My husband, 13 YO son and I were targeted by the DHS for extra screening administered by Austrian authorities upon departing from Vienna to Dulles after a 1 wk stay. The screening was benign and the authorities were courteous. It was extremely mortifying for the mostly young, very decent young Austrians to have to strip a back brace and hearing aids off a 51 year old retired Marine officer, go through the purse of a 50 year old matron lady (Yes, I carry band-aides, hand cream, panty shields, 3 different types of pain relief, a flashlight, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hankies, and sundry stuff, 'cause ya neva know, happens, which is why I never travel more than 20 miles without a package of moist towelettes.), and swab a sweet-tempered 13 year old boy for explosive residue. The poor Austrians were heartsick near the end. We endured it all with patience and good cheer. We knew it wasn't the poor kids' fault. The blame rests with our kooky DHS, which strives daily to make U.S. citizens less secure, less happy and less free, while simultaneously making a laughingstock of our once respectable government. Was it because my husband and I are veterans? Was it because we home school? Was it because I opted out of the Rape-scam radiation machine on our way out of Dulles a week prior? There's really no knowing. All that is certain is that exploiting the Austrian security personnel to abuse unusually mild-mannered, law-abiding U.S. citizens by proxy does not improve transportation safety one iota. This act of profound fascism and stupidity airs our nation's dirty linen to the entire world, and I am deeply ashamed of our U.S. Government for disgracing itself in this fashion. I want to make it clear to all present that I have no issues with the behavior of the rank and file screeners in both the U.S. and Austria who were charged with employing unreasonably invasive screening practices against us. Each and every single one of them was unfailingly kind, and clearly uncomfortable with the tasks they were expected to perform. There are no winners in this travesty except for a tiny minority of sadistic, sociopathic screeners and greedy, psychopathic businessmen raking in profits from the sale of faux ''security equipment." The vast majority of people caught up in the DHS's morass are just trying to make a living in a brutal economy.