Forbes: The Only Upside To Terrible Treatment By The TSA?

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Once again confusing TSA with law enforcement ...

    Forbes: The Only Upside To Terrible Treatment By The TSA?

     
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  2. I very much like how an enhanced secondary screening (or whatever) is called "being roughed up by the TSA." The rhetoric has taken a very good turn lately.
     
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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I know I am being overly optimistic but I don't see how the continuous negative press can go on without the current administration taking some action. We need to tie Obama to each and every negative TSA incident so just the connection is out in the public and move this discussion to the upcoming elections.
     
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I'm happy to see Obama metaphorically tarred and feathered for this (and so many other things), but I say again: Romney isn't going to do anything about the TSA either. Neither are the Senators or Congressional reps in Washington. Not until more of them get groped, robbed, or otherwise abused. None of these worthless wankers is going to do a damn thing.
     
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Mike, the link is broken and I can't find the page, even using normal search methods. I know Kashmir Hill is a regular columnist/blogger at Forbes. Do you happen to have the original URL anywhere?
     
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    P.S. James Fallows has further info on this:
    http://www.travelunderground.org/in...n-and-sigh-the-united-states.2946/#post-30914
     
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    That's the title of Kashmir Hill's blog post on Forbes.


    The Only Upside To Terrible Treatment By The TSA?

    She saw the Becky Akers article and the Boing Boing article and drew some interesting conclusions:

    There may be one upside to the trampling of our dignity when traveling. Beyond instilling a healthy skepticism of unfettered state power, it is giving us insight, as a nation, of what it is to be part of a group that is unfairly scrutinized and discriminated against by those in authority.

    and

    It’s awful, but perhaps it will result in greater national empathy for those that are systematically discriminated against by law enforcement because of their race, ethnicity or religion. Being roughed up by the TSA for no other reason than the suspicious behavior of buying a plane ticket could grant those of us who have not experienced it a taste of the frustration of being pulled over for no other reason than “driving while black.”

    I'm thinking that if we win (and by win I mean scaling back gropes and getting rid of nude-o-scopes), this may be a reason.

    What do you think?

    Also, I like the title of the Boing Boing article -- "Who Did The TSA Terrorize Today?" "Who Did The TSA Terrorize Today" could be a great daily or weekly TUG column. :)
     
  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Oh, foo. Sorry about that.
     

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