Criminal? Woman Airline Passenger or Bush Aide?

Which is the criminal, the woman citizen who tried to board a flight while wearing jewelry on her nipples, or the Bush aide who the Center for Free Cuba has alleged to misuse USAID funds? The one most likely to be terrorized at the airport is obvious to anyone who has lived in the USA under Bush.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

You make the call. First up is the woman airline passenger from Texas whose sole problem was she tried to get on an airplane with jewelry on. On her nipple, sure, but it was merely jewelry. They made Mandi Hamiln remove the mipple ring with pliers. From the AP wire:

A Texas woman who said she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane called Thursday for an apology by federal security agents and a civil rights investigation.

“I wouldn’t wish this experience upon anyone,” Mandi Hamlin said at a news conference. “My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way.”

Hamlin, 37, said she was trying to board a flight from Lubbock to Dallas on Feb. 24 when she was scanned by a Transportation Security Administration agent after passing through a larger metal detector witho

Sunday, March 30th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

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