AUSTIN — Read together, hundreds of letters complaining about Transportation Safety Administration security excesses demonstrate a horrible and sickening power.
Not in the graphic descriptions of genitals groped, terminal ailments revealed or utter powerlessness before government endured. Rather, it’s how often in the face of violation and outrage the victims somehow manage dignity, courtesy and self-effacement.
Governmentattic.org, a nonprofit website whose slogan is “videre licet,” roughly translated from Latin as “permitting to see,” posted 205 pages of these letters from 2010 obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Airline passengers from all over the country addressed complaints to President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, senators, congressmen, their local newspapers and Anderson Cooper at CNN.
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