Sen. Claire McCaskill gets groped by TSA

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has finally gotten a taste of the medicine she and her fellow Congresspeople have shoved down the throats of the rest of us.

Apparently she tweeted yesterday about her experience being pawed by the TSA.

“‪Today in my airport screening, test on my hands was positive,” McCaskill wrote to her 89,100 followers. “Got private, more aggressive pat down. OMG. #veryuncomfortable‬.”

As we’ve written here before, only a few other Congressional reps or their family members have been abused by the TSA. Too few.

That’s why nothing has changed, and why nothing will change until it happens to more of them. The hundreds of comments at The Hill article demonstrate that most people understand that concept.

  • From the comment thread at The Hill:

    Aunti Occupy in reply to Daniel Martin Gray • 7 hours ago
    DID YOU KNOW?
    French nationals are not submitted to this kind of humiliation while traveling in the US. The French Government filed a strong protest with the State Department years ago over these searches of their citizens and TSA no longer does them. I am sure other nations have done the same.

    Lisa Simeone in reply to Aunti Occupy • a few seconds ago
    Aunti Occupy, can you please cite your source for this? Give us a link? I’ve been covering the TSA for the past several years, and I find this hard to believe. It would be very helpful if you would provide a source. Thank you.

    • Susan Richart

      Did you see her(?) other comment:

      “WHILE CONGRESS IS IN SESSION, NO US SENATOR OR US CONGRESSMAN SHOULD SUBMIT TO TSA

      The Constitution specifically states that members of Congress can be detained for any reason going to and form Congress. This should be taken to the US Supreme Court. This treatment is deliberate and ordered by Obama, this Senator was singled out. The TSA puts nitrate containing soap in the airport wash rooms so they can get a positive reading on certain passengers they single out.”

      I wanted to respond to it but it’s so bizarre that I couldn’t find the right words.

      • As always, I adhere to the notion: Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity or incompetence.

        As we know, ordinary glycerin in ordinary hand/body lotions (and nitrates in ordinary fertilizer) can trigger the so-called explosives trace detection machines. I don’t think the TSA is competent enough to put special soap in a dispenser or to single out a senator.

        • Daisiemae

          Lisa, don’t you know that TSA agents are highly trained professionals? Of course, they are smart enough to figure out how to put special soap in the exact dispenser that Senator McCaskill would be using.

          That particular job skill would definitely be covered during the grueling one week training course mastered by all TSA agents. After all, we spend $17,500 per new hire to train every new TSA agent. For that kind of money, we expect them to be able to handle a simple matter like ensnaring a senator.

          Check the job requirements listed on the pizza box ads. Right after the promise of x-ray vision and federal benefits is the requirement to be smart enough to put special soap in the right dispenser to catch a senator.

          • Sarcasm alert! Sarcasm alert! Bells and whistles and sirens going off all around! Man the battlements! Quick, somebody save this blog from “incivility”! Worse yet, The Snides!

          • LeeAnneClark

            And for GOD’S sake don’t mention the Taliban! You’ll be banned for life! 😉

          • Daisiemae

            I’ve always known that I am beyond redemption. I am clearly “out of hand.” I imagine I will soon be carted away to Gitmo.

  • Despite this, McCaskill tweets that Congress should not be exempt from TSA screening.

    While I applaud her for not wanting special privileges for lawmakers, the fact is that she is absolutely wrong. The President, the cabinet, the supreme court, the Senate, and, in fact, most Americans should be exempt. Really do we think the Henry Kissinger, who used to have free run of the West Wing now works for al Qaeda?

    If we have to pat down senators then we’re essentially saying that we suspect terrorists may have penetrated the highest levels of American government. If that’s true, we have bigger problems than airport security.

    Let’s immediately exempt anyone with a top secret clearance. I’d trust an FBI background check far more than I trust a mall cop to find a terrorist. And if it turns out that a US Senator is a terrorist working for a foreign government, do we really think that of all the agencies of the federal government, it’s TSA that’s going to save us? I’d put more faith in the President’s Advisory Council on the Future of the Snail Darter than the fools in blue.

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Have you not seen Homeland on Showtime?!?!?!!? My stars! There ARE terrorists in the highest reaches of government.

      After all, the TSA “playbook” is based on movies and fantastical fiction. Might as well be running a Showtime thriller at the airport.

      • Daisiemae

        That’s why they call it Security Theater.

    • RonBonner

      “If we have to pat down senators then we’re essentially saying that we suspect terrorists may have penetrated the highest levels of American government.”

      Obama? He certainly doesn’t seem to be on the side of Freedom and the American way.

  • TSAisTerrorism

    “test on my hands was positive”

    The real question here is: what is a US Senator doing traveling with explosives?

    • Daisiemae

      Yes, a senator traveling with explosive hand lotion on her hands should be impeached and tried for treason! To say nothing of exploding handsoap!

      Anyone committing such a crime should be strip searched immediately and detained indefinitely! The safety of our country is at stake!

  • My tweets yesterday to McCaskill:

    @amyalkon
    .@clairecmc Do you understand how idiotic & wasteful it is to treat every citizen as plausible suspect, sans probable cause? #TSA

    @amyalkon
    .@clairecmc TSA worker’s lawyer demanded $500K of citizen using her 1st Amen right to complain about violation of 4th http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110906/11065015824/tsa-agent-threatens-woman-with-defamation-demands-500k-calling-intrusive-search-rape.shtml