March 28, 2008
|Mandi Hamlin, right, who claims a Transportation Security Administration agent forced her to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane demonstrates what she was asked to do by the TSA during a news conference Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Los Angeles, as her attorney Gloria Allred looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)|
Mandi Hamlin wants an apology from the TSA. Hamlin was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane in Lubbock, Texas.
In another world, another dimension, not one controlled by neocon sadists and professional mass murderers hired by the banksters, one where the herd is not brainwashed to be submissive to goons in uniforms, Hamlin may have told TSA flunkies take a hike. Instead, she submitted to humiliation, as required.
The Associated Press reports:
The female TSA agent used a handheld detector that beeped when it passed in front of Hamlin’s chest, the Dallas-area resident said.
Hamlin said she told the woman she was wearing nipple piercings. The agent then called over her male colleagues, one of whom said she would have to remove the jewelry, Hamlin said.
Hamlin said she could not remove them and asked whether she could instead display her pierced breasts in private to the female agent. But several other male officers told her she could not board her flight until the jewelry was out, she said.
She was taken behind a curtain and managed to remove one bar-shaped piercing but had trouble with the second, a ring.
“Still crying, she informed the TSA officer that she could not remove it without the help of pliers, and the officer gave a pair to her,” said Hamlin’s attorney, Gloria Allred, reading from a letter she sent Thursday to the director of the TSA’s Office of Civil Rights and Liberties. Allred is a well-known Los Angeles lawyer who often represents high-profile claims.
Hamlin “heard male TSA agents snickering as she took out the ring. She was scanned again and was allowed to board even though she still was wearing a belly button ring.” Allred explained that after “nipple rings are inserted, the skin can often heal around the piercing, and the rings can be extremely difficult and painful to remove.”
Naturally, a woman with nipple piercings is not a threat to aviation or national security — but then the point is not safety but rather making sure the commoners understand we now live in a police state. Snickering sadistic goons are not hired to protect passengers from al-Qaeda but rather to humiliate, even torture and kill them.
All of this is quite normal now, nearly seven years on from the inside job of September 11, 2001, when “everything changed,” that is when the government declared war on the American people and the Constitution, not fanciful terrorists squirreled away in a remote cave, terrorists wet nursed by the CIA.
Perverse normality and historical example reveal the ultimate outcome of snickering goons with pliers: Gestapo zones, where travelers may be tortured and murdered — for instance, Carol Ann Gotbaum, killed by thugs at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport — will migrate soon enough from airports to not only train and subway stations, but street corners as well.
Forget the Fourth Amendment, all of this will be deemed legal because it fulfills “special needs,” for instance “public safety,” a public apparently dimly aware of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and that shaved head cops do not have a right to search without probable cause.
Get ready for checkpoints not much different than those in Baghdad or the West Bank. Get ready for mentally deranged police officers returned from multiple mind-bending tours in Iraq getting in your face, asking for your papers, or biometric ID card. In Iraq, such resistance resulted in disappearance, torture, and murder.
Blackwater cleared intersections with automatic gunfire in Iraq. Is it possible the same will happen here? You bet, if history is followed. Bush’s neocon handlers, who claim to sculpt reality, have managed to impose National Security Presidential Directive 51, effectively rendering the United States into a Caesaristic police state. Add the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 and you have a martial law and police state structure in place.
“This directive,” writes Larry Chin about NSPD 51, “completely unnoticed by the media, and given no scrutiny by Congress, literally gives the White House unprecedented dictatorial power over the government and the country, bypassing the US Congress and obliterating the separation of powers. The directive also placed the Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of domestic ‘security’.” If you’d like a better idea of how these folks define “security,” take note of the FBI’s long and sordid history of undermining people exercising their rights under the First Amendment, COINTELPRO serving as the most obvious example. Ditto military intelligence and the CIA.
As history repeatedly demonstrates, such dictatorial power ultimately results in totalitarianism and its unavoidable excesses, including mass internment and death squads.
In the not too distant future, people may look back fondly on the days when all they had to do was take off their shoes or remove nipple piercings with pliers at the airport. Far worse may soon happen to them at the neighborhood checkpoint if they do not have their Real ID biometric card or some erroneous bit of information shows up in the terrorist database, beamed to every militarized cop car in America, or what was once America.
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