Wednesday, November 17, 2010
“Comply with me” even if I have icy hands
“They pulled us over to the side. They start at your ankles and they work their way up with hands on both sides of your legs. They get to your private area, they feel your private area, they, you know, feel your private area, they work their way down to your other leg.” “Be specific. They touched…” “They touched. And it was not back of hand. It was palm.” “Now, this is something your husband would do, but now, it’s a man. That’s the key.” “It was a male officer that patted me down.”
“They did the same thing to my children that they did to me.”
by Larry Geller
Stories and articles on TSA assaults are springing up on the web. You won’t see the videos or read many of the accounts in your newspaper.
The same article has a picture of the ultimate solution (see second pic in the article) which I hope is photoshopped.
I’m still waiting for someone to arrest a TSA agent:
And yes, it is assault -- at least in my state. Chapter 22.01 of the Texas Penal Code provides:
(a) A person commits an offense if the person:
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(3) intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
I think people get it. From a comment on the article:
Icky! I have to fly home in a few weeks.... I now have a lot to think about, to be groped or not to be groped. Ugh and I thought the worst part of the visit was going to be my family.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a song:
Comply With Me*
(With deepest apologies to Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen & Frank Sinatra)
Comply with me, before you fly away
Remove those shoes and take a cruise
Through my peekaboo X-ray
Comply with me, I'm your friendly TSA
Comply with me, you domestic coach class bums
If you opt out I'll just give a shout
To my icy-handed chums
Comply with me, bend over here it comes
Read the rest of “Comply with Me” on the Iowahawk blog.
Thanks for the link love.
FYI, John Pistole told a Senate subcommittee today that the TSA would not go after people -- including John Tyner, who balk at the intrusive screening and try to leave. I don't believe it, though.
And Napolitano would not answer the question whether Muslim women in hijab could "opt out" of the full-body screening and the naked people machines. If I were a betting girl, I'd bet the TSA will swab the hijab women instead. When the Muslim screenings get skimpy, be assured I will NOT be flying.
Thanks for your comment, and for the article on your blog.
This has to stop. I don't know how to turn blog articles into action, though.