Random searching a soldier?

Posted by: ST on October 14, 2005 at 8:53 am

This (reg. required) is just stupid:

Capt. Cubbage is a 29-year-old soldier serving with the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. The 173rd is the smallest combat unit in the world but has played a frontline role in the war on terror. Nine of its 1,000 members have recently given their lives in service to our nation.

Cap. Cubbage and his fellow soldiers parachuted into northern Iraq shortly after the invasion began. The 173rd fought two divisions of Saddam’s Republican Guard. It captured an air field and secured oil supplies. Capt. Cubbage was awarded the combat parachute badge and a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. He and his unit have since been deployed to Afghanistan.

Capt. Cubbage was recently given two weeks’ leave to come home to Philadelphia and celebrate the birth of his first child, Adam Jr., who weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

At the end of his leave, on Oct. 9, Capt. Cubbage arrived at Terminal D, Philadelphia International Airport, to begin his long journey back to Afghanistan. He was taken to the airport by his parents (his father, Patrick Cubbage, is himself a veteran of the 173rd).

These three members of the Cubbage family arrived two hours before Capt. Cubbage’s 8 a.m. departure. The first leg of his journey was to be aboard a commercial flight on Air Tran.

Please picture this scene: Capt. Cubbage, proud new father in his BDUs (battle dress uniform), with his parents!

Capt. Cubbage presented his identification, orders and tickets at the Air Tran counter. He and his parents were given gate passes. In line, before reaching the next screening point, Capt. Cubbage again showed his ID.

Upon approaching the magnetometer, and after showing identification for the third time, Capt. Cubbage and his parents were told by a TSA representative that they had been identified for secondary, or random, screening! This American hero was then asked to remove his combat boots and outer garments to be fully “wanded.”

Please take the time to read the whole thing and you’ll probably shake your head in disgust as much as I did when I read it.

Hat tip: Bob in the comments section of another post.

Related: Michelle Malkin has the lowdown on typical MSM over-hype about a recently ‘staged’ Q&A between the President and some of our military’s finest. As usual, the media makes a big deal out of this, when it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Newsbusters has more.

Welcome to the latest non-issue, courtesy of the MSM.

Update: Also wanted to add, as I should have to my original post, that this is nothing more than a shameless attempt by the MSM to make it look like Bush has to control troops answers in order to make them look supportive with the implication clearly being they really don’t support him.

More: Joe Gandelman has a link roundup of blogger reaction to this ‘story.’

UPDATE: A soldier who was at this ‘staged’ event, responds. Bravo! Hat tip: Malkin

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    1. PCD says:

      Do you have to be stuck on stupid to be employed by the TSA at any level?

    2. PCD says:

      As far as the Anti-American editors and employees of AP go, Herr Goebbles would be proud of them were they on his side.

    3. Kathy says:

      It is actually illegal in the US to make up the news LINK

    4. Really, now? Then when will Dan Rather and Mary Mapes be officially indicted?

    5. Kathy says:

      I guess I need to qualify my statement a little more. I expected that you would read the article I linked to. It is not illegal for a journalist to be wrong or even for journalists pundits or columnists to lie. However, it is actually illegal for any branch of government to use public funds to create or distribute covert propaganda. Here is some more information on the topic if you would like to read it this time

      LINK

      LINK

    6. I’m aware of what happened with Armstrong Williams and the admin. Is this an attempt to deflect from the issue I posted about? Because you haven’t addressed it yet.

    7. PCD says:

      Kathy, are you saying the MSM can make up anything they want and it is alright by you as long as it is Anti-Bush, anti-capitalism, or anti-Christian?

    8. shortz says:

      “Please take the time to read the whole thing and you’ll probably shake your head in disgust as much as I did when I read it.”

      It doesn’t sound like a good idea to have a policy that all you need to do to escape a search is to convince a TSA employee that you are a soldier.

      “As usual, the media makes a big deal out of this, when it’s nothing out of the ordinary.”

      I know that Dubya and the executive branch in general likes to use troops as props in their play. Perhaps no one thought that bush was actually having a conversation with the troops — not even Scott McLeland. But just to be clear, this event was staged. Some people want our troops to be used as props in a theater. I’d rather not.

    9. Kathy says:

      You posted an article about how the media has made much out of nothing with regard to the staging of a Q&A session between the President and some members of the armed forces stationed in Iraq that was touted by the White House as a “spontaneous” dialouge. Not only was that shown not to be the case, the troops were used as a backdrop to promote the policies of the White House. Many people myself included find that manipulation of our servicemen and women disgusting. In addition it may be illegal because our tax dollars were used to create “covert propaganda”. It just so happens that this production did not end up being entirely covert because someone screwed up and released the tape of the coaching session. Now do you get it?

    10. “Many people myself included find that manipulation of our servicemen and women disgusting.”

      Our troops weren’t manipulated. I find your claim that they were incredibly insulting – to them.

      “Now do you get it?”

      Oh yes. I “get it” alright. Loud and clear. Too bad you don’t.

    11. Kathy says:

      PCD, I didn’t say the MSM should lie. I just said it wasn’t necessarily illegal. I don’t think anyone in the public forum should be saying things that they know not to be true unless they also clearly label those statements as fiction. They also shouldn’t be trying to pass off opinions as facts and they certainly shouldn’t be using our tax dollars to do so. Thankfully there is a law against the latter.

    12. Kathy says:

      “Our troops weren’t manipulated. I find your claim that they were incredibly insulting – to them.”
      Did you watch the coaching session where they told the servicemen which question each one would answer and what preprepared statement they should respond with or did you just read Michelle Malkin’s account? They even went so far as to tell them to pause for emphasis. It is beyond insulting to use this pre-arranged discussion to try to sell a war to the American people while these soldiers continue to be put in harms way.

    13. Kathy, read the update and get back to me. I maintain that it’s you who is insulting to the troops with your comments about manipulation.

    14. Kathy says:

      Shall we take everything posted on blogs to be the truth? How about this one? http://harrietmiers.blogspot.com/

      Even so his account doesn’t quite fit with the tape that I saw.

    15. “Shall we take everything posted on blogs to be the truth? How about this one? http://harrietmiers.blogspot.com/

      So are you suggesting that soldier isn’t a real soldier?

      “Even so his account doesn’t quite fit with the tape that I saw.”

      Really? Well, let’s see. He was there, you were not. Who should we trust?

    16. shortz: “It doesn’t sound like a good idea to have a policy that all you need to do to escape a search is to convince a TSA employee that you are a soldier.”

      Really? And just how to you go about convincing the airline security staff that you really are a soldier?

      “I know that Dubya and the executive branch in general likes to use troops as props in their play. Perhaps no one thought that bush was actually having a conversation with the troops — not even Scott McLeland. But just to be clear, this event was staged. Some people want our troops to be used as props in a theater. I’d rather not.

      And I’d rather people (such as yourself) stop blatantly misrepresenting what happened at this Q&A.

    17. PCD says:

      Kathy,

      You are a real shill for the MSM. They lie all the time, and in Bill Moyers case on PBS, he was a tax supported liar.

      Also, where were you when Clinton was using soldiers for photo ops? I remember one where Clinton led a group of soldiers for a photo op, at taxpayers’ expense, over a small rise on the White House grounds in his first term. Never heard any criticism from the likes of you. Bet you were just swooning or trying to get a White House internship.

    18. Kathy says:

      PCD, News flash. This just in. Clinton is no longer the President.

    19. PCD says:

      Kathy, Newsflash for you. Hypocrisy is not in vogue, nor is it a virtue.

    20. Kathy says:

      Really, I beg to differ there. I think it is very much in vogue. When the President who claims to be in favor of the “Culture of Life” (which for the record is a doctrine first discussed by Pope John Paul II and not George W.) when that President is in favor of the death penalty and pre-emptive war. When that same President who claims to subscribe to the Culture of Life doctrine allows both the abortion rate and the poverty rate to increase during his tenure. When the President who said that he would restore dignity to the office of the Presidency has two senior White House aides and possibly even the Vice President under investigation for potentially treasonous acts and another, David Safavian, arrested after a three count federal criminal indictment was filed against him, I would say hypocrisy is very much in-style under the current administration. I never said it was a virtue

    21. Baklava says:

      You just simply disagree Kathy. No need to act like Bush or we are evil or hypocrates.

      We believe the death penalty does save lives and promote much more healthy families as less families will have to live the terror of an evil person.

      We believe the war on terror will save lives and promote a much more prosperous people living in a much more healthier way than before. (To pull out would be disastrous for people and hurt many more lives).

      As far as investigations, it may be the peopl econductin ghte investigations are breaking the rules and bringing indictments without evidence. People are innocent until proven guilty but you as a non-decent human being are willing to convict people in the court of public opinion when it’s simply not a decent human thing to do.

      The only person you can change is yourself. I don’t completely agree with Bush nor PCD. But I don’t go smearing their motives as if I knew what they were.

      Do you Kathy know what people’s motives, thoughts and feelings are? Can you bring yourself to change your behavior to simply state that you disagree with such and such policy for such and such reason?

      If not, these are the kinds of debates you have with conservatives. You attack. We defend or attack back. Not a pretty cycle.

    22. PCD says:

      Kathy,

      I pointed out things you have not acknowled, but you continue to attack. Just say you hate Bush and be done with it. You hate is going to eat you alive.

    23. PCD says:

      Another thing Kathy, you complain about the President allowing the abortion rate to rise. First of all, no attribution to your charges, as usual. Second, only liberals who don’t believe in allowing others to have free will think that the President can dictate the abortion rate, can dictate to women not to have abortions and enforce it.

      You have a problem, Kathy. Stop blaming George Bush for everything.

    24. Kathy says:

      PCD, Abortion rates are linked to economic and social policies. Women can be encouraged to carry their pregnancies to term. Here is some more information: LINK

      LINK

      Baklava, I don’t hate President Bush. I am sure he would make for a very nice dinner guest. I just disagree with his policies.

    25. Baklava says:

      First. Presidents don’t control the economy in a capitalist nation. The people do. the defintion of capitalism is the people deciding who gets what resources.

      Second. There was a recession during Kennedy and Reagan’s term as president. Does that mean they don’t “Care” about life”.

      Third. This is the continued pattern of liberals like you. Links to others don’t help with the fact that it is YOU who aren’t behaving very well with information. You aren’t critically thinking. You are attacking and acting like you know what otheres care, think, feel about.

      What are we to do? Either defend the president from the unjust attacks (because you don’t know who controls the economy) or agree with you which would show our inability to grasp the information or ignore you.

      I’m choosing because I care to try to point out your behavior and words aren’t helping anyone. While I can’t change you and can only change myself, my question to you is – If words mean things and the words you are saying do not add up and couldn’t possibly add up… What would you like me to do?
      a) agree that Bush and/or conservatives are evil or up to no good
      b) see that what you are writing is not good – but ignore you
      c) try to help you understand where your thinking and words are going wrong

    26. Destroyed for exploitation says:

      Program on the emergence of civilization.

      “14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
      13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
      None from the sub-Saharan African continent. ”
      Favor.
      And disfavor.

      They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it’s applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

      The roots of racism are not of this earth.

      Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

      The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

      AIDS in Africa.

      Organizational Heirarchy
      Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

      1. MUCK – perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as “god”
      2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
      3. Mafia (evil) aliens – runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere (On planets where they approved evil.)

      Terrestrial management:

      4. Chinese/egyptians – this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
      5. Romans – they answer to the egyptians
      6. Mafia – the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
      7. Jews, corporation, women, politician – Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

      Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
      1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

      Many Muslims are being used like the Germans and Japanese of wwii::being used to hurt others and envoke condemnation upon their people.

      I wish I could find a source to educate many Muslim fundamentalists. Muhammad is alive. He is a man chosen like Jesus Christ and, due to his historical status, will live forever.

      They can affect the weather and Hurricane Katrina was accomplished for many reasons and involves many interests, as anything this historical is::
      1. Take heat off Sheenhan/Iraq, protecting profitable war machine/private war contracts
      2. Gentrification. New Orleans median home price of $84k is among the lowest in major American cities, certainly among desirable cities.

      Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying “He has more money than god.” There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says “I’m too old and rich for this.”

      This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
      god is evil because of money.

      I don’t want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.

      But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil won’t help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only they could help me.

      The clues are there which companies are good and which are evil, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

      I offer an example of historical proportions:::

      People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.

      Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.

      Unions serve to empower.

      Yes, there are many implications here, from the 60s to civil rights (which got ugly thereafter), music, movements, etc.

      Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems.

      Media ridicule, lawsuits, creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil.

      Why is that important? Because there’s a cutoff date.
      And that date may have been 2000.

      Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. “Italy sent its criminals.” “Malcontents.”
      Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they “decided” who they didn’t want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
      The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. As far as the Rockafellers, Waltons and Fords go, I suspect these aren’t their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

      Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. These seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
      And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them. “Only disfavored Asians.”
      Simpson’s foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. “Last one you ever expect.”
      “You’ll see lots of nuns where you’re going:::hell!!!” St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
      Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of enlightenment, and a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

      Jews maim the body formed in the image of “god”, and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people. I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack “god’s” most favored people will pay for it dearly one day.

    27. With talk like that, you might just be a candidate to serve as a visiting professor here at one of our distinguished colleges.