Take on the terrorists

Instead, TSA agents are declaring war on our rights and dignity
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Transportation Security Administration screener Marlon Tejada (left) watches as Randy Parsons, the TSA’s acting federal security director, goes through a full-body scanner at Los Angeles International Airport.

 

Conservative commentator Bill Kristol wondered blithely Sunday whether there's really a national outrage over airport screenings and pat-downs.

He needs to get out more.

Unfortunately, the East Coast media apparently don't believe what they haven't seen for themselves.

Well, now they've seen it.

And felt it.

A female ABC News employee reported that an airport screener actually put her hands down the ABC employee's underwear, and that, in her words, "it was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate.

"The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around."

Makes you wonder: Are Transportation Security Administration employees as well-screened as airline passengers?

That woman's ordeal -- as much as it helped the media see there's a problem -- may not even be the worst that's being visited upon passengers by the out-of-control TSA. One 61-year-old cancer survivor, Thomas Sawyer, had his urostomy bag's seal broken by a TSA agent, covering the man with his own urine.

When he warned them about the delicate medical equipment attached to his body, he says "they said they didn't need to know about that."

"They never apologized," he said. "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."

That evidence was also evident to others in the airport when he left.

The TSA also ordered a longtime flight attendant, a breast cancer survivor, to take off her prosthetic breast.

"If this country is going to sacrifice treating people like human beings in the name of safety," Sawyer said, "then we have already lost the war."

More than that, we're losing our constitutional rights and our human dignity.

And all in a lost cause: The government, in an all-out effort to avoid profiling, is hoping to keep us safe with pure luck -- by randomly searching Americans, including young boys and nuns and retired teachers with medical conditions.

As the big pre-Thanksgiving airport deluge begins today, Americans who actually agree to fly will have a choice: be seen naked and absorb radiation the government says is safe, or acquiesce to pat-downs that increasing numbers of fliers say are akin to assaults.

Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asked if she'd want a pat-down, said, "Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?"

A grassroots Internet protest called "National Opt-Out Day" is encouraging travelers to "opt out" of the full-body scan and request pat-downs today -- in order to clog up the airports with delays not even the busiest travel day of the year has ever seen.

We're not sure what the point of that is; it will only further inconvenience a flying public that is already under siege from its own government.

Instead of fighting each other, why don't we take on the terrorists?

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