Via der Blaustrumpf, I came across the blog of the “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested” guy (yes, he has a blog; of course he does, and of course he wrote about his experience at the hands—well, not quite, but almost—of the TSA). He also took video of the incident on his phone, although it’s not so much “video” as audio, as the phone is for the most part lying face up on whatever surface taking a long still-shot of the ceiling. But the audio is good and clearly captures his exchanges with the TSA screeners. I have to admit, the “touch my junk” line made me laugh. It’s at about the 3:50 mark of the first video. And, as if on cue, a few seconds later a public service announcement pipes in over the intercom: “Security is everyone’s responsibility.” (Well, then, how about I fondle my own balls and let you know if I find anything?)
Not much to add except that I respect the guy for refusing to submit to this bullshit on principle. As for the larger implications, this comment by Brian Singer over at C4SS should give you something to think about:
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again in my informal quest for a grand unified theory of the unadulterated power of the welfare-warfare state:
On my first combat tour in Iraq, we subjected all persons coming onto the FOB to these scanners. Believe me, they hide little. I had the unpleasant experience of manning these scanners on multiple occasions. We called them “ball scanners” for a good reason.
Here’s my point: We invade a foreign country, and subject the people there to everything from warrantless searches. Invasive pat downs, ID card regimes, and of course, let’s not forget… Murder.
Then, we take this this new “security” technology, once we’ve tested it and found the best way to make people give up and comply, and bring it home to the good old US of A so that we can employ it here. As sick and disgusting as our foreign wars and occupations are, what seems to be missing from the whole discussion is what I see as the fact that these ventures are serving as laboratories for assaulting and destroying what few freedoms are left here in the US.
TSA draws heavily from former military members in it’s hiring. Connect the dots.