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Capitulation

Seriously, people, are we a nation of men or mice? That we allow anything even remotely resembling this to happen is insanity. Not only insanity, but cowardice, fecklessness and capitulation. There is no excuse for allowing our government to manage, manipulate and abuse us this way.

Time for revolt.

An 85-year-old Long Island grandmother says she plans to sue the TSA after a humiliating strip search on Tuesday by agents at JFK Airport.

Lenore Zimmerman, who lives in Long Beach, says she was on her way to a 1 p.m. flight to Fort Lauderdale when security whisked her to a private room and took off her clothes.

“I walk with a walker — I really look like a terrorist,” she said sarcastically. “I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.”

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said a review of closed circuit TV footage from the airport shows “proper procedures were followed.”

But Zimmerman, whose hunched back puts her at 4-foot-11, said her ordeal began after her son, Bruce, drove her to the JetBlue terminal for the Florida flight. She lives in warm Coconut Creek during the winter.

She checked her bags, waited for a wheelchair and parted ways with her doting son — her only immediate relative.

When Zimmerman reached a security checkpoint, she asked if she could forgo the advanced image technology screening equipment, fearing it might interfere with her defibrillator.

She said she normally gets patted down. But this time, she says that two female agents escorted her to a private room and began to remove her clothes.

“I was outraged,” said Zimmerman, a retired receptionist.

As she tried to lift a lightweight walker off her lap, she says, the metal bars banged against her leg and blood trickled from a gash.

“My sock was soaked with blood,” she said. “I was bleeding like a pig.”

She says the TSA agents showed no sympathy, instead pulling down her pants and asking her to raise her arms.

“Why are you doing this?” she said she asked the agents, who did not respond.

The TSA claims the footage does not show any sign of the injury.

“Our screening procedures are conducted in a manner designed to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy,” Farbstein said.

A strip search? Seriously? No excuses. None.

Queen Hotchibobo
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay. Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.

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  1. Well, you know Queen, we must be absolutely safe at all times.

    All this BS has done is acclimate Americans to government authoritarianism and bankrupt everybody in the airline business.

    I’ve heard this or something close so many times trying to get through security, “I don’t mind as long as we don’t get blown up.”

    If we had the guts of our forefathers, we’d tell the govt to GTH, even if it cost us a jet full of people every year… and I seriously doubt it would. Think of all the massive expense and inconvenience, not to mention the empowerment of the feds.

  2. It is the taking of liberties that we do not fight back on that has placed us at this critical moment in time, do We The People decide that America is about FREEDOM or do we let the left win their decades long battle and sit home and whine this election season!

  1. Well, you know Queen, we must be absolutely safe at all times.

    All this BS has done is acclimate Americans to government authoritarianism and bankrupt everybody in the airline business.

    I’ve heard this or something close so many times trying to get through security, “I don’t mind as long as we don’t get blown up.”

    If we had the guts of our forefathers, we’d tell the govt to GTH, even if it cost us a jet full of people every year… and I seriously doubt it would. Think of all the massive expense and inconvenience, not to mention the empowerment of the feds.

  2. It is the taking of liberties that we do not fight back on that has placed us at this critical moment in time, do We The People decide that America is about FREEDOM or do we let the left win their decades long battle and sit home and whine this election season!

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