TSA forces amputee to remove prosthesis, separates her from 4-year-old son

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The list of appalling TSA screening stories is growing. Among others I've heard about in only the last two days:

And now this, from the Amputee Coalition of America:

“I had just been put in the Plexiglas screening booth,” said Peggy. “My 4-year-old son was made to sit across from me, crying because they would not let him touch me. Everyone was looking at us. Then the TSA agent asked for my prosthetic leg. I knew they could wand my leg, but he insisted on taking it from me. And if that wasn’t humiliating enough, he asked for the liner sock that covers my residual limb, saying I had to give it to him. I felt pressured to give him my liner even though it is critical to keep it sanitary. I was embarrassed to have my residual limb exposed in public.”

The ACA went on to say that the TSA screener "failed to follow established procedures for screening travelers with disabilities."

My pal John V. Moore and I had a Twitter conversation that got us both thinking and asking a lot of questions. What constitutes proper screening, and how do we effectively balance civil liberties, dignity, and privacy with national security? This is the same debate we've had since September 11, 2001.

Will any of the existing measures stop a terrorist attack? Have they?

Then there is the question of blatant politicizing, with the obvious targets being Janet Napolitano and President Obama.

Sensationalism is another by-product. We had "Don't Touch My Junk" Guy splashed all over the Tee Vee Machine and the Internets.

And finally, as John wondered, are TSA critics okay with wire tapping?

What are your thoughts?

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