Authorities are reporting that Paul Ciancia, who killed a Transportation Security Administration agent and shot several other people at Los Angeles International Airport last week, left behind a note in which he "indicated his anger and his malice toward the TSA officers" and stated his intent to kill TSA agents and "instill fear in your traitorous minds."
One has to wonder if Ciancia read WorldNetDaily, because that's the kind of hatred toward the TSA it has been fomenting for years.
In 2010, for example, WND started a campaign to "put a stop to airport humiliation through invasive 'pat-downs' and 'virtual strip searches,'" which WND editor Joseph Farah claimed would "return sanity and decency to our airports":
As the letter being sent to officials in Washington states, under the new screening protocols, passengers are subjected to a virtual “strip search” by being required to undergo a humiliating full-body scan, resulting in the display of a graphic image of their naked body to be scrutinized by a TSA agent.
If they choose to “opt out” of the full-body scan, they are forced instead to undergo the same kind of aggressive pat-down that criminals and drug-dealers get, including direct manual contact with their breasts and genitalia. Children are not exempt.
While such degrading and invasive searches certainly violate passengers’ Fourth Amendment guarantee to be “secure in their persons … against unreasonable searches and seizures,” the generation of naked images of minor passengers arguably amounts to the creation of illegal child pornography.
Here are more examples of WND's anti-TSA rhetoric:
- Everywhere you look, there it is again – staring you in the face. The four-way traffic cameras at virtually every intersection. Police secretly attaching GPS tracking devices to citizens’ automobiles. Invasive TSA pat-downs and nude X-ray scannings – after first being required to raise your hands as though you were being arrested. [Promotion for Whistleblower magazine, 3/1/12]
- “For those of you who fly and opt for the ‘pat down,’ you need to demand the TSA thugs change their gloves. I’ve been watching on the news how they operate. People are being searched [with] dirty gloves … gloves that have been in crotches, armpits, touching people who may be ill, people who pick their noses. Do you want those gloves touching you? These thugs are protecting themselves from you. You need to be protected from them." [Martha Donahue, quoted by WND's Bob Unruh, 11/22/10]
- The punishment for not obeying the federal government is the humiliating experience of having to undergo a sexual assault as TSA thugs grope traveler’s genitalia. There have been repeated instances of little children being sexually molested by TSA agents, the elderly being traumatized and the chronically ill being humiliated. [Joe Sansone, 11/25/10]
- Take note: This is the same criminal administration that is at war with governors of states who are attempting to prevent illegals from entering this country, while allowing the TSA to violate American citizens. This government has labeled every single American citizen as a suspect in terrorism. Again, the TSA has no lawful authority to put their hands on you. Why? Because it stands contrary to the United States Constitution. [Bradlee Dean, 2/3/12]
- If recent news reports are any indication, many Americans can’t even trust that TSA’s screeners won’t steal their laptops, money or jewelry. [Chelsea Schilling, 3/3/13]
- TSA has its rules and Williams has his, and one of mine is to avoid tyrants and idiots. [Walter Williams, 6/18/08]
- Americans have suffered enough humiliation at the hands of TSA. It is time to repeal the laws that make us subject to these unconstitutional searches just for the privilege of flying on an airplane. [Floyd and Mary Beth Brown, 1/23/12]
- Building up the TSA and IRS into armies of fear and intimidation and the abolition of privacy are important elements of Obama’s wide war on the republic and America’s citizens. In Obama’s actions, policies and fiats, we see his rejection of constitutional limitations of federal power and a repudiation of the Bill of Rights and Posse Comitatus. [Letter to the editor, 9/5/12]
- Travelers looking for an explanation for the idiocy of the TSA full-body scans and intimate pat downs are missing the boat if they think TSA employees are a group of voyeurs or just plain stupid. There is a method to the madness. The TSA madness is a logical expression of political correctness carried into the realm of national security. These new TSA practices do not make travelers safer, but they do something more important to the federal bureaucracy. They satisfy the politically correct mandate, “Thou shalt not profile.” [Tom Tancredo, 11/27/10]
- Does TSA administrator John “Long Dong Silver” Pistole get searched at an airport? How about Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano? FBI Director Robert Mueller? Michelle Obama and the kids? No, of course not. TSA agents are busy X-raying James Caan’s shoes and feeling up nuns. [Ann Coulter, 11/24/10]
After Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller was murder, WND endeavored to draw readers' attention away from its history of anti-Tiller rhetoric. With WND's anti-TSA rhetoric seemingly having similar real-world consequences, look for WND to play the same diversion tactic.
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