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Fri, Nov. 26th, 2010, 05:30 pm
Terrorism at the airport.

The point of terrorism is to make its victims feel helpless. If one doesn't know where the next bomb or mass shooting will happen, and the probability of it happening is high, people are afraid. In case of mass shootings, at least people have some chance of fighting back successfully with their own small arms.

For all the brave statements like "if someone molests my spouse/child/parent, I'll hurt them", most people aren't going to get into a losing fight at the airport. They will either avoid future air travel, pester their elected representatives or exact revenge at a more convenient time. But the same people who would overlook an offense to their own dignity are unlikely to forget or forgive an offense against their families.

Some TSA agents are terrorists. Whether they enjoy their jobs or not, they do things every day that traumatize people and they do so with almost complete impunity from either legal prosecution or immediate defensive actions by their victims. Their leadership enables routine transgressions against innocent people in the name of security. The lies aren't convincing anyone. I will be watching the fate of this particular bunch of government-sponsored terrorists with interest.

Fri, Nov. 26th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
wolfrick

I wonder what Mr. Bowman would think about this sorry state of affairs.

Fri, Nov. 26th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
perspicuity

i've noticed that many of the more hysterical accounts of TSA assault have apparently been solo travellers.

i'm waiting for someone's kid or spouse to be assault, and have some kind of RESPONSE occur. like scenario is that some kid starts screaming or freaking about and is manhandled, and the parent(s) come to the aid of their child and beat the living crap out of anyone withing arms reach. that would be sad for the family, but fantastic for the media frenzy and hopefully SOMEONE in the oval office will figure out that the people are not happy and do the right thing by us; if not, i'm sure it'll just keep happening.

i'm starting to feel bad for the TSA workers getting chest Xrays everyday. in a year or so, many of them should have cancer. well, almost feel sad for them.

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Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
maradydd

Statistically, one of these days my husband is going to have a seizure in an airport checkpoint.

God help the TSA agent who tries to keep me away from him if that happens.

That is all.

Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
perspicuity

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/24/menstruating-woman-s.html

this kinda thing... sooner or later the people are going to get riled.

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Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
crazychicknlady

"i'm waiting for someone's kid or spouse to be assault, and have some kind of RESPONSE occur. like scenario is that some kid starts screaming or freaking about and is manhandled, and the parent(s) come to the aid of their child and beat the living crap out of anyone withing arms reach."

The thing is, the typical parent is trained to let their children scream and be manhandled - in doctors offices and dentist's chairs - so I'm not sure how quickly most parents will react to protect their children from the manhandling by an "authority figure" in a TSA agent. At least not in the moment, they are far more likely to brood on it after the fact, but comply meekly in the meantime - mustn't cause a scene you know ;-).

Personally, I'm not likely to even fly again.

Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Curious

I wonder how many of these TSA agents will be targeted for retaliation outside of the workplace later? Will it become a case of "Well, Joe ended up in the hospital because someone beat the crap out of him last night. That's the third one this week, I'm starting to think about finding another line of work."?

Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
olegvolk: Re: Curious

I doubt it. People who can effectively pull off counter-terrorist operations are unlikely to go after the rank and file perpetrators. I assume that TSA leadership has bodyguards and wears armor. They certainly stand no higher in the esteem of the general public than possum smegma.

Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
altamira16

Crime makes victims feel helpless. What makes terrorism special is that it is unpredictable. TSA is not unpredictable.

Edited at 2010-11-27 01:22 am (UTC)

Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
olegvolk

The degree of their impositions is the unpredictable part. I doubt many people who got manhandled at checkpoints expected that.

Sat, Nov. 27th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
altamira16

I don't know. I think it is different. It is like the part in Animal Farm where the pigs rewrite the rules, and they become the perpetrators of the injustice that they at first unified everyone against. And it is worse because they have codified that injustice into law.