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September 24, 2011

In line with the TSA today…

An elderly gentleman, white hair, looked like a WWII vet, was angrily protesting being manhandled by the TSA agents (who only had three out of 12 lines open, line took 15 minutes to get through). A father behind me muttered to his daughter, “Wish that guy would shut up.”

I replied, genuinely bothered by how they were pushing the old guy around, “Ah, I like that he’s giving them a hard time.”

“Not if it slows us getting through the line,” the father replied, politely but firmly.

Politely but firmly, I replied: “I think it’s the TSA that’s slowing us all down.”

Given that the founding director of the TSA has called the agency useless and said it ought to be dismantled, given Benjamin Franklin’s quote “He who would trade freedom for security deserves neither”…it was damn good today to see an old gent with plenty of fight left in him protest at being treated without common, human respect.

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