TSA Harasses Two Texas Wounded Veterans at Airport with War Shrapnel in their Bodies

Update: The bill is dead in Senate. Call Gov. Perry (800-252-9600) and ask for a special session.

TSA agents harassed two Texas Wounded Veterans trying to get on a plane. Where were these two wounded warriors going? They were going to a ceremony to honor them for their courageous service in defending America. One of the wounded warriors, a friend of mine who personally told me what happened, has bullet fragments in his leg. The other wounded warrior has shrapnel in his face.

The TSA agents cornered them and bombarded them with repeated questions like, “What are you hiding in your face?” The agents did not give the wounded warriors time to explain anything and went straight into accusing them of “hiding” something in their bodies. Yeah, they are hiding something alright. They have metal in their bodies from war! My friend told me that one TSA agent came up to him and asked what he was hiding in his leg, but before my friend could answer he said that the TSA agent grabbed him, without notice, right in the crotch area as if trying to find something hidden. My friend has served many tours of duty, and I believe him when he tells me that it took everything in him not to react defensively when this agent grabbed his crotch without even letting him know he was going to be pat searched.

Politicians and Muslims NOT Searched but Wounded Warriors are Searched

This is an embarrassment to our country. These disabled vets were wounded defending America and they get harassed while many politicians, most of whom have never served to defend America, don’t even have to be searched. I guess the politicians are not likely to want to hurt Americans but our wounded Veterans are? And how about Obama letting Muslims skip the pat searched but our disabled veterans don’t get any such pass.

This political correctness is sickening. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying all Muslims are terrorists or are bad people. I am saying that if you know the guy who just robbed a bank is a short white guy then you make sure you search all short white guys. Sure, you don’t overlook the other people around the bank because the money might have been passed off to someone who is not short and white, but since you can’t possibly check everyone, then you at least make sure you checked all the short white guys! That is not discriminating, that is just common sense and it is even common practice. In WWII there were camps right here in Texas where all the Japanese were put into. Why? We were at war with the Japanese. Were all the Japanese in camps bad people? No. But since it was the Japanese we were at war with, and it is not possible to know which ones were good or bad, we just locked them all up until the war was over. That was an extreme example. I am NOT saying we lock Muslims up or harass them. I am simply saying how in the world can you search a wounded warrior but not search a Muslim even though the Taliban is a Muslim group? If the Taliban was a group of wounded warriors, then I would understand wanting to pay special attention to the wounded warriors. But that is not the case.

The names of the two wounded warriors have been withheld because one of them has a homes for heroes ceremony coming up and I don’t want the ceremony to be overshadowed by them getting harassed by the TSA.

Texas HB 1938 would End TSA Child Molestation but DOJ threatened to Stop All Texas Flights

Texas was standing up for its citizens by pushing through a bill that will outlaw anyone from touching a person’s private areas unless they had reasonable suspicion. Basically the TSA would not be able to do their invasive pat searches on babies unless they had a reason.

Right when the senate was about to vote to pass the bill, they got a letter from the Department of Justice threatening to cancel all Texas flights if the bill was passed.

Some Texas Senators backed down and now the bill is stalled. I think our Texas Senators need to stand for the people of Texas and stand up against this molestation. You think Obama wants to be the President who stopped all travel and financially crippled the airlines? No. If Texas stands its ground and passes the bill, then you can bet that the Federal Government will have to figure out a less invasive way to keep flights safe.

What is Next? Random Home Searches?

What is next? Federal agents going to random homes to do random and unwarranted searches so they can preemptively try to find potential threats? Think that is far-fetched? Think again. The Indiana Supreme Court just ruled that police can go into your home for any reason or for NO REASON AT ALL.

Speaking of far-fetched. Who would have ever thought that a TSA agent would get to see you virtually nude before you can get on a plane? These scanners are over the top and they might even be dangerous and cause cancer.

There has to be a balance between safety and dignity. Even Hillary Clinton does not think people should be groped by the TSA.


Thinking like that is what got you dumb puppets calling them selves republicans today. If you think political correctness, immigration, gay marriage, or the dozen other stupid things "conservatives" take about are important issues, then you have been manipulated. You are on their side. You are the RINO. 
This article missed the point by a mile.
The TSA is a naked scam to give away tax dollars and the willingness of so called conservatives to trade our freedom and dignity away for security against an imagined threat is sickening. Islamic terrorists are not the threat. Stupidity is.

I think when you said "Muslims" should somehow be profiled, what you meant to say was Arab. There's no way to tell a Muslim from a Christian physically (do you suggest asking at the gate someone's religious affiliation?), although both do have the same crazy extremists on both sides.  But on the point, you are right about balancing safety and dignity: this goofy groping needs to stop now.

Your bill is great and I have no issues with it. However, I do take issue with your promotion of intolerance and ignorance. Your first few paragraphs were perfect. You had me completely behind this bill 100%. Then you HAD to bring in Muslims. Why can't you just argue your point and move on? Why does it always have to come back to "Obama the Muslim lover"? And how the **** can you argue for internment camps? Are you mental? You people sicken me.


fine the the one that back down and FIRE them Vote them out tell the DOJ to "F" off  Washington isn't the Government the people is. if you stand for people you will never go wrong. Hell IN. has already rule the the people have no right under the 4th Amendment and i think one other state has also rule the same thing, which is BS!and if they don't like it (standing up for the people) then succeed tell Washington go some where close the border. Give these idiot on the border a little of their own  medication they come accross the border with a gun drop them! set up a jail just like the one in Mexico first time they get 6mo. second the get life in that hell whole this will put a stop  to a lot of this BS you don't play soft ball with these people when are you idiot in Austin going to learn. go read the The Constitution it sayes WE THE PEOPLE not the wetback coming accross the border these people have no right under the Constitution they are no protected by the constitution i don't have any trouble with any coming here if they do it right way. Mot of the people think they are still in mexico. this is what i think a lot of these idiot in Austin a lot of you  have not gotten any ball when are you all going to stop letting people like the TSA, DOJ and Washington walk all over you. again go read the Constitution! or can any of you read! Someone on here ask what is next? wrong question! the right question is what you people that we put into office going to stand up for the people of Texas? every time a law is pass that Washington don't like such as hr1938 i think that was the bill number.

While I agree that it is ridiculous the way these vets were treated, as a disabled vet I can tell you that if you (all American citizens) really want to help out disabled veterans, then contact your Congressman and Senator and get in their ear about letting ALL disabled vets collect both their disability compensation AND their retirement pay.  Right now disabled vets have to meet certain criteria to be able to receive both the retired pay they earned and also disability compensation.  Most of us have waived our retired pay to collect disablility comp.  They have changed the law in the last few years enabling more vets to collect both, but if you're disabled like me (injury occured in the line of duty) and you have less than 20 years in (I had 16) and the injury didn't occur in combat (mine occured in training), then you're S.O.L.  Most vets know what that acronymn means.  Collecting both amounts (called concurrent pay) should be the right of EVERY veteran that served honorably!  No vet asked to be injured and most disabled vets like me had no say in being retired. I know that right now times are tough for everyone, financially, but they are extremely tough for we vets that can only collect VA disability comp with no relief in sight.  Thanks to everyone that takes 5 minutes and emails their Representatives.  Semper Fi, Do or Die!

Analogy fail. The Nisei were NOT a security threat. The Office of Naval Intelligence said as much. The report was hidden from the Supreme Court by FDR's Solicitor General. The internment of Japanese Americans was based on racism and hysteria. http://reason.com/archives/2004/12/01/indefensible-internment




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