More Like the Nazis Every Day

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She’s 85 years old, “walk[s] with a walker…” and describes herself  as “tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes.” So, naturally, the TSA brutalized her.

Lenore Zimmerman was trying to fly from her home on Long Island to winter quarters in Florida when goons at JFK ordered her through the porno-scanner. She declined, as she always does, because of her defibrillator.

“She said she normally gets patted down. But this time, she says that two female agents escorted her to a private room and began to remove her clothes. … As she tried to lift a lightweight walker off her lap, she says, the metal bars banged against her leg and blood trickled from a gash. ‘My sock was soaked with blood,’ she said. ‘I was bleeding like a pig.’ She says the TSA agents showed no sympathy, instead pulling down her pants and asking her to raise her arms. ‘Why are you doing this?’ she said she asked the agents, who did not respond.” I doubt the Nazis ever explained themselves to inmates at Treblinka either.

Naturally, the TSA fell back on the boilerplate it usually does when one of its countless atrocities hits the headlines: “proper procedures were followed,” a spokesgal announced. Ah, duh: that’s the problem, Ms. Braun. Then Eva figured she’d insult our intelligence too: “Our screening procedures are conducted in a manner designed to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy.”

Got that, Mrs. Zimmerman? You suffered dignity, respect, and courtesy, not such savagery as nauseates civilized people.

6:43 pm on December 3, 2011