July 9, 2013, - 5:18 pm

Your Day in TSA BS: Wounded Marine Ordered to Remove Uniform b/c “Too Much Metal;” “Arm Doesn’t Work” But Ordered to Put Hands Above Head; “Treated Like a Terrorist”

By Debbie Schlussel

Do you think America’s skies are that much safer and freer from terrorist attack because wounded retired Marine Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz was molested and ordered to remove his uniform because there was “too much metal”? Well, the TSA safety theater actors who work at Sacramento International Airport apparently think so. Meanwhile, Mohammed and Hamida just walk on by . . . laughing all the way to 72-revirginized paradise.


Ret. Marine Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz Gets Dishonored, Disrespected, and Dissed by the TSA


Wearing the uniform of the Few and Proud doesn’t rate preferential treatment from the Transportation Security Administration or California capitol security officers, retired Marine Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz recently found.

Kemnitz, severely injured in 2004 in a roadside bomb attack in Fallujah, has limited use of his right arm and cannot lift it above his head. So when security guards at the state capitol building in Sacramento, Calif., asked him to remove his dress blue blouse “because he was wearing too much metal,” and TSA asked him to raise his arms above his head for the full-body scanner at Sacramento International Airport, he could not comply. “My right arm doesn’t work. It’s a lot of hassle for me to do that,” Kemnitz said.

At the state capitol, the Marine’s refusal to remove his uniform top grew into a heated exchange between Kemnitz, a friend who was accompanying him and security officers. At the airport, bystanders stared as the TSA security screener looked under Kemnitz’s medals, ran his hands under the Marine’s waistband and swabbed his shoes for explosives.

“What does a uniform and heroism represent if our own citizens — in this case employees of the TSA and security personnel — have no regard for them?” wrote Kemnitz’s escort, Patricia Martin, to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki following the incidents.

Martin took photos and disseminated them to family, friends and members of the media. “I feel so strongly that you need to know just how shamefully even a Purple Heart recipient/disabled veteran can be treated by some TSA and security employees,” she said. Kemnitz said after the incidents that he was not as annoyed with TSA officers as he was with a security screener at the California state capitol, whom he described as rude and unapologetic.

Kemnitz was visiting the building to be honored as his legislative district’s veteran of the year. “At some places I’m treated like royalty and at some like a terrorist. There’s got to be something in the middle,” he said.

The incident was not the first to spark similar outrage. In January, NBC journalist Luke Russert tweeted his irritation at an enhanced security screening at Reagan National Airport of a troop wearing a prosthetic. “Making Wounded Warriors with prosthetic legs go through extra explosives screening. #fail,” Russert wrote. In March, bystanders notified Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., about what they perceived to be maltreatment of a double amputee by TSA screeners at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. . . . To receive the expedited service, TSA asks affected personnel to call the agency’s Military Severely Injured Joint Service Operations Center before traveling.

I understand the extra security ONLY if there is any doubt that these are actual military veterans (because Muslims can obtain military garb to try to evade screening if the process had that hole in it–and we know that several Muslims who are not military vets have been found with fake military uniforms and IDs). But this is ridiculous, and the TSA should have some decency, common sense, and discretion and use it in cases like this. It’s not like this guy is gonna blow the airport up with his medals and his injured arm that doesn’t work. Helloooooo . . . ? And, if we’re not gonna profile Muslims, there is absolutely no point to screening anyone and everyone, including and especially men like this who served and sacrificed for America.

It’s just, as I said, security theater. No security in reality. We are LESS secure as a nation than we were on 9/10/01.

To review:

Also not making us safer . . .

* Groping Donald Rumsfeld; and

* Hiring a gazillion America-hating, Hezbo-supporting Muslim TSA biotches at Detroit Metro Airport to feel up nuns.

As I always say: TSA = Tough S–t, America.

Remember, this is the TSA that misses 75% of the bombs that go through. In school, that was an “F.” In real life, it’s certain death.

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37 Responses

This one’s a shocker. There’ve been a few like it.

The only part you left out Debbie was how this kind of thing happened to wounded veterans all the time under Bush.

I don’t feel a story on an agency like the TSA is complete unless you’ve slammed Bush just a little.

Other than that great reporting.

Moron boy on July 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

“Treated Like a Terrorist” – that’s cute.

They are terrorists to the Muslim Brotherhood and to this president.

The only difference is that the president isn’t at liberty to say so politically.
But what he can’t say he can show you.

Buh bye

Moron boy on July 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

The blue shirts are our country’s brown shirts.

My newly minted Marine son was on his way home from Parris Island in 2005 after completing boot camp. We were flying out of Charleston, SC. I will never forget the look on his face when he was ordered to remove his shoes, belt buckle and eagle globe and anchor devices from his uniform. He was in that uniform voluntarily because his country was at war with the jihadi trash.

I wrote my congressman, Thaddeus McCotter, about better treatment for uniformed military personal and got a “so sad, too bad” response. I bet Nidal Malik Hasan would have been red carpeted thru any security check point he went thru.

Mark F on July 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I was just going to mention that but you beat me to the punch.

    AR on July 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Mark. Blessings to you and your son. Please thank your son from me for his service to the country. You must be very proud. While we “Average” citizens know who the enemy is, our current crowd in Washington has different ideas. Veterans, Bible readers, Pro-lifers, Tea Party members, Believers that marriage is between a man and a woman, Catholics, Orthodox Jews, Israel supporters, gun owners, etc. To the Obambi administration, these are the (Potential) terrorists. Remember the statement by the Napolitano creature? But the greatest enemy our country faces is an epidemic sweeping the nation……apathy. The sheeple need to wake up. Last, once the Second Amendment is gone, the First Amendment will quickly follow.

    Victoryman on July 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

Clearly the funniest part of this piece:

To review:

Also not making us safer . . .

* Groping Donald Rumsfeld; and

* Hiring a gazillion America-hating, Hezbo-supporting Muslim TSA biotches at Detroit Metro Airport to feel up nuns.

skzion on July 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    …and don’t forget molesting toddlers and dumping blue-haired grannies out of their wheelchairs to check for C4 in their donut cushions.

    DS_ROCKS! on July 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Yes, the pieces of shit that are the USGOV should all be hanging from their scrotums at the nearest lightpole. Give them a good twist 3 times around to make it particularly excruciating.

For now, we have to endure outrages like this. Eventually the American people will get around to excising the cancer.

I hope I live long enough to see rivers of blood coming from DC.

Drop Dead Feds on July 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

We won’t profile Muslims. But we will put our vets through degrading and humiliating treatment in order to make Islamic terrorists feel better about themselves.

The Islamic terrorists have already won. America has lost – and so did Cpl. Nathan Kremnitz.

That said, I don’t expect the TSA to drop its phony security theater… lest some Muslim who hates us might get offended somewhere!

Our country certainly does have its priorities in order and they don’t include ensuring our safety. No wonder Islamic terrorists are laughing at us.

None of this security theater will prevent a single future terrorist attack at their hands. None of what the TSA did to Kremnitz will deter one.

Its Your Day In Governmental Sensitivity Towards Islam. One wishes the government showed more of it towards those who have served their country! That says it all.

NormanF on July 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

What do we expect from an agency that hires mental midget retards. The muslim dirtbags can go through with no problem. If it’s one of Americas finest then the cavity search manual is pulled out. And to add insult to injury our idiot president could give a rats ass. The jerks at the Too Stupid Agency all need to be fired. I just thank God that I don’t need to fly anywhere anymore.

Ken b on July 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I really feel bad for the Marine that was wounded in war while serving this country and had to be subjected to this. These blue shirts are really pushing the limits. We are supposed to be a free society but how long in Bizarro World before Americans will be forced to carry papers as if it were Nazi Germany?

I just returned from a recertification class to get my state credentials. I was told by the instructor that I could not qualify unless they had on-file a copy of my birth certificate, SS Card, and driver license.

Mean while, the terrorists and illegals pretty much have free rein but the true citizens are slowly being reeled in like a fish.

AR on July 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

This prissy little boy-child who wouldn’t make pass week one of Boot-Camp dares lay his hands on a decorated veteran whom he’s not qualified to shine his corframes let alone scan them. But alas its only going to get worse Debbie uses a euphemism to describe her hometown of Dearborn, Mich as Dearboristan, I think its time to come up with one for America, like Ameristan or something. I fear we’re too far gone from the country we once knew and by the time this clean-shaven muslim terrorist in the White House finishes we all will have to wear turbins.

MANGOG on July 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Degrading & humiliating indeed. I think I have just become ashamed of being a US Citizen. G-d help us….

#1 Vato on July 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Just look up Ret Gen Foss and his experience with the TSA in Phoenix trying to get on a plane with his Congressional Medal Of Honor. The morons thought it was a ninja throwing star with all it’s sharp pointy bits. Obviously none of them can read to figure out what it was.

Ender on July 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I went back and read this story of how those twits, probably dumb foreigners, harassed this Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.

    How about the company of soldiers that returned from Afcrapistan on a commercial airline. Just hours before, they were on the battle field but when they arrived at the airport, the Gestapo in the blue shirts would not let them off the place because they had their rifles.

    AR on July 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

oh, maybe the VA might want to do something about that arm that doesn’t work. Just a thought.

Ender on July 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Are you kidding the VA is probably the one who made it worse than what it was. The VA neither fixes nor cures anything you just have to learn to live with it. Let me tell you about Government healthcare. Within ten years half the population will be dead.

MANGOG on July 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Every day that goes by it becomes more apparent that there are two Americas. The gulf between them is wider than that in 1860. The cultures are that much more apart.

Not Ovenready on July 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

What none of you understand is that if you wear full length robes and sandals you can pass through security easily. Women, cover the face though, lest I get too excited. Time for all you complainers to adopt those bedouin togs and pass through without hassle. Get with it america. How can you be so slow to catch on?

RDG on July 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

This is a tough one. I do not mind some obvious common sense profiling. Be it by name or certain groups. But there are all kinds of hostiles. They could wear the garb of a marine an officer or trusted hero. how hard is that? I travel quite a bit and it is annoying sometimes but it is a catch 22.
In the Middle East they have used woman and even children as human bombs so what would stop them from using a similar tactic here in the good old USA.
This is the horrible sad new world we live in.
Using common sense profiling is an important tool against stopping terrorism; but one has to stay one step ahead of enemies of the state.

sanjay on July 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

This is pretty ugly.

Worry01 on July 10, 2013 at 12:29 am

It is very ugly. But the more things change… Here is a link to Kipling’s “Tommy Atkins”:


sue on July 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

Kills me to see and hear of this crap. Like other travesties, why weren’t more bystanders offended enough to get involved? Just disgusting.
My last episode with an airport was at Detroit metro and the female at the ticket counter, where they hit me up financially quite unexpected, for checked bags. She became loud, disrespectful, and embarrassed at her own lack of job knowledge concerning certain items I was traveling with. Even her older, nicer, coworker couldn’t chill her out. She was in apology mode at the end of the situation because she figured out I had been correct all along and tried to make friendly small talk about my destination to see my decorated veteran son. I couldn’t wait to get away from her. Next time I will dress in a white pull over night gown.

samurai on July 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Here is an answer to contemplate:

    “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln


    Samurai, teach others to use their voices with their Congressional Representatives in this and other similar matters. No one can be silent anymore.

    Dennis on July 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

      @Dennis, I do speak in a friendly manner to others when asked about certain topics. Mostly, though, I find deaf ears and can’t bear to deal with morons that wish to remain morons. So mostly I mind my own business until I have to deal with something. With age comes wisdom, if one is fortunate anyway.

      samurai on July 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

TO: Ret. Marine Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz



PS: To you TSA pukes,

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
William Shakespeare

Dennis on July 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

I hope they get fired

martin on July 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

What is the IQ requirement to be a “TSA agent?” Just askin’

Lou on July 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

We should take all the money that we pay these little fascists, put it into real training for profiling – like the Israelis do. I was in a train station in a major city last year when some members of the TSA in their gear where walking around. I’m glad they did not try to stop me.

I was made to participate at my office in a drill called “Safety in Place” or “Sanctuary in Place.” We were told to stand in a certain area for 20 minutes as in a fire drill. Except, if it were a real situation, we could be kept in our office building for hours, days, etc. A leftie who I work with said that it wouldn’t be so bad being here for a couple of days (we would be fed like prisoners but what about a change of clothes???). When I reminded him that I have a wife and children that I am responsible for and that they’d have to shoot me to keep me here for more than a couple of hours, he said he saw my point.

This is how we are being conditioned – to accept physical assaults and restraints of our bodies.

Concerned Citizen on July 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Many veterans are getting letters from the government saying they cannot buy or own a firearm. These patriotic Americans are being denied their second amendment rights. Veterans are being treated as criminals and a threat to Obama’s America.

Paul on July 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

“It’s just, as I said, security theater. No security in reality.”

Very succinct.

DS_ROCKS! on July 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I wont fly much these days because of the treatment I recieve when ever I’m about to board a plane. Profiling is worse than ever and a person with strong middle eastern appearance (no i am most defininately not arabic or a follower of the islam cult) such as myself gets the full treatment everytime .I never served in my present countries armed forces but have worked with many who have and the treatment meted out to former service people by so called “socially aware and forward thinking ” governments ,as opposed to the so called conservatives, has always been terrible . We now know that the condition previously reffered to as Shell shock is a very real mental condition and it needs careful and understanding care if it is to be treated.In the same manner as wounds in fact.
This Marine,with his uniform was treated with such total disrespect that If it were me I would have formally asked for the TSA operatives name,and then refused to enter the building,sending my written reason to the organisers and the press.
No way would have taken my tunic off to appease some jobsworth.
My dignity is attacked everytime I have to emove my shoes and hat in public at the airport.

Aron B on July 11, 2013 at 2:39 am

If you remember, TSA also harassed the former governor of North Dakota, and one of the greatest American flying aces ever, over what they thought might be a weapon.

It was his MEDAL OF HONOR!

My own feeling is that we ought to stop ALL of these security procedures and leave our citizens alone. Simply publish a list of Islamic cities, starting with Mecca, and state that any terrorist attack on US soil, including attacking US bound planes or planes leaving US airspace, or an embassy being attacked, by any Muslim at any time, will result in the nuclear destruction of the next city on the list. Zero Tolerance. Incidentally, the capital city of Chechnya should now be a radioactive ruin, should Putin allow it. He just might have.

That is how the Romans would have handled this. After one or two cities are vaporized, including leaving the Kaaba destroyed so badly so that no stone can be recognized, they will stop. Nice deranged collective punishment. Very, very effective.

And we can have our freedoms back.

Occam's Tool on July 12, 2013 at 1:12 am

I found out that someone else mentioned Joe Foss here. I did not read that before I posted mine, and I included the extra detail. Foss was also a host on SNL once, I think.

Occam's Tool on July 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

What a total and blatant disrespect of this young Marine!!! The employees of the security companies in airports need to be taught proper protocol when a veteran in uniform, whether he or she is disabled or not!!! THIS IS AN EPIC FAIL!!!!

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