Gestapo Democrats Allow TSA to Humiliate Injured Marine
An active-duty Marine who lost both his legs to an Improvised Explosive Device was humiliated by TSA agents after he was forced to remove his prosthetic legs and was then ordered to stand so agents could inspect his wheelchair for explosives.
The incident prompted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to fire off a letter to John Pistole, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.
“The Marine, whose prosthetics were exposed, was humiliated,” Duncan wrote. “While I recognize the necessity to appropriately screen passengers, I am concerned by the apparent lack of situational awareness and respect among TSA officers – specifically when it comes to the treatment of war wounded.”
Last week a group of Marines recovering from war injuries at Balboa Naval Hospital and Camp Pendleton had been invited to watch a Spring Training baseball game in Phoenix.
On March 13 the Marines were stopped by TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Marine who lost his legs is confined to a wheelchair and had an escort.
Hunter said TSA agents ordered the Marine to one of two checkpoints – only to be told moments later that he should have enter the other checkpoint.
“A TSA officer asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own,” the congressman said.
The Marine, who was not identified, was then forced to remove his legs and then put them back on. At that point he was directed to a secondary screening location.
The escort then photographed the TSA agent as they forced the Marine to again stand while they inspected his wheelchair for explosives.
The Marine, who is still on active duty, produced his military card, but it made no difference.
The Marine’s escort was so infuriated he contacted Hunter’s office.
I think the entire TSA structure, which has insinuated itself into almost every aspect of our lives and builds bonfires with our tax dollars, has been an insult to democracy ever since it was created by George W. Boxarox Bush. And to think the only power it derives is from the mind-numbing FEAR of wussie Americans that was fed off by the FEAR-mongers of the Neocon movement. Since 2001, we have been running out of specially hot places in hell where we can book reservatrions for these plutocrats.