TSA ‘Demonstration’ Of Gropings Backfires In Congress
from the oops dept
Apparently the TSA went to Capitol Hill this week to “demonstrate” the new groping pat downs to prove to folks in Congress that they’re really not so bad. The only problem? Those watching the gropings seemed to get exactly the opposite sense:
He said that several House staffers were uncomfortable and averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people.
“The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations — male on male, and female on female,” the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes.”
“They shot themselves in the foot,” the staffer continued.
Now, will those in Congress actually do anything about all this? It’s really amazing how frequently the TSA and its supporters insist that the gropings “aren’t so bad.” It really suggests a huge disconnect between what they’re doing and what people consider “bad” to be.
Things we do to innocent people to prevent terrorism
Here’s a non-comprehensive list of things innocent people have suffered in order to prevent terrorist attacks on America:
- Monitored them on closed circuit television.
- Asked them to present photo ID at the airport.
- Required them to walk through a metal detector in order to go to the gate.
- Required them to empty their pockets.
- Required them to take their laptop out of its bag.
- Required them to remove their shoes to go through security.
- Prevented them from carrying more than a small amount of liquids past security.
- Required them to put all containers containing liquids in a clear plastic bag.
- Required them to have their carry on luggage hand-inspected by security.
- Required them to put their checked luggage through an explosives detector.
- Monitored their phone calls.
- Monitored their Internet activity.
- Subjected them to minimally invasive patdowns at security.
- Forced them to walk through a backscatter X-ray scanner that shows their naughty bits to someone in another room.
- Subjected them to invasive and humiliating patdowns.
- Placed them on a no fly list for unknown reasons.
- Kicked them off an airplane for looking suspicious.
- Prevented them from flying because of their religion or ethnicity.
- Roped them into terrorist plots using paid informants and then arrested them for being terrorists.
- Tortured them using sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, sexual humiliation, and extreme temperatures.
- Subjected them to waterboarding.
- Turned them over to governments of countries like Egypt and Syria in order to be tortured.
- Beaten them to death.
- Shot them.
- Shot and killed them.
- Blew them up using laser-guided bombs.
- Killed them in Predator drone strikes.
Seems odd to me that some people are so much more offended by a couple of items on this list than they are by all the rest.
Is it worth it?