Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What Comes after the Government-Run TSA Tires of Terrorizing Little Children?

Today, we have some news that a Palestinian man has been sentenced to death by Palestinian authorities for selling a home to a Jew. That’s horrible and ridiculous, but it’s sadly not surprising considering Palestine’s usual repression of freedom and disregard for human rights.

What should be surprising – but is becoming almost commonplace itself – is how the U.S. government is treating U.S. citizens these days. Sure, Americans aren’t legally being punished for improper interactions with the wrong race, ethnicity or gender. (Though certain civilians are increasingly doing just that, savaging white people as supposed “justice for Trayvon Martin.”)

But just because the government isn’t behaving as badly as it could be doesn’t mean that it’s behaving well. Quite the contrary when it’s pushing its own set of rules through organizations like the TSA with an unforgiving amount of force.

Take what just happened at a Wichita, Kansas airport, where the Brademeyers were flying out of after attending a wedding. Mrs. Brademeyer and her two children were able to pass through the security checkpoint just fine, but her mother somehow tripped up the scanners.

That was when four-year-old Isabella ran over to her grandmother to give her a seconds-long hug, which quickly launched yet another completely overblown episode of the TSA Gone Wild.

While the U.S. media seems to be ignoring the incident, the UK’s Daily Mail reports:

“The young girl was immediately detained by security agents, who apparently shouted at her that she would have to be frisked too, and refused to let her mother explain what was happening.

“Ms. Brademeyer wrote: ‘It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.’

“In her terror, Isabella tried to run away rather than face a full body pat-down, which unsurprisingly enraged the TSA officers further.

“One officer even told the girl’s mother that the airport would have to be shut down and every flight canceled if the four-year-old did not cooperate.”

Apparently, the child was a “high security threat.” And when she was taken into a side room where she wouldn’t stop crying – despite stern orders from the TSA agent to do so – and refused to let the agents pat her down, backup was called since “the suspect” was “not cooperating.”

Of course, no illicit weapon was ever found on or linked to the four-year-old or any member of her party. So the whole show of power was only good for one thing… as a show of power.

Terrorizing little children can only fulfill so much of a tyrannical individual or organization’s lust for power though. So even if America is willing to sacrifice its youth for the idea of safety, we still need to start looking around at the rest of the world and asking: What Comes Next?

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