You’ll get harassed by the TSA if you’re a white American, and they’ll claim it’s for your own safety.
The TSA are purportedly an outgrowth of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Attacks that were planned and carried out (ostensibly) by consistent Mohammedans from the Middle East. Yet, instead of targeting those who are more likely to be terrorists (that is, the same kind of people who attacked us on 9/11), they target America’s own citizens (the kind of people who were killed in the attacks on 9/11).
So, innocent Americans, old and young, healthy and disabled, are harassed everyday to make sure they’re not hiding anything like explosive gel in a small shampoo bottle, a bomb in one of their shoes, or some other weapon in their groin area.
The TSA have a blog where they catalog all the weapon contraband that they’ve found through their screening processes to show people how hard they’ve been working to “keep us safe.” People have been arrested for trying to check their luggage that had unloaded handguns or empty magazines in it.
But when it’s a couple of Yemeni guys with one-way tickets to the Middle East with over $20,000 in cash on them and empty “high-capacity” AK-47 magazines in their luggage, all of a sudden, the TSA claim that they don’t look for weapons in checked luggage, since it’s none of their business. And besides, it’s not like an empty ammo magazine could take down a plane.
I agree, but come on. This hasn’t stopped them from molesting millions of travelers on the basis that they just might be hiding something. The New York Post reported:
The TSA failed to spot two AK-47 assault-rifle magazines stowed in the luggage of a suspicious Yemeni national who was preparing to fly back to his homeland from JFK Airport on a one-way ticket, sources said.
Bassam Alkhanshli, 32, was busted as he and a traveling companion, Methaq Mohammed Ali, 28, were set to board Emirates Flight 202 to Yemen at 11 p.m. Sunday, the sources said.
Alkhanshli and his pal were stopped by the TSA because they had purchased one-way tickets to Yemen — long considered a red flag by counterterrorism officials.
The Transportation Security Administration screeners then found that the two men were carrying above the $10,000 maximum in US currency. Alkhanshli had $12,000 and Ali had $14,000, sources said.
Both were then questioned by US Customs and Border Protection personnel, causing them to miss their flight, sources said.
The men were able to explain why they had the money, and the feds then cleared them to catch another flight, sources said.
But before they took off, Customs officials re-examined 10 pieces of their luggage, which had already been screened and cleared by the TSA.
This time, Customs Officer Richard Sanicola found “two 30-round AK-47 magazine clips” in one of Alkhanshli’s bags.
“I did not know I was not supposed to have this,” Alkhanshli told officials, according to sources.
Sanicola described the clips as “high-capacity ammunition-feeding devices,” according to a criminal complaint.
A TSA spokeswoman said, “The TSA does not require ammunition and/or empty magazine clips to be declared to the airline, and the TSA is not actively searching for [them] in checked luggage.”
They added: “TSA’s screening procedures, which are governed by federal law, are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.”
Alkhanshli was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon. Assistant DA Robin Kwalbrun asked for $50,000 bail.
But Alkhanshli’s Legal Aid attorney, Tasha Lloyd, noted that another person had been released on his own recognizance on an airport weapons offense over the weekend.
She added that her client — a Tennessee resident who has a pistol permit there — has been a naturalized US citizen since 2009. She also noted that the clips contained no bullets.
“These were empty clips, your honor,” Lloyd replied.
Judge Donna Golia set bail at $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash.
We’d be a freer people if the TSA treated us normal Americans as if we were suspicious Middle Eastern nationals with one-way tickets to our homeland, carrying loads of cash and gun magazines.