We are Protected by IDIOTS.......
Received the following in an e-mail. Don't know if it actually happened. But, it could have......
One two three lets all throw up , on the TSA
Subject: FW: We are protected by IDIOTS.......
Date: Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:11 AM
This from one of our heroes coming home from defending our freedom.....
As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the
When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air
Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no groping), had
all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards. Our first stop was Shannon,
Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis, Indiana, to
drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard. That's where the
First, everyone was forced to get off the plane-even though the plane wasn't
refueling again. All 330 people got off that plane, rather than let the 100
people from the ING get off. We were filed from the plane to a holding
area. No vending machines, no means of escape. Only a male/female latrine.
It's probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons.
Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also
carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of
course, the weapons weren't loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo
well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.
The TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload all
of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it re inspected. Keep in
mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece by U.S. Customs
officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it a one-hour run
through. After two hours of sitting in this holding area, the TSA decided
not to re-inspect our cargo-just to inspect us again: Soldiers on the way
home from war, who had already been inspected, re-inspected and kept in a
SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Ok, whatever. So we lined up to go through
This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were
carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.
So we're in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his
Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets
better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of
nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they're going to
confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this
TSA Guy: You can't take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? I've had them since we left country.
TSA Guy: You're not supposed to have them.
TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon.
And I'm allowed to take it on.
TSA Guy: Yeah but you can't use it to take over the plane. You don't have
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?
TSA Guy: [awkward silence]
Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get out of here.
I'll buy you a new set.
Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]
To top it off, the TSA demanded we all be swabbed for "explosive residue"
detection. Everyone failed, [go figure, we just came home from a war zone],
because we tested positive for "Gun Powder Residue". Who the hell is hiring
This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people
re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns-but
nothing that could have been used as a weapon.
Can someone please tell me: What happened to OUR country while we were
Sgt. Mad Dog Tracy
[Ed. note: Obviously, no one at the TSA has ever heard of a butt stroke or
been involved in hand-to-hand combat. Doesn't it make you feel safer to
know you are protected by IDIOTS!]