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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Super Extensive TSA Outrage Roundup

I've been all over the outrageous offenses committed by the TSA against innocent American people since Sunday over at my A-C Page, but I haven't blogged about until now due to some personal issues. (Hint, there's a reason why I'm trying to sell ad space on my blogs and have installed "Tip Jar" donation buttons for kind hearted readers to utilize if they feel inclined to do so.) Here's some of the stuff you may have missed:

At Our Little Chatterboxes, a mom traveling with her special needs baby gives chilling details of the sexual assault by a TSA agent that she endured this past Friday:
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 area.

She did not tell me that she was going to touch my buttocks, or reach forward to my vagina area.

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 for explosives. 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.
Read the whole thing HERE.

 She ends her post with this:
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.”
 She is so right. I pray she will find justice for the crime that was perpetrated against her.

RedState was among the first places that I saw with the story that spawned the "don't touch my junk" catchphrase that's now a routine part of Shep Smith's show on Fox & pretty much everywhere else. When I posted the link for  "The Touchy, Feely, Groping TSA: It’s not sexual assault when it’s the government…" to the A-C page on Monday, I introduced it thusly:
When you buy airplane ticket in the United States, you relinquish your right to not become a victim of sexual assault according to our government. My solution: Don't buy any plane tickets ever again until they stop using islamic terrorism as an excuse to molest non-muslims who wish to travel. Don't give them any money, see what happens when their income dries up. Go to the link to read the stomach churning details about how TSA agents defend their 'right' to sexually assault you & your children because you bought a plane ticket. Keep in mind that islamic supremacists are pushing to be exempt from this stuff, even though it's THEIR fault we are subjected to it in the first place.
Take a stand, we need to end this NOW!
Cubachi has a great post about fed up Germans who staged a mass naked protest against the invasive nude imaging machines  as "The Flesh Mob":
The Pirate Party of Germany has had enough. They took it upon themselves to protest the nanny state and these idiotic scanners by stripping at the airport while handing out pamphlets against these scanners. The flesh mob!

The protesters marked their bodies with a number of messages such as, “Something to hide?” and “Be a good citizen — drop your pants.”
A young lady named Nicole has this posted to YouTube urging her airline of choice, Jet Blue, to stand up for their customers' rights to not be violated:






Well said.

Gateway Pundit was the first place I saw this weekend with the video of that 3 year old being accosted by TSA while she cries and screams for them to stop touching her.  We teach our kids about 'dangerous' kinds of touching, and now the governments says we have to teach them that it's OK when someone wearing gloves at the airport does it?!? I say HELL NO! What say you?

On Sunday, RedState had a post about how the aggressive behavior towards innocent people "Torpedoes the Constitution" and explained our 3 options as per TSA rules:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Let’s Make a Deal approach to keeping America’s airports secure isn’t generating too many fans. Perhaps it’s because the choices given are so insulting to the rights enjoyed by a free people:

Door #1: Have nude pictures of yourself beamed to some video monitor to be viewed by a total stranger where it may or may not be stored; or,

Door #2: Allow yourself to be groped, poked, patted down, felt up, frisked, and squeezed at the hands of some police academy reject in a Smurf-blue uniform; or…

Door #3: Don’t travel.

Worse is the fact that, if you have children, you have the same choices to make on their behalf:
Have nude images of your kids viewed (and stored?) by strangers,
Subject your kids to physical molestation, or
Cancel your trip.
The post also mentioned the protest movement National Opt-Out Day which has this on their website:
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!

It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat down" that touches people's breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner. 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."

The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we're guilty until proven innocent. This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

Here are the details:

Who?
You, your family and friends traveling by air on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Remember too, as the TSA says, "Everyday is opt-out day." That is, you can opt out any time you fly.

What?
National Opt-Out Day. You have the right to opt-out of the naked body scanner machines (AIT, or Advance Imaging Technology, as the government calls it). All you have to do is say "I opt out" when they tell you to go through one of the machines. You will then be given an "enhanced" pat down. This is a right given to you by the TSA.

Where?
At an airport near you!

When?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010. We want families to sit around the dinner table, eating turkey, talking about their experience - what constitutes an unreasonable search, how forceful of a pat down will we allow on certain areas of our body, and that of our children, and how much privacy are we will to give up for flying? We hope the experience then propels people to write their Member of Congress and the airlines to demand change.

Why?
The government should not have the ability to virtually strip search anyone it wants without cause. The problem has been compounded in that if you do not want to go through the body scanner, the TSA has made the alternative perhaps even worse by instituting "enhanced" pat downs. There are reports from travelers across the country about how the TSA now touches the genitals and private areas of men, women and children in a much more aggressive manner. We do not believe the government has a right to see you naked or aggressively touch you just because you bought an airline ticket.

How?
By saying "I opt out" when told to go through the bodying imaging machines and submitting to a pat down. Also, be sure to have your pat down by TSA in full public - do not go to the back room when asked. Every citizen must see for themselves how the TSA treats law-abiding citizens.

Be sure to write Congress to let them know how you feel!
Also mentioned by the above RedState post is the fact that muslims are seeking to be exempted from these assaults on our privacy and our bodies despite the fact that it's the exclusive fault of ISLAMIC TERRORISTS that these insane rules were made in the first place!
How perfectly Orwellian that, while non-Muslim Americans are having their Fourth Amendment rights being groped, grabbed and trampled by Napolitano & her gang, Muslims are being urged to use the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion provision to all-but-ignore the TSA screening measures. 
On Monday, Michelle Malkin addressed the credibility problem with "Clownitano" and the TSA as Jihad Janet Nipplescanapsonthejobitano attempted to defend her and the TSA's indefensible attacks on our rights as American Citizens:
When Obama homeland security officials won’t even name that “determined enemy”, who can blame Americans for refusing to cooperate?

DHS Secretary Clownitano has cuddled with the Muslim Brotherhood, and exhibited extreme delusional behavior and dhimmitude in the face of jihadi threats. Now, she’s telling us to show a “commitment to vigilance?”
and this:
From Thousands Standing Around to Taking Scissors Away to Touching Sensitive Areas, TSA has stood for an incompetent, political correctness-addled, homeland security bureaucracy from day one.

As the historian Arnold Toynbee put it so well: “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”
 Indeed.

My favorite right-blog, Pundit & Pundette has a pretty good round up of various postings about "Airline searches, as inneffective as they are invasive". P&P highlights a post from Pajamas Media which reminds us that the shoe bomber led to us having to remove our footwear pre-flight, and that thanks to the undie bomber we're now subject to naked imaging and strangers stroking our genitals and breasts in the guise of "safety", and begs the question; what will they do to us after some jihadi decides to board a plane with a bomb concealed inside a body cavity or implant?

Scott Ott's post, "Don't Let Strip-and-Grope Become the New Normal" at Pajamas concludes with this:
If you’re one of those who has basically decided that any indignity is merely the price of safety, consider that so far, it has been airline passengers and on board crews who have prevented tragedy … not the federal government.

It’s time to return the responsibility for flight safety to the airlines and the passengers — who have thus far deployed the only effective countermeasures anyway. It’s time to end the TSA’s strip-and-grope protocol before it becomes so commonplace and accepted that we forget it was ever objectionable. In the memorable words of President Obama (on another topic), it will become “the new normal.”

Having thus submitted to such unconscionable invasion of our bodies and souls, how could we ever rationally draw the line to prevent any sort of federal government encroachment?
Well said.

Invincible Armor addresses the fact that the TSA is now going after the guy who resisted their efforts at molestation and was escorted by the TSA off the premises after canceling his flight - they are looking to fine him (but they can't be sure of what amount) for leaving (reminder: they escorted him out) in the post, "TSA Doubles Down On 'Touch My Junk' Stupidity":
Yeah, the guy left the airport and for that he is going to have to accept being investigated by such a group of keystone cops and then possibly be fined and imprisoned? Right. Listen to the audio and try to make the TSA guys statements actually make sense. First they escort him out of an area and then others threaten him for leaving for leaving that area. The guy just wants to cancel his trip and leave the airport and then they tell him he has to go back and go through the procedure he had just refused which caused him to decide not to fly.

On the day of the incident a TSA supervisor can be heard saying that some workers weren't up on the latest procedures and then in the above article a TSA official smugly (in an attempt to put too fine a point on the amount of trouble the victim Tyner is in) pointed out that the airport TSA officials don't even know the current fine amount.

“That’s the old fine,” Aguilar said. “It has been increased.”

If these people can't even keep up with the current fines for refusing to accept an invasion of privacy, bad behavior, stupid procedures, long lines and a process that seems to produce little or no increased security how can they keep up with security matters that are important?

"By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights," countered the TSA supervisor. Really? They're going to protect our rights by taking them away.

When one doubles down on this kind of foolishness they just create the aura of condensing dumb and dumber into a single Sybil symbol of stupidity. How is it that the public gets this, the very ones the TSA magnanimously states they are trying to protect, but the TSA and government don't? Welcome to big government.
The Blaze shows us that the government promise that images of our bodies taken by TSA scanners won't be saved and distributed is a big fat lie. Remember that  when they send your 14 year old daughter through one of those things - of course you have the option of letting them touch her labia, buttocks and breasts instead. There go all the years of teaching her to respect her body and not let anyone touch her inappropriately!

Hot Air wants you to think about the safety of those machines and the variable levels of radiation emitted:
In short, whether you receive dangerous levels of radiation depends on who set up the particular AIT scanner being used and whether he followed the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Finally, there is a rather troubling note in the report to the effect that depending on the position of the generator, a radiation warning label affixed to the unit may not be visible. It’s hard to imagine the government would tolerate less than absolute transparency and forthrightness where Americans’ health is at risk!
Toby Tunes at RedState points out the hypocrisy of the left in ignoring the attack on American's rights in the post, "Testicular Safety Administration" (and also has a must see cartoon). CRAPTASTICs went nuts when Bush used technology to track phone calls of TERRORISTS, but on the TSA sex assaults and porn... :
But now, seeing that Americans (and their kids) must subject themselves to groping and/or fondling in order to board a plane, the left is eerily silent on the Obama Administration’s apathy towards the Fourth Amendment and everyone’s ‘right’ to privacy. Nah, there’s no invasion of privacy here, move along move along. If Bush had implemented similar TSA procedures, the left would’ve been screaming from the rooftops about government fascism and Bushitler.

How much is the left willing to let the current administration get away with before speaking out against it? How are they going to spin this one? Let me guess… “The TSA is simply implementing the first steps of Obamacare. Now you don’t need to get a physical if you’ve been through a TSA checkpoint! They are just trying to kill two birds with one stone. See how efficient they are!”
I don't doubt it!

Sultan Knish advises us that it doesn't have to be this way, in "Breaking the Siege Mentality of Airline Security" I introed this post at the A-C page like this:
It doesn't have to be this way. Acknowledge the source of the threat and deal with it instead of victimizing the entire country to avoid hurting the feelings of those who fit the demographic of the killers. Don't like it, muslims? do something about it! Denounce the islamic supremacists loudly, publicly and often - turn them in when you find them in your community, expunge the parts about killing the rest of us from your holy books, recognize that sharia has no place here and freaking assimilate or LEAVE.
You should read the whole thing from the Knish, it's really good. Here's an EXCERPT:
After 9/11, our goal was to kill terrorists. We went on the offensive and we actually succeeded. Not just in killing terrorists, that's not hard to do, but in frightening them. In terrorizing them. And then we decided to turn their countries into humanitarian projects, rebuild them, provide free electricity, dig their wells and protect them. And not only did we get played for suckers, but the terrorists rebounded. They were back in their element, trying to bring down a regime and terrorize the occupation forces. And we were on the defensive.

And we're still on the defensive.

We could end 99 percent of the threat of terror by shutting down every mosque and deporting every first and second generation Muslim immigrant from this country. And every convert. But of course we can't do that. That would be "Un-American". On the other hand TSA agents groping female air travelers, now that's properly "American".

In the same way, we could save the lives of our troops, by dropping all the "Hearts and Minds" nonsense, and focusing on wiping out terrorists and anyone who collaborates with them. Not to mention take back the American oil fields that the Saudis nationalized, and turn off the money tap for Al Qaeda. But that too would be "Un-American". But burying fallen soldiers every week, who aren't allowed to defend themselves under the "Hearts and Minds" Rules of Engagement, that is just very "American". Isn't it?
Political correctness will degrade, dehumanize, enslave and/or kill us all.

Even Hudson hero pilot "Sully" Sullenberger's own wife was not immune to being violated by TSA thugs, as explained in "When Memes Collide: Capt. Sully Says There's No Need For Junk Touching At Airports" at Mediaite.

Mark Hemingway at the Beltway Confidential in the Washington Examiner has the BEST IDEA EVAH to get the Obama administration to understand why we are not happy with this stuff in, "Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn't Obama volunteer to subject his family to subject his family to the same security procedures?" Here it is:
So here’s my not-so-modest proposal: If the President’s Homeland Security department is so adamant that this is the absolute best way to prevent terrorism, I think the President and his family should voluntarily submit to one of the new invasive pat down procedures. I know the Obamas don’t fly commercial at all these days, so they should probably get a pretty good idea what the rest of us are putting up with.

The President and his family — preferably with DHS Secretary Janet “The system worked” Napolitano — should show up at Dulles or Reagan airport on a weekday with a camera crew in tow, as airport pat downs are typically done in full view of hundreds of travelers. All of America will to see the TSA handling the President’s crown jewels. Then a rubber-gloved federal agent will run his hands all over his wife and daughter’s privates while he watches. Then I want him to turn to the camera and tell all of America that this is no big deal and we should all be good citizens and comply with the necessary security procedures.
Best idea EVAH!

Don't Spread My Wealth reminds you that "The TSA Has Not Stopped Any Terrorists". Excellent article & terrific pic there, you should check it out.

From Mommy Life, some disturbing stuff from Napalitano regarding muslims seeking exemption from the "Gate Rape" and live nude show at the airports, which I introduced at the A-C page by saying this:
Jihad Janet Nipplescanapsonthejobitano refuses to acknowledge that the greatest threat to our safety is islamic supremacism, and as she forces us (and our kids) to either become fodder for pornographers or allow TSA agents to sexually assault us & OUR CHILDREN, it appears she is leaning towards allowing people who belong to the demographic statistically proven to be most likely to try to KILL US be exempted from the very violations the rest of us non-threats have to endure.
The Consumer Traveler blog is urging readers that, 'It's time to say "no" to the TSA's full body scanners' and it's a good read, but I'd like to direct your attention to two comments left at that post be readers:
TP October 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

It has been pointed out time and again that looking for the bomb and not the bomber doesn’t work. Since the late 1960′s El Al has never, EVER had even an attempt made during one of their flights. Why? Because they examine the people for clues to whether they are terrorists. The head of their security program, as well as the head of Mossad has repeatedly warned the US that we are approaching travel security bass ackwards.

Studies have shown that if a person is willing to carry a device internally, and I leave that to your imagination, it will not be caught by either the scanner or aggressive frisking. I even recall ready that an obese person or woman with large breasts, can conceal it externally because the machine cannot penetrate that layer.

TSA is, for the most part, a floor show that makes the masses think they are being thoroughly protected. It has its share of tyrants and bullies who get off on their little power trips humiliating people simply because they can.

FYI, I work in Radiology and the governing organizations are lobbying Congress against these machines as well. Not because they might be a danger to the flying public, but because of the radiation exposure to the workers operating the equipment and standing next to it all day. You do realize that the governement does not issue radiation monitoring badges to the people standing next to these machines…

Cliff Woodrick October 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

We flew on EL AL to Israel, several years ago and we were questioned by a young very sharp young lady in a very secure area (there were armed non – American personnel there with I believe automatic weapons) I was shocked that they knew that I was a retired naval officer. I suspect that they (Mossad?) do a background check on all passengers before they board. I understand that they do not have last minute passengers on their flights. Perhaps the TSA could learn something from the El AL procedures.

Have a wonderful day – Cliff
Seriously, El Al doesn't get hijacked or have jihadis attempting to detonate on THEIR planes and they aren't screwing around with innocent people, taking nudie pics or groping little kids - can't we learn something from our Israeli friends?

And to finish what I think may be my longest ever blog post, here's a rotten cherry for the top of our "Holy crap, what has become of our country?" sundae, from Gateway Pundit we learn that Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) actually defends the TSA fondling of our privates and calls the forced touching of our genitalia "Love Pats"!   I kind of blew my top when I posted it to the A-C page:
LOVE PATS!?!!!!!??? Really? That's what you call SEXUAL ASSAULT Senator McCaskill? THAT'S what you call an unwanted hand up in your genitals? Is that what it's called when a predator does it to a child? (And yes, the TSA are doing this to KIDS too!)
I also commented to the Gateway Pundit Post, again, pretty ticked off:
McCaskill is a sexual predator’s dream come true. Watch some pedo’s defense attorney use that in court: ‘Your honor, my client did not harm that 4 year old by fondling her genitals, it was a “love pat” no different from an airport screening!’

That bitch has set a precedent for it.
Yeah, I know, my language. Oy. Sorry, but I'm a mom and this kind of garbage just pushes my crazy button.

So there you have it, and now you should be up to speed. So when shall we get out in the streets and up in our elected officials' faces and tell them to knock it off? I'm ready, are you?


P.S. I stole the phrase "Gate Rape"  from Lily who posted to the above story at Gateway Pundit. WTG, Lily, that's even better than "don't touch my junk"!

Oh, one more thing before I let you go... NOW it's the airports, but as soon as some jihadi jackanape attacks a mall or supermarket, how much do you wanna bet we'll be subjected to this in order to go shopping as well? Welcome to police state USA where Big Brother isn't just watching you, he's all up in your "no-no" places too!



UPDATE:  This post appears in Today's recommended reads at my favorite blog, Pundit & Pundette and in today's Larwyn's Linx at the Doug Ross @ Journal blog! I am incredibly honored, thank you so much!

Pundit & Pundette has More TSA Horror stories, I recommend reading it.

Larwyn's Linx has a roundup of all the best news in right-webdom in one convenient place, you should totally check it out!

UPDATE: Invincible Armor recommends this post. Thank you! Invincible Armor is an excellent blog; one of my favorites, I encourage you to check it out, HERE.

7 comments:

Jack P said...

Zilla, This post is stunning! You are brilliant! The breadth and depth of your research and analysis make this a very important publication.

Congratulations!

—Jack P.

Zilla said...

Thank you, Jack. It was an all day & most of the night project. I'm glad you liked it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post and comprehensive compilation. I came across this from Doug Ross.

Wonder what would happen if people would show up for "Gate Rape" with restraining orders directed to the TSA?

Jack B. (who constantly reminds friends not to greet me in air terminals by calling out "Hi! Jack!"

MJ Stevenson said...

Nice to meet you, Jack B., thank you so much for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts. I am very grateful to Doug Ross and to Jill at Pundit & Pundette for helping to get my blog some more exposure, they are wonderful people.

I think you've got a neat idea, but I wonder if it's possible to get a preemptive restraining order? It sure would be a sight to see!

Anonymous said...

Zilla...not a lawyer, nor play one on the internet...but I did run it by one that I know and got the following:

"Generally, a restraining order is against some identifiable threat. And you need to show that there is a substantial risk of harm, and that unless the order is issued, the harm will continue.

There may be grounds, however, for an injunction against the TSA. You'd have to show a chance of harm if the injunction is not granted, a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits, etc. The court would have to balance the value of the group grope versus the negatives..."

Perhaps this idea does have some merit and be promoted...am sure someone has the time, resources and assets to at least attempt it.

The publicity would just keep the kettle roiling ;o)

jac

DHarman said...

A Free Market Solution to the TSA http://itbecomesnecessary.blogspot.com/2010/11/free-market-solution-to-naked-body.html

MJ Stevenson said...

Very nice, DHarman, thank you! Great blog, I'll be adding The Bitter Patriot to the Zilla Blogroll.

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