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Flew back from Illinois this AM from WONDERFUL elmhust college a great institution – where I had talked about civil liberties to a wonderful crowd and really smart students. Chosen at random from the security line for a backscatter machine. Said I didn’t want to go through the machine.
Taken out as always when I say that for the “pat down.” But this time a new question: “Do you have any sore or sensitive parts of your body?” Sensitive parts of my body? Silly question, I thought, did this nice lady never take eighth grade health class? “My genitals,” I answered, “but I gather I am not legally permitted to ask you to avoid them.” Then halleluiah SOMETHING CHANGED: she gave the rest of me a thorough pat down but avoided second and third base!!!! I went through O’ Hare airport for once UNMOLESTED! So I think this new question that seemed standardized may be a response to citizen outcry and a way for TSA to AVOID touching people’s privates without actually appearing to back down… which proves yet again that the whole molestation requirement in the first place was nothing but KINKY TERROR-HYPE THEATRE with no actual security effect. So now when you go through and want to avoid the x ray machines just say “my genitals are sensitive” (or you can try “I have suppurating syphilitic wounds,” and see what happens) and maybe you too can pass unmolested!!!
Today was a good day.
Reprinted from Naomi Wolf’s blog.