You know, I’ve made several attempts to start this article but am having a great deal of difficulty arranging my thoughts in a coherent manner as there are so many disturbing issues to address. At any rate, here are the facts.
A 95-year-old woman in the final stage of her battle with Leukemia was detained and extensively searched by our heroes in the TSA for 45 minutes on Saturday, June 18. Jean Weber, the victim’s daughter, has filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security over the treatment of her dying mother. Weber and her mother were attempting to fly to Michigan in order to be with family during what is considered the mother’s last days. Weber’s mother, who has only been identified as Jean Weber’s mother, is confined to a wheel chair as she is weak and can barely stand on her own.
Jean Weber claims that her mother was initially wheeled into an area behind a glass partition and was patted down. After the initial pat down, Weber claims her mother was taken into a private room in which TSA agents performed an extensive search. At some point during the 45 minute detention, agents came out and informed Jean that she needed to go in to remove the adult diaper her mother was wearing as it had become soiled and was impeding their search. Weber said that after she had taken her mother into the bathroom to change the diaper she began to cry. Weber claims she was then also detained and searched as agents interpreted her crying as “unusual behavior”.
A spokeswoman for the TSA Sari Koshetz could not comment on specifics of the case due to concern for the privacy of their victims. Koshetz did however explain that wheelchairs trigger special protocols for agents including pat-downs and swabbing for explosives.
Weber stated that in response to her complaint Homeland Security had told her that TSA had followed proper procedure in detaining her mother. Understandably disappointed with DHS’s response, Weber who stated that proper procedures “need to be changed” has vowed to file additional complaints this week.
Ok, so if your head has not already exploded over this atrocity here’s my take.
I take issue with TSA’s “proper procedure” being to detain EVERYONE in a wheel chair. I understand that a wheelchair presents some challenges in that it’s composed of steel and is a potential hiding place. However, assholes Burkas and turbans are also potential hiding places. Though all flying assholes may soon receive a TSA probing, our federal government has gone out of its way to reassure all Burka and turban wearers that they are the last individuals security authorities are concerned with. The feds have backed up their assurances of special treatment to Muzzies by terrifying our children, feeling up and molesting young women and girls, confiscating toys from children and the mentally handicapped and detaining and disrespecting the elderly and critically ill, the TSA makes no exceptions for anyone, regardless how loudly common sense screams out to do so. For instance, after their contemptuous treatment of a dying old woman results in her soiling herself.
Obviously this type of treatment of anyone is reprehensible but is it not also profiling the handicapped? Or is this some twisted, pseudo profiling affirmative action nonsense? Has the compassion we once had for the handicapped been trumped by a more fashionable victim? Have we given up all the best parking spaces, made the entire country handicap accessible and created entire industries dedicated to helping the handicapped and elderly, only to now throw them to the TSA wolves while those exhibiting the most common denominators among terrorists are intentionally overlooked in the interest of political correctness? Should all wheelchair users who intend to fly expect delays that could easily lead to missed flights? If not, how do the agents determine which wheelchair ridden passengers to interrogate? If the agent’s discretion is a factor in determining who gets detained, where does a 95-year-old 105 pound dying woman rate as far as risk factor?
This woman was born in 1916 during the height of WWI. She came of age during the depression and was a young woman during WWII. Though the report does not state as much, it’s statistically more likely than not that she contributed to the Allied war effort. She’s seen more of mankind’s advancement in her lifetime than all but a precious few still living. She watched our nation mature and prosper and in the end our ridiculously politically correct system treated her like a prison inmate.
This so pisses me off that words fit for publication escape me. I’d like to know what the hell happened to the threats of several major airports that they would kick the feds out of their facilities and hire private security if the searches didn’t become more customer friendly. The personal violations remain yet all talk of privatized security has literally vanished.
Link to this story: http://detnews.com/article/20110627/METRO/106270360/1409/rss36
WWII hero detained over his Medal of Honor: http://www.snopes.com/military/medal.asp
Breast cancer survivor forced to remove prosthesis: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40278427/ns/travel-news/
Video of one of many accounts of women becoming emotionally distraught over TSA molestation: http://scaredmonkeys.com/2011/06/03/more-from-the-tsa-woman-freaks-out-at-sky-harbor-international-in-phoenix-az-after-being-molested-by-tsa-agent/