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Henry Kissinger gets groped by TSA agents in New York

Published time: May 15, 2012 17:18
Edited time: May 16, 2012 00:16
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

Winning a Nobel Prize might earn you a few perks and even a handshake from a world leader or two, but former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger learned the hard way this week that, no matter who you are, you're never excused from a TSA pat-down.

Kissinger, 88, was instrumental in advising the administrations of US Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and arguably played a pivotal role in ending America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He also — as of last Friday, that is — can add his name to the long list of people that have been pulled aside by TSA agents and given a hand-on screening before attempting to board a plane at a US airport.

Secretary of State Kissinger was at LaGuardia Airport outside of New York City on Friday when freelance reporter Matthew Cole spotted him receiving a very personal pat-down from agents employed by the US Transportation and Security Administration.

According to Cole, the TSA officer seemed unaware that they were groping and prodding the body of not just their regular geriatric would-be terrorist.

“He 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,” says the reporter.

The TSA has not formally offered a statement explaining why Kissinger was singled out, but presumably were happy with the change of pace. After all, only last week the agency was forced to answer questions after they allegedly yanked an 18-month-old toddler off of a flight because the child reportedly was on a no-fly list maintained by the agency.

Whether or not the TSA will issue an apology or explanation to either the small girl’s parents or Mr. Kissinger could be anyone’s guess, though — a report released on Monday by the US Department of Homeland Security revealed that, on average, only half of the security breaches identified by TSA agents at the United States’ biggest airports were reported to administrators at the agency for further investigation.

Comments (4)


goedelite 12.04.2014 00:20

I do not fly anymore. I believe I would be allowed to fly if I wished, but I find flying so unpleasant that I avoid it. In addition, there are very few places I would care to visit. I have visited many countries of Europe in the past and do not need to revisit them. Today, however, my country is much despised in many parts of the world, and Americans are ill advised to expose themselves to the justifyable ill will in other countries. I had wanted to visit Russia, but there is so much hatred towards Jews in Russia that I do not choose to go. My parents were Jewish.


goedelite 12.04.2014 00:10

I am astounded at the description of Henry Kissinger as one who "arguably played a pivotal role in ending America's involvement in the Vietnam War".

First, Kissinger is far more arguably the man who protracted the Vietnam War and urged the bombing of Laos and Cambodia against international law. He is "arguably" a war criminal as bad as Heinrich Himmler or Emperor Hirohito. The award to him of a Nobel Peace Prize may have honored Kissinger, but it has ever since dishonored the Prize and the Oslo Committee that awards it. Your RT reporter (unidentified) should be sacked.


Eyingthelies 02.12.2013 23:25

I thought he was a "diplomat" completely immune to search and seizure, it's made my day to learn he is NOT

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