TSA's Blue Meanies Strike Again
By now most of America has heard or read of the six-year-old girl frisked and searched by TSA’s blue-clad goons at New Orleans’ airport. The girl’s parents, Dr. Todd and Selena Drexel, were interviewed on Fox News Channel this morning by Gretchen Carlson.
Carlson’s interview -- good mother that she undoubtedly is, and coming during the morning period when networks assume mostly women are watching -- focused like a laser beam on the mental anguish this little girl experienced. Mesdames Carlson and Drexel commiserated, understandably so, on how this assault in the name of airport and airline security contradicted everything young children are told about strangers touching them, and how the Drexel girl cried afterward.
But at the risk of appearing insensitive (perhaps congenital with me, as my friends have noted — or else stemming from the fact that my children are both boys): Is a six-year-old’s emotional state really the key issue here? Probably not. Dr. and Mrs. Drexel noted that when they asked the Blue Meanies (my phrase, not the Drexels’) why their daughter was being treated so suspiciously, they were not given an answer. At least one journalist who covers national security argued that the TSA was acting rationally, since “it’s not beyond al Qaeda to use kids.”
Well. It’s true that those who motivate and employ suicide bombers have, in recent years, significantly lowered the minimum age to start work. But heretofore all such prepubescent projectiles have been Muslim and male! Recruited by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, “the black-turbaned recruits, typically 12 or 13 but some as young as 7, recite Koran verses” until after breakfast, when they learn how to conduct “vehicle borne suicide attacks.”