The TSA can’t worry about sexual assault; they have to prioritize the agency’s reputation.
Let me speak to my male readers. If a strange man groped your genitals against your will, you would call that sexual assault. You might respond with force and/or with pressing charges in court.
I think all my women readers would agree with your interpretation.
Of course, I’ve referred to TSA gropings as sexual molestation ever since they started doing them. If you think I am exaggerating, this will disabuse you of your delusions.
From CBS4 in Denver: “CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals.”
To summarize the story: we now know there were two agents of the Transportation Security Administration—a homosexual male (or maybe bisexual or whatever) and his female helper. Whenever the man spotted a passenger whom he found sexually attractive, he would signal to his co-conspirator. The woman had the power to tell the scanner to expect a man or a woman. If she set the machine to expect a woman, then the scanner would produce an alert about an “anomaly” in the passenger’s groin. This anomaly mandated a “pat down.” Thus, he had a way of getting to, as the story says, “fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers” whenever he wished to do so.
Let’s list the lessons we learn from this little story, in no particular order (except I’m saving what I think is the most significant for last).
- The only reason that these two employees were caught is because the male had to boast about what he was doing to a female coworker. It is great that the pride of the wicked is their own downfall, but the point here is that the TSA had no way of knowing that an agent was abusing the system in that way. Unless they have begun carefully investigating all their employees, it seems to me that they have no way of knowing if others are doing the same thing in other airports. Perhaps they have alerted all the TSA agents to watch for such abuse, and to alert abusers that they are now trying to catch them. But since they obviously did not want this story getting out, I doubt they have put out general alerts. That leaves us with nothing but to trust the TSA authorities to be thoroughly and quietly investigating every checkpoint. And I doubt the TSA is doing such investigative work to shield the public because…
- It took three months for someone at TSA to actually investigate the story. All he had to do was watch during a shift where the two agents were working together and he got to see them in action.
- But the investigator did nothing to note the identity of the victim, a Southwest passenger. Now the TSA refuses to release the videotape and claims that they don’t know who it was. This is convenient because…
- It means, they say, that no criminal charges could be brought against the conspirators. The woman confessed that that she had helped the male TSA agent “at least ten other times.” Their only punishment was to get fired. Repeat sexual abuse and the TSA has an excuse to keep it quiet.
- How many other people have been sexually abused by homosexual men or women? The gropings are always perpetrated by the same sex, so direct heterosexual abuse is not the issue, as far as I know. The CBS4 story brings up this possibility
It’s not the first time TSA screeners at DIA have been accused of inappropriate touching of passengers. Jamelyn Steenhoek filed a complaint against TSA screeners at the airport saying the frisking she received in December 2013 amounted to a sexual assault. She said a female TSA agent searched her at an airport checkpoint after an alarm went off.
“There are just areas of my body I’m not comfortable being touched in. On the outside of my pants she cupped my crotch,” said Steenhoek, who called the frisking “invasive.”
She said “the part of the search that bothered most was the breast search. You could tell it shouldn’t take that much groping. I felt uncomfortable, I felt violated.”
In the Steenhoek case, the Denver DA has announced he is prosecuting. Now we have to ask: Is he prosecuting a rogue sexual molester or is he prosecuting an overzealous TSA agent or is he simply prosecuting the TSA for what they do?
Which brings me to what I think is the most important point: What is the difference really between the TSA’s normal procedures and sexual assault?
This should prove what we already know: there is no difference. When the TSA gets hold of you they can threaten you with great inconvenience of you don’t let them molest you. The difference between a non-pervert TSA agent groping your genitals because of an alert in the scanner and a pervert TSA agent groping your genitals because of a fake alert in the scanner is zero.
The TSA is a systematic sexual abuse agency, one that has never caught a terrorist in all of its history.