Although I'm very aware most of the readers of my blog
are not into S&M, the sort of discrimination expressed below could have
been aimed in another direction (i.e. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, etc.) -- we need
to be ever vigilant to the subtle 'joining' of one lifestyle to another.
Thanks for taking the time to read and take action to this post.
In Chris Elliott's very popular and wide-read travel
bog, he writes:
What the heck is going on
with the TSA in Orlando?
Maybe there’s something in the water in Orlando, but
the Transportation Security Administration just can’t stay out of the news
Charles Henry Bennett’s MySpace profile identifies
him as “Master Charles or Sir.” The online page shows the 57-year-old airport
security guard has “many years experience” as a bondage and sadomasochism
master and is looking to meet people, especially “submissive females.” The
TSA’s blog said the agency was
“deeply saddened and disgusted” by its employees actions. Bennett resigned on
Last week, CNN reported that the TSA had
launched an internal investigation into an air marshal field office in Orlando where supervisors
are alleged to have used a crew assignment board to ridicule and keep score on
women, gays and minorities.
The board, resembling the TV game show “Jeopardy,”
included categories such as “pickle smokers,” “our gang” and “creatures,”
which sources said were names used by managers for gay men, African-Americans
and lesbians, according to the report.
And, of course, there’s my little TSA incident, which was
handled out of the Orlando office, too. (I live in Winter Springs, Fla., a
suburb of Orlando.) Orlando Weekly just published an interview with me in which I
revealed new details about the standoff between the Department of Homeland
Security and yours truly.
Why is this happening? It could have something to do
with TSA’s leadership crisis. On Jan. 20., Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent
and homeland security specialist, withdrew his name from
consideration as head of the TSA. The move came just a few weeks after
revelations that he had provided misleading information to Congress, which
prompted several Republicans to suggest that his nomination would not move
forward without a fight.
I’d like to think that this isn’t an Orlando problem.
After all, I live near Orlando, and I want my TSA team here to be as
effective as possible. But news of child molesters and racists and my own
experience tell me otherwise.
I wrote the comment below in response to his
Chaz Antonelli posted on
February 5, 2010 at 10:45 am (awaiting moderation):
In your story, you
say: “Earlier this week, a TSA officer at Orlando International Airport was
arrested on charges of molesting a minor. Turns out he was reportedly a fan of
bondage and sadomasochism.”
I want to know: What’s the connection
between “molesting a minor” and his S&M fetish? — NOTHING!
people feel the need to bring someone’s personal (and legal) sex life into
this sort of story? If he’s a paedophile, then he’s a paedophile — period. His
predilection with “S&M” has nothing to do with it!
I know several
commercial pilots and flight crew that are S&M practitioners (sometimes it
helps to have the skills of an S&M submissive when dealing with
passengers) — should they be fired and be humiliated by making their kinky
(yet private) sex lives be made public?
Please explain why you felt it
was necessary to mention the TSA agent’s S&M habits, when it has nothing
to do with the story.
I don't know if my comment will
be approved, as it does not fit the mainstream view (that all S&M
practitioners are paedophiles and/or mentally ill). Perhaps
YOU could chime in as well?