[THS] TSA Total Sexual Assault
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TSA Total Sexual Assault
By Erin Chase
November 17, 2010 "Lew Rockwell" -- - I have an incident to share that occurred
late Friday afternoon, November 12, 2010, around 5:15 in the Dayton International
I realize the publishing this publicly on the internet puts me into a delicate situation,
given that I am a high profile blogger and author. This is a difficult incident to share,
but it needs to be said...Because I will not be a silent victim. I will share the facts of
the incident in as a matter of fact manner as I can.
I checked into my flight and had a boarding pass printed that included plus infant.
My baby and I were flying from Dayton, OH, to San Antonio, TX, so I could run in the
San Antonio Half Marathon. I was taking my baby along because he is still
breastfeeding for part of the day.
I entered the security line, removed the special formula that I had with me for the
baby, as well as my quart size baggie with my other liquids. I went through the x-ray
machine and metal detector, carrying the baby, with no incident.
Because I was traveling with baby formula, I knew to expect that they would test it
with the paper circles for explosives. The TSA agent took all of my belongings over to
the table in the center of the explosive screening tables. She asked me, Are you
aware of the NEW policies for carrying liquids through security that were instated 4
years ago? (capitalized to show the emphasis that she placed on that word.)
I replied, Yes, I fly with him every several weeks.
She scanned the formula, then turned to me and said, Remove your shoes and
stand on that black mat for a patdown.
I said, OK, what do I do with the baby?
You cannot be holding him. (I am traveling alone.)
So I placed him into his stroller. She instructed me, Spread your feet apart and hold
your arms out to the side. I obliged.
She patted my left arm, my right arm, my upper back and my lower back. She then
said, I need to reach in and feel along the inside of your waistband.
She felt along my waistline, moved behind me, then proceeded to feel both of my
buttocks. She reached from behind in the middle of my buttocks towards my vagina
She did not tell me that she was going to touch my buttocks, or reach forward to my
She then moved in front of my and touched the top and underneath portions of both
of my breasts.
She did not tell me that she was going to touch my breasts.
She then felt around my waist. She then moved to the bottoms of my legs.
She then felt my inner thighs and my vagina area, touching both of my labia.
She did not tell me that she was going to touch my vagina area or my labia.
She then told me that I could put my shoes on and I asked if I could pick up the
baby, she replied Yes.
She then moved back to my belongings to finish scanning them with the paper discs
When she finished she said I was free to go.
I stood there holding my baby in shock. I did not move for almost a minute.
I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs
formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt
completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several
hours, and woke up the next day shaking.
Here is why I was sexually assaulted. She never told me the new body search policy.
She never told me that she was going to touch my private parts. She never told me
when or where she was going to touch me. She did not inform me that a private
screening was available. She did not inform me of my rights that were a part of these
new enhanced patdown procedures.
When I booked my ticket, I was given no information that the TSA had changed their
wand and unintrusive patdown procedures to enhanced patdown procedures that
involved the touching of all parts of your body, including breasts and vagina on
women and testicles and penis on men. I was not informed by any signs on the front
side of security about the new procedures. I had not seen any media coverage about
the issue, so I had no idea that this was a new government sanctioned policy.
Another important piece in this story, the Dayton airport does not have the new body
scanners. I was not given any other search options. It was enhanced patdown, or
nothing. (And I would have opted for the body scanner, if I were going to be subject
to a sexual assault.)
I asked to speak to a supervisor immediately. I had a very unpleasant conversation
with him that lasted 20 minutes. I moved to the back of the security area, made a
few phone calls, including to my lawyer. He did some quick research, and learned
that I had indeed been sexually assaulted because she did not follow the SOP
(standard operating procedure) for the new search.
During our first conversation, the TSA acting manager of the shift told me that the
TSA agent who sexually assaulted me was supposed to inform me about the new
search procedure and tell me when and where she was going to touch me. He also
apologized on behalf of himself and on behalf of the agent who sexually assaulted
me. I was not allowed to speak to the agent who sexually assaulted me, nor did the
acting manager provide me with her name. (I did not have the presence of mind to
look at her nameplate, as I was in shock.)
I also spoke with the Dayton police, the Dayton airport police, and left a message for
the TSA manager for the Dayton airport. I intend to request the TSA to arrange for
counseling services to be provided to me, so I can deal with the aftermath of the
sexual assault that took place, caused by the specific touching actions and failure to
inform me of the policies by the TSA agent.
I am speaking out against the TSA and share my sexual assault case to ensure that
this does not happen to anyone else, anywhere.
I will not be a silent victim of sexual assault by a TSA agent. Total Sexual Assault.
I am calling for immediate change to this new enhanced body patdown search.
I am calling for the TSA agent who sexually assaulted me to be fired.
I am calling for you, a fellow American, to stand up against these new enhanced full
body patdown search procedures of the TSA.
Please note: I do plan on flying back to Ohio on Monday, because it will take me too
long to drive home from Texas. I do not however intend to fly again until this search
policy of sexual molestation is revoked by the TSA.
I will leave you with this thought: It is acceptable and encouraged that a TSA
government official can do something to an American citizen that US military
personnel cannot do to a member of the Taliban.
Reprinted with permission from OurLittleChatterboxes.com.
Get Your Hands Off Me, TSA!
These airport so-called security measures amount to state-sponsored sexual
By Jennifer Abel
November 17, 2010 "The Guardian" - - Listen to this: "My freely chosen bedmates
and doctors are the only ones allowed to see my naked body or touch my genitalia."
For a sane person in a sane country that's the ultimate in "no shit, Sherlock"
statement. But not where I live.
Not the United States of America. Not since 11 September 2001, when the
government reacted to an attack on its citizens by lashing out against the very
citizenry it claims to protect. No bureaucracy better embodies that reactionary
principle than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), whose contempt for
American citizens has grown so great that they now require we submit to
government agents either photographing our, to them, visibly naked bodies or
groping us in molestation-style patdowns if we ever want to fly again.
I'm sick of the craven cliches TSA apologists have cited these past nine years:
"They protect us from terrorists."
No, they impose pointlessly superstitious security theatre, trample Americans'
constitutional rights and make foreigners feel sorry for us. TSA protected nobody with
its infamous "bathroom bans" after last year's Christmas terror attempt; rules like
"keep your lap empty and your hands visible at all times" only demonstrated the
agency's willingness to treat ordinary citizens like serial killers in supermax prison.
"You gave up your rights when you bought an airline ticket."
I never gave up any rights. The government stole them while cowards egged them
"TSA agents are just doing their jobs."
A lousy apologia and historically ignorant to boot; the civilised world established at
Nuremberg that "just following orders" cuts no ice. And my fellow Americans are
realising "it'll stop terrorists" cuts none either, at least not to justify low-grade sexual
harassment as standard behaviour for government agents.
It's not hyperbole to call the enhanced patdown a low-grade sexual assault; if you
don't believe me, go find some woman's boobs or man's balls, start cupping and
squeezing them according to new TSA standards, and count how many offences
you're charged with. Last month, an agent openly admitted that the purpose of the
aggressive new patdowns was to intimidate people into choosing the nude scanners
And Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano justified this Hobson's choice and
abandoned all pretence of being a "servant" accountable to the public in an
insufferably arrogant column she wrote for USA Today, burying outright lies beneath
eye-glazing bureaucratic prose. "The imaging technology that we use cannot store,
export, print or transmit images," she claimed though this was proven untrue
almost as soon as the scanners were put in use; last August, US marshals admitted to
storing 35,000 images collected from one single courthouse some of which have
now been obtained by the website Gizmodo under a freedom of information request.
"Rigorous privacy safeguards are also in place to protect the travelling public."
You can't claim privacy points when ordering people to let you either see them naked
or feel them up.
"The vast majority of travellers say they prefer this technology to alternative
No, the vast majority realise Napolitano's gone too far this time, and the backlash has
finally begun. November 24 the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, and one of the
busiest flying days of the year is National Opt-Out Day, whose organiser Brian
Sodegren calls for all Americans to refuse the nude scanners and insist the patdown
be done in full public view, so everyone can see how law-abiding travelers are
treated in the Land of the Free. Sodegren points out the obvious:
"You should never have to explain to your children, 'Remember that no stranger
can touch or see your private area, unless it's a government employee, then it's OK.'"
Similarly, the group We Won't Fly calls for my fellow Americans to "Jam TSA
checkpoints by opting out until they remove the porno-scanners!"
I've flown only three times since the inception of the TSA, and only when I couldn't
avoid it: two business trips and a funeral I couldn't drive to. But I won't fly on
vacation; and last winter, when I thought I'd need to cross the Atlantic, I made
reservations in Canada a 450-mile drive to the airport, but worth it to avoid the
I'm not alone. Industry leaders reportedly met with Napolitano to express their
concerns; as one executive with the US Travel Association fretted, "We have received
hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from travelers vowing to stop flying."
Airline executives are rich. Maybe they've got the clout to stop TSA bullying.
Napolitano clearly doesn't care if ordinary Americans quit flying altogether; at Ronald
Reagan National Airport, she openly offered "travel by other means" as the only
option for people who won't submit to the new TSA probes.
That's what we've been reduced to in America: security measures lifted from bad
porn plots, and hoping this latest outrage inconveniences enough rich guys with
political connections to get it repealed.
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