Today’s News: Another Asian tourist arrested in the US for reacting to TSA groping.
The TSA assaults air passengers in airports all over America. Americans, by and large, seem to be adjusted to this unreasonable abuse of power by their government (with few protests and almost no action taken by elected representatives), but foreign visitors are not yet adapted to the “American Way of Travel.”
Some people say these brutes target the most vulnerable, including infant children, the aged, the medically infirm and people with mental illness difficulties, along with accusations of groping attractive young women by masclinated TSA female officers. The other big targets for this governmental criminal organization apparently are tourists to the US. Don’t think it is not being widely reported throughout the world and is having an effect on potential tourists to America.
Over this holiday travel season, a South Korean tourist visiting Orlando, Florida, Ms. Hyunjoo Kim, age 39, believed she was assaulted by TSA agents when she attempted to go a departure gate at the airport. It has been reported by the TSA and an off duty Orlando police officer that the tourist responded to the apparent excess groping by slapping a TSA employee. She also objected verbally when TSA officers searched the traveler’s personal belongings and confiscated two small bottles of lotion. TSA, with an extremely low educational level for employees and a propensity to show little consideration for personal or cultural differences in travelers, immediately arrested the South Korean and charged her with assault, and she is currently being held in America’s prison system, being charged with two counts of battery.
No charges were made towards the TSA employees that initiated the altercation. See: “Woman Attacked TSA agent during pat-down, police say”, Fox News 28 December 2012.
Unlike America, many cultures do not tolerate government civil servants (especially non-police officers) running their hands around a woman’s breasts, around her buttocks and over her vagina with no cause or justification. Other cultures also object to adolescents being excessively groped by unknown adults without parental approval or even observance. In Korean airports, of which I have personal experience, a thorough search is done by walking through a metal detector and random use of an electronic wand. No groping or sexual assault is performed by security employees. They don’t require people to remove their shoes, belts, or medical devices.
Recently, this blogger heard from several Thai young people in a roundtable discussion about their feelings concerning travel in the world. No one in the group wanted to visit the USA, with the reason being the country is “too dangerous” (meaning street crime), a great fear of police brutality and the unwillingness of these Thai young people to submit to the humiliation applied to them by American security (meaning primarily the TSA at airports). The image of America and Americans is quite negative outside of the US because of these factors (amongst others, of course). The world is watching what the US is doing and how conditions are in the country.
Meanwhile, candid remarks from Americans run in the vein of “Better safe than sorry”, or the ubiquitous “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about”. These remarks are also reported about internationally in newspapers, television, radio and magazines, projecting a disturbing image of the American people as totally ignorant, intolerant of others, and with a slave-like reverence to abuses of their government.
Potential tourists traveling from spending-rich Asia are watching on television how 8 year old boys are being physically abused at airports, how 72-year old grandmas are having their medical devices removed in order to check their urine, how attractive 14-year old teenage girls are being groped by muscular women in body armor. And as a result, they are traveling elsewhere.
Tourism in the US is big business. It has an impact of $1.9 trillion, with $813 Billion coming directly from tourist expenditures. Tourism generates $124 Billion in tax revenue and employs 14.4 million people within the US. See this Report from the US travel industry.
Despite the dropping of the value of the dollar (while this causes great harm to Americans, it does make travel to the US more affordable for travelers from overseas), Bloomberg/Business Week reports that “They’re [overseas tourist to the US] are staying away in droves”.
In addition to all these on-the-ground problems of traveling in the US, the State Department of the United States has made it extremely difficult for foreign tourists to obtain a tourist visa. For instance, in Thailand, anyone with a valid US passport can come for a holiday and get a 30-day stay. The same applies to most of the countries in Asia and Europe. For a Thai to visit the US, they must obtain a tourist visa from the US embassy requiring multiple interviews, rejections, and appeals that can stretch easily over a year, often over several years. The State Department, reflecting the prevailing attitude towards potential tourists, claims “that safety and security comes first, but acknowledged they’re working on the problem.” The world perceives the situation differently, as reflected in a recent UK Guardian Newspaper headline, ” America – more hassle than it’s worth?” Many Americans respond with “Who needs ‘em?” (You do, you idiot.)
Meanwhile, Tourism to Thailand is Soaring.
Who would have thought that Americans could be so complacent and allow tyrannical control by the government. The TSA was out in force at the Packers-Viking Football game on the last day of 2012 in the Metrodome in Minnesota. TSA also flew spy drones all over the spectator area during the whole time. What has happened to freedom-loving Americans?…gone? It is no longer the America that I knew years ago. Link
Music Tribute To Travel in America from a German:
Don’t Watch the following YouTube Video. Disgusting…
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