Your Tax Dollars at Work: TSA Bloodies a Teenage Girl with Brain Tumor [VIDEO]

Your Tax Dollars at Work: TSA Bloodies a Teenage Girl with Brain Tumor [VIDEO]

Your Tax Dollars at Work: TSA Bloodies a Teenage Girl with Brain Tumor [VIDEO]

It’s Independence Day weekend, time to celebrate the freedom from tyranny we enjoy in this nation. That is, unless you’re a disabled teenager confronted by the tyranny of airport TSA.

Last year, Hannah Cohen was returning to her home in Chattanooga, TN, after treatment she received for a brain tumor at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis. It was her final treatment, and instead of a homecoming celebration she received a night in jail, courtesy of the Memphis airport TSA.

Hannah Cohen. Credit:

Her crime? Hannah, a 19-year-old who is partially deaf, blind in one eye, and who suffers from cognitive and motor disabilities stemming from radiation treatments, set off the metal detector. She became agitated and confused when the TSA attempted further scanning. Her mother tried to tell the agents about Hannah’s disability, but was kept away from her daughter by police. Shirley Cohen was then forced to witness her daughter being thrown to the ground, her head bloodied.

Now, one year after the incident, Hannah and her mother Shirley are filing a lawsuit against the TSA. You can read it here.

The defendants in the lawsuit have not commented, although a spokeswoman for the TSA issued the following statement: “Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”

Oh, that’s helpful. The Cohens had been flying back and forth for 17 years without problems, and last year Shirley Cohen was to have called about the possibility of such an incident? What a load of bovine excrement!

The federal Kabuki theater known as the TSA has been shown to be ineffective in screening for actual threats. But just give a couple of them a uniform, a badge, and some blue rubber gloves and they can do a bang-up job of assaulting a disabled girl who has a brain tumor.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

1 Comment
  • GWB says:

    Yes. This is the sort of thing that happens when we are forced into a police state – and every commercial airport has been a police state for 15 years. Back before they had systems to put everyone’s bags through screening, they would ‘randomly’ select folks – which seemed to always include military personnel and gov’t employees/contractors. I’m sure that was just the luck of the draw./sarc
    (It wasn’t, as explained to me by multiple airport employees who knew the criteria – criteria which often matched how DoD bought their tickets.)

    I refuse to fly anymore if I can avoid it. When I do, I refuse to check luggage (since you can’t lock it anymore).

    When was it that we began accepting the concept that all travelers are guilty until proven innocent?

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