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  1. #1 TSA at it again--Henry K patted down 
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    Even when the TSA geniuses got his ID, they had no idea of the identity of Henry Kissinger. Good going, patting down an 88 year old in a wheelchair.

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    A Nobel Peace Prize is no guarantee that you can sail through airport security without being subjected to an embarrassing full pat-down — ask Henry Kissinger.

    The 88-year-old had to get out of his wheelchair for a “full Monty” pat down as he passed through New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Friday on his way to Toronto, the Washington Post reports.

    And the Transportation Security Administration agents who insisted on giving him the full search apparently had no idea who he was, said freelance reporter Matthew Cole who witnessed the search — even after they asked him his name.

    “He stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders. They gave him the full pat-down. None of the agents seemed to know who he was,” Cole told the Post.

    Kissinger, national security adviser and Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, won the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Vietnam War.
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    I hope more 'statesmen' and 'legislators' and other 'elites' are forced to go thru this stupid process.

    How can sanity be restored if they too are not forced to "feel our pain'?

    I like Kissinger but I detest his fellow travelers policies in this regard.
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    I'm of the belief that anyone who has graduated from an American high school in the last 30 years should recognize Henry Kissinger-if not by his appearance, then for sure by his name. Even if the history class never got to the 70s, government class should have mentioned him in his job as Secretary of State. There are probably few Secretary of States in American history who accomplished as much in the job as he did-not just the end of the Vietnam War, but improving relationships with the USSR, opening relations with China, laying the groundwork for what eventually became the Camp David Accords, among other accomplishments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I'm of the belief that anyone who has graduated from an American high school in the last 30 years should recognize Henry Kissinger-if not by his appearance, then for sure by his name. Even if the history class never got to the 70s, government class should have mentioned him in his job as Secretary of State. There are probably few Secretary of States in American history who accomplished as much in the job as he did-not just the end of the Vietnam War, but improving relationships with the USSR, opening relations with China, laying the groundwork for what eventually became the Camp David Accords, among other accomplishments.
    Thank you so much for making my point. If they didn't recognize his appearance or his name, they should have recognized the voice and the accent. Obviously the TSA folks should be on the Leno show, displaying their general lack of knowledge.

    He should get no special treatment, but there needs to be some common sense. I doubt if Henry Kissinger is going to be blowing up the plane, particularly at 88 and in a wheelchair. There needs to be a better system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    There needs to be a better system.
    Yes. Common sense ... from govt? From the TSA?? Anyone w/half a brain would recognize Kissinger which makes my point. Hopefully the TSA continues its tradition of hiring the stupid and unqualified because instances like this will be the result. And why wouldnt they continue this policy? Isnt it this the same policy used by the White House? From the 'anointed' ones 'appointments' which bypass the vetting process? Who needs merit when you have a fringe kook ideology? An agenda on steroids?

    I used to enjoy flying. Thus my utter disdain for this assault on my liberties disguised as "safety".
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    A Nobel Peace Prize is no guarantee that you can sail through airport security without being subjected to an embarrassing full pat-down — ask Henry Kissinger.
    A Nobel Prize isn't necessarily a guarantee. Yasir Arafat had one, too.

    Come to think of it, Al Gore also got patted down by the TSA, and he's got a Nobel Peace Prize, as well. Maybe TSA knows something...?
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