"TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability."

 -- Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Sari Koshetz, explaining why TSA agents forced a 95-year-old wheelchair-bound leukemia victim who was going home to die with her family to remove her soiled Depends adult diaper during a 45-minute-long security check.

The cruelty and idiocy of it all. The TSA knew from "intelligence" that there are terrorists who would exploit a 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair. The TSA didn't know from another form of intelligence that there are ways, thoroughly non-invasive ways -- no mucking around in dirty diaper ways -- to ascertain that this 95-year-old woman posed no threat to commercial aviation.

This egregious example does indeed suggest that al Qaeda has won more than it might think it has won.