“Lost it,” “had a fit”, “yelled,” “made a scene,” “belligerent and verbally abusive” – these are the words used by mainstream news organizations to describe what Andrea Fornella Abbott did at a suspicion-less, internal TSA checkpoint in Nashville last week when TSA wanted to pat-down her daughter.
I call it heroism. I applaud Andrea Fornella Abbott and I support her.
There are already more than 40 fine folks organizing to support Andrea. If you would also like to help her, please join us. If you know Andrea, please forward this blog post on to her.
As allies in this resistance against TSA tyranny, we must get each other’s backs with mutual aid in the form of moral support, friendship and, in cases like these, donations. It is hard to go to jail and have to defend oneself in court. Free Andrea!
Like any other good parent, Andrea stood up for her daughter. Twice now, TSA bureaucrat John Pistole has promised to tone down pat-downs for kids. But we still have TSA employees trying to grope our kids. When will you end your mad reign of child groping, John?
Make no bones about it, Andrea Abbott is a political prisoner. She has hurt no one. There is no victim of her courage and heroism. Andrea simply did what any reasonable human being should do: disrespect illegitimate authority. She said no to the goons of the TSA in a way that didn’t include bowing, scraping, please or thank you. That’s a political crime, not a real crime.
When the police report comes out, you can be sure it will be both terse and false. I have been arrested myself 3 times now for engaging in completely legal and lawful actions. Each time, the cops involved lied and/or left out important information. If you think the police can be trusted, please read CopBlock.org for a few weeks. Then get back to me.
In the meantime, make Free Andrea! your rallying call and see how you can help this heroic mom.