airport sexual assault, cadets for christ and the bleating heart of the usa

The only thing that scares me more than the fascist shift are all the sheeple who willingly march to the bleat.

In December, Claire Hirschkind, a 56-year-old rape survivor who has a type of pacemaker implant, was arrested and banned from an airport for refusing to submit to having her breasts handled by a stranger. Emphasis mine.
Hirschkind said because of the device in her body, she was led to a female TSA employee and three Austin police officers. She says she was told she was going to be patted down.

"I turned to the police officer and said, 'I have given no due cause to give up my constitutional rights. You can wand me,'" and they said, 'No, you have to do this,'" she said.

Hirschkind agreed to the pat down, but on one condition.

"I told them, 'No, I'm not going to have my breasts felt,' and she said, 'Yes, you are,'" said Hirschkind.

When Hirschkind refused, she says that "the police actually pushed me to the floor, (and) handcuffed me. I was crying by then. They drug me 25 yards across the floor in front of the whole security."

An ABIA spokesman says it is TSA policy that anyone activating a security alarm has two options. One is to opt out and not fly, and the other option is to subject themselves to an enhanced pat down. Hirschkind refused both and was arrested.

Other travelers KVUE talked to say they empathize with Hirschkind, but the law is the law.

"I understand her side of it, and their side as well, but it is for our protection so I have no problems with it," said Gwen Washington, who lives in Killeen.

"It's unfortunate that that happened and she didn't get to fly home, but it makes me feel a little safer," said Emily Protine.

Claire Hirschkind being sexually assaulted is "for our own protection" and "makes me feel a little safer". I keep reading and re-reading these words, marveling at how thoroughly brainwashed USians are, how perfectly their government has instilled fear in their hearts, how weak, compliant and complicit in their own oppression they have become.

Speaking of sheep, have you heard about this? A Christian cult called Cadets For Christ is operating within the United States Air Force. Cadets for Christ is part of the "shepherding" movement, which teaches that females are sheep, males are shepherds, and you do the math. Go read Ed Brayton, with links to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and HuffPo.

I was a bit suspicious when I read the family name of the people who have gone public about their daughter's brainwashing: they are Peter and Jean Baas. But this has been documented for at least a year. It is not a hoax.

Thanks to James for sending. I couldn't resist the juxtaposition of these various ruminants.


allan said...

a co-worker, who moved from nyc to canada a few years before we did, told me a story today of flying from pearson to (i think) connecticut on christmas.

he got to the security checkpoint at about 5 AM and presented his canadian passport. the officer was not in the mood, saying LOUDLY that homeland security dictates that US citizens must enter the US with a US passport (though my friend has gone back and forth from canada and the us with a canadian passport for many years without even a peep from the border goons).

the officer waved the canadian passport in the air, and yelled: "this is not a valid travel document in the united states! this is a piece of crap!"

on a form my friend had filled out stating he was a canadian citizen, the officer took his pen and crossed out "canada" with such force, he ripped through the paper. then he wrote, in big block letters, "U S A".

finally, my friend was allowed to go through (so he CAN enter the united states after all!). he was not more than a few steps away before he heard the officer speaking sharply to the next person in line: "you're going to have to take that off! who do you think you are, casper?"

he turned around and saw a woman wearing a veil.

... and then another goon yelled at him that he was not allowed to stand still, and to keep walking.


his partner -- who was born in france -- was in another line. when he stated that he was going to new england to visit relatives, this other officer said, "how can you be born in france, live in canada, and have relatives in the united states? that is impossible."

laura k said...

Thanks for sharing that horrendous story. Amazing - or not.

The "you must enter the US using a US passport" rule is applied quite selectively. So far I have heard of three incidents involving this, including the one Allan just posted. All three times, it was used purely for harassment - and all three times, the person was actually allowed in, with no further consequence.

This is by far the worst of the three.

impudent strumpet said...

I would feel safer if the inside walls of all buildings were treated with DDT, so any creepy crawlies that enter would be instantly killed.

Is that enough to make it happen?

allan said...

"casper" really surprised me, for some reason.

Kev said...

The evangelical christian movement has insinuated itself throughout the US military,particularly in the air force academy. Their strategy is to target new recruits during basic training, while they are at their most vulnerable.

Their influence on the military is found throughout the ranks right up into the Pentagon.

Fault Lines did an excellent expose on this a couple of years back. It's well worth a watch.


laura k said...

Thanks for the link, Kev. I used to blog about this a lot, then kind of gave up in disgust. It's good to revisit.

laura k said...

It's very connected to the wars in the Middle East, of course. Although the wars are about oil and profit, there are factions in the US military for whom it's a religious crusade.

deang said...

I've got to the point where I have a hard time not hating Americans themselves. I live in Austin and am not surprised at all that fellow passengers weren't alarmed at the woman's treatment. I too have been told by Americans that such brutality makes them "feel safer." I've even had people that I thought were friends advise me not to criticize these increasingly brutal "security" measures in public. I have since reevaluated whether I think of them as friends.

There was a case about three years ago of a burly cop in a US high school (yep, many US schools now have armed cops roaming the halls routinely) who tackled, beat, and injured a boy simply because his shirt wasn't tucked in ... and a passing female teacher, far from being appalled and horror-struck at the brutality, actually helped hold the child down so the cop could continue beating him with less annoying writhing.

I think a major contributing factor to the American public's compliance with all this is 20+ years of watching shows like "COPS" and "NYPD Blue" and other TV shows that valorize whatever cops do and encourage viewers to identify with cops and "security" instead of with those they target.

Kev said...

deang, While I understand your frustration, you shouldn't be so hard on them,we have been bombarded with the message of fear of each other and deference to authority from birth. Studies have shown that only approx. 15% of the population is somewhat resistant to these techniques.

Also there is reason to hope,slowly but surely the tide is turning as more and more of us wake up to the fact that we are being played. Remember it is always the darkest just before the dawn.

And by the way the same attitudes towards security prevail up here in Canada as well and in Toronto at least we also have cops in our high schools because people were manipulated in to demanding so

laura k said...

I find it's a lot easier to be generous about people in Canada than in the US. Deang lives in Texas, after all.

Kev said...

There does seem to be something about Texas.

A good friend off mine ,an agnostic who was as liberal as they came, always willing to offer a helping hand.

In 99 he moved to Houston to work in the oil sector as a chemical engineer, when he came back for a visit three yrs later,I no longer recognized him. He had become bigoted and was firmly in the GWB as gods messenger camp

It must be from too much red meat and the dreaded mad cow

Mike said...

Definitely disturbing reading, I guess it's hard to know how widespread the uh, approval of such tactics is, it could be the people who would object feel to cowed to do so these days. As far as the general trend in public politics is, I would like to point out that people elected Obama when he presented himself as a progressive. Now the fact that his presentation seems to be so much smoke and mirrors there would seem to be a shift towards more progressive politics in the general population. It's just a shame that the Democratic Party in the US at least, seems to be willing to use progressive rhetoric while legislating Republican. I'm not sure how well I'm presenting that thought here but hopefully the gist comes through.

laura k said...

The Democrats have been the Republicans for a long time.

I understand what you're saying about Obama's election, but I don't think he presented himself as a progressive. He presented himself as a smart, optimistic, better-looking, more well spoken candidate than the other guy, made catchy videos, did a massive GOTV campaign.

There are definitely millions of progressive Americans, but there always have been. Their voices are not heard - their politics are not reflected in mainstream politics at all.

laura k said...

Also, I do agree, people are cowed. But there is a HUGE authoritarian-loving streak in the US. Massive portions of the population love fascism and have no use for democracy - although they would not describe it as such.

Mike said...

Oh I agree with you Laura but my point is that that a sizable number of people voted for what they thought would be a progressive even if they had to settle for another corporate mouthpiece.

laura k said...

Right, I understand you're saying that, but I don't see it that way.

I'm saying, most progressive USians feel they have no choice and "hold their nose and vote Democrat" (as the saying goes), and the swing voters just saw a better package and cooler rhetoric. I'm not sure Obama's election says anything about the relative liberalness of the US voting public.

Hopefully that makes sense. :)

Some Person said...

People forget that it was not easy to predict if Obama or McCain would win the presidency until it was clear that the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 had manifested itself into the economic clusterfuck of 2008. If that hadn't happened until December 2008, we may well have had a different outcome. Obama's election signaled no long-term national shift to the left whatsoever.

allan said...

Army Faces Questions Over "Spiritual Fitness" Test
Religion News Service, January 6, 2011

The Army is facing questions over a "spiritual fitness" portion of a mandatory questionnaire ...

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation learned in December that soldiers were being asked to respond to statements such as "I am a spiritual person" and "I believe there is a purpose for my life."

If soldiers received a low score on their spiritual fitness questions, they received an assessment that said "Spiritual fitness is an area of possible difficulty for you. ... Improving your spiritual fitness should be an important goal." ...


"U.S. Military Commander Compares Afghanistan War To Neverending 'Tom And Jerry' Cartoon"

johngoldfine said...

One has the feeling going through TSA that what was huge yesterday no longer matters, but god forbid anyone mention the emperor is naked. They take themselves very seriously. TSA this past week was totally bored by the subject of hiking boots, liquids, my teensy scissors, my walking stick--all issues in the past. They no longer matter.

All they were interested in was the Nude-o-scope. 'Stand there, this posture, that head carriage, hold it....'

But the old layers of watchdoggery, the remnants of hysteria past, hang on to pester, bedevil, humiliate, annoy....

By contrast, Heathrow, which used to have a special shoe-vetting kiosk, has dismantled it and no longer asks fliers to remove shoes at all. With my USA mindset, I was astonished that they had taken that 'risk' and done something intelligent about likely costs/benefits. Heathrow has also cut way back on robo-announcements reminding you not to accept ticking packages from dark, ethnic types or to leave your luggage unattended.