Agency says it followed correct procedure
In comments betraying a new found freedom to express his real opinions once again, Keith Olbermann of all people is leading a charge to have TSA head John Pistole fired in the wake of a series of shocking incidents culminating in an elderly cancer sufferer being forced to remove an adult diaper by agents as part of security check.
Naming John Pistole his “worst person in the world”, on his Monday Countdown show on Current, Olbermann relayed his thoughts on the incident:
“She is in a wheelchair and after the TSA agents pat Ms. Reppert down and insist her daughter remove her mother’s adult diaper, which was used, the mother is stoic and cooperative.” Olbermann stated.
“The daughter bursts into tears. So now the TSA agents have to frisk her, too, because her conduct is now deemed unusual. The daughter misses the flight and her 95-year-old mother has to travel alone.”
“The TSA’s response? ‘We’re terribly sorry we went too far?’” Olbermann retorted. “Uh-uh. ‘In no instance would our officers ask a passenger to remove an adult diaper.’ The daughter says that’s a lie. The TSA still is refusing to acknowledge it did anything wrong. ‘We have reviewed the circumstances involved in the screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.”
“Translation: Screw you, public, we can do whatever the hell we want,” Olbermann continued.
“That attitude has only been growing in the last year since the feel-ups began at the airports and if it’s not going to change – the agency is really going to defend abusing 95-year-old leukemia patients on the incomprehensible premise that they might be suicide bombers, then this John Pistole, head of the TSA – he needs to be fired and we need to get a human being in there to do his job.” Olbermann concluded.
Watch the video:
After it had defended the actions of the agents involved, noting that wheelchairs often spur pat-downs, the TSA subsequently claimed that security personnel “did not require this passenger to remove an adult diaper.”
According to the Boston Globe, the TSA said this was something not made clear in the initial statement provided to CNN on Sunday.
Mrs Weber maintains that the agents did indeed forced her to remove her mother’s adult diaper, noting that they “said they found something suspicious.”
In further comments to the media, Mrs Weber stated:
“If this is your procedure — which I do understand — I also feel that your procedure needs to be changed… My mother is very ill, she has a form of leukemia. She had a blood transfusion the week before, just to bolster up her strength for this travel.”
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”
Welcome to America, where everyone is a potential terrorist bomber, especially if they are wearing a diaper.
Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman has vowed to look into the incident after state’s-rights group The Florida 10th Amendment Center brought it to his attention.
Workman, who sponsored a 10th Amendment resolution at the 2010 Legislature, said, “I see the need for federal agencies to control access to interstate air traffic, although the TSA seems to have expanded its role without authorization.”
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.