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November 21, 2010

Young Boy strip searched by TSA

Waiting for the spark: I can't help but think that at some point mob action is going to break out and all those plastic tubs are going to be hurled at the TSA agents.

YouTube - Young Boy strip searched by TSA
"Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn't complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn't hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins."

Posted by Vanderleun at November 21, 2010 12:23 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Why do I feel this is the last Christmas for the TSA as we know it?

Posted by: Stephen B at November 21, 2010 2:26 PM

By order of the Obama team for voting them out of office. The most vindictive bunch you'll ever meet.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at November 21, 2010 6:44 PM

You know, one of these days, someone who just doesn't give a shit anymore is going to let it all out on some TSAsshat.

It's not if, it's when, and that only tempered by "how soon".

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at November 21, 2010 9:09 PM

Far-be-it from me to be the guy who is looking for a little accuracy-in-media here, but let's keep a couple of things in mind....

Our Islamic-extremist enemies--the ones who have and are causing most of the terror the world has to deal with--have used toddlers and infants as a means of delivering a bomb. See the attempted "Baby-bomb attack" on Benazir Bhutto (who was later assassinated the old-fashioned way). Bringing your kid to a TSA security screening is not dispensation for that kid to get a little less screening than anyone else (And No: Your kid does not look any different than a child of a John Walker Lindh, an Adam Gadahn, a "Jihad Jane", a Jose Padilla, or any of the other Western al Qaeda operatives.)

Likewise for the stories of the cancer-survivors who have been humiliated by TSA screening. I feel for them, and the TSA ought to be more aware of their special needs, but when someone presents himself with a colostomy bag or some other prosthesis, then that thing ought to be examined. It should be done humanely, but it still needs to be examined.

And finally, when a "frustrated dad" takes off his son's shirt at a TSA checkpoint, it is incorrect to say that the boy was "strip-searched by the TSA". The TSA didn't take off the shirt, the dad did.

The TSA is a convenient punching bag, and Zero and his "Big Sis Bruno" are perfectly capable of screwing something up, but in this case, I think the TSA is appropriately reacting to the threat we face. What would we be saying if another underwear bomber got through and the TSA had done nothing to stop him?

Posted by: azlibertarian at November 22, 2010 6:00 AM

They've used Muslim children az, not Americans. Even the Americans are Muslims, Arabs and Iranians. Try some common sense. It is Muslims, Arabs, swarthy people, who are trying to kill us.

Posted by: Jewel at November 22, 2010 6:10 AM

Jewel, I agree that it is the Muslims who are trying to kill us, but how do you find them when their terrorists are not all Arab? Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Underwear Bomber is Muslim, but a black African. That the conspiracy that supported him was able to construct and get an explosive device past screening shows that they have some degree of sophistication. How much more sophistication would it take to give Abdulmutallab a non-Muslim name and passport? How would a profiling system based on looking for Muslim Arabs then find him?

How would it find a Richard Reid...the Shoe Bomber? How would it find a Jose Padilla? How would it find a Chechen Black Widow?

You call for some common sense here. Fine. How about lets get rid of our naiveté on exactly who our enemy is? You can't profile a religion, and given that Islam spreads across many different races (keeping in mind that the largest Islamic country is Indonesia), there is no way to use race as a profiling mechanism.

And how does a Muslim child look any different from any other child?

Posted by: azlibertarian at November 22, 2010 10:31 AM

Given the movement from shoe-removal to genital groping, is there any reason not to expect the progression to cavity probes?

Posted by: Cris at November 22, 2010 6:41 PM

I love the deal where you see something horrific, and say "Nice".

The best part of the video.

Posted by: flannelputz at November 30, 2010 8:01 AM

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