The Torturer vs. Joan of Arc

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by Becky Akers: Yet
Another Reason Not to Enlist



Lusting as
ever to provide all things for all serfs — and failing miserably
–, the State furnished us with two paladins this past week. America,
choose your hero:

In this corner
we have a tough guy and former Secretary of Unlimited War — sorry,
Defense whom Richard Nixon, no softie himself, described as a "ruthless
little bastard.
" Said bastard lived up to Tricky Dick's
praise when he
pooh-poohed the cruelty of torture
: "I stand for 8-10 hours
a day. Why is standing [in u2018stress positions'] limited to four hours
[for Iraqi POWs]?" he scribbled several years ago on a memo
regarding "counter-resistance techniques."

How does this
paragon of cowardice and barbarity respond to sexual assault? Gleefully.
Rumsfeld … was stopped at Chicago O’Hare airport
for a pat down.
… he smiled through the security check." Indeed, he "even
wav[ed] to a group of passing soldiers
." Hmmmm. You might
suppose a creep's hand down you-know-where would shame a he-man
into writhing anonymity, not inspire him to call his fellow brutes'
attention to his humiliation.

the corporate press ate it up. "The frisking of someone as
recognizable as Rumsfeld prove [sic] that the system does
not discriminate, even in favor of the very famous," lectured
ABC News

TIME agrees.
"Not Above the Law," its
headline burbles, while the copy chirps
, "Secretary Rumsfeld
did the embattled Transportation Security Administration [TSA] a
huge service Wednesday" by "happily complying… There likely
has never been another person to appear so happy to receive a pat
down at an airport. [Note to the missus: you worried about your
hubby's proclivities here, girl? I mean, he wouldn't be the first
to hide his yearnings under a macho exterior.] Rumsfeld would surely
be a perfect poster child for the TSA as they battle against critics
who say pat downs are degrading, ineffective and an invasion of

Get it, peon?
Sexual assault from your government is not "degrading,
ineffective and an invasion of privacy"; "critics"
(read: whackos) merely "say" it is. Rather, the State's
fondling is a privilege we ought to cherish, as Our Ruler's joy
plainly shows. And yes, The Torturer may have lost credibility with
you, if he ever had any (and I devoutly pray he did not), but he
clearly owns it in spades with the corporate media. It drools to
beatify him, even if he is a Republican and even if he has achieved
the highest honor possible to a person in this world or the next:
"working" for the State.

OK, I'm about
to lose my cookies, too, so let's turn to our other choice. She's
a diminutive lady of 61, "a
self-employed translator, author and radio producer
" from
Colorado. Hey, she needn't do anything else to win my vote: unlike
The Torturer she hasn't leeched off our taxes for decades. And I
daresay she's never forced any client to stand in a "stress
position" while translating for him, either.

That alone
should tell you which of our two protagonists Amerika jailed. Yep,
while The Torturer struts free regardless of his war-crimes, cops
imprisoned Yukari Miyamae overnight after she neglected to swoon
with bliss at the prospect of the TSA's sexually molesting her.
We don't know exactly what happened; Ms. Miyamae's account differs
substantially from the media's and the TSA's. The last two have
as much reverence for truth as The Torturer does, so my money's
on Ms. Miyamae's version.

to her attorney
, "Ms. Miyamae says she told TSA agents
she wanted to be screened by the metal detector gate. She did so
out of concern for excessive radiation exposure from the full-body
scanners, as she is a frequent business traveler. Her request was
denied. She was soon surrounded by TSA agents. One TSA agent, a
tall woman, approached Ms. Miyamae, who is only five feet tall.
Ms. Miyamae felt panicked and experienced a volatile aversion to
the TSA personnel violating her personal physical space. She felt
endangered and threatened based upon prior traumatizing security
pat-downs, repugnance at the prospect of being touched again in
such a violent and undignified manner, and instinctively pushed
the female TSA agent away."

Way to go,
Ms. Miyamae! But for a few craven bootlickers here and there, the
whole country cheers your defending yourself from these perverts!
Small but mighty, outnumbered yet fighting on the side of angels,
utterly heroic!

And aside from
"push[ing]" her assailant, Ms. Miyamae did nothing illegal.
Nor is it her fault that Our Masters have criminalized self-defense;
even the sheeple instinctively recognize the gross immorality of
demanding that victims submit, and meekly, to abuse. Hence, the
nationwide outpouring of support for our champ. No wonder "she
denies doing anything wrong

And no wonder
either that the TSA or the cops (and likely both) ramped up their
reports. "'Sgt.
Steve Martos, of the Phoenix Police Department
, issued a statement
saying, u2018A woman entered the screening area in Terminal 4 [of Phoenix
Sky Harbor Airport], became argumentative [uh-oh] and refused to
be screened by TSA staff. During the argument, the suspect, Yukari
Miyamae, 61, grabbed the breast of a TSA employee,' Martos said."

That wasn't
purple enough for other "police," so they embroidered
it. "Ms
Miyamae … allegedly grabbed [a TSA] agent’s
‘left breast through
her clothing, squeezing and twisting it with both hands without
the victim’s permission,’ according to police." Yo: when does
anyone give such permission? Certainly the passengers the
TSA gate-rapes don't.

And that double
standard is so very glaring that the sheeple instantly discerned
it this time, too. Readers of every article about Ms. Miyamae that
allows comments want to know why the TSA's thugs enthusiastically
grope us but have us arrested when we return the favor. They mock
the propaganda that the agency's pawing constitutes "national
security" while ours is a crime. Indeed, their
to support
Ms. Miyamae's
unwitting spoof of this hypocrisy
has generated several stories

Which is a
most refreshing and immensely encouraging change from the last time
a woman defended herself from the TSA. Phyllis
Dintenfass was a retired schoolteacher
whose hairpins triggered
the metal detector in 2004. That gave Anita Gostisha, some 30 years
younger and athletic, an excuse to cop a feel. Ms. Dintenfass reacted
properly to this attack, just as Ms. Miyamae did: she warned the
goon to leave her alone and, when words didn't work, fondled her
and asked, "How do you like it?" For this, Ms. Dintenfass
was arrested, charged, tried and convicted. The judge
could have sentenced her to a year in federal prison
; he settled
instead for berating her and ordering her to stay out of trouble,
fining her, and sentencing her to community slavery — er, service.

Most of the
reports about Ms. Dintenfass have vanished down the memory hole,
so you'll have to trust me here: an overwhelming majority of readers
commenting at the time sided with the TSA. They shrilled that the
agency was all that kept terrorists from blowing us out of the skies;
Ms. Dintenfass had endangered every American with her disrespect
of the TSA's patriots and public servants; sure, the agency might
have a few problems, but that merely demonstrated its need of more
money and power.

Seven years
later, the TSA has savaged so many innocuous people so horrifically
that Ms. Miyamae's protest has made her a superstar nationwide,
not just to those of us who love liberty. Despite the TSA's thunder
that "the
agency will not tolerate assaults against its workforce
the district attorney in Arizona dropped the charges against our
plucky gal. Vengeful Leviathan may still file a misdemeanor against
her, but let's hope Ms. Miyamae's fervent and numerous fans scare
Our Rulers enough to scotch those ambitions, too.

surprised by all this
, but she is a strong woman,” Ms. Miyamae's
attorney told ABC News. “She feels the way the TSA treated her and
others is not dignified.”

In fact, the
TSA considers it a crime.

22, 2011

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