Thursday, November 25, 2010

SNL spoof of TSA patdowns

Guess which country is giving up it's freedoms?

How to help your children understand the new airport security

TSA Patdowns

Have we lost every shred of decency in the U.S. in the name of "fear?"  The last time we flew (August 2010) my wife was accosted in one of these "patdowns."  It was more like second degree sexual assault.  I've made a personal vow never to fly again under these conditions.

I picked up the following from Carolina Naturally.

A US Army staff sergeant, now serving in Afghanistan, writes about the new enhanced pat-down procedure from the TSA. Summary of his very powerful message: to avoid giving gross offense to the Afghan public, and to prevent the appearance of an uncontrolled security state, the US military forbids use on Afghan civilians of the very practices the TSA is now making routine for civilian travelers at US airports...
At no time were we permitted or even encouraged to search children or women. In fact, this would have been considered an extreme violation of acceptable cultural practice and given the way word travels here, been a propaganda victory for the Taliban.

Yet somehow the TSA is engaged in this at home while my unit and I spent our tour unable to safeguard ourselves equally in an environment where the Taliban have often disguised themselves in burkas and used children as both spies and fighters...

TSA Bumper Stickers

A note on TSA screening from Boing-Boing

Sources at the TSA are bitterly angry that CNN is covering the global horror at the new pornoscanner/genital-fondling procedure: because, you know, it hurts their feelings. Unlike, say, irradiating breast-cancer survivors, terrorizing three year olds, or sexually assaulting mothers while their children look on. Diddums. 

source:  Boing Boing