Liberalism has jumped the shark

KMOV in St. Louis reports:

Business traveler, Penny Moroney, was flying home from St. Louis to Chicago. Like all other airline passengers, she had to go through security first. When the metal in her artificial knees set off the detectors, she had to undergo more screening. When Moroney asked if she could go through a body scanner, she was told none were available.

A pat down was the only alternative.

Moroney explains “Her gloved hands touched my breasts … went between them. Then she went into the top of my slacks, inserted her hands between my underwear and my skin … then put her hands up on outside of slacks, and patted my genitals.”

“I was shaking and crying when I left that room” Moroney says. “Under any other circumstance, if a person touched me like that without my permission, it would be considered criminal sexual assault.”

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Joel P. writes:

It has become increasingly obvious to me that the egregious nature of these TSA gropes serves a purpose well beyond weapon detection. What they’re trying to do is make this process so humiliating and unpleasant that people will gladly accept the scanners as a “reasonable” alternative.

Notice how the focus has shifted over the last several days. Whereas a week or two ago we were discussing endlessly the invasive nature of the “porno-scans,” now we’re so busy being outraged by the sexual harassment of the grope regime that the porno-scanners are a mere afterthought. Indeed, Penny Moroney was so horrified by her experience with the TSA grope that she wishes there had been a scanner she could have gone through instead.

Perhaps my confidence in the American public is at an all-time low, but I predict that within maybe a few years from now these scanners will be as commonplace and accepted by the masses as standard metal detectors. The sleight of hand of the “grope” will have then proven to be a most effective distraction.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 20, 2010 04:28 PM | Send

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