Hugh-isms — TSA Is Intolerable And Mazie Is Bad

(Editor’s note: Following is an open letter to Congresswoman Mazie Hirono written by retired 40-year Honolulu Advertiser reporter Hugh Clark.)
April 26, 2012
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono
5-104 Prince Kuhio Building
200 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu 96850
Dear Representative:
For Congress to take action against the newest form of American Nazism – the Transportation Safety Administration. It has done far more to terrorize American travelers than any Muslim group.
Not only have I and my family endured inconvenience and insults over the last 10 years of travel through persistent rude and crude behavior of its station agents, we have observed even worse directed toward other arriving passengers, typically the old and handicapped — the weak.  Regulations are not uniform or enforced consistently.
Adding in convictions (but no jail terms) of Molokai and Kona TSA agents stealing from foreign visitors), now we learn that at LAX they are enabling drug runners and in Kansas molesting a four-year-old girl following negative news for manhandling aged women traveling with significant post-cancer issues.
Its misbehavior clearly has no stop line, no judgment and no security purpose. It is a major inhibitor to the development of Hawaii’s chief industry, worse than arcane visa requirements.
Since retiring in 2002, travel has been my penchant. We have visited two-dozen foreign countries in the period since and not one matches the surely behavior of the USA. Only Russia came close.
I have two mainland family members who are reluctant to visit us because of the TSA. One declined to attend a family funeral here. Get rid of this monster ASAP. It is correctable, if Congress only gets off its collective duff.
Thank you,
Hugh Clark
P.O. Box 1956
Hilo  96721
I would have preferred to have sent this by e-mail but your Hilo staff office was unable to articulate an e-mail address to me and I decided to avoid long distance charges. I never experienced such communication problems with the late Patsy Mink and Spark Matsunaga.
Aloha, Hugh POB 1956 Hilo HI 96721-1956 808-935-4322 hm

6 replies
  1. Ken
    Ken says:

    In as much as I travel a tremendous amount – usually 2 to 3 times a week – both commercially and privately – on the mainland – plus back and forth to here – I somewhat agree with you Hugh.

    I don’t agree on the real security attempt to stop something. I do agree that most of the TSA staff are underpaid low educated egomaniacs at times, and recently in LAX – found to ship allow drugs to be passed thru for cash. However, saying that I have also seen some pretty stupid passengers.

    No, you may not carry on a case of wine.
    No, you may not bring an engine crankshaft.
    No, you may not keep 2 rolls of quarters in your pocket.
    When they tell you to remove any liquids from your carryon bag, yes, they mean YOU.
    Same with your shoes, belt and jewelry.

    Now, with that being said too, I would be in favor of adopting the Israeli method of airline security. A 2 to 3 minute question and answer period – review of all travel documents and if you pass – you are on your way.

    Stammer a little bit, you are detained

    Stammer a big way – your head just got splattered on the marble floor.

    And the best part – say one thing stupid, do one thing wrong, get drunk, whatever, and you never get to fly ever again. PERIOD!

  2. dd
    dd says:

    we are supposed to be able to travel in our own country. tsa is not about security. it is about who owns the machines. refuse the ‘naked’ scanner. it is your right. while they are ‘searching’ you start a dialog. ask them about x-rays. they told me it was not x-rays just radio waves. they do not know what they are looking for. ken, there is no need to make fun of other passengers. passengers from other countries are horrified at the way the tsa treats travelers. i just watched last month new zealanders getting the shake down and wondering what is wrong with YOU americans.

  3. GD
    GD says:

    Good job Hugh, bite them hard on the ankles. This whole congress with a few exceptions is a pack of morons. America is heading down a slippery slope and you are needed to put some binders on those letting the elites setup their NWO. This county is being sucked in faster and faster, if no change soon Pau. GD

  4. Mike in HPP
    Mike in HPP says:

    While I’m not enamored with the TSA, I do appreciate the fact that they have to deal with the American flying public. A group made up of more than its share of some of the most obtuse, clueless and inconsiderate people ever.

    The TSA has my sympathies.

  5. keoni
    keoni says:

    Sooo many reasons to get rid of the TSA:

    TSA Nabs Suspected Al Queda Terrorist At O’Hare International Airport, A toddler in a wheelchair:

    TSA Treats 3 Year Disabled Boy like A Terrorist:

    TSA terrorizes wheelchair-bound three-year-old traveling with his family to Disney World:

    Learn more:

    The TSA’s mission creep is making the US a police state:

    Doctor Admits TSA Body Scanners Can Cause Cancer:

    Testing the TSA policy on photographing checkpoints:

    TSA molests mom:

    Secret recording of TSA threatening passenger Part 1 of 3:

    Secret recording of TSA threatening passenger Part 2 of 3:

    Secret recording of TSA threatening passenger Part 3 of 3:

    Woman Told To Remove Prosthetic Breast by TSA:

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