The harrowing story of a nineteen-year-old disabled woman who had the hell beaten out of her by uniformed government goons should be the final straw for Americans. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been subjected to a wave of bad publicity as of late. Airport checkpoints — which more fittingly belong an old Soviet bloc country than the USA — have led to excessive waiting lines, often causing travelers to miss their flights. The Obama regime offered up a sacrificial lamb by firing Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator in what was an effort at public relations but the underlying problem has never been dealt with. Quite simply that an agency so openly fascist doesn’t belong in what is still advertised as a “free” country.
Now comes the news of the outrageous attack on poor Hannah Cohen who last year was brutally assaulted by a pack of TSA thugs in Memphis while returning from treatment for a brain tumor. The story broke that the young woman was suing the airport and the feds over the vicious and unnecessary attack and the picture of her terrified, bloody face should be an iconic image if there is ever to be any rollback of the hostile takeover of America and the rise of the police state.
Memphis station WREG-TV reports “Disabled St. Jude patient sues airport and TSA after bloody scuffle with Airport Police”:
Bloodied and bruised Hannah Cohen was led from Memphis International Airport in handcuffs.
The 19-year-old was headed home to Chattanooga after treatment for a brain tumor at St. Jude Hospital.
It’s a trip they’ve made for 17 years.
This time, an unarmed Hannah set off the metal detector at a security checkpoint
“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said her mother Shirley Cohen.
Cohen told us she tried to tell TSA agents her daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused, but said she was kept at a distance by police.
“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” said Cohen.
Hannah was arrested, booked and on the night she should have been celebrating the end of her treatment, she was locked up in Jail East.
“Here we were with no where to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone to Chattanooga,” said Cohen.
Authorities later threw out the charges but the family filed a lawsuit against the Memphis Airport, Airport Police, and the Transportation Security Administration.
The bludgeoning of a disabled woman isn’t exactly what Americans would have expected when the gargantuan agency was crammed down their throats in the aftermath of 9/11 with no debate and no choice. It was the government exercising the Rahm Emanuel maxim of never letting a really good crisis “go to waste” and after the resulting power grab, our airports were transformed into conditioning centers for the fascism that would become the hallmark of the new American century.
Outside of producing scads of money for those corporations that cashed in off of the fear-mongering after the World Trade Center fell there have been few who have benefited from the TSA, which should be an acronym for Thousands Standing Around. The agency has been an abject disaster when it comes to stopping “terrorism” and recent reports show an astonishing failure rate on spot checks to test security. There are also the more unsavory aspects and the ugly truth that the TSA is far more successful when it comes to terrorizing those whom they are theoretically tasked with protecting.
There is now a documented history of TSA goons feeling up small children, sexually assaulting women, humiliating old women in medical diapers, theft, abusing their positions for sexual gratification, and just generalized thuggery of the type that can be expected when a government empowers bullies and petty authoritarians to positions of power. Thuggery like the wanton and unconscionable beating of young Hannah Cohen. In any decent country — too bad we don’t live in one — an incident like this would receive mass media coverage and elicit calls for reform. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them.
Granted there do need to be security measures at the nation’s airports. This is the age of ISIS and other fanatical groups who were spawned by our criminal foreign-policy elite and their ongoing destabilization of the Middle East and they really who do want to kill us but the TSA is not up to the job. It’s probably far too late to cut out this cancer now that fascism has been permanently embedded in the nation’s DNA so rather than take appropriate action to demand accountability Americans will just continue their slow, sheep-like shuffle into a future of darkness and totalitarianism.
Originally Published at OpEd News.