Human Dignity, Rest in Peace

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What follows is a graphic but frank account of Los Angeles based writer and advice columnist Amy Alkon’s attempt to board a United Airlines flight in early last spring. While LRC readers might be numb by now to the endless stream of petty indignation and humiliation citizens suffer under The Cheney/Obama Regime, this nauseating story has a far more damning punchline.

Like any patriotic America, Miss Alkon thought it not only her right and her duty to discuss her public violation at the hands of a paid “public servant” but courageously named her attacker after being told that filing sexual assault charges would be a “non-starter.”

Miss Alkon describes her experience below.

Nearing the end of this violation, I sobbed even louder as the woman, FOUR TIMES, stuck the side of her gloved hand INTO my vagina, through my pants. Between my labia. She really got up there. Four times. Back right and left, and front right and left. In my vagina. Between my labia. I was shocked — utterly unprepared for how she got the side of her hand up there. It was government-sanctioned sexual assault.

Government sanctioned sexual assault, however, is deftly swept under the rug as Harvey Silverglate, lawyer and co-founder of campus free speech organization FIRE, explained that almost anything can be rationalized under the guise of “national security.” He offered the following, “…To win a battle for liberty like this, people must not get accustomed to these indignities, but must complain about them every single time…and in every forum possible.” [Emphasis mine.]

Ah…but the National Security State has answer for that too.

Thedala Magee, the TSA officer named in Miss Alkon’s blog, has filed suit against her victim for defamation, trade disparagement, and emotional distress for 500,000$US.

For details on Miss Alkon’s courageous reply though attorney Marc Randazza, a First Amendment champion, please see Mike Masnick’s post at Tech Dirt.

6:45 pm on September 6, 2011