While most people find the new procedures disturbing and annoying, they go along with it because they just want to get to where their going with as little conflict and delay as possible. There are significant numbers, however, who are experiencing trauma from what they describe as assaults against their persons.
You’re already familiar with many of the horror stories – they are legion: the 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor whose urine bag was punctured by TSA gropers, the ABC News employee who said an agent reached inside of her underwear, and “felt around”, the flight attendant who was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a routine pat down, teddy bears being snatched from toddlers, young children being aggressively pat down, a woman getting an invasive and prolonged crotch search because she was wearing a pantyliner, a woman who says she was chosen to be pat down because of her breasts, “it was pretty obvious”, reports of pants falling down, and shirts flying up, exposing breasts in public, etc, etc, etc. These “isolated incidents” keep happening.
You know – KNOW that if it were the Bush administration doing this, the left would be howling and gnashing their teeth; they would be demanding that Bush/ Cheney be frogmarched out of the White House and sent to the Hague to be tried for crimes against humanity. True, some on the left would be conflicted because in their worldview, political correctness supersedes all, and everyone should be willing to make sacrifices that protect the sensibilities of Muslims. But I think the egregious nature of these enhanced screening procedures would have trumped that consideration for most.
There is a name for people who tell others that they have a responsibility to shut up after being molested, and many of those names are in a national registry.
Here are the three main defenses of the TSA from those who aren’t actually the TSA.
“Republicans did it first”“Don’t listen to conservatives. They’re crazy, Tea Partiers or both”
“Nothing to see here but naked people and the Internet’s ginned-up anger”