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I, for one, have not flown since this radiate-or-grope policy was enacted, and I will not fly again until it is repealed.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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TSA Logo Toon, courtesy of SooperMexican. The TSA Logo is also available as a t-shirt. Click the toon above or click here to go to the store to order it.

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Updated! A New TSA Logo and Legislation

The cartoonist SooperMexican has created a very apropos logo for the new TSA:

[T-shirts and sweatshirts featuring this spiffy logo are available here, just in time for your Thanksgiving flight or under the Christmas tree. There’s a size for everyone in your whole family—including the baby.]

Update ALERT! All products featuring SooperMexican’s cartoons can be gotten for 50% off during the 4-hour Friday Zazzle sale, which runs today, Friday 11/19 from 3pm ET to 7pm ET. Use code ALLFFHSDEALS at checkout. (If you miss the four-hour window, you can still get 20% off until Sunday night with the same code.) Sorry, but the sale has ended. However, check the Zazzle site frequently. They often have quick sales. Or follow @SooperMexican on Twitter for sale announcements.

It’s been quite amazing to watch even conservative commentators and anchors say they have no problem with having their groins inspected, all in the name of false, placebo security. Wouldn’t Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade be creeped out by having someone who watches them on TV, who thinks he knows them, feel their crotches and be able to tell his friends and families about it? Especially when it will have no effect in stopping a suicide bomber from secreting bomb materials in body cavities, or in cargo stored under the plane, or in a car in Times Square? Where is their dignity when they submit themselves to this invasion?

If this is no big deal, why doesn’t Janet Napolitano have an enhanced patdown done in public. Let us see her go through the experience and say it’s no biggie. Let us watch all of the Obamas, and all cabinet members, and Supreme Court judges, and all of Congress subject themselves to the patdowns. If it’s supposed to be okay for all of us, show us how unoffensive it is, how Constitutional it is. And ladies, no fair wearing pants during the procedure. Show us you have no problem having someone’s hands under your skirt, separated from skin by just a thin layer of fabric, if you wear more than a thong.

At least one legislator gets it. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced legislation: the American Traveler Dignity Act (HR 6416). That’s the perfect title, with the key word being “Dignity.”

Here’s Paul’s short speech on the floor of the House announcing his bill:

The text of Paul’s legislation:

A BILL – HR 6416

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual’s body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.

It doesn’t ban the procedures, unfortunately. But at least any and all TSA agents will be subject to criminal and civil penalties if they do anything wrong—and you know they will. We can hope that should this pass, enough TSA agents would refuse to open themselves to such legal ramifications and the policies will be forced to change.

Stand up, America. Do more than just ordering a set of body scan pasties. Engage in civil disobedience on November 24 and refuse the full-body scans and enhanced patdowns. Resist unreasonable search and seizure that Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill calls “love pats.” [Note: McCaskill is up for reelection in 2012.]

Update: Former Senator Rick Santorum takes a stand against the “enhanced screenings, as well as Mary Katherine Ham.