Anniversary: Andrea Abbott and the TSA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Jul 12, 2012.

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    Just over a year ago, a woman did something that, in any normal society, would be considered good: she tried to protect her child.
    But we aren’t living in a normal society. What was once good is now bad, and what was once unthinkable is now accepted. Not only accepted, but lauded, exalted, bragged about.
    One year ago, Andrea Fornella Abbott tried to protect her 14-year-old daughter from being molested by the TSA. And for that, she was arrested, handcuffed, and jailed. While dozens of people stood by and watched.
    In this case, the police behaved worse (if that’s possible) than the TSA.
    Abbott was not flying that day, but accompanying her daughter through security at Nashville International Airport. Her daughter was “randomly” selected to go through the strip-search scanner. Abbott, more informed than many of her fellow citizens, said she didn’t trust that the scanners were safe (they’ve never been tested) and opted for a pat-down. But she also said she didn’t want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately” or “crotch-grabbed.”
    As you can see in this video, her daughter was crotch-grabbed anyway. Because that’s what the TSA does. That’s what millions of Americans now think is normal, that they and their children have their hair pawed and their genitals touched in order to get on a plane.
    How sad that so many people think they’re so dangerous that they can’t be trusted to board a plane without being sexually molested.
    Several TSA agents and police officers surrounded Abbott and bullied her. You can see this clearly in the video. At no point does Abbott touch or threaten any of them. Yet you can also see that the cops wanted to teach her a lesson. Instead of doing their duty and upholding the Constitution, which they are sworn to do, they sided with the TSA.
    After Abbott finally agreed to allow her daughter to be “searched,” the beefy cop in the video even goes so far as to block her view, standing right in front of her, so that she can’t see her daughter getting groped in the glassed-in cage.
    This was a deliberate provocation. He seems to be taunting her. If this isn’t an example of a bully, I don’t know what is.
    After Abbott’s daughter is groped, the uniformed cadre continues to hound them. Nowhere in the video does it look like Abbott is being “disorderly.” It looks like her sin is talking. Apparently we now can’t talk in the Land of the Free. Because the cop, after sticking his finger in Abbott’s face repeatedly, suddenly hauls off and handcuffs her.
    Any decent cop, watching this video, should be ashamed of a colleague behaving in this manner.
    But, as I said, we aren’t living in a normal society anymore, nor a decent one.
    “What kind of children are we raising?” Charlie Leocha asked. Many of us have been asking the same thing. Over and over again. And all we get, in reply, is the new catechism of the USA: “Just get me to my flight on time!”
    This country has lost its collective mind.
    Andrea Abbott’s trial date has been set for October 22nd.
     
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I'll be the TSA drops this or pressures them to drop it before then, if they can't get Abbott to plead out.
     
  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    What I remember most about this repulsive video, (right after the unrelenting bullying), is the way the sex offender repeatedly shoved her hand into the 14 year old child's crotch. She did this repeatedly, and thrust her hand so deep from the front that you could clearly see the blue gloved paw from behind the child.

    How could any mother watch such an assault without becoming nauseous?

    What can we do? I just don't understand how this is acceptable.
     
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  4. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    To this day this video pisses me off. If that was my child that smurf would be in a sleeper hold till i felt them about to pass out then I would break there neck...and ask which of the pedosmurfs was next. There is not a jury in Texas that would convict a father of defending his child from assault by a bully with a badge or anyone. Case in point Link

    This :trash: has got to stop. Parents (especially fathers) either need to grow a set or use the ones they have to stop this NOW... If not the parents are cowards grooming a generation that cant think for themselves and think sexual abuse is acceptable.
     
  5. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I dunno. I think our current "jury selection" process is designed to insure that no one of reasonable moral character, average education and/or common sense ever serves. I think they deliberately select stupid moral degenerates.
     
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  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I strive, in all circumstances, to be as blindly gender-egalitarian as I can possibly be. Ultimately I'd like to eventually reach the point where I don't even see gender without consciously trying to. However, I'm inclined to believe that if (when) someone does finally snap and forcibly introduce a smurf-clerk's face to the floor, the first one to do it is going to be a mother. There are millions of years of evolution built on a primal maternal protective instinct and we see this in nature all the time - both parents can be protective of the young, but the mother tends to be more vicious and willing to kill. The chemical bond that drives this confers a clear evolutionary advantage and though humans, as a species, are sufficiently civilized that we're no longer ruled solely by the laws of nature, those influences are still there. My own mother always said that the only time she could ever kill someone was if they had hurt me or my brother, but in such a situation, god help anyone who got in her way.

    All that having been said, I agree completely. I don't have children myself but if I did, I'd be keeping them far away from airports and explaining to them in as much detail as their age and development would allow them to understand that what TSA is doing is wrong beyond wrong. If a smurf-clerk did lay hands on my child, I can only hope that for a blackout during retaliation so I could have some hope of pleading insanity.
     
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  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Sad if wasn't true...still would rather tried by 12 then 6 (old west saying$

    Being a Paramedic has been the reason for my dismissal from jury duty the last 3 times. Defense lawyers especially in child abuse cases don't like health care providers and push for dismissal, while the DAs like us on the jury.

    CW - I should have been more neutral, and yes it could be mom or dad that goes off. It doesn't matter who it is a dead smurf would make a distinct impression that won't be ever forgotten. I think it's just a matter of time, and when it does TSA not gonna have a leg to stand on.
     
  8. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I can't watch that video anymore. Large Marge should be doing hard time for what she did to that kid. And the cop, Tommy Testosterone, sworn to protect kids like this, turns into a pimp for Large Marge. Cops like him will be the first to hide their uniforms when the going gets tough. I hope they all meet with justice in this lifetime. Pistole too.
     
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