(I am limited in how lucid I can be with half an hour to the committee meeting, after a morning of an emergency tooth extraction for my three-year-old in which I suspect the anesthetic did not take. I’ll be over here gibbering and wishing that post-op care for my now quite cheerful three-year-old were consistent with high-proof alcohol. But here’s what I sent Senator Kerry just now.)
I understand that you are a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, which is convening a TSA oversight meeting later this morning.
I strongly urge you to take a stand against the abuses of power and threats to our safety now being perpetrated by the TSA. A culture that feels it acceptable to demand that citizens submit to naked photographs, or else be invasively groped, is a culture drunk on its own power. An administration that feels it acceptable to submit children to this same — to expect parents to choose between pornography and molestation — is an administration that has lost all sight of protecting both our safety and our freedom. I cannot comprehend the logic of committing crimes against both our privacy and our freedom to protect us. I cannot understand how, in fact, we are protected at all if we are required to be victims of crime — victims of crime at the hands of our own government — in order to fly.
As the mother of a three-year-old girl, it is my duty as a parent not to allow her to fly until our security procedures return to sanity. As such, I am unable to give the airlines my family’s business. I regret the impact on our economy, but my family’s safety and security matter more.
As a private citizen, I have never before been afraid of my government, but it directly threatens me now. I am ashamed to be an American when America thinks so little of its liberty, and I am prepared to vote on this issue alone until it is resolved. I urge you to stand up for our safety and freedom by putting a stop to this TSA insanity. Thank you for your time.