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I, for one, have not flown since this radiate-or-grope policy was enacted, and I will not fly again until it is repealed.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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Related Prudy Posts:
Groping Towards Bethlehem
A New TSA Logo and Legislation
The 2010 Sooper Awards Ceremony

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|Prudence Potpourri

Groping Towards Bethlehem

Numerous jokes have been made on Twitter about the sexual assault that is now required by the TSA if you wish to board an airplane. Men seem to have much less concern over being groped by government—with some saying that gives them all the more reason to fly. Ha ha. [Update: Okay, some of the #TSAslogans are funny, but…] Go ahead and laugh while the cannibals strip you down and oil you up as they get the fire ready.

The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights says:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Just how does routine TSA intimate molestation of citizens not violate every bit of that amendment?

If it is not unreasonable to have some random man stick his hands between our legs and rummage around until he’s satisfied there is nothing else to feel, what is? Just where do you draw the line? Perhaps they should combine the security check with a medical exam for breast and testicular cancer, kill two birds with one grope, so to speak.

Where is the probable cause? If you are okay with government-required sexual assault, perhaps we need to send SWAT teams to your house whenever you purchase a plane ticket, so they can go through all your belongings there, just in case you might be constructing a bomb that you would then try to put in your little girl’s pants.

Is this okay?…

To me, that’s outrageous. Completely unacceptable. Forget giving added training to unskilled TSA flunkies on how to feel up children. They should not be touching them at all.

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey writes:

We can’t know for certain that terrorists wouldn’t use a child as a mule to get explosives or other weapons through airport security, of course. In fact, we’ve seen al-Qaeda use children and the mentally impaired as “suicide” bombers in Iraq, so we know they have no scruples in doing so. Allahpundit noted three days ago that those who complain about those procedures now would have a very different take on the matter if a plane suddenly exploded in mid-air. However, wouldn’t that require the parents of the child (or those posing as parents) to be the actual terrorists? Shouldn’t TSA have taken the whole family aside and questioned Mom and Dad first to see if they got a hint of some ulterior motive?

Allahpundit and Morrissey are wrong. I would not have a “very different take on the matter if a plane suddenly exploded in mid-air.” This grossly gross invasion of privacy can never be justified—and it likely would not prevent an attack. The terrorists will just find another way, while you agree to show up at the airport three hours early in a robe with a change of clothing for after your oral, anal and vaginal wanding.

Why would you submit to this at an airport, but not at a movie theater or grocery store or wedding reception or crosstown bus?

People, wake up. Think about what you are agreeing to. What would the Founding Fathers have said? Would George Washington have thought it acceptable to have some slovenly soldier stick his hands up Martha’s skirt?

If you let this line be crossed, you have no liberty left. There is nothing you won’t submit to.

Join the outcry. Follow John Tyner’s lead in refusing to allow the government to touch your crotch:

From W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming:

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Is it too late to stop its advance?

Update: For more info see the previous post: TSA = Traditional Sexual Assault