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In which I am molested by the TSA

Just because I tell you that you can touch my cooch doesn't mean much when the option is to violate my military orders.

The commuter terminal only had the naked machines today, so I opted out, especially in light of the fact that the TSA recently admitted that the radiation emitted by the machines is higher than previously thought, and they don't know *how* high it is. GREAT! Hey, let's make sure pregnant women get a good ol' dose of x-rays with no protection over their uteroi.

So I opted out. The TSA does not like it when you do this. I put my hands on my head because I figured I was supposed to and things went downhill from there. I told the supervisor she had my permission to violate my 4th Amendment rights and sure to form she said I'd given up my rights by passing the checkpoint. The patdown was fairly professional, but they do feel your crotch and around your breasts.

Then they thanked me for my service and oh yeah, that's when I went off with, "Yes, *I* defend freedom! You don't!" What the hell are they thinking?

I did not swear at them, call them names or anything. I did bring up the Constitution because I've sworn to defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They are the domestic enemy mentioned in my oath.

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selenite
Mar. 17th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
My kids are visiting Gramma this summer . . . by train.
azelmaroark
Mar. 17th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
"Yes, *I* defend freedom! You don't!"

A++++ (xinfinity)

I somehow avoided the scanners on both flights even though most people in front of me were asked to go through them. I guess I look non-threatening enough. (As my friends said, "Little do they know, that's The Enemy's new strategy: recruit cute little girls...") Which is a good thing because I'd have to take my chances with radiation given my own issues. =/
rockahulababy
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
LAX must not have gotten the pat down memo. The last time I went through, they had the new body scan things, but they had the old way. If you chose the old way, you didn't get the pat down (and more people chose the old way than the new way). I wonder why that was...

Very well said, though, and I am sorry you had to deal with that.
garpu
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
The comment she made about giving up your rights makes me mad. Like can't see straight, want to hurt something mad.

Needless to say (and for the sake of those having to bail me out), we're not flying anytime soon.
tyrenol
Mar. 18th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
But isn't "Not Knowing How X-ed Out Thy X-Ray Is, When It Might Be Enough To Endanger A Women's Baby," something you can bring to court?

I'm all for "national safety," but never at the expense of someone who can't defend oneself.

-_-;
kishiriadgr
Mar. 18th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
You have to be able to show damages in order to take it to court. You also have to be the party who received the damages. This is known as "ripeness" and "standing".
tyrenol
Mar. 19th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
Well that sucks. :(

I wish you luck, though.
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Marsha Browne
Mar. 19th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Boycott Flying
Please consider joining the not-so-silent-or-small minority of us who detest what is happening to our civil liberties and the U.S. Constitution in the name of "security."

Boycott Flying's followers cross every spectrum of society, and we believe there is strength in numbers, and in the rightness of our dedication to decency, dignity, and putting an end to the "TSA Tyranny."

Go to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Boycott-Flying/126801010710392, and click the "Like" button to join us.

And I, too, thank you for your service to the nation, both in and out of uniform.
kishiriadgr
Mar. 20th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: Boycott Flying
I believe I'm already a member of that. I was distributing flyers before Thanksgiving at my local airport as well. I need to go back to doing that.
dancingcarrot21
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I don't usually like to talk about politics and related topics, especially on livejournal. But I agree with you 100% about the TSA. They piss me off like no one's business. A lot of them have taken advantage of their position to sexually harass women more than a few times, and search 3 year old girls and little boys.  Because obviously these are our most likely candidates for carrying a bomb on the plane.  Nothing creepy going on here!

Anyway, I admire you for telling the TSA off. One time when I was eleven I was picked for random searching. I never got the chance to speak my mind about it, but I really wanted to. :-/
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