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TSA shaming girls

2013-06-17 17:21:07.225578+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Mark Frauenfelder on BoingBoing: LAX TSA officer shames my 15-year-old daughter for her outfit.

Here's what happened, as my daughter described it in text messages to us: she was at the station where the TSA checks IDs. She said the officer was "glaring" at her and mumbling. She said, "Excuse me?" and he said, "You're only 15, COVER YOURSELF!" in a hostile tone. She said she was shaken up by his abusive manner.

And Maureen Herman weighs in: A is for...: Another Reason to “Be Shameless”: TSA Agent Shames 15 Year Old Girl.

... It’s important that we stand up for things that may not seem like a “big deal.” Because cumulatively, they become the experience of oppression. ...

Yes. This. This is why the whole NSA snooping in secret thing pisses me off. Not because I'm worried about anyone knowing who I call, or reading my email or listening to my phone calls. I'm worried because those who choose to become agents of authority are usually heavily conservative influences, and no matter the procedures or rules of engagement, they will use their judgement to erode freedoms.

And every single inch we give them is a step further down that slope towards being Saudi Arabia.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-17 18:55:54.384633+00 by: meuon

Unfortunately the average 15 year old is too meek to say: "Officer, you have exhibited pedophile tendencies and should report to a therapist/counselor immediately. In fact, I think I'd like to talk to your supervisor about your obviously inappropriate thoughts and comments, I'm only 15..."

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-17 21:52:16.320897+00 by: Dan Lyke

Or at least "Oh, I'm sorry, my burka is in my checked luggage". But, yes...