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How To Ensure A TSA Sexual Assault * Open Thread

Editor’s Note: The Reverend’s post makes for riveting reading, and will remain up overnight. Only healthcare errands keep this editor from having time to write an open thread. I urge you to focus, in good part, on the Reverend’s excellent rant.

Have a knee replacement. Yep, that seems to do the trick alright. It doesn’t matter if you come up to the security area in a wheelchair, or using a cane, the result is the same: a sexual assault in front of God/dess and everyone. It doesn’t matter if you say, “Hey, I had a knee replacement. Let me roll up my pants’ leg and show you my half a foot long scar.” Nope. All that gets you is a “Step over here, please, and put your arms out while I run my hands all over your body, including your buttocks and up into your crotch.”

And note to TSA: it does not make it the least bit better for your employees to tell you what they are doing to you as they are doing it, whether it is with the back of their hand running over my butt, or the front running up my pants’ seam. It is still a stranger running her hands all over my body in public.

All because I have bad knees, and am trying to rectify that situation by getting them replaced. Wow.

I suppose I should be thankful that the TSA employees who had their way with me changed their gloves. That seems to be a problem with some of the agents. And guess what that can get you? Oh, it’s a long list, as several doctors have tried to highlight to Congress:

[snip] Syphilis, lice, gonorrhea, ringworm, chlamydia, staph, strep, noro and papilloma viruses all are part of the possible fringe benefits when airline passengers next go through a full hands-on pat-down by agents of the federal government’s Transportation Security Administration, according to doctors. [snip]

Oh, yippee!! And all of this is included in the price of an airline ticket? Wow!
But wait, there is more:

[snip] Now two doctors – and several others – have confirmed that there is the definite possibility that passengers will be able to catch whatever someone in front of them in line was suffering from via the latex gloves TSA workers use.

“There is no doubt that bacteria (staph, strep, v.cholerae etc.) and viruses (noro, enteroviruses, herpes, hepatitis A and papilloma viruses) can be spread by contaminated vinyl or latex gloves,” Dr. Thomas Warner of Wisconsin told WND in a letter to the editor.

“If a traveler has diarrhea and is soiled, as can and does happen, the causative agent can be spread by this method since bacteria and viruses in moist environments have greater viability.”

He continued. “The traveler readjusting clothes can easily get the infectious agents on their hands and therefore into their mouth, nose or eyes.”

[...]

“Anything can be transmitted. If there are open wounds and they [TSA agents] are not aware, there’s syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, lice, ringworm.”

Worse yet would be for people whose immune systems are compromised by treatments they may be having, including cancer patients, she said. (Click HERE to read the rest.)

Isn’t flying just great these days?

Obviously, this does not affect everyone, but there are many of us for whom, unless these procedures are changed, will be subjected to this kind of invasive – and believe me, it is invasive – pat down just because we want to are travel and have had surgery. If the agents were willing to accept a visual confirmation; or to use the good ol’ standby, the wand; or to have a wipedown of our hands put in for testing of hazardous materials, that would be one thing.

But that isn’t how it works. So all because I had a knee replacement, I was forced to stand alongside everyone going through security, with my arms outstretched, treated like a potential terrorist, while undergoing an embarrassing, offensive pat-down.

Do we need security procedures? Absolutely we do. But there has to be some middle ground between standard x-ray machines, walk through scanners, and full body – and I do mean full body – pat downs. A wand would have highlighted to the TSA instantly that, yes, indeed, the area was confined to my KNEE, not my butt, not my crotch, and not around my breasts. But, no – that is apparently too old school for the TSA these days. They prefer physically invasive, open handed pat downs instead of the easier, as well as quicker, solution of using a wand or opening their damn eyes.

So, yes – I, an American citizen, was forced to endure the new government-sanctioned TSA procedures of physically invasive public pat-downs as my partner, a friend, and I traveled in and out of the country, a wonderful trip for which we had planned long in advance, all because of a knee replacement. Presumably, unless this is changed, something toward which I will have to be subjected every time I fly.

There is something seriously wrong with this picture…

  • Agent X
  • lowdowndog

    I have a knee replacement and I’m flying to Jamaica in June in a trenchcoat. When they ask me to take off the coat and place it in a bin, they’re going to get an eyefull of my 200 pound ass hanging out of thong.  I figure the more skin I show, the less excuse they will have to feel me up. On second thought, I might get arrested for indecent exposure, so I’d better wear a pair of shorts and a tanktop.  I just want them to stay out of my pants, damn it!

  • BobArcher

    I think Americans are being brainwashed to accept sexual assault. C’mon. If you value your personal space, you must be rayyyciss:

    http://antiwhitemedia.blogspot.com/2011/01/anti-racism-is-just-code-word-for-anti.html

  • Katmoon

    Rev Amy, I hate that this has happened to you; there are no other words. I want so bad to think of some other way, that could be inacted now, to take the place of this illegal assault deemed necessary for public safety. But how do we get it through the thick skulls that profiling is a necessity of most intelligent investigations? Because we all know it is just a matter of time before the real terrorists think of another way to do the harm they intend to do, then what, take away more liberties; dream up some other idiotic method that only harms our freedoms and doesn’t keep us any safer. I mean has anyone considered that with all this focus on the body patdown that there is some smarmy nutback bent on harming others thinking of yet another method to smuggle what they will, or do their thing in a whole other way? I actually feel less safe with this procedure going on, because I know they are so focused on just this one thing, and meanwhile who knows wherelse and whatelese is happening and being planned. More than likely travel will not be the preferred method, but they will have still won, because we have lost some sense of freedom and dignity because of what has already taken place. Whats next? Frisking to go to the mall, school, a public event? I think that is where this is headed. Sickening thought we will all be left to just living our safe little lives in our houses if this infection of false safety by means of stripping away of liberties. No thank you. Create real useable no fly lists, and stick to them, profile people, for goodness sake, but be smart and know your enemy. Secure your airport and craft, secure the cargo, examine it! Do not let people work for the airlines with questionable character, or any criminal background. Let the intelligence community do their job and hold peopkle responsible for their behavior. Don’t punish Americans for what was done to them, protect them from harm, not create more!

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    One of the founding members of the ACLU was a a self identified communist.
    ================
    Well, Teak, I know this to be true but if the ACLU can help get rid of the TSA’s predilection for groping and photographing, I’ll back them on it, irrespective of their suspect founders. I want this policy revoked with extreme prejudice.

  • susiepuma

    This arrogant narcissistic POS is hilarious

    When I voted on November 2, 2010 – I didn’t vote for bipartisanship – I voted all Repub for 1st time in my life – F*ck the dems & their petty politics – notice how they all are now spouting about putting aside partisan politics now that they’ve had their asses kicked – remember teh won spouting – I won, you lost?

    Well, karma is such a bitch – we won, you lost…………………..

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    By all logic (I know), they ought to extend it by the same number of days that one has to wait to complete an itemized form. Where do we get these bumbling bureaucratic boneheads?

  • TeakWoodKite

    One of the founding members of the ACLU was a a self identified communist.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Ya knew that was coming…..

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    RRRA:

    I am so sorry that you were accosted by those Neanderthals. I have commented on this often and find it to be little more than government-sponsored felonious assault. Moreover, those scanners are better called pornographs.

    What those bumbling idiots at DOHS/TSA should do is profile, especially since they want to treat terrorism as a criminal activity.

    I won’t be flying again until they rescind this monumentally stupid policy.

  • getfitnow

    This woman is nuts!

  • getfitnow

    What a VOICE! I’m rooting for this guy.

  • guest

    The only way these abuses will be stopped is when the Security agents are physically forced to stop – by legislation or through the courts. Local  police would arrest a TSA agent if they were so directed. They DO know, intimately, what is going on, they just don’t CARE if it’s legal or not.

  • Onofre’s arm (required)

    I used to like Kathy Griffin because she went after darlings of the liberal left when everyone else gave them a pass. By piling on Palin and her family, Griffin is merely joining a ravenous comedic feeding frenzy with all of the other lazy leftist comics who are so pathetic that they attack Palin for cheap laughs. 

  • Diana L. C.

    I can’t even make myself say anything about Vick.  I get so angry that it ruins my entire day.

  • elizabethrc

    Well said, AA.

  • Breeze

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    Original Article

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    IRS extends filing deadline
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    Reuters,
    by Linda Stern   

    Original Article

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  • Breeze

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    by Staff   

     Original Article

    1/4/2011 

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  • Breeze

    Are Muslims Being Victimized
    In America Today?

    Human Events,
    by Robert Spencer   

    Original Article

    1/4/2011 

    “Attacks on the American Muslim community and on Islam rose to an unprecedented level in 2010.” So claimed Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in an end-of-the-year fund-raising appeal. The hard-Left TPMMuckraker site claimed that in 2010, “America saw perhaps its worst outbreak of Islamophobia since the attacks.”

    (Snip) Any attack on an innocent person is contemptible and to be condemned utterly; unfortunately for CAIR, however, Jews in America today are far more likely than Muslims to be victimized in hate attacks — and yet there is no hand-wringing, no official statements of…..

  • Breeze

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    by Jason Mattera   

    Original Article

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  • AbigailAdams

    What’s that?  We need more cowbell?

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    Washington Examiner,
    by Julie Mason   

    Original Article

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  • Breeze

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    Agence France-Presse,
    by Staff   

     Original Article

    1/4/2011

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    Jerusalem Post
    [Israel],
    by Steven Emerson   

    Original Article

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  • Breeze

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    Original Article

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  • Breeze

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    by Ariane de Vogue   

    Original Article

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  • Breeze

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    Original Article

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    Original Article

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    by Naftali Bendavid &
    Patrick O’Connor   

    Original Article

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  • Breeze

    So the feminist man-haters and
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    Telegraph [UK],
    by Cristina Odone   

    Original Article

    1/4/2011

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  • Breeze

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    Original Article

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  • Breeze

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    Washington Post,
    by Thomas Heath   

    Original Article

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  • Diana L. C.

    Good idea!  I would especially do this if I had a child who was forced to undergo one of these assaults.  In no other situation would anyone in his/her right mind allow anyone do this to a child.  And no adult in his/her right mind would allow a stranger to do this either.

  • Breeze

    Is ‘Barack n Bones’ Obama
    thin as a rail because
    he’s skipping too many
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    Daily Mail (UK),
    by Staff   

    Original Article

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    The weight of the world may be on his shoulders but there’s not much around President Barack Obama’s middle.  The U.S. president has invoked the concern in America after walking out of a gym looking skinnier than ever.

  • Breeze

    Obama Administration Expands Role
    of Homeland Security Department
    to Secure Borders of Afghanistan

     
    Cybercast News Service,
    by Penny Starr   

    Original Article

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    On a New Year’s visit to Afghanistan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said there are now 25 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CPB) personnel on the ground in Afghanistan.

  • Breeze

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    Creators Syndicate, Inc.,
    by Thomas Sowell   

    Original Article

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  • Guest

    They probably don’t even have wands on hand anymore. Basically I think the concern of screeners has shifted more from weapons to explosives and the latter don’t have much, if any, metal ;so the handheld device has been slowly phased out for quite a while now.

    The pretty big downside, of course, it that is the way you can figure out what caused the alarm, without it, you can’t. Let’s say it was an implant. But the passenger doesn’t have to tell you that and if they did, you have no way to verify it…

  • WhatNow

    RRR – This is abuse and so sorry to hear you go through this humiliation.

    Have you considered filing a police report for assault and battery against the TSA agent that assualted you? The supervisor and the TSA at the local airport can also be cited. If you didn’t get the name, time and date can be cited. This is part of their investigation, like any other assault.

    Only way this is going to stop, is to use laws that are outside the TSA realm. As long as people keep filing complaints with TSA, this only involves TSA. Once, outside agencies start getting paperwork and forced to get involved (police departments, airport administration,etc), this now brings in other agencies. Brings it “out in the open”.

  • mgm

    And here I was hoping that Homeland Security Sec’y Janet Neopolitano was not as severely  mentally challenged as she sounds in TV clips.  I mean, she is the chief honcho for this department… before she ordered all of us American citizens to be involuntarily abused, wouldn’t you have thought she might have checked into the  potential health ramifications of this?

    I know… silly of me to ask. 

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    I didn’t see anything like that at the two airports through which I traveled…