Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

“…and a little child shall lead them.”

Written By: Bob - Apr• 25•12

People love to cite the quote that “all that is needed for evil for triumph is for good men to do nothing.”  Yet perfectly able-bodied men apparently stood by as a four-year old child was terrorized:

The Brademeyer family’s ordeal began at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport after they had cleared a security checkpoint. Brademeyer’s mother, who happened to be traveling out of the same airport, set off an alarm and had to be re-screened.

Brademeyer’s four year old child was so excited to see her grandmother that she ran over to give her a brief hug. At that point, a TSA officer began yelling at the child and demanded she sit down and undergo a full body pat-down.

“It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter,” Brademeyer wrote on her Facebook page.

She said her daughter was terrified.

“They told her she had to come to them, alone, and spread her arms and legs,” Brademeyer wrote, noting that her daughter began screaming “No, I don’t want to.”

“That is when a TSO told me they would shut down the entire airport, cancel all flights, if my daughter was not restrained,” she wrote. “It was then they declared my daughter a ‘high-security threat.’”

Brademeyer said she tried to pick up her daughter and comfort her but the TSA ordered her to stop. They were eventually escorted to a private room where she said her daughter was treated like a terrorist.

“I will never forget the look of pure terror on her face,” she said. “A TSO began repeating that in the past she had ‘seen a gun in a teddy bear.’ The TSO seemed utterly convinced my child was concealing a weapon, as if there was no question about it.”

Do not dare call yourself a man if you look away, and let things like this happen in front of you. Do not dare consider yourself a good and decent person. Do not dare consider yourself a citizen.

You are an accomplice.

You are an enabler.

You are a subject.

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  1. Chief661 says:

    Thanks for sharing this story. Every time I read one of these incidents my blood pressure goes off the scale.
    Let me preface the following comments by saying that heretofore I had not been anti-LEO when their efforts were reasonable and where they were supported by moral and ethical laws. Back in the day I worked with LEO’s as a volunteer/paid-on-call FF and volunteer EMT and I knew many good ones. With that said, I understand their mindset which can be rigid and authoritarian. The Nuremberg trials dispelled the notion that if, as an agent of a government, you say that you are following the law and under orders you are safe.
    I cannot stomach the fact that as a nation, we have allowed this repugnant situation to develop and spread. Every day there are more stories of TSA, FBI, DEA, State and local police abusing their authority; expansion of the TSA VIPR teams (most recently in Houston) and blatant violations of the 4th Amendment. We are in 1930 and following the path to hell. When any man can treat a 4 year old child as this child was treated and when they can abuse citizens and justify their efforts as being in the name of “national security” we are in a very bad place. IMHO we are not all that far from packing people on trains and “resettling” them to camps (think FEMA). I have personally curtailed ALL non-business air travel and reduced my business air travel to only those situations where I have NO other choice. I have been patted down (IND) when I refused the FBS, but my experience was not uncomfortable or abusive. The time has come for people to fight these abuses, physically if and where necessary. If you disagree please tell me where you would draw the line because I don’t see ANYONE in DC doing away with the TSA, VIPR teams, DHS and their ilk. I encourage those with the balls to do stand up to these bastards. The TSA/DHS, etc. next step will be checkpoints at rail stations, bus terminals and, if we do nothing in November, highways, state borders, etc. Thomas Jefferson said it and said well, “And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” Too true.

  2. Al Reasin says:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Martin Niemöller

  3. KWS says:

    I just have a question, and an observation. I’m guessing the TSA agent was black? Yes? I’ve personally never seen a white TSA employee. And these outrageous incidents involving TSA agents and little children or helpless elderly seem to always involve a black agent and a white victim. Is this more evidence of the Obama Administration “sticking it to whitey”? Just asking the question. You can draw your own conclusions.

  4. Jane says:

    I’ve sworn off flying after being selected by a person of another race for a ‘special screening’ – at 8AM in the Orlando airport with my sister and 5 year old nephew. We were the only 3 people in the area at the time. This was before the touching started – if they’d tried, I’d have rented a car and driven home! Like so many, I do not understand the mindless who just go along! I gave up movies years ago, after I’d been insulted one time too many. And you can count on one hand the number of TV programs I watch. There aren’t enough of us willing to stand up – and now there are going to be checkpoints on the roads?!?!? I truly wonder what God has in store for us.

  5. Larry says:

    Harsh words. So what’s your advice, if you should be witness to such a thing? Are you willing to inconvenience yourself? Be honest…are you? Especially if you have firearms in your checked luggage?
    It’s easy to sit behind a keyboard and castigate people. It’s not so easy to walk the walk. I don’t know what I would have done, but it is extremely likely I would have done nothing at the time and contacted my Congresscritters when I got home.
    One thing I doubt very highly that I would have done, I doubt I would have made a spectacle at the scene. In fact, I generally avoid airports at all if I can, and I refuse to fly. This is one of the reasons.

    • Chief661 says:

      @Larry – You are correct that it is easy to pontificate from behind a keyboard. I have been giving that scenario serious thought and I wish I could say definitively how far I would have been willing to go to do the right thing. I liken the situation to my first time entering a burning building as a rookie FF. I really didn’t know how I would perform until I stepped/crawled into the abyss. I would like to think that I would do as well as I did on that scene and on subsequent fires over the years. But to answer your question, I don’t know for certain. God help all who could walk by and do nothing. I know that personally I am very close to the limit on how much of this crap I can take but when and where I will reach the point of extremis I don’t know.