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MorningSong
7th December 2010, 21:00
Incredible letter to the editor of BIN from returning military from Afghanistan and their encounter with TSA in American ariports...


TSA Brainless Imbeciles
Tormenting Our Troops



As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following:

When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards. Our first stop was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis, Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard. That's where the stupid started.

First, everyone was forced to get off the plane-even though the plane wasn't refueling again. All 330 people got off that plane, rather than let the 100 people from the ING get off. We were filed from the plane to a holding area. No vending machines, no means of escape. Only a male/female latrine.

It's probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of course, the weapons weren't loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.

The TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload all of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it reinspected. Keep in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece by U.S. Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it a one-hour run through. After two hours of sitting in this holding area, the TSA decided not to reinspect our Cargo-just to inspect us again: Soldiers on the way home from war, who had already been inspected, reinspected and kept in a SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Ok, whatever. So we lined up to go through security AGAIN.

This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.

So we're in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they're going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:

TSA Guy: You can't take those on the plane.

Soldier: What? I've had them since we left country.

TSA Guy: You're not suppose to have them.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I'm allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can't use it to take over the plane. You don't have bullets.

Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I'll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security] To top it off, the tsa demanded we all be swabbed for "explosive residue" detection. Everyone failed, [go figure, we just came home from a war zone], because we tested positive for "Gun Powder Residue". Who the F**K is hiring these people?

This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns-but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.

Can someone please tell me What the F**K happened to OUR country while we were gone?

Sgt. Mad Dog Tracy


http://beforeitsnews.com/story/298/294/Please_Tell_Me_What_the_F_K_Happened_to_OUR_Countr y_While_We_Were_Gone.html

Ahkenaten
7th December 2010, 21:15
Obviously the country has been taken over by masses of people with box-cutters

sunflower
7th December 2010, 21:28
Why am I reminded of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"?

pyrangello
7th December 2010, 21:29
It's called welcome to the transformation of america, ever wonder who is really running this country behind the scenes while our leader is in India,uh hawaii, uh turkey, uh. After all who wrote the 2000 page health care bill, who really wrote it.
Don't recall any physician panel being involved? Who came up with cap and trade and carbon emissions? And yes lets take a good look at all the individuals who pulled all the stunts on our commercial airliners and now we need to frisk down 6 year old kids , grandma,s and remove our shoes too whenever we fly?

Hang on to your hats there more hope and change coming that you won't believe once their finished!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martin
7th December 2010, 21:49
If this were not real it acutally would be quit funny. It's a madhouse.


MfG

Martin

Ahkenaten
7th December 2010, 22:36
Yup! Soon we will have to be searched and x-rayed before we are allowed to enter our own homes and who knows - maybe when we leave too! I am sure Chertoff has some mini-units ready to go on sale on Amazon or e-bay

yiolas
7th December 2010, 22:54
Thank-you MorningSong for that article. I can't believe what is becoming of the good old U.S. of A.
I grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia a stone's throw away from D.C.
Sometimes I share some alternative new stories with old friends and family on face book. They don't realize how dumbed down they have become.
Their responses range from " We can only get riled up for the Redskins !" to "Aren't you the little activist !" to " Hey, come and join us for drinks at Calypso's". I've changed so much since I've been away that I'm afraid how I would react if I ever go back to visit .

MorningSong
7th December 2010, 23:02
Thank-you, Yiolas! As a fellow ex-pat, I know exactly what you mean......sigh!