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TSA HULK is green monster of compassionate insight

November 18, 2010

Who could fail to be moved by stories of cruel TSA agents traumatizing little kids, rape victims, and wives of heroic pilots? Threatening Draconian fines against people who just say; “Screw this, I’m taking the train!”? Zapping us with x-rays? (Unlike cell-phone radiation, the x-rays used in airport scanners are high-energy enough to be a real concern.) TSA agents have been foolish enough to tangle with Penn Jilette. There’s even a TSA HULK on Twitter, who said something very interesting:



I guarantee we will hear more stories of sadistic, perverted TSA agents fondling women and kids.  Any organization that large will have its share of pervs.  But spare a thought for the poor schlubb who finally found a stable job in a tough economy, only to have it morph into something they never bargained for.  No ordinary person wants to do that, and by definition most people are ordinary.  Even most TSA agents.  They’re thinking; “I have to ‘encounter testicular resistance’ on little kids?  Really?”

And Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Yea!  We’re going to go see Grandma!  What will it be; the naked x-rays, or the assaultive fondling?  Get ready for some really tough stories out of the holiday travel season.

We have ourselves to blame for this, by the way. When you elevate any one principle above all others, absurdity is the inevitable result.  For example, if you elevate “Security” above “Common Sense” you get security theater, in which a great show is made of being Tough On Terrorism while actual terrorists laugh at us for the circles we’re running in.


  • Nobody wants their privates photographed or fondled, but some people have more reason than others.  About 1 out of 1500 people are born with ambiguous genitalia – they’d just as soon not have that known to strangers every time they travel.  Transgender people who live as their gender of identity but who have not had surgical treatments will face unwelcome scrutiny.  Cancer survivors with prosthetic breasts.  Anyone with any kind of prosthesis. And of course rape victims, children, and people with unusually strong standards of modesty.
  • Johns Hopkins doctor on TSA Scanners: “Someone is going to get cancer from those x-rays”.  It is difficult to calculate the odds of course but generally about the same as being in a terrorist attack in the first place.   Except for one thing: some people travel a LOT and anyway, are we planning on doing this forever?  Your kids may have 70 years of flying ahead of them.
  • Seriously, think twice before letting your child step into that scanner, or be touched by an agent, however well-intentioned.
  • Amtrak, anyone?
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  1. November 18, 2010 at 16:53 | #1

    I’ve decided to take Amtrak back to Illinois next Monday for Thanksgiving week, George. I’m not saying I made my decision to take the train entirely because of what the TSA is doing, but…

  2. November 18, 2010 at 18:15 | #2

    Yes, after my pre-booked flight which I can’t back out of I will consider other modes of transportation until this is all “fixed”. Not sure what that means yet.

    While there are some people at TSA that may not want to do what they have to do, I’m sure the other part that factors in is the Standford Prison Experiment. Give them some training, a suit, a role, and a badge and you’ve created a scenario that was predicted some 40 years ago.

  3. November 19, 2010 at 01:49 | #3

    I’d put it this way, Webs. Many of the people who don’t want to fondle peoples’ groins all day will find a way to get out of it. What you’ll be left with, as with many jobs that have this kind of stigma, are the people who like doing it and the ones who can’t find a way out of it. Neither class of people is likely to be effective, I think.

  4. WeeDram
    November 19, 2010 at 04:43 | #4

    Oh great … some really weirded out dude is going to blow up The City of New Orleans and we’ll have the TSA on rail platforms, too.

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