The TSA: Protecting Us From Bald Women and Artificial Knees

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by Becky Akers: UNsafe
New York



then said, u2018And if we don't clear you
, you don't fly' loud enough
for other passengers to hear.  And they did.  And they
stared at the bald woman being yelled at by a TSA [Transportation
Security Administration] Supervisor," writes the "bald
woman," Lori Dorn.

Ms. Dorn is
a consultant in "human resources"
who underwent "a
bilateral mastectomy in April
and had tissue expanders put in
to make way for reconstruction at a later date." She was flying
out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport last week
when the TSA pounced on her, as
has countless
other survivors
of cancer.

Though Ms.
Dorn had submitted to the TSA's pornographic and carcinogenic "imaging
," she "was asked to step aside to have my
breast area examined." Perhaps this will disabuse the serfs
once and for all of the fallacy that posing in these gizmos rescues
them from the TSA's punitive "patdowns"; you do "choose"
not to be either ogled or groped, whatever the TSA

Ms. Dorn informed
her assailant she "was not comfortable with having my breasts
touched" and carried "a card in my wallet that explains
the type of expanders, serial numbers and my doctor's information (pictured)
and asked to retrieve it.  This request was denied.  Instead,
[the TSA's degenerate] called over a female supervisor who told
me" — at top volume — "the exam had to take place.  I
was again told that I could not retrieve the card and needed to
submit to a physical exam in order to be cleared."

Try to imagine
the thuggette so sociopathic that she insists on pawing surgical
incisions, let alone ones so personal. Or read Ms. Dorn's reaction
to this unconscionable cruelty: "I have been through emotional
and physical hell this past year due to breast cancer.  The
way I was treated by these TSA agents added a shitload of insult
to injury and caused me a great deal of humiliation."

Ms. Dorn grants the TSA the empathy it denied her as she echoes
the justification its prey so often does. "I understand the
need for safety when flying," she says as gamely as any gazelle
conceding that, yeah, the hyenas currently ripping into its throat
are undoubtedly famished.

Listen up,
Ms. Dorn: the TSA has nothing whatever to do with safety. Just the
opposite, in fact. The agency irradiated you though you're already
battling cancer. Then it sexually molested you. That's criminal
endangerment, not security.

Ms. Dorn did
score a victory of sorts. Rather than applaud its goons for "following
protocol," as it usually does when their brutality outrages
the country, the TSA apologized, albeit half-heartedly: "We
do our best to treat passengers with the dignity and respect they
deserve," prated
the smarmy "Blogger Bob,"
who regularly channels Joseph
Goebbels on one of the TSA's official websites.

Let's have
a show of hands: how many agree that the TSA "do[es its] best
to treat passengers with the dignity and respect they deserve"?
Yo, Joe: I don't think the propaganda's working. Maybe ask Adolph
for some pointers?

Joe also reminds
us that "Medical cards" such as Ms. Dorn tried
to present to her gate-rapist, "whether from a physician or
TSA, do not exempt you from screening. … Private screening can
be requested by any passenger for any reason and in situations such
as this one, our officers should offer it." [Original emphasis.]

Here we go
again, with the TSA's wishful thinking that sexual assault isn't
so long as the perpetrators describe it in advance to victims, offer
a choice of locations, and "follow proper procedure."
I await the day when a jury exonerates a freelance rapist on such
grounds ("Your honor, we find the defendant not guilty because
he screamed at the plaintiff exactly what he was going to do before
dragging her away to a secluded area…")

Ms. Dorn has "accept[ed]
… the TSA's apology
" despite "hear[ing] from many
that [it] rang hollow." Really, really hollow. No matter:
she seems thrilled that "a
government bureaucracy … acknowledge[d]
something went wrong,"
and she even responded to Herr Goebbels' blogging: "Thank
you very much.
I really appreciate the TSA taking the time to
investigate my concerns."

Another patient
and passenger also rejoiced at Our Rulers' notice of his plight.
Thomas Sawyer wears an ostomy bag after losing his bladder to cancer.
manhandled him
, too, breaking the seal on his bag and soaking
him in urine last November. Its chief, John "The Pervert"
Pistole, phoned Mr. Sawyer. That had the dazzled peon gushing to
MSNBC, "First
[The Pervert] apologized
… And I thanked him." Thanked
him? "Then I told him off a bit." Oh, the daring, the
lese majesty! "And he said, u2018Tell me more. What do you
think needs to be done?'"

You might assume
Mr. Sawyer would bark, "Abolition, you reincarnated Nazi!"
But no. Instead, he "offered to attend a general staff meeting
to show the staff what an ostomy bag is and help with that training
… Pistole said he just may take me up on that."

And so "The
TSA … flew Mr Sawyer to Washington in March
to speak to federal
officials about insensitive screeners." Which is sorta like
speaking to Charles Rangel (D-NY) about the graft swamping Congress.
Alas, the "training" didn't take: "insensitive screeners"
broke his bag and soaked him again this summer. "I thought
that I had really made a difference for people flying with urostomies,
I really did," Mr. Sawyer moaned. "I’m angry this time.
They can’t be training them properly." Talk about your impossible
dream! Teaching the TSA's yahoos "sensitivity" is like
teaching Rangel ethics.

My money says
the yahoos will also emerge unscathed from the "in-service
technical training course focused on screening prosthetics
(nope, I can't translate the jargon, either) the TSA has "rolled
out" in response to Ms. Dorn's trauma. Meanwhile, she can thank
her lucky stars the deviants didn't "offer" her their
vaunted "private screening" as they did Carol Murray.

Ms. Murray
is a 61-year-old grandmother from Ottawa, Canada, with an artificial
knee. After visiting family in California a few weeks ago, she headed
to Los Angeles International for her flight home. There the TSA
"pulled" this gray-haired, bespectacled passenger "from
the normal security line"
when her implant rang the metal
detector. "She was given the option of having the search done
in the open or behind closed doors. She chose the private route,
which she now regrets…

said the female agent, in view of another female staffer, proceeded
to run her hand along the waistband of her pants, back and across
her buttocks. … her stomach was checked and hands felt down between
her breasts. The officer knelt down and u2018firmly sliced both hands'
into her private parts, front and back. u2018I was in shock and could
barely breathe when it was over.'" She then "fell into
my husband's arms and could not stop from crying." She'll probably
also suffer "uncontrollable
intrusive thoughts about" this sexual abuse, "realistic
nightmares …
flashbacks … social withdrawal … hyper-alertness
and hyper-vigilance … trouble falling or staying asleep … irritability,
hostility, rage and anger…"

Ms. Dorn plaintively
asks, "At what point does the need for security eclipse human
dignity and compassion?" At the point where slaves pretend
Their Masters protect them.

7, 2011

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