Anniversary: Andrea Abbott and the TSA

by Lisa Simeone on July 12, 2012

Just over a year ago, a woman did something that, in any normal society, would be considered good: she tried to protect her child.

But we aren’t living in a normal society. What was once good is now bad, and what was once unthinkable is now accepted. Not only accepted, but lauded, exalted, bragged about.

One year ago, Andrea Fornella Abbott tried to protect her 14-year-old daughter from being molested by the TSA. And for that, she was arrested, handcuffed, and jailed. While dozens of people stood by and watched.

In this case, the police behaved worse (if that’s possible) than the TSA.

Abbott was not flying that day, but accompanying her daughter through security at Nashville International Airport. Her daughter was “randomly” selected to go through the strip-search scanner. Abbott, more informed than many of her fellow citizens, said she didn’t trust that the scanners were safe (they’ve never been tested) and opted for a pat-down. But she also said she didn’t want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately” or “crotch-grabbed.”

As you can see in this video, her daughter was crotch-grabbed anyway. Because that’s what the TSA does. That’s what millions of Americans now think is normal, that they and their children have their hair pawed and their genitals touched in order to get on a plane.

How sad that so many people think they’re so dangerous that they can’t be trusted to board a plane without being sexually molested.

Several TSA agents and police officers surrounded Abbott and bullied her. You can see this clearly in the video. At no point does Abbott touch or threaten any of them. Yet you can also see that the cops wanted to teach her a lesson. Instead of doing their duty and upholding the Constitution, which they are sworn to do, they sided with the TSA.

After Abbott finally agreed to allow her daughter to be “searched,” the beefy cop in the video even goes so far as to block her view, standing right in front of her, so that she can’t see her daughter getting groped in the glassed-in cage.

This was a deliberate provocation. He seems to be taunting her. If this isn’t an example of a bully, I don’t know what is.

After Abbott’s daughter is groped, the uniformed cadre continues to hound them. Nowhere in the video does it look like Abbott is being “disorderly.” It looks like her sin is talking. Apparently we now can’t talk in the Land of the Free. Because the cop, after sticking his finger in Abbott’s face repeatedly, suddenly hauls off and handcuffs her.

Any decent cop, watching this video, should be ashamed of a colleague behaving in this manner.

But, as I said, we aren’t living in a normal society, nor a decent one.

“What kind of children are we raising?” Charlie Leocha asked. Many of us have been asking the same thing. Over and over again. And all we get, in reply, is the new catechism of the USA: “Just get me to my flight on time!”

This country has lost its collective mind.

Andrea Abbott’s trial date has been set for October 22nd.

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