Personal reflection on a trip to Rochester, NY

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mybodyismyown, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Mybodyismyown

    Mybodyismyown Original Member

    This is a sentimental reflection on a very nice weekend trip for an annual event in Rochester, NY. I flew to this event last year, but this year I drove there from Baltimore, MD because I am unwilling to submit to the TSA's sexual abuse.

    While I was in Rochester, I attended a wonderful backyard barbecue, complete with about forty friends grilling food on the vegetarian or non-vegetarian sides of the grill. Others were playing their guitars, ukeleles, flutes, and melodicas while singing some old-timey tunes. A group of us decided to take advantage of the small above-ground pool and we had a great time splashing around.

    After I got out of the pool, I needed to change from my swimsuit into some dry clothes. One of my friends, a sweet man about twenty years my senior, offered me his room in the house as a changing space since others were using the available bathrooms. Because that door didn't lock, he stood in the hallway and I heard him deflect a person or two from wandering in while I was changing clothes. I thanked him, of course, but I got tears in my eyes as I reflected on the moment later.

    This, just this. This is what it used to mean to protect someone. It used to be that when you cared for someone's safety, you kept encroachers away from their vulnerableness. This man guarded my privacy because he cares about me. This is what protecting people is truly about.

    The TSA doesn't care about us. The TSA is doing the opposite of what we used to mean by protecting someone. They call it safety, but they are shoving their hands down our pants. They call it protecting us, but they humiliate us by examining every inch of our naked bodies. They call it secure, but they order strangers' hands to wander all over the parts of our bodies we gave or will give to our spouses. I weep for this. Please don't mock my sentimentality. The tradition of caring for others by protecting their bodies is very important to me, and I am terrified that it will be gone forever.
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  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Thanks for recounting that experience, MBIMY. It's good to know that there are still cases of human beings looking out for other human beings and it sounds like your friends are a great bunch. Was this a public event or one that you and your friends coordinate for yourselves? If the former, I might be interested in joining in sometime. If the latter, it's impressive that you all can coordinate a big get-together like that with such a great turnout every year. Oh, and props for having the veg and non-veg sides of the grill. Too seldom is that considered.

    As for the TSA, well...

    It's pretty clear that TSA is operating with a rapist's mentality. They don't care about actually providing security, they just want to exert power over our bodies to show that they can. They are, in that sense, government-sponsored rapists. Child rapists, no less, as evidenced by the gropedown of the six-year-old in New Orleans.

    The only thing left to do is fight back with a different kind of sociopathy. If they want to exert power and control over our bodies, we do the same thing to their minds. Torture them emotionally. Verbally abuse them as harshly as possible. Drive them to depression, neurosis and, yes, suicide. Make them truly, honestly believe that they really are subhuman lifeforms who don't deserve dignity, who don't deserve kindness, who don't deserve love. Drive them to the point where they divorce their husbands and wives and throw their children out on the street because they honestly believe their children would be better off that way than living with them for one more minute.

    Revenge is a powerful thing. One person cannot hope to accomplish this kind of psychoemotional destruction on a TSO. Thousands of travelers per airport checkpoint per day, on the other hand, can. Best of all, it's not illegal to just make an offhanded comment about how worthless you think someone is. Multiply it by 1000, though, and 1000 perfectly-legal demonstrations of free speech turn into a mental-health death sentence for the TSOs who would see us subjugated and our bodies made into their playthings. That can be our revenge and it can leave a lasting impression.
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  3. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Your post brought me back to a time when all men protected all women and every mother watched out for all the children in the neighborhood. When the kids could play outside because the stay at home moms were watching out for them. When we knew our neighbors and the mailman and the paperboy. This is a different time in a different world but I watch videos of people being molested by the TSA and in most of them you see other passengers hurrying by with barely a glance no doubt thankful it wasn't them chosen for a screening. Once in awhile someone will stop and offer support to the "victim" and be told by the TSA to move along but most times it is as if they were invisible. Because we don't stand up for our fellow human beings when they are being abused we can't expect someone to support us when it is our turn to be the "victim". I've often wondered what would happen if an entire security line of passengers stood shoulder to shoulder and told the TSA they were mad as (expletive deleted) and they weren't going to take it anymore. Because when we allow one person to be abused by this government agency we have given them permission to abuse us all.

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