Originally published February 27 2013
TSA terrorizes three-year-old girl in wheelchair
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) According to the website of the Transportation Security Administration, the agency was created in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks "to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce."
In order to fulfill that mission, "TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security."
The agency says it accomplishes its mission utilizing three core values: Team Spirit, Innovation and Integrity. Under that last heading, TSA's goals are to "Respect and care for others and protect the information we handle;" "Conduct ourselves in an honest, trustworthy and ethical manner at all times;" and "Gain strength from the diversity in our cultures."
Nowhere does it say the agency's job is to terrorize the very traveling public the agency was created to serve, yet that seems to be what its personnel are best at.
Feeling up wheelchair-bound children is supposed to make air travel safe from terrorists?
The most recent egregious example of this out-of-control agency took place at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where rogue TSA agents found it necessary to grope a three-year-old wheel, chair-bound girl.
En route with her parents to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. for a family vacation, little Lucy Schulte began to cry as agents demanded to pat her down and "screen" her wheelchair.
Enraged by the demand, Lucy's mother, Annie Schulte, said agents could not touch her daughter until she could get her cell phone out to record the incident.
"It's illegal to do that," one agent told her.
A report by Orlando station WFTV-9, said Annie Schulte asked to record the scene.
"To me, it was pretty offensive because I was really tuned in. When she said that, immediately I'm like, 'OK, hold on, something doesn't seem right.' So, I did tell her I was going to wait because I was going to grab my phone," she said.
In the video, little Lucy is seen crying and heard saying, "I don't want to go to Disney World."
Way to go, TSA.
Lucy's father, Nathan Forke, said, "It bothers me that my daughter was singled out specifically because she is in a wheelchair."
The final straw, the family said, came when the agents refused to return Lucy's stuffed animal named Lamby.
In a brief statement posted on the TSA site, the agency said: "TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology. We are committed to maintaining the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. While no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce."
WFTV-9 reported that the Schulte family accepted the apology, but really, what difference does that make?
Will anyone be fired over this blatant, irresponsible act, which appears to be in total disregard of the agency's stated pledge to "respect and care for others" and "conduct ourselves in an honest, trustworthy and ethical manner at all times?"
If past is prologue at the TSA, the answer is a resounding no.
This kind of thing keeps happening so it must be taught
The fact is, this kind of behavior is routine for the TSA; it happens all the time, as we have well-documented here at Natural News.
TSA has groped and molested other small children.
Male TSA agents have groped and molested attractive women. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
TSA has groped and molested breast cancer survivors.
More telling than anything else, given the context of this particular story, TSA agents have previously terrorized a wheelchair-bound child headed to Disney World with his family. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035330_TSA_wheelchair_children.html)
The TSA says that, regarding this latest child-groping incident, "inaccurate guidance was provided" to the family by agents. Really?
If that were the case, such incidents would be the exception, not the rule. And yet they keep happening.
That can only mean one thing: TSA agents are being taught to be serial gropers of women and wheelchair-bound children. That's the only way to explain the subsequent incidents.
Airports are not bound to use TSA agents. By law, they can opt out and use private screeners. (http://www.nytimes.com)
We recommend they do that. Passengers - especially frequent fliers - who are sick and tired of the TSA nonsense should routinely contact airport managers and demand they drop this rogue agency.
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