Daily Archives: February 23, 2013

TSA apologizes for trying to pat down sick toddler in wheelchair

AP | Feb 21, 2013

lucy-smallST. LOUIS The Transportation Security Administration is apologizing after agents at Lambert Airport in St. Louis sought to screen a 3-year-old girl in a wheelchair.

The mother of the child shot video that caused a stir in social media after it was posted online.

The incident happened Feb. 8. The girl and her family were about to fly to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. A TSA agent asked to pat down the 3-year-old and screen her wheelchair. The agent initially told the girl’s mother, Annie Schulte, it was illegal to tape the activity.

On the video, the little girl, Lucy, who has spina bifida, is seen crying.

Agents eventually decided against a pat-down.

The TSA says it regrets the incident and will address concerns with its workers.

TSA Wants to Touch Your Kids

Top Centers for Disease Control official indicted in child sex case

Lindsey, who joined the CDC in 1999, is second in command of the program office. Over her CDC career, she oversaw the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.
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Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, a deputy director at the CDC, and Thomas Joseph Westerman, 43, have been indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury on child molestation charges.

Lindsey and Westerman, who share a home in Decatur, are accused of involving a 6-year-old child in their sex acts.

The indictment, which was handed down on Jan. 31, said the alleged acts took place between January and August in 2011. The two are accused of committing “an immoral and indecent act to and with a child under the age of 16 years.”

Lindsey is a deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Westerman is a former resource management specialist at the CDC. Lindsey, who joined the CDC in 1999, is second in command of the program office. Over her CDC career, she oversaw the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness.

Kimberly Lindsey

Kimberly Lindsey
They were arrested in October 2011 after a medical professional alerted police about child molestation allegations. They face two counts each.

Lindsey is accused of exposing her breasts and buttocks to the child and allowing the child to spank her buttocks. She also is accused of letting the child touch her body with a sex toy while she was partially nude.

Thomas Westerman
Thomas Westerman
Westerman is charged with supervising the alleged acts.DeKalb District Attorney Robert James called the allegations in the indictment “disturbing and troubling.”“We will prosecute both of these individuals to the fullest extent of the law,” James said.

NATO to expand military exercises

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Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen (File Photo)

Defense ministers of NATO agreed Alliance should hold major live exercise in 2015.

World Bulletin | Feb 22, 2013

NATO will get prepared for new possible threats with great military exercises after the transition of the country to full Afghan security responsibility.

“Over the last decade, in Afghanistan, Kosovo and other operations, our servicemen and women have learned to work together more closely than ever before. The challenge we will face over the coming decade is to preserve and pass on those skills, as our biggest operation comes closer to completion,” Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

As part of the initiative, defense ministers of NATO agreed that the Alliance should hold a major live exercise in 2015, and draw up a comprehensive programme of training and exercises for the period 2015-2020 under the name of Connected Forces Initiative.

NRF

The ministers also agreed that the NATO Response Force (NRF) would be at the core of the initiative. The NRF is the Alliance’s rapid-reaction corps, which is prepared and validated through an annual cycle of training and exercises.

“This will make the NATO Response Force a cooperation school, as well as a quick-reaction tool. An immediate resource, but also an investment in the future,” he said.