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TSA Agent Confession
Politico ^ | 1/31/2014 | Jason Edward Harrington

Posted on 01/31/2014 7:47:52 PM PST by 12th_Monkey

My pained relationship with government security had started three years earlier. I had just returned to Chicago to finish my bachelor’s degree after a two-year stint in Florida. I needed a job to help pay my way through school, and the TSA’s call-back was the first one I received. It was just a temporary thing, I told myself—side income for a year or two as I worked toward a degree in creative writing. It wasn’t like a recession would come along and lock me into the job or anything.

It was May 2007. I was living with a bohemian set on Chicago’s north side, a crowd ranging from Foucault-fixated college kids to middle-aged Bukowski-bred alcoholics. We drank and talked politics on the balcony in the evenings, pausing only to sneer at hipsters strumming back-porch Beatles sing-a-longs. By night, I took part in barbed criticism of U.S foreign policy; by day, I spent eight hours at O’Hare in a federal uniform, solemnly carrying out orders passed down from headquarters.

I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying.

(please see article at the link)

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: tsa; tsapervs
Long read. I know this subject has been flogged to death, but I thought it was pretty good. Let me know what you think
1 posted on 01/31/2014 7:47:53 PM PST by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey

” We drank and talked politics on the balcony in the evenings, pausing only to sneer at hipsters strumming back-porch Beatles sing-a-longs”

Beatles beat Pete Seger (RIP)


2 posted on 01/31/2014 7:52:43 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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3 posted on 01/31/2014 7:57:49 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 12th_Monkey

I thnk John Pistole should be horsewhipped for openers.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 8:27:27 PM PST by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: 12th_Monkey

5 posted on 01/31/2014 8:36:33 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

If I were a manager I’d toss any resume with “TSA” on it in the circular file. Why would I want someone who would participate in that to work for or with me?


6 posted on 01/31/2014 8:53:39 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Pretty much confirms what we suspected. Moreover, it shows how government works at most every level — for example the Wisconsin teacher who was fired for watching hardcore porn at school, then reinstated by a liberal judge. The facts now coming forth show support from fellow teachers, male AND female,attempts to minimize and excuse his horrific behavior, all because he’s a union brother. Tell me that public employee unions have one single purpose in today’s world...


7 posted on 01/31/2014 8:58:50 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Each day I had to look into the eyes of passengers in niqabs and thawbs undergoing full-body pat-downs, having been guilty of nothing besides holding passports from the wrong nations. As the son of a German-American mother and an African-American father who was born in the Jim Crow South, I can pass for Middle Eastern, so the glares directed at me felt particularly accusatory. The thought nagged at me that I was enabling the same government-sanctioned bigotry my father had fought so hard to escape.

The fellow writing the article apparently didn't learn anything from 9/11. No wonder he worked for TSA

8 posted on 01/31/2014 9:00:00 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: musicman

Ha! Those are great


9 posted on 01/31/2014 9:38:03 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: lightman

I hated flying before, now I hate it twice as much


10 posted on 01/31/2014 9:39:09 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: zeugma

Hmmmm, interesting... I would have to think twice about an ex-TSA people


11 posted on 01/31/2014 9:40:43 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: bigbob

I heard about case, pathetic indeed. Judge was probably sympathetic to public employee unions.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 9:44:05 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: zeugma

His statement gave me pause because I thought Muslims in their garb we given a pass...

So maybe that happened early on, not so sure if it’s true now


13 posted on 01/31/2014 9:48:06 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Hmmmm, interesting... I would have to think twice about an ex-TSA people

There's always a reason NOT to hire someone...and it doesn't have to be the one you say it is.

14 posted on 01/31/2014 9:59:26 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

15 posted on 01/31/2014 10:04:20 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

absolutly.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 10:10:30 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

to grope or not to grope, that is the question....NOT, grope,poke,cup and stroke


17 posted on 01/31/2014 10:13:05 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Thanks!!


18 posted on 01/31/2014 10:16:37 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: verga

BTTT


19 posted on 02/01/2014 3:44:52 AM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Ex-Agent Confirms Worst Suspicions About TSA: “We Laugh At Naked Bodies And Take Apple Butter From Old Ladies”

http://weaselzippers.us/


20 posted on 02/01/2014 6:54:04 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: 12th_Monkey

“Every now and then, a passenger would throw up two middle fingers during his or her scan,”

I had to go through O’Hare every two weeks for five years. I let them know my opinion of them in this maner every time they made me go through one of those things.

I’m glad I was not the only one.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 8:37:09 AM PST by Jotmo (Whoever said, "The pen is mightier than the sword." has clearly never been stabbed to death.)
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To: KeyLargo

Love Weaselzippers, I need to get by their more often.


22 posted on 02/02/2014 6:45:00 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Jotmo

thats a heck of a lot of body scans.


23 posted on 02/02/2014 6:46:43 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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