Kissinger Gets Full TSA Patdown And Lives To Sell The Tale
2012-05-17 0:00

By Elizabeth Leafloor |

Henry Kissinger Gets the Full TSA Patdown
By Erica Ho | NewsFeed

What do toddlers in wheelchairs and former Secretaries of State have in common? They canít escape the clutches of the TSA. So donít think you can run through that line.

Image: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger leaves the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
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Freelance journalist Matthew Cole was at LaGuardia Airport last Friday when he came upon something you definitely donít see every day: a TSA agent patting down Henry Kissinger, Nobel Laureate and former Secretary of State.

According to the Washington Post:

In the search area, Kissinger was subjected to what Cole called ďthe full MontyĒ of the usual groping. ďHe stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders. They gave him the full pat-down. None of the agents seemed to know who he was,Ē he says.

But despite the treatment, Kissinger took it swimmingly in stride. He went on to ask his aide to find out what the airline would be serving for breakfast, joking whether schnitzel was available. After the news broke, he released a statement Tuesday praising the TSA. As Politico reported:

[Kissinger said] itís ďnot unusualĒ for him to be patted down during airport security screening. He says he wears a brace on his foot and canít remove his shoes.
Kissinger praised agents of the federal Transportation Security Administration for their ďprofessionalismĒ and ďcourtesyĒ while performing what he calls ďan important job.Ē

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Ed Note: By Elizabeth Leafloor

If one cannot pick the infamous Henry Kissinger out of a crowd, one should certainly learn to for oneís own good.

However, the idea that the upstanding TSA officials were not able to should come as no surprise to anyone. This just adds to the list of things that the TSA are NOT able to detect, including loaded guns, foot long razor blades, and industry íscreening testersí posing as dangerous terrorists.

Not knowing who Kissinger is, and what he has been capable of, and simply assuming heís an affable, harmless old man (stunning intellect and Nobel Prize or not), well... have you ever heard the phrase "What you donít know can kill you"?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Henry Kissinger

By Barbara OíBrien

Julian Borger writes in The Guardian that Americans reacted to this appointment [as head of an "independent" 9/11 investigation by Bush] with "relief mixed with nostalgic affection," while Europeans were surprised to learn Kissinger was not dead or in jail.

...letís not forget that Kissinger and Nixon were responsible for widening the Vietnam War into Cambodia.

Letís not forget that Kissinger ordered the FBI to tap the telephones of subordinates on the staff of the National Security Council.

Letís not forget the covert actions that led to the overthrow of socialist President Salvador Allende of Chile and the ascension of the oppressive Augusto Pinochet.

Letís not forget East Timor. During a state visit to Jakarta in 1975, Kissinger gave a "green light" to the Indonesian dictator Suharto to invade East Timor. Less than a day after Kissinger and President Gerald Ford left Jakarta, Suhartoís troops began their assault. According to Christopher Hitchens, a quarter of a million Timorese died as a result of the occupation by Indonesia.


Although there is no "smoking gun" evidence directly connecting Kissinger to Iran-Contra, Kissingerís long-time associate and protťgť John Negroponte - now ambassador to the UN - was in the thick of it.

Kissinger is associated with the word "Realpolitik," which means politics or national policy governed by principles of power, expansion, and expediency rather than by ideals or ethics. Itís a policy favored by powerful people interested in hanging on to their power.


Henry Kissinger and IraqĖ Master of Treachery

By Barry Lando

It is amazing how Henry Kissinger has been able to retain his aura of invincible genius in international relations, continuing to counsel presidents, foreign governments and major global businesses, while occasionally writing lofty Op Ed pieces advising the U.S. on what it should or should not be doing next. This mind you, despite Kissingerís own history of monumental cynicism and duplicity when he was guiding foreign policy for Presidentís Nixon and Ford. Indeed, itís a tribute to the ability of mainstream American media to forgive and forget.


Kissinger, while advanced in age now, apparently still has his uses. What a boon to the ísecurityí industry and the proponents of the New World Order to have a high-profile man such as Henry Kissinger be subjected to the invasive pat-downs of the TSA and come out on the other end smiling!

The mainstream media, in light of celebrities and politicians being forced to endure these invasive security checks, have taken to calling the pat-downs "great equalizers".
And itís true. Every one is EQUALLY being oppressed, victimized, threatened, (and sometimes assaulted). Women, children, the elderly - and Henry Kissinger.
No one is immune in this brave, new world. (Although the mainstream press makes little mention of the fact that having the right íconnectionsí can get you through unmolested, as can simply bribing the right people).

Does any of this actually translate into the real world as proving the TSA antics as effective? Or the entire security theatre as appropriate in any way?

It takes but a minute for Kissinger to go though the TSA screening theatre production. Then, at the end he can turn to the audience with a bow and say "See? This is fine. Normal. Natural. Necessary. Now get back in line and STOP THAT SCREAMING."

Whereupon he ducks back behind the curtain, leaves the theatre, and smiles as he and the rest of the men who have ruled the world for decades continue to own us, our movements, our behaviour, our time, our money, and our wills.

Next time, I vote he goes through the naked body scanner. 100 times. Just to be safe. Perhaps then he will no longer be smiling at least.

By Elizabeth Leafloor,

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