“The United States does not have a security system, it has a system for bothering people.”–security expert Shlomo Dror.
Hey, she fits the TSA profile of a suspicious passenger. She’s white, has Spina Bifida, confined to a wheelchair, and carries a stuffed animal that could have been loaded with enough explosives to bring down an Airbus A380.
Lucy was on her way to Disney World when she was stopped after going through security at her home airport. She and her parents and siblings made it through the security checkpoint without a problem until diligent, alert TSA agents, always on the lookout for our security, sprung into action and nabbed the little terrorist before she could board the plane.
They took away Lucy’s favorite toy which caused her to cry uncontrollably. The TSA officers demanded that her parents stop recording. Lucy’s father, a lawyer, told them that he was legally allowed to record them and her mother said repeatedly “you’re not touching my daughter” without a camera documenting their actions.
John Pistole, Janet Napolitano, and the rest of the incompetent thugs who create these policies at the TSA and DHS should have been collecting unemployment years ago. But that won’t happen in a government that rewards bureaucratic stupidity.
During a 2011 hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rand Paul put Pistole’s feet to the fire:
SENATOR RAND PAUL: Currently the invasive pat-down searches are random and not based on risk assessment?
JOHN S. PISTOLE, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: No, actually they are based on intelligence that we know specifically from Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the way he concealed that device. There are some random pat-downs if that’s what you’re referring to, but it is based on intelligence.
PAUL: I guess this little girl would be part of the random pat-downs, this little girl from Bowling Green Kentucky, one of my constituents. They’re still quite unhappy with you guys as well myself and a lot of other Americans who think you’ve gone overboard, you’re missing the boat on terrorism because you’re doing these invasive searches on six-year old girls. Same week that this happened I got a call from another neighbor of mine in Bowling Green, a little boy had a broken foot and crutches. They didn’t want to go through all the screenings, so they took the crutches off and the cast and he wanted to hobble through on his broken foot. His dad was helping him. TSA said “back away, back away.” Then he had to go through the special search because he previously had a cast on, even though the cast went through the belt. When the dad comes close they say “back away, back away.” “If you don’t back away you won’t fly.”
This kind of gets back to this whole idea of what are willing to do, what are we willing to give up as a country. In your interview with ABC News, you said “I see flying as a privilege.” There are those of us who see otherwise. The Supreme Court concluded in Saenz vs. Roe in 1999 says that although the word travel is not found in the text in the constitution, yet the constitutional right to travel from one state to another is firmly embedded in our jurisprudence. Justice Stewart went on to say in Shapiro vs. Thompson that the right to travel is so important that it is assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. A virtually unconditional constitutional right guaranteed by the Constitution to us all. This isn’t to say we don’t believe in safety procedures. But I think I feel less safe when you’re doing these invasive exams on a six-year old.
It makes me think you’re clueless, if you think she’s going to attack our country and you’re not doing your research on the people who want to attack our country.
Just a reminder: The TSA, created in 2002, has never stopped any terrorist from actually boarding an American commercial aircraft. But they utilize x-ray scanners, metal detectors, pat-downs, sexual molestations, strip searches, and federal air marshals, to target Kinder Eggs, whistleblowers, thermoses, refusniks, white middle class Americans, elderly people, mentally retarded people, leukemia patients, children, and Soldiers.
Congratulations, TSA. You’ve convinced me to do what no terrorist ever could; not to fly.