The Police-State Eats Its Own Again

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For the last few days, my Google Alert on the TSA has swarmed with articles about “retired Marine Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz” who was ”severely injured in 2004 in a roadside bomb attack in Fallujah…”  He now “has limited use of his right arm and cannot lift it above his head. So when … TSA asked him to raise his arms above his head for the full-body scanner at Sacramento International Airport, he could not comply. ‘My right arm doesn’t work. It’s a lot of hassle for me to do that,’ Kemntiz said.”

You know what that got him: yep, total abuse from the TSA’s perverts. Kemnitz was traveling with a friend who photographed the anti-Constitutional outrage; she “disseminated [the pictures] to family, friends and members of the media” while asking, “What does a uniform and heroism represent if our own citizens — in this case employees of the TSA and security personnel — have no regard for them? … I feel so strongly that you need to know just how shamefully even a Purple Heart recipient/disabled veteran can be treated by some TSA and security employees.”

I couldn’t get sufficiently excited about this hired killer’s travails to blog on them. So what if the government’s goons assault another of government’s goons? Then Tim Barry sent me a link to one of the many reports on Kemnitz and the proper perspective on this incident: “Perhaps this Marine will now realize the military’s failure at ‘defending our freedoms.’” Well, Tim, you’re way more optimistic than I. “What really irks me is the outrage over the TSA’s treatment of this ‘decorated war hero’, yet not a peep is heard challenging the same routine treatment of us regular folks.”

Indeed.

 

6:36 am on July 12, 2013