I just returned from Denver where I experienced the airport security firsthand. After spending 10 minutes or so in a long queue, I came to the screening point. I took off my shoes, emptied my pockets, took off my jacket and put all in a tray that went through the Xray machine. As I passed through the passenger screen, I set off the buzzer. I was directed into a chute, much like a cattle chute. It had clear glass siding, so I could see my wife standing ahead. At the end of the chute was a door that could be opened from outside. I stood and watched a female security guard pat down a woman passenger. Although she did not touch the woman's breasts she was quite thorough in patting her down, front and back. There was no concern about me standing in the chute and when the security guard finished and made no effort to tend to me, I said to her that I was close to missing my plane. She said that she could only examine females. Finally she called to a man who came over, opened the chute door and examined me. I was subjected to the same treatment as the woman before me. It was easy to see that abuses could occur, so this article has real meaning for me.
The government has control over the airports. It is now working on requiring each of us to have "internal passports" in order to travel. See article that I sent around earlier on this at the end of this message.
The lady from San Diego in the report below, was faced with the choice: let the security woman feel her breasts or not be able to board the plane. She opted to not board the plane and drove over 1000 miles home.
How long are we going to stand by and let this happen?
Woman Upset With Screener's Request To Feel Her Breasts
Kingsford Drives Home Rather Than Submit To Airport Search
SAN DIEGO -- A woman said she drove home from Denver rather than submit to what she viewed as an intrusive search by airport security screeners.
Ava Kingsford, 36, of San Diego said she was flagged down for a pat-down search at Denver International Airport last month as she prepared to board a flight home with her 3-month-old son.
Kingsford objected when a female screener with the Transportation Security Administration told her, "I'm going to feel your breasts now."
"She was patting me down, and frisking me, and basically covering all parts of my body, my legs, and wanding me with the security wand. And when I thought she had completed her search, she looks at me and said, 'I'm going to be feeling your breasts now,'" Kingsford said. "I was stunned, and I said, 'I beg your pardon?!'"
Kingsford said when she told the screener that she was uncomfortable with it, more security agents and police officers arrived. They told her that she couldn't board her flight without submitting to the final step of the search.
"I was shaking, I was sobbing. I couldn't believe that this was happening to me. It was surreal. It was like out of a movie, with these guys yelling at me, telling me that, yes, she has to feel my breasts or I'm not getting on my airplane," Kingsford said.
Do you think a TSA screener went overboard by asking to touch a woman's breasts during the secondary screening process?
Yes. This is unnecessary. You can see explosives or other hidden devices just by pulling a shirt tight.
No. In this day and age, screeners have to be more vigilant, and a full pat-down search of women requires going beneath, between and above the breasts.
They took her to a private area to continue the search, but she said she was still uncomfortable with them touching her breasts so she tugged down her shirt to show them that she wasn't hiding anything.
"And then they said, 'That's it. We're not going to complete the search and you're not boarding your plane,'" Kingsford said. "They escorted us out and said they didn't care how we got home, it wasn't their problem."
She and her fiance ended up renting a car for the 15-hour drive home.
The Transportation Security Administration said its screeners did nothing wrong.
The agency announced extra security measures last month in the wake of the mid-air bombing of two Russian jetliners. Authorities believe two women smuggled explosives onto the aircraft, possibly in "torso packs" underneath their clothing.
Bob Kapp, customer service manager for the TSA in Denver, said that to conduct a thorough pat-down search of women, "it does require going beneath, between and above the breasts."
Kapp said a few people have been a little bit alarmed by the procedure. But he called it "a sign of the times" that is probably here to stay.
Kingsford said she's anxious about boarding another flight any time soon.
"I don't see how they can get away with feeling women's breasts. I don't see how they can say it's part of their new security policy. It's an infringement, a violation, in my opinion. It's just wrong," Kingsford said.
Kingsford said she had nothing to hide, and the TSA agents could plainly see that.
"I was wearing a pretty form-fitting tank top. There's nothing really to be hiding. You could see my figure. I didn't have any packs. She had patted down my torso. She had completed the torso pat down and wanded me with a security wand but some reason she said she wanted to see my breasts," Kingsford said.
"It was uncomfortable and I felt violated. And the way we were treated when I didn't concede was like I was a criminal. It was an awful experience," she said.
10News.com - San Diego
Are we soon going to have to have an internal passport to travel within the U.S.?
"ACHTUNG! YOUR PASSPORT, BITTE"
Does an article in The New York Times 10/11/04 entitled "Congress Close to Establishing Rules for Drivers' Licenses", by Matthew L. Wald , have anything to do with the Bush Administration's hiring of ex-KGB Chiefs Primakov (also former President of Russia and close associate of Saddam Hussein) and Karpov to work in the Office of Information Awareness (DARPA) to help in designing an internal passport, about which I have written several times? Please either go to my three articles posted at www.newswithviews.com or click on "Articles" on my website www.deliberatedumbingdown.com for complete documentation regarding the shocking possiblity (probability)!!!!!! that the Bush Administration did indeed hire these two ex-KGB agents to design an internal passport for Americans.
I now understand why my Senator Olympia Snowe (Maine) refused over a period of 17 months to respond to numerous constituent inquiries (which included visits to her Portland office) whether the article in American Free Press entitled "Get Ready for the Sovietization of America" by Al Martin was in fact true.
A few pertinent quotes follow from the original article by Al Martin "Get Ready for the Sovietization of America" which appeared in the 4/21/03 edition of The American Free Press:
"You will be happy to learn that the former head of the KGB (the secret police of the former Soviet Union), Gen. Yevgeni Primakov, has been hired as a consultant by the Department of Homeland Security. Do you think he will share his expertise in 'security' to prepare U.S. citizens for domestic internal passports under the pretense of fighting the never-ending'war on terrorism'?
"Primakov, a consultant to the Dept. of Homeland Security, was laughing about it because he's getting paid a big fee to do it.
"Primakov speaks beautiful English, as you would expect a former head of the KGB to do. When he was asked what is this CAPPS II program really about...Primakov said that this is one of the steps now being employed along with the National Identify Card Act (NICA) and new identity upgrade features which are coming to your driver's license.
"It is being used to get the people used to new types of documentation and carrying new types of identity cards pursuant to the United States instituting a formal policy of internal passports. And he actually used the words 'internal passports.'
(The New York Times 10/11/04 article quotes James C. Plumer, a policy analyst at Consumer Alert as using those very same words to describe the driver's' licenses : "You're looking at a system of internal passports, basically.")
"When the National Identity Card Act gets passed, the Posse Comitatus Act gets overturned, a few other pieces of legislation yet to be proffered get passed, the White House will have more control over the American people than the Kremlin had over the Russian people when Stalin was alive. He said that and then he laughed.
"What Primakov finds funny are what he calls these 'right wing flag wavers' who were so anti-communist and they're supporting a state policy of internal passports. The irony is deafening.
"Primakov continued by saying that he had been hired as a consultant and he was consulting on other 'security' matters, an ongoing policy in various agencies of government--some of these offices haven't even been created yet -- to consistently narrow the rights of the American people and to expand the power of government. He professed not to know what the reason for all this was, other than he admitted that 'it doesn't have much to do with fighting terrorism.'"
I can't find words to express my shock, disdain, disgust, anger, disillusionment, sadness over Senator Snowe's refusal to respond to her constituents concerns, and to deal with this issue before a national I.D. card (driver's license controlled by the federal government) becomes a fait accompli. Although Senator Snowe received the most inquiries from constituents, Maine's Senator Collins and Rep. Tom Allen, were also contacted and have not responded. It is quite obvious that all three, being fully aware of what was taking place, refused to respond since doing so would have exposed the plans of the federal government to establish one of the major foundations of a totalitarian state: control over citizens' right to travel freely.
A friend of mine always says "Americans won't do anything until they own the problem." Won't it be too late to do anything if they wait until the authorities require them to show their internal passport in order to travel freely in this country? They will then "own the problem", just as citizens did in Nazi Germany or Communist Russia, Cuba, China, or North Korea; but how will they be able to do anything about the problem considering they were too busy in October of 2004 to pay attention to the information in Al Martin's article, my articles, or The New York Times Article which specifically warned them that "The House and Senate are moving toward setting rules for the states that would standardize the documentation required to obtain a driver's license, and the data the license would have to contain."
Paying attention means contacting your Congressmen and Senators immediately and telling them you want no part of this totalitarian scheme to rob you of one of your basic freedoms, to travel when, where, how, and with whom you wish.
© 2004 Charlotte T. Iserbyt - All Rights Reserved
"Achtung! Your Passport Bitte"
Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.
Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.