Meg McLain was in line at the Florida Dade county Airport to catch a flight when she was singled out for the “naked body scan” – but refused. At that point, Ms. McLain says, she was subjected to treatment thought only possible in a totalitarian regime. According to a Miami New Times online report about the event, McLain “was the only person in her group who was selected to go through the body scanner. After she refused she was informed that an officer would have to pat her down, a procedure that apparently involves squeezing and twisting her breasts. McLain says she didn’t refuse the procedure, but did have questions. Her questions set off a series events that lead to local police officers and TSA agents ripping up her ticket and escorting the crying young woman out of the airport.”
McLain was shouted at, ridiculed, and eventually handcuffed to a chair. The airline ticket was torn in half by a TSA who mockingly held the ticket in front of her face while Ms. McLain sat sobbing, unable to even wipe the tears from her face because of the hand cuffs.
It may appear a paradigm shift has taken place with the recent election but that remains to be seen. We like to believe we enjoy representative government in the USA but the truth is we are governed by a statist bureaucracy. The 112th congress must take dramatic steps to rein in the bureaucratic state and restore the liberties we have lost over the past ten years. They must be willing to abolish totalitarian style “security agencies” like the TSA and repeal leftist legislation like the Patriot Act. If they fail to do so we will know we have been bamboozled once again.
Miami New Times