GUEST COLUMN: The TSA – Out of Control

By Mark Flakne of Keep Columbia Free

FROM: http://www.keepcolumbiafree.com/blog/the-tsa-out-of-control/

If you have yet to see the film Please Remove Your Shoes, do yourself a favor and grab a copy. The filmmakers have coined the term “Security Theater” to describe the useless and intrusive practices of the TSA. The recent addition of body scanners that provide screeners with a detailed look at your genitalia while bombarding your body with cancer-causing x-rays has people from all sides of the political spectrum up in arms. If you refuse to submit to the body scanner, your only option is to be literally felt-up. Your choice is to show your genitalia to the TSA or let them fondle your genitalia.

Recently some interesting and ultimately alarming videos of the TSA screening process have made it to the internet.

This first video from CW39 News shows a TSA goon attempting to fondle a child all in the name of safety. If you are a parent, be prepared to be sickened.

Another incredible series of videos was shot by a blogger known as JohnnyEdge. Johnny was randomly singled out for a body scan or “porno scan” as he so aptly calls it. After refusing to show his genitals to the TSA he is told he will have to submit to having his genitals groped by a screener. When Johnny refuses to allow a screener to touch his penis he agrees to leave the airport without flying. After he receives a refund for his ticket, Johnny is stopped by TSA personnel and threatened with legal action for refusing to submit to a groping. The videos from his ordeal are included below or you can visit his blog for the full story. Be sure and make it to the last video that shows Johnny trying to leave the airport and being harassed by a TSA officer in a suit.

More videos at: http://www.keepcolumbiafree.com/blog/the-tsa-out-of-control/

I am the co-founder of StateSurge.com; a government transparency website that strives to deliver government data in a way that is useful to the people and help citizens interact with the government. I also work in Saint Louis, Missouri helping develope the technology needed in modern politics.
Larry Stendebach

2 Responses to “GUEST COLUMN: The TSA – Out of Control”

  1. Terrence Korpal says:

    Au contraire mon amie (sic).

    This guy, as well as anybody who sympathizes, empathizes, or relates to this guy or the family who was upset their daughter and daughter’s Teddy Bear had to be scanned must live in a cave. In the era of shoe bombs, suppository explosives, and utilization of children as human bombs, coupled with the growth of home grown, non Middle Eastern looking fundamentalist and the historic anti American of European ethnicity, all bent on the destruction of the American ideal, we need to give the benefit of the doubt to those on the front line trying to protect us.

    Quit crying or quit flying. Better yet, start an airline and find the pilot to fly the planes of your airline for the brief time it exists until it is blown from the sky.

    Geez, what a bunch of crybabies who know so little about terrorism, terrorists, or who fail to take the time to construct alternatives because they are too busy whining. Let’s adopt the example of the Israeli’s who are the best at anti-terrorism. Oh no, to adopt such experienced, successful policies would inconvenience the whiners too much!

  2. Carl Bearden says:

    “In the era of shoe bombs (EDITOR’S NOTE: NONE ORIGINATED IN US), suppository explosives (EDITOR’S NOTE: NONE ORIGINATED IN US), and utilization of children as human bombs (EDITOR’S NOTE: NONE ORIGINATED IN US), coupled with the growth of home grown, non Middle Eastern looking fundamentalist and the historic anti American of European ethnicity, all bent on the destruction of the American ideal, we need to give the benefit of the doubt to those on the front line trying to protect us.”

    Violation of the basic civil liberties are not excused in the name of “safety” and NO BENEFIT OF DOUBT IS WARRANTED. If TSA would use Israeli methods, they wouldn’t have to do full body scans and grope searches except on those they know are the most likely terrorists. That’s what they do and that’s why they are successful.

    TSA does indeed need to take lessons from the Israelis. If they used the Israeli prime method of profiling, they would not be searching kids whose parents had never been to the middle east, have had no contact with middle easterners and who have no reason to be assaulted.