Woman says TSA officer groped and threatened her during a groin search

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/02/11/woman-says-tsa-officer-groped.html

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Once we get the dumpster fire out of the oval office can we please get rid of the other dumpster fire that is the TSA?

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Did someone misplace the script of a porn movie?

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Anyone who finds this remotely erotic is sick in the head.

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Seems like it would appeal to people with derision towards the weak and vulnerable, a belief in hierarchical social structures, and a worship of power and authority. Sounds like a political cult I’ve heard of…

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If the porno scanners were any good - why would they need a groping?

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Who knows. This has been a problem for some time. The TSA is a tunnel for rich people vigilantism. Get your thugs hired, and dominate your enemies.

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Had it been a porn movie the actors would all have been in on it. I’m sure you can find “TSA porn” if you search for it, just as you can find prison porn. Lots of people have sick sex fantasies, and as long as they keep them as fantasies it’s OK. They just shouldn’t get jobs at TSA to try them out in real life.

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I’m starting to think there might be something off with some of these TSA officers.

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How about all of the Homeland Security BS they instituted in the name of safety and administrative efficiency?

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Add ICE to that list.

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In my experience, the scanner will just identify areas of unexpected density, and a TSA person will have to manually investigate. My beefy calves get me a pat-down about half the time; I know larger folks who never get through the scanner without a follow-up handling.

In short, they don’t do the job they are supposed to do, and in the process they strip us of our time and dignity. Just like the rest of the security theater of the TSA.

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Another example of how that damned Patriot Act keeps popping up to let them keep the masses down. Sigh. Seems like there’s more and more of this these days.

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Fuck the TSA. Or at least their ridiculous policies. Pre 9/11 protocols were sufficient for the most part. Allow us to bring liquids, and things like scissors and pocket knives. etc.

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Seriously, I will know we are no longer living in a hostile police state the day I don’t have to take off my shoes ever again to board an airplane.

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The Denver District Attorney’s Office said that because the passenger who was patted down, who the TSA believes was flying with Southwest Airlines, hasn’t come forward it could not file charges in the “unlawful sexual contact” case. The case is still being reviewed for other possible charges, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office said Tuesday.

So because the passenger didn’t know that the level of weirdness rose to criminal (partly because they were diverted based on a lie) they can’t charge? That’s fucked up logic IMO.

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SWIM lives in Denver and was a male victim of this a few months before.

  1. Non-precheck member directed to that line by TSA blue shirt.
  2. Confronted with “Can we please swipe your hands?” ostensibly for residue.
  3. Of course, alarm goes off.
  4. Search bag, pat down. Nothing found. Further, invasive screening required.
  5. Secondary screen in back room, no camera.
  6. Second officer leaves victim alone with first male officer
  7. Victim’s man parts rubbed/groped four times each, front and back–differently each time (no standard procedure here). Objections met with threat of missing flight (had seen boarding pass)
  8. When perp finished, victim asks if free to go. Door opens. “Yes.”
  9. Victim tells perp what he did was disgusting sexual assault. Perp literally giggles and shrugs.
  10. SWIM decides to repress this.

Just remember, kids–if you can afford to fly a private jet, you’re exempt from this because rich people can be trusted.
When will our best candidates address this?

Yet, if you fly a private jet, you are not subject to this…

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Dubya’s Trained Sexual Assaulters - now Trump’s Sexual Assaulters - fill their rank and file with rejects who couldn’t make mall-cop (at least mall-cops keep out riff-raff such as Roy Moore). Who else is going to take a minimum-wage security theater job that provides no actual security and literally functions to keep the proles in line but sickos who get off on publicly sexually assaulting strangers? Cases such as this aren’t anomalies, they’re the norm.

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They were also Obama’s. Whatever TSA does, it enjoys bipartisan support.

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I agree, authoritarians all over the world support the systematic sexual assault of the proles.

But I was drawing the direct line between Bush the Lesser Dickhead Cheney’s brainchild and the total disregard of the GOP’s base for the Pussy Grabber in Chief bragging about committing sexual assault.

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