Like Lucretia, I have been sharing &hearing multiple stories on the recent public outrage against the new TSA enhanced pat-downs and new/nude scanning requirements. I thought Lucretia summed up what this submission to the government could lead to and why it is so important for all of us not to be apathetic, but involved in ending this intrusion on our freedoms!
For those who want to dismiss these pat-downs off as non-invasive, like Gloria Allred, who says 'it's the most she's been touched in years and enjoyed it', and those who do not call these pat-downs sexual assault or harassment, I give you the definition of sexual assault as provided by the National Center for Victims of Crime:
Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape. Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
Therefore, anyone who wants to travel freely in this world and our country, the land of the free, should be able to do so without being groped, scanned, prodded and poked by complete strangers!
Obviously anyone who has been a victim of rape or any sort of sexual assault would be very sensitive to flying and having to succumb to such a violation of their body and privacy. I could imagine it would or could create additional anxiety and trauma for those people, not to mention if you already have a fear of flying.
Children who are innocent to the world and would not otherwise have anyone touch them in these private areas should not be touched in places we teach them are not to be touched by anyone but themselves or a trusted doctor with mommy or daddy nearby. However, the point is the process is a violation of our privacy and our 4th amendment rights whether we are small children, nuns, grandmas, grandpas, breast cancer or bladder cancer survivors with medical devices or prosthetics! None of us should have to forgo our rights because of a few terrorists who spent less than 4000.00 building a silly undie bomb or brought 2.00 box cutters on a plane. We should not be spending millions, if not billions of taxpayers dollars buying radiation machines and paying TSA agents with no more than a high school diploma or GED touching and poking us in our most private areas of our body! It's time to take a stand, regardless of religion, race, political party or age! All of us are becoming victims of harassment and sexual assault and being told to comply or pay a fine up to $11,000.00 or don't fly! We can't let things get to the point where we are having to do this in every public facility or transportation mode we take, as Lucretia points out. Speak out and demand our government use a reasonable method of security, such as behavior profiling and have them spend those millions or billions of dollars on people with the training and education needed in law enforcement, psychology and criminal behavior handle security without violating every passengers rights! This is unreasonable search and seizure not only of our persons but of our freedoms, rights and belongings.
I've been sporadically posting accounts of recent experiences of everyday people with the new TSA security measures. Cancer survivors, persons with disabilities, children, elderly, and now as I'm finally getting caught up - someone I've had the chance to get to know. Someone who lovingly stopped and signed her book for me last winter when we were together in Nashville, despite the fact that she was in a hurry.
Someone I know, who wrote more candidly than I think I'd be able to just exactly the level of non-consensual, uninformed, public & humiliating sexual assault she'd experienced. While traveling with her infant. Alone.
An Open Letter to Americans and their Elected Representatives
To those who use try to excuse these recent cases of blatant sexual assault and demeaning public humiliation by TSA agents?
I have heard you say so many places elsewhere ....
See the rest of her post via the reamp link above. It's worth reading her response to her friend Erin's sexual assault while traveling alone with her infant son. Until we all become more involved and proactive this type of nanny-state government will continue to escalate and little by little we will have given up all for nothing and a false sense of security. Maybe you don't fly often or don't fly at all, but those of us who do need your support and those of us who stay complacent will soon be herded along, told what to eat, drink, how much power to use and when, what car to drive to whether you can use your cell phone while driving to what health care your doctor can give you. Wake up, because when they came for our security and took our rights away little by little eventually we will have no rights and no freedoms and we will live in a controlled and communist country. But, you say it can't happen here? Those who deny history are doomed to repeat it.