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The Nation: TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind TSA Scandal
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Edited on Thu Nov-25-10 06:25 PM by OregonBlue
Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA? This past week, the media turned an "ordinary guy," 31-year-old Californian John Tyner, who blogs under the pseudonym "Johnny Edge," into a national hero after he posted a cell phone video of himself defending his liberty against the evil government oppressors in charge of airport security.

While this issue is certainly importantand offensiveto Americans, we are nonetheless skeptical about how and why this story turned into a national movement. In fact, this whole campaign feels a bit like dj-vu: As the first reporters to expose the Tea Party as an Astroturf PR campaign funded by FreedomWorks and Koch-related front groups back in February, 2009, we see many of the same elements driving the current "rebellion" against the TSA: Koch-related libertarians, Washington lobbyists and PR operatives posing as "ordinary citizens," and suspicious fake-grassroots outrage relentlessly promoted in the same old right-wing echo chamber.

Meg McLain almost became a national celebrity as the first victim of the body scanner/TSA molesters. On November 8, McLain was preparing to fly out of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, airport, when she claimed to have been the victim of invasive TSA molestation. According to McLain, when she refused to have her body scanned, the TSA agents supposedly started screaming "Opt out! Opt out!" and pulled her aside and "molested" herspecifically, they "squeezed and twisted" her breasts so hard that "it hurt." ("OptOut" is the name of a "grassroots" protest movement designed to tie up airports during the holidaysmore on that later.) As she described it, "It's getting to the point where I feel more physically molested than if some random guy actually came up and molested me. It's more intrusive than that." McLain also claimed that she was made to stand in an open area next to the metal detector, where every passenger could look at her while a TSA agent "screamed" at her, until, finally, she was handcuffed to a chair by a "dozen cops." McLain immediately called into the Keene libertarian radio show to tell her awful story, which was posted on YouTube, and spread virally after it was promoted on Drudge Report.

There was only one problem with McLain's story: she made it up. The TSA released video evidence showing that McLain wasn't molested, wasn't screamed at and wasn't attacked by a dozen cops and half a dozen TSA agents. In fact, other passengers don't seem to notice her, although a TSA agent does seem to be trying to comfort McLain, offering her tissues as the libertarian rebel breaks out crying.

Long article we all should read. As I have mentioned several times today, I started reading DU and had to check to make sure I hadn't accidentally gone to FreedomWorks instead.
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  -The Nation: TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind TSA Scandal OregonBlue  Nov-25-10 06:25 PM   #0 
  - Thanks for your post.  Frances   Nov-25-10 06:32 PM   #1 
  - Underlying all the screeching and screaming---excuse to further  OHdem10   Nov-25-10 06:40 PM   #2 
  - Yep...  Andy823   Nov-25-10 06:42 PM   #3 
     - This rebellion has been a Democratic issue for six years.  sabrina 1   Nov-25-10 09:43 PM   #43 
     - ++++1  alstephenson   Nov-25-10 09:54 PM   #46 
     - +10000 nt  Mojorabbit   Nov-25-10 11:51 PM   #53 
     - +++  DemReadingDU   Nov-26-10 09:51 AM   #62 
     - Sabrina, I love you! n/t  Catherina   Nov-26-10 05:07 PM   #71 
     - Wow! convolute much?  ooglymoogly   Nov-26-10 11:39 AM   #66 
  - I have to agree with you.  Andy823   Nov-25-10 06:44 PM   #4 
  - Gee, I wonder how some people on this site would react  LisaL   Nov-25-10 07:26 PM   #9 
  - it's as obvious as a herd of elephants in the bathtub  TorchTheWitch   Nov-25-10 07:46 PM   #13 
  - Lol, it is all about poltics and your "team," right? Principles mean nothing.  krabigirl   Nov-26-10 12:44 AM   #57 
  - If I wanted to read right wing crap, I'd go to a freeper sight.  ooglymoogly   Nov-26-10 11:45 AM   #67 
  - You should see the comments underneath the story on the site.  AspenRose   Nov-25-10 06:54 PM   #5 
  - I really think the new enhanced search  Mojorabbit   Nov-25-10 07:18 PM   #6 
  - I'm with you, I want all those freedoms I once had and if I have to  WHEN CRABS ROAR   Nov-25-10 07:57 PM   #20 
  - My son flies as part of his job. I never know where he is at any given time.  appleannie1   Nov-25-10 07:25 PM   #7 
  - Recommended. When this hit the news like the bogus Acorn stuff I knew it was a set up  NNN0LHI   Nov-25-10 07:26 PM   #8 
  - This was a huge issue for Democrats for the past six years.  sabrina 1   Nov-25-10 09:20 PM   #40 
  - Unrec'd (thread, not you). You might really want to rethink that, talking about set-ups.  Catherina   Nov-26-10 05:11 PM   #72 
  - Are you fucking kidding me?  originalpckelly   Nov-25-10 07:36 PM   #10 
  - Well Obama supports it so it must be all good.  LisaL   Nov-25-10 07:37 PM   #11 
  - And the only people who oppose it here are just right wingers dividing us on purpose.  originalpckelly   Nov-25-10 07:41 PM   #12 
     - It's the only possible explanation  Canuckistanian   Nov-25-10 07:50 PM   #15 
        - I think Obama is a right wing plot to discredit Obama.  originalpckelly   Nov-25-10 07:54 PM   #17 
        - +1  Canuckistanian   Nov-25-10 08:18 PM   #26 
        - awesome  Truth2Tell   Nov-26-10 06:18 PM   #74 
        - no it isn't  TorchTheWitch   Nov-25-10 07:54 PM   #18 
           - Relax  Canuckistanian   Nov-25-10 08:16 PM   #25 
           - In this case it obviously wouldn't have been overuse n/t  TorchTheWitch   Nov-25-10 09:53 PM   #44 
           - I came to DU when people were defending  Frances   Nov-25-10 09:18 PM   #39 
              - That you held your nose voting for Humphrey, a died in the wool  ooglymoogly   Nov-26-10 12:03 PM   #68 
  - it's sickening all right  TorchTheWitch   Nov-25-10 07:48 PM   #14 
  - Hear, hear!  Individualist   Nov-25-10 07:52 PM   #16 
  - +1. Just because a libertarian group tries to spin TSA patdowns doesn't mean they're okay.  readmoreoften   Nov-25-10 08:35 PM   #30 
  - +1 on that one.  Pholus   Nov-25-10 08:48 PM   #34 
  - It did happen under Bush. The 'enhanced patdowns' were tried  sabrina 1   Nov-26-10 12:51 PM   #70 
  - It's not just RWers. A crap load of the left have been yelping like scalded dogs...  LostInAnomie   Nov-25-10 07:55 PM   #19 
  - Bullshit nightmare scenario:  originalpckelly   Nov-25-10 08:05 PM   #22 
  - The only thing I think is a problem is the radiation -  Fruittree   Nov-25-10 08:14 PM   #24 
  - "The only thing I see is a problem is...."  alstephenson   Nov-25-10 09:59 PM   #47 
     - I love your open-mindedness and willingness to rationally  Fruittree   Nov-26-10 04:41 AM   #58 
  - Really. Then what are the radiation dosage numbers. Energies, flux. Why no honesty?  Pholus   Nov-25-10 08:19 PM   #27 
  - Bullshit nightmare scenario; CONFLICT OF INTEREST!!!  ooglymoogly   Nov-26-10 12:20 PM   #69 
  - making up bullshit nightmare scenarios..  frylock   Nov-25-10 09:07 PM   #37 
  - So, you were on Bush's side when he tried to install  sabrina 1   Nov-26-10 05:37 AM   #60 
  - I guess I have been a right ringer  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-25-10 08:00 PM   #21 
  - Don't like gropes = failure of DU Ideological purity test?  Pholus   Nov-25-10 08:13 PM   #23 
  - The article has been debunked by Glen Greenwald and others.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Nov-25-10 08:30 PM   #28 
  - Thank you. I can't believe the Nation is resorting to such low information bullshit.  readmoreoften   Nov-25-10 08:37 PM   #31 
     - Remember the hit job they did on Wes Clark a few years ago?  girl gone mad   Nov-25-10 09:53 PM   #45 
  - You really have to admire their cunning  GETPLANING   Nov-25-10 08:33 PM   #29 
  - The Koch's are masters of diversionary tactics.  blue neen   Nov-25-10 08:41 PM   #32 
  - read Glen Greenwald's response to this:  inna   Nov-25-10 08:42 PM   #33 
  - that was posted on DU yesterday too  hfojvt   Nov-25-10 09:06 PM   #36 
  - fuck this shit. you all tried to align the left with the teabaggers when we opposed obamneycare..  frylock   Nov-25-10 09:04 PM   #35 
  - I mean, as we all know, the only problem is that people weren't buying over-priced health insurance.  originalpckelly   Nov-25-10 09:10 PM   #38 
  - It's almost funny to watch the sudden abandonment of an issue  sabrina 1   Nov-25-10 09:35 PM   #42 
     - Just when you think they can't stoop any lower...  girl gone mad   Nov-25-10 10:02 PM   #49 
     - Agree with you. It is very disheartening.  krabigirl   Nov-26-10 12:31 AM   #56 
  - Oh for sure. They want Americans to tie the feeling of being potentially violated by the TSA  applegrove   Nov-25-10 09:34 PM   #41 
  - Do you really think it is just about 'having their junk' touched?  sabrina 1   Nov-25-10 10:27 PM   #50 
     - It is also a civil right to be able to get on a plane that is safe. The terrorists have  applegrove   Nov-25-10 10:40 PM   #51 
        - If it is a civil right to be able to get on a plane that is safe, then  sabrina 1   Nov-25-10 11:12 PM   #52 
        - +1000  Desertrose   Nov-26-10 12:05 AM   #54 
        - + 1000  kowalski1   Nov-26-10 06:12 AM   #61 
        - A Fellow Outsider  theFrankFactor   Nov-27-10 08:48 AM   #77 
        - The underwear bomber was on a watch list, his dad reported him, boarded a plane without a passport-  Gravel Democrat   Nov-26-10 04:43 AM   #59 
        - Yep, and now Chertoff has his scanners in the airports  DemReadingDU   Nov-26-10 10:00 AM   #63 
        - only 20% of the cargo is inspected  DemReadingDU   Nov-26-10 10:03 AM   #64 
  - The article my magazine, The Nation, published about John Tyner is a shameful smear.  frylock   Nov-25-10 10:01 PM   #48 
  - This garbage is considered journalism?!  krabigirl   Nov-26-10 12:30 AM   #55 
  - I don't support privatizing the TSA. I support removal of scanners and ending the grope downs  Gormy Cuss   Nov-26-10 10:37 AM   #65 
  - I've been a subscriber of The Nation for about ten years. If they don't condemn this BS, I won't  20score   Nov-26-10 05:32 PM   #73 
  - Is there an article in The Nation on the corporate welfare for Chertoff's machines  somone   Nov-26-10 06:26 PM   #75 
     - ^ I bet there won't be one anytime soon ^  Mimosa   Nov-26-10 08:01 PM   #76 

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