Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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Beauty Queen Sexually Assaulted

Finally, a celebrity, a former Miss USA, has been forced to suffer the indignities of a TSA full-body pat-down and has come away crying. I say “finally” not because I want celebrities to be subjected to degrading interactions with their government like the rest of us commoners. No, I say it because only a celebrity can bring sufficient attention to the abuse. Only a celebrity can garner the celebrity-crazed media sympathy for him or her. Only a celebrity can be handed an instant megaphone to express her disgust at the foul treatment, no matter how “routine” or “professional” the TSA tries to say it is.

(That’s a far cry from media-craving lawyer Gloria Allred proclaiming last year that she actually enjoyed her airport governmental fondling, which actually explains somewhat—though not totally—her bizarre baseball-bat sex simulation in front of two young girls in pigtails last week. [Warning: TMZ presents the inappropriate, needless demonstration in its typically rude and vulgar manner.])

I feel very badly for the 2003 crowned beauty Susie Castillo and her traumatic experience at the hands of a Dallas TSA employee. No one should be forced to endure what she did. No government should ever have the right to run their hands over a citizen’s body if they have no warrant and that citizen is not under arrest.

Unfortunately, this now occurs every day in this country. We hear the outcry when video of a little girl being molested by Uncle Sam pops up, but the clamor over the same thing occurring to her mother and sisters and grandmothers has gone silent.

Here’s the video Castillo made after going through the ordeal and after she then talked to the TSA to register a complaint.

If you have suffered through a TSA full-body pat-down too, follow Castillo’s recommendations and speak up. That’s the only way this horrendous policy will get changed.

I, for one, have not flown since this radiate-or-grope policy was enacted, and I will not fly again until it is repealed.

Speak up. Fight for your liberty. It’s rapidly being stripped away.

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2 comments to Beauty Queen Sexually Assaulted

  • Mike Square

    It is unfortunate that the young lady felt violated by the procedure, but that was the choice she made by refusing the scanner. She absolutely has a right to not be subjected to unwanted touching, but she does not have a right to fly on commercial airlines. She can always take the train, bus, or drive. I suspect that the country will continue to pursue other options to physical contact, but until then, stay out of airports & no one will pat you down. (unless you get stopped by the police).

    • Unhyphenated-American

      Mike Square,

      “She absolutely has a right to not be subjected to unwanted touching, but she does not have a right to fly on commercial airlines.”

      You are wrong, plain and simple. When you buy a ticket to fly commercial, you are engaging in a contractual relationship with that vendor. That, Mr. Square, ENTITLES you to engage that vendor. Nowhere in the the ticket does it say that you’re engaging the TSA for services. The TSA simple has managed to interpose itself in between you and your vendor under the guise (or color of law, if you will), and that is simply wrong.

      So please Mr. Square, secure a basic understanding first, before you exercise your right to say something. Which by the way, just because you have a right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us are interested in hearing it.

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