I have already discussed this at full the other day, so this post is simply an update on more absurd stories that are coming out concerning the Transport Security Administration’s (TSA) security measures.
…This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns–but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.
The second story comes from Gateway Pundit. A CBS 2 news report from July 2008 concerning some of the earlier TSA security procedures. This is why I don’t refer to these intrusive screenings and “new” since they really aren’t.
The last two stories come from The Right Scoop. The first is a video via Hot Air of a little boy who was forced to remove his shirt for a pat-down. Suffice to say, this was overly inappropriate and it definitely crossed the line concerning common sense and decency.
The second is another story concerning flight attendant Cathi Bossi, who was forced to remove her prosthetic breast after it was discovered by the TSA agent who was giving the pat-down. Like the previous story, this reeks of incompetence and a lack of common sense. Here’s the story as reported on WBTV.
Suffice to say, this kind of nonsense will continue until those in charge surrender political correctness for common sense. We know who we are looking for and it is clear by these stories that the TSA will treat everyone but Muslim fundamentalists like terrorists. The upsetting thing about all this is that it is most likely just the “tip of the iceberg”… Pathetic…
UPDATE: To highlight the absurdity of these security procedures, Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog is reporting on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the matter. When asked about the intrusive pat-downs this morning by Bob Schieffer on ‘Face the Nation’, she responded “No, I mean who would?”
Hot Air’s Allahpundit is also reporting on this, noting that while Clinton does have a chuckle about these pat-downs, she does defend the use of such intrusive searches. This does raise a question though; If it isn’t something she would submit to, why should anyone else? Mind-boggling…
UPDATE: Two new stories from Hot Air. The first comes from Matt Lewis who discusses the importance of Matt Drudge and The Drudge Report to bringing this issue to the forefront. Returning to the video from Gateway Pundit, this kind of nonsense has been going on for a few years now, but thanks to Drudge’s efforts, this has now become the major focus of news media. The second article comes from Cubachi, discussing a statement made by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about how the American government protects the rights of terrorists and not those of the citizenry. This point has been made a lot recently, but it needs to be stressed. Barack Obama and Eric Holder, along with many on the left, seem far more concerned with whether or not terrorists like Ahmed Ghailani are getting fair trials, then they are with whether or not these intrusive security measures violates the Fourth Amendment rights of American airline passengers. It does seem fairly clear that, as Jindal pointed out, this administration has its priorities wrong.
UPDATE: Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog is posting about the Erick Erickson story from RedState.com. While it isn’t about the intrusive TSA security procedures we have been hearing about, as Powers points out, it highlights the kind of “bureaucracy in action” nonsense we have come to expect from those behind this program.