By now, you’ve probably heard about the three-year-old girl whose spina bifida not only confines her to a wheelchair but rendered her a prime target for the TSA’s sadists when her family flew to Florida. Little Lucy Forck and the abuse she endured has monopolized my Google Alert on the TSA for three days now.
Bullying children, especially when they’re disabled, is SOP for the agency. The roster of rug-rats the TSA has tormented is as lengthy as it is shameful. But preying on these pitiable youngsters is only one of the TSA’s talents. It is equally skilled at defending such indefensible cruelty. However horrific its crimes against these wee ones and despite the nationwide fury each time it molests another handicapped kid, the agency consistently avers that its goons “followed proper … procedures.” It never apologizes. Instead, it lectures ungrateful passengers that it respects their dignity and privacy, blah, blah, blah, even as it obviously violates both.
And so its reaction to Lucy’s trauma stuns. The TSA “regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology … We are committed to maintaining the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. While no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce.”
Whoa! Whoever imagined that the word “apology” would cross the TSA’s snout-er, lips? (By the way, this disgraceful spiel is an apology only to the sociopaths in the mainstream media and the TSA. But still…there’s the A-word, front and center.) Notice the lack of boilerplate about “standard procedure,” though the TSA couldn’t help mouthing its usual lie about “treating all passengers with dignity and respect.”
I have no explanation for this unique phraseology and welcome any you care to provide. The TSA’s unprecedented humility can’t be due to the family’s videotaping its nastiness: other victims have, too. Can we attribute it to Mr. Forck’s status as an attorney? I doubt it: the TSA regularly defies the lice-sorry, lawyers that comprise Congress.
Or perhaps after all these years the agency has embraced “Public Relations 101.” If so, and hearteningly, it isn’t working. The Forcks may have accepted this vain and vapid “apology,” but no one else has: hatred of the TSA is too virulent. Check out the spirited rebuttals and denunciations that the nauseating “Blogger Bob” – whom we might more accurately call “Propagandist Pete” -- earns over at the TSA’s website when he pretends to “Clarif[y] … the Screening of 3-Year-Old Girl at Lambert–St. Louis International Airport.”