The Transportation Security Administration has consistently proven itself to be one of the least effective government agencies of all time. And that’s saying something.
Installed in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11th, the TSA has been leading the way in invasive and creepy airport security for a decade and a half in America. While their blatant ineffectiveness is sometimes construed in a loving, Barney Fife-like way, their recent move to intensify their physical pat-down procedures has many fuming, including the mother of one young boy who was traumatized by his experience.
“’He is still several hours later saying, “I don’t know what I did. What did I do?”‘ Jennifer Williamson, Aaron’s mother, wrote in a Facebook post published Sunday following the ordeal. ‘I am livid.’
“Along with her lengthy statement about the event, which occurred at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Williamson posted a two-minute video showing a TSA agent giving Aaron an extremely thorough pat-down.
“When everything was said and done, the frustrated mother said the ordeal took ‘well over an hour.’ She accused TSA officials of ‘deliberately’ keeping them from making their flight.”
The video, which you can see at this link, is quite disturbing to watch. The intensity and thorough nature of this TSA agent’s nonchalant groping of Aaron has more the feel of colorized film from fascism-riddled Europe in the early 40’s than it does America in the 21st century.