The Washington Post has revealed that to fund the border wall and private prisons, the Trump administration is weighing cuts to the Coast Guard, airport security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is nothing short of stunning. Not only will the wall be an absolute waste of funds and an environmental disaster, it will also be a real infringement on property rights. More importantly, it will not work. Ask any Israeli how well their walls work (or don t), and those are placed where they can really be tended and watched. As envisaged, President Donald Trump s beautiful wall is a horrendously expensive boondoggle. To be clear, the only help we ll likely be getting from Mexico is their concrete which we will be paying for. The numbers are there for anyone who wants to look at them. Net Mexican migration is south. The majority of current undocumented immigrants are those who overstay their visas. This is not the spending we need. Our infrastructure is collapsing bridges are rated C-minus or D, our airports are considered third world, our railways rivals India s.
There are other, less expensive ways to monitor the border electronics, aerostats and such. It is appalling that the growth of exploitative private prisons are included in this package. If you follow the money, private, corporate prisons have been the heaviest lobbyists in favor of draconian border laws. It is astounding that the party of Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall is backing this. And if it s such a great idea, why beggar the Coast Guard, which protects our mariners, and FEMA, which is there for real emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes.
Raise the taxes and pay for it put the proposal on the floor of Congress and defend the proposal.
Mother livid about horrifying airport security patdown
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An American mother has posted an online video of her young son Aaron after he was subjected to a horrifying patdown by security staff at Dallas Fort-Worth airport in Texas. Jennifer Williamson said her son was pulled aside despite the fact he did not set off any alarms and was forced to stand still for two minutes as a TSA officer ran his hands over his body. Aaron remained quiet for the entirety of the patdown, but Jennifer said he was confused and distressed afterwards and feared he d done something wrong.
We have been through hell this morning, she wrote on her Facebook page. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules.
She said Aaron suffers from sensory processing disorder and she didn t want him to be touched like that because of his condition. While the patdown appears to be normal at first, the officer then repeatedly runs his hands underneath Aaron s waistband on his shorts and around his groin. The video has been shared thousands of times since Jennifer posted it and has garnered opinions from both sides.
While some say the TSA officer took it too far, others argued he was just doing his job. In light of the increased terrorist threat around the world, airports have beefed up security across all levels, including physical patdowns. While the changes have been met with support by most travellers, there are some concerns that by pulling Aaron and other children aside for checks like this, they are missing the chance to catch more likely suspects. Take a look and tell us what you think.
Do you think they took it too far here? Or were they just doing their job?
Jennifer Williamson is livid about the way her son was treated. Picture: Facebook
A MOTHER has claimed she and her son were treated like dogs by airport security when they were trying to board a flight at Dallas Fort-Worth airport, in the US.
Jennifer Williamson said her teenage boy Aaron was detained for well over an hour for no clear reason, accusing guards of deliberately keeping them from their flight.
We have been through hell this morning, she wrote on Facebook.
I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD (sensory processing disorder) and I didn t want my child given a pat down like this.
Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. She said she is livid and that her son was still distressed several hours later, asking her: I don t know what I did. What did I do? She included a two-minute video, showing an older male security guard can be seen giving Aaron, who is dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, what appears to be an extremely thorough pat down.
At one point, he asks the boy to spread his legs further apart so he can frisk the inside of his thighs as Ms Williamson looks on. The video has been watched more than six million times since it was posted yesterday.
I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side, she wrote.
Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatising children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in. A TSA spokeswoman said it started with an alarm involving the passenger s laptop.
The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 35 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection, she told CNET.
She added the security check took two minutes and that two police officers were called to witness how it was conducted to mitigate the concerns of the mother.