On the subject of fondling kids

Even if this video of a three year old being overly aggressively searched by a typical TSA thug isn’t upsetting to you, you have to admit that it really underscores how pointless all this “security” is. Some little three year old white girl whose dad is a TV reporter is pretty f-ing far from being on some future FBI’s most wanted list for blowing a jetliner out of the sky with a diaper bomb. Come on, profiling isn’t always a bad word. Even taking away her teddy bear to X-ray it is ridiculous (and even if you want to tell me that sometimes kids toys are used to smuggle drugs, I’ll remind you that the TSA has no mandate or legal right to search for anything but direct risks to air travel safety — they are given this special ability to bypass normal search warrant law on that condition).

Fingers crossed that this video stays up as it’s been getting take-down notices on the ‘Tubes.

In “good” news it looks to me like the porno-scanners are on their way out, but at the same time, using them was only a part of the motivation, thus the air quotes. The half-core of what was driving it was corporations using fear — the engine of American politics — to sell showy and very expensive yet useless equipment… And now that the contracts for those sales are signed, those corporations would rather if the machines never get plugged in. That way they get the money, and don’t have to worry about follow-up, let alone the inevitable lawsuits that could severely cut into profits. And so we’ll move on to the next stage of the scam with new gear and new procedures… and whether you’re concerned about government abusing its sheeple, or whether you’re concerned about politicians conspiring with lobbyists to funnel tax money into private already-very-wealthy hands, this terror-war scam has got it all.

8 Comments

  1. peteD3 wrote:

    can we get a link/url to use elsewhere please?

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
  2. Shannon wrote:

    Here you go:
    http://www.myvidster.com/video/600891/Video_of_TSA_Screener_Accosting_3_Year_Old_Child_at_Security_Checkpoint

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink
  3. Dresden wrote:

    Ha. I was going to send you that this morning. Fuck the TSA.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 6:09 am | Permalink
  4. Twwly wrote:

    Everytime I start getting excited, thinking about traveling again, I read/see about this shit. Which makes me want to do the opposite…

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  5. Shannon wrote:

    Yeah really, I mean what do you do if you are traveling and they say “well, your son has been randomly selected for additional screening, so if you want to get on your plane, you’re going to have to let us fondle your son’s penis first… and since you’ve gotten this far, if you want to leave without the cockcheck, it’s going to be a $10,000 fine”…? Blows me away that people think this is reasonable and/or useful.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  6. Berber Anna wrote:

    Not as bad as the people fondling little kids, but Penn of Penn and Teller got assaulted by the crotch-grabbing security drones as well, and asked for the police. The officer turned out to be entirely on his side.
    http://www.pennandteller.com/03/coolstuff/penniphile/roadpennfederalvip.html

    I’m sure his fame had something to do with that, but I hope more people will start asking for police and filing assault charges.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  7. Marshall wrote:

    Have you heard any post-porno scanner anecdotes from heavily modified people? Given that that there’s a “much larger than thought” body of the population that looks unmodified from the neck up but has a lot going on in their pants, and that a lot of those folks don’t have any interest in being “outed” in a public place like an airport, I’m surprised I haven’t heard anything.

    Friday, November 19, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  8. peteD3 wrote:

    this is insane and gross and shameful for my fellow citizens of the USA.

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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