s bag, Washington D.C. airport police arrived and appeared
to motion to her to step away from the bag. She turns her back …
Two officers are seen [on tape from the airport's surveillance]
dragging Kassner away from her suitcase before they throw her to
the ground. … police lifted Kassner to her feet and shoved her into
a nearby table. … One man can be seen taking his elbow and slamming
her head onto the table."
Even the TSA's
"normal" fondling is harsh. "Before
boarding a flight in Grand Rapids, a woman says the search at
the security checkpoint was violent, unnecessary and extremely upsetting.
… [Ella] Swift says they told her she was singled out because she
was wearing a skirt. …'The female officer ran her hand up the inside
of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted
me off my heels,' she says. u2018I think I yelped. I was in pain
for about an hour afterwards…'"
probably saw Ms. Swift's violation — yet no one, least of all Ms.
Swift, seems shocked that none of them came to her defense. Mr.
Bertrand's victim claims several of the airport's employees walked
past during the rape and implies that they should have rescued her.
But can we blame them for neglecting to do so? They probably figured
the TSA was up to its usual tricks, and we all know what happens
to heroes who "interfere"
with "security duties," now, don't we? "Finally
… two airport workers outside the terminal saw the attack through
a window and intervened."
Just as the
federal TSA insists that its checkpoints are safe, so this municipally-owned
airport insists its premises are: "All
airport employees complete a mandatory annual training on safety
and security…" Does that include instruction on how to differentiate
official from unofficial sexual assaults? "Employees are trained
to be extra-vigilant and to report suspicious activity…"
Really? And how many reports have they filed on the TSA's crimes?
very important that if you are traveling alone, … that you have
the security of the facility that you’re in,' said the woman,"
who's obviously never heard of Columbine High School: "u2018Especially
if it’s a government facility like the Denver airport…'"
Oh, the poor
girl. That's precisely where the danger is greatest.
Akers [send her mail] writes
primarily about the American Revolution.