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The Earth is Flat Award
A celebration of the inane, insipid and asinine...
web posted August 12, 2002
Perfect security is impossible to achieve even under totalitarian regimes. That means preventing future terrorist attacks in the United States is at best an exercise in hope. That hasn't prevented some of America's hardworking security guards from doing everything they can to make us as safe as possible. Unfortunately that also means that security personnel are a little too zealous occasionally.
Elizabeth McGarry learned that lesson all to well on April 2 of this year. In an incident that wasn't reported until last week, McGarry told WABC's Ron Kuby and Curtis Sliwa that security guards at New York's JFK Airport forced her to drink her own breast milk in front of other passengers to prove she wasn't carrying dangerous chemicals.
"It was very uncomfortable and very embarrassing and very disgusting," said McGarry. "I'm all for security and everything, but that was a little much."
As the New York Post reported:
In response, Kuby stated: "I'm all for random searches . . . but I do think the number of Caucasian, lactating mothers who have passed through al Qaeda training camps is negligible."
Remarkably, McGarry isn't the only woman to be challenged like this.
Back in January, a Dallas lawyer named Colleen Carboy was ordered to drink
from a bottle of breast milk that she was carrying onto a plane in Austin,
Texas. Carboy said she refused, but was allowed to board after a female
security supervisor intervened.
A spokesman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration admitted that screeners have occasionally asked people to drink out of a container of fluid despite being ordered recently not to.
Extremism in the pursuit of liberty may be no sin but paranoia certainly is.
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