There’s no doubt about it. What the TSA do in airports to passengers is nothing less than what would ordinarily be considered sexual assault or molestation if it were done by non-government citizens. But they’ve been given license by the government to do those things for “safety.” Remember 9/11, they might tell us. As if they’re going to stop some genius terrorist mastermind by groping and humiliating grandmas and wounded vets. Makes perfect sense.
Whether deliberate or not, these practices are doing nothing but conditioning us. Our kids and grandkids will grow up in this police state culture and think it’s “normal.”
One Colorado mother isn’t going down so easily. She’s taken her TSA complaints straight to the Denver Police. A local CBS affiliate reported:
The criminal probe stems from a complaint filed by Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, who was patted down by TSA agents on Dec. 26 as she was escorting her 13-year-old daughter to a flight bound for Philadelphia. Steenhoek was not flying, just getting her daughter to the gate.
“I feel like someone who works for a powerful agency that we are afraid of used their power to violate me sexually — to put me in my place,” said Steenhoek, a working mother for a county social services department. Steenhoke is also a full time college student.
Although she had proper credentials to accompany her daughter to the airline gate, an alarm at the checkpoint sounded when she went through. Steenhoek believes the machine picked up the jewels that were sewn into the rear pockets of her jeans. She was asked to submit to having her hands swabbed, which she did.
“Then they told me I tested positive for explosives,” Steenhoek said during an interview with CBS4.
She explained to the agents that the positive hit from her hand swab was probably the result of her pumping gas into her car earlier in the day.
“She said, ‘We’ll have to do a search.’ So I thought, ‘Okay.’ “
Steenhoek said she was just focused on completing the search and getting to the gate with her daughter with enough time to get her teenager something to eat. She said she was ushered into a small private room at the TSA checkpoint with her daughter watching from a few feet away.
“They told me to spread my arms and spread my feet.”
She said the female TSA agent seemed to get agitated when Steenhoek tried to hurry the process along so she could get her daughter to her plane.
“At that point she did a pretty invasive search. They are just areas of the body I’m not comfortable being touched in. On the outside of my pants she cupped my crotch. I was uncomfortable with that.”
Steenhoek said the agent repeatedly dug her fingers into Steenhoek’s armpits.
“The part of the search that bothered me most was the breast search. You could tell it shouldn’t take that much groping. To me it was as extensive as an exam from my physician — full touching and grabbing in the front. I felt uncomfortable, I felt violated.”
She said when the search turned up nothing, the agent repeated it a second time.
“So it didn’t make any sense. The whole search was done over and more touching and grabbing than the first time.”
Eventually TSA officers released her without finding anything and she managed to get her daughter to her flight on time. Steenhoek complained to the TSA about her treatment but felt that would not yield any results.
Three days later she went to Denver police and filed a police complaint against the unnamed female TSA agent who searched her. In the report Steenhoek complained of an “intrusive search,” characterizing what happened to her as being “sexually assaulted.”
Even if the Denver PD were serious about pursuing justice in this case (and I’m not necessarily saying they’re not serious, but I imagine they’ve agreed to investigate the case merely as a matter of policy rather than principle), they’d be going up against the TSA and Homeland Security. People have tried suing the TSA in federal court and have gotten nowhere. But that doesn’t mean we should give up. That’s what the TSA and Homeland Security want us to do. Just give up, submit and comply.
I think this woman went about this case the right way. She complied, played their game and didn’t make any kind of scene, and then afterward went straight to the police to press charges as she would do in any other case of sexual assault. If we all did that (after complying and acting like good little slaves), perhaps there’d be some changes. I’d like to see airport security return to the airports instead of leaving the theater up to incompetent government bureaucrats with badges.