Updated – No Words … Just Unbridled Outrage

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The war is here, and the Obama Administration has decided we are the enemy. The private life is dead.

Here’s some junk food for thought. All my life I have been told flying is much safer than driving. Well, with people completely opting out of flying because of the asinine TSA screenings the mode of travel is to pile everyone in the car and take the extra time to drive wherever. So, an analyst is saying the TSA methods ‘will kill more Americans on highway’

“Driving is much more dangerous than flying, as you are far more likely to be killed in an automobile accident mile-for-mile than you are in an airplane,” said Horwitz. “The result will be that the new TSA procedures will kill more Americans on the highway.”

Clifford Winston, a senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institute, stopped short of saying that more people could die as a result of the TSA policies, but said that the airline industry will definitely see a decline in passengers if the public’s contempt for the pat-downs and advanced-imaging technology systems continues.

“They added another wrinkle to airline travel by saying they’re going to screen you more thoroughly,” said Winston. “Demand for transportation takes into account the price, but also the time, and if you add on top of that the disutility or annoyance of having to be groped, then for some people that’ll also have an effect.”

A bladder cancer survivor who now wears a special urostomy bag was treated in a manner that had him soaked in the bag’s contents and crying from humiliation after the unapologetic
TSA had finished searching him
:

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”

On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”

Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer. “After I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”

Sawyer wears pants two sizes too large in order to accommodate the medical equipment he wears. He’d taken off his belt to go through the scanner and once in the office with security personnel, his pants fell down around his ankles. “I had to ask twice if it was OK to pull up my shorts,” said Sawyer, “And every time I tried to tell them about my medical condition, they said they didn’t need to know about that.”

[…]

“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up. […]

Footnote to Mr Sawyer’s story, I am hearing cancer survivors saying they either cannot or should not have the airport X-ray because of their already maxed-out doses of radiation from their cancer treatments. So, if singled out and put to it they have no choice but the grope-search of their private bodies.

Peter Rez, a physics professor at Arizona State University in Tempe on the Rapiscan exposure:

[…] the exposure to be about one-fiftieth to one-hundredth the amount of a standard chest X-ray. He calculated the risk of getting cancer from a single scan at about 1 in 30 million, “which puts it somewhat less than being killed by being struck by lightning in any one year,” he told me.

While the risk of getting a fatal cancer from the screening is minuscule, it’s about equal to the probability that an airplane will get blown up by a terrorist, he added. “So my view is there is not a case to be made for deploying them to prevent such a low probability event.” […]

Just be warned, I am also hearing internet chatter that the TSA/government is about to make it illegal to tape in the security line (if it isn’t already). They’ll say it’s because they can’t have “terrorists” studying TSA security tactics, but we know what it will really be all about.

Video caption:

Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn’t set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn’t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn’t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn’t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins.

Can I tell you something else? I have been following this particular story for a couple weeks now and in all the videos and pictures I have seen, and there are many with more and more everyday, I have yet to see anyone being Rapiscan X-rayed or “super-size” groped by TSA workers that would actually fit the actual specifications of an actual terrorist. This is blatant idiotic laziness and cowardice in order to NOT profile those who would blow up a plane. So while they’re strip searching children in the security line and groping elderly citizens in walkers and wheelchairs, and forcing people with prosthetics to remove them … and we are told these people being searched are a small percentage of passengers … the rest are comfortably filing through to their flights. Yeah, the would be terrorists are watching.

Hillary Clinton, of all people:

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says officials should try to make the new airport security measures, including full body scans and intimate pat-downs, less intrusive.

Clinton says there’s clearly a need for the tighter security. But she says the government should explore ways to “to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance.”

She says she understands “how offensive it must be” for some people to undergo the searches. She says there’s a need to strike “the right balance” and to “get it better and less intrusive and more precise.”

Would she submit to a pat-down? “Not if I could avoid it,” Clinton says. “No. I mean, who would?”

She made the comments in interviews aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

UPDATE –

Gateway Pundit:

[…] This time the defendant, Sam Wolanyk says he was asked to pass through the 3-D x-ray machine. When Wolanyk refused, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel told him he would have to be patted down before he could pass through and board his airplane.

Wolanyk said he knew what was coming and took off his pants and shirt, leaving him in Calvin Klein bike undergarments.

“It was obvious that my underwear left nothing to the imagination,” he explained. “But that wasn’t enough for the TSA supervisor who was called to the scene and asked me to put my clothes on so I could be properly patted down.”

It was clear to Wolanyk that TSA only wanted him to submit to a pat-down and if they were interested in ensuring the safety of all passengers they would have rifled through his clothes, carryon baggage and acknowledged that he was not carrying any illegal paraphernalia on his person.

Once Harbor Police arrested Wolanyk, he was handcuffed and paraded through two separate airport terminals in his underwear to the Harbor Police office located inside a different terminal at the airport than Wolanyk had originally gone through during his TSA security process.

Another woman was arrested for filming the TSA screening process.

Here we go … Thanksgiving travel should be “very interesting”.

Very-Interesting

4 thoughts on “Updated – No Words … Just Unbridled Outrage”

  1. Rather than try in vain to find words which express what all of us surely feel over the tyranny which these serial humiliations presage, here’s what my family and did. We quit flying. A long time ago.

    It was immediately obvious to all of us who attacked on 9/11 – the same bunch about whom we’ve read and seen on the news for the past forty something years who hijack planes and perform homicide bombings.

    It was also immediately obvious, after the 9/11 escapade, that jihado-marxists would repeat that specific gag, as even jihadists are smart enough to realize their fellow passengers would reduce them to pulp long before they made it to the cockpit.

    And yet, a dread sign of communism appeard. Instead of profiling obvious suspects, screeners turned on the American people, who clearly had nothing to do with the 9/11 atrocities. Communist governments wage war on their own people, thus this was a most unsettling development.

    So, we quit flying until screeners profiled likely suspects and respected the rights of innocent people.

    Though we can’t control what they do, we surely can vote with our feet and our checkbooks.

    Neither my family nor I have ever been arrested, so we’re clearly not convicted felons, nor are we fugitives from justice. Thus, we find no good reason to be manhandled as if we were. So doing not only reduces us to serfs, but as well encourages increasing mistreatment of our fellow citizens.

    An astute blogger named ‘fdadb’ noted beneath the Washington Times editorial on TSA abuses recently, that TSA randomly searches everyone, and yet terrorist acts are not at all random. They’re carefully planned long in advance, thus randomly searching everyone will not only fail to stop future attacks, it will in fact waste time on harassing citizens and give terrorists the green light.

    As many have noted, if these measures were so effective, why do we never hear of terrorists being picked up by TSA screeners? Simple, because they know how to get through, and they’ve moved on to other targets.

    But bin laden clearly has achieved his objective, which after all was not for his people to destroy America, but rather to have America turn against her citizens.

    Paul Vincent Zecchino
    Manasota Key, Florida
    21 November, 2010

  2. Oh! My bad (OUR BAD!)!!

    Blame America First Barry and Co. ARE using profiling @ the TSA.

    It’s the Bill Ayers/Bernadine Dohrn/Weather Underground model, not the Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab/Richard Reid model.

    Okay, never mind …

  3. Paul, but sometimes the distances are to large not to fly. How long would a boat from NYC to London take? 🙁

  4. Mr. Mojito –

    I understand and agree. But many of us, when possible, use means other than flying. Sometimes distance mandates it, and many must fly for business purposes. Agree completely. But if flying is one option among several, many are choosing not to fly.

    Cruise line security is plenty vigilant yet they treat passengers politely, knowing that passengers choose to cruise and can just as easily choose not to.

    Good to chat, as ever.

    best,

    z

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