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TSA To Probe Genital Pat Down ‘Resister’

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

TSA to investigate body scan resister

By Robert J. Hawkins
Monday, November 15, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.

Tyner recorded the half-hour long encounter on his cell phone and later posted it to his personal blog, along with an extensive account of the incident. The blog went viral, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers and thousands of comments.

Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.

TSA agents had told Tyner on Saturday that he could be fined up to $10,000.

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

What a world. Mind you, if you aren’t in the TSA you could be jailed for such an unsolicited ‘pat down.’

So where are the civil libertarians? After all, which is more intrusive? Supposed ‘profiling’ or ‘sexual assault’?

According to Aguilar, Tyner is under investigation for leaving the security area without permission. That’s prohibited, among other reasons, to prevent potential terrorists from entering security, gaining information, and leaving

Exactly what valuable "information" would the terrorists gain from going into the ‘security area’ and then leaving?

Aguilar said that once a passenger enters the security area, there is a legal obligation to follow through with the process.

While a passenger can, like Tyner, ask to opt-out of the full body scan, they must walk through the traditional metal scanner and then, at the discretion of the TSA, undergo a pat-down search.

Really? And exactly who invented this "legal obligation"? We don’t recall signing anything to that effect.

Aguilar said the aggressive body search is not designed as an inducement for passengers to opt into the full body scan. Aguilar said that since the resolution pat-downs began, there have been only four in San Diego.

Judging from the number of local personal anecdotes posted on the San Diego Union-Tribune’s website, we find this low number hard to believe.

And even though there are 10 full-body scanners stationed throughout San Diego’s airport, it is rare to see more than one in operation in a security area. The TSA staff does not yet have enough trained people to operate them, Aguilar said.

Typical, is it not?

Only about 4 percent of San Diego’s passengers undergo the full body scan at this point, Aguilar said.

Er, isn’t this precisely the kind of information terrorists would like to know? And this is from the head of the TSA in San Diego.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “TSA To Probe Genital Pat Down ‘Resister’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    The grope”T” men go after a legal citizen because he won’t let them fondle his nether region.
    I’ll bet that when an Imam bitches over being groped, all hell will break loose and you will see all these supposed liberty groups come a running from every crag in the rocks.

    Here in lies the lesson:
    You wanna fly………get your arse zapped or groped.
    If not…….walk, ride, thumb, ………… plain and simple!!

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Am I the only one that wonders just how low Napolitano’s IQ is every time I hear her drone on?

    • chainsaw says:

      Amazing how low it can go. Most good leaders try to sorround themselves with experts. Obama is the exception, he needs to be the smartest person in the room, a challenge to say the least.

      Napolitano needs a body scan. Obama needs to be the one to view it. Body scans would then be deemed unnecessary.

  3. Mae says:

    This is an intrusion of the first order. I will absolutely not fly until this disgusting interference with our freedom is abolished. Napolitano obviously likes to be groped by strangers.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    Try a Constitutional Crisis – 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, 14th Amendment, Due Process Clause – Once again the Government treating the Citizens as guilty until proven innocent rather than actually Protecting & Defending American citizens against those radical terrorists who happen to be islamic. Once again it is over-reaction to a single situation rather than using the gray matter in between their ears and figuring out the best way to target those who would do America harm rather than using the LAW to make each and every American bow, scrape, remove their shoes and now expose themselves to thug groping – has done not a damn thing to stop and/or capture a terrorist/terroristic event. Think – gun control laws – what part of shall not be infringed do these criminal liars not understand – it does nothing to stop or intimidate the criminal element. Like the TSA, Obamacare and most of what is coming out of DC right now – IT IS ABOUT CONTROLLING THE POPULATION!

    Those control and money grabbing liars in DC are PUBLIC SERVANTS not our Masters and are violating every single belief and foundation that is American.

    They should be shot – I shall simply pray that they rot in hell.

    We The People need to start fighting back – or we will be in a OneGlowBallWorld of Sharia Law before we knew what hit us.

    Stop ‘Em NOW.

  5. Georgfelis says:

    If you read the description of the events written by the man, he claims that after he refused to be “groped”, he was told to leave the secure area and escorted out by a police officer and members of TSA, then held outside the secure area, then told he was to return to the secure area to be run thru the machine, and then finally released.

    Now that TSA is getting a black eye from the publicity, they are going to try to slap him with a ten grand fine for doing what it is they told him to do. Oops, 11 grand fine.

    To get his take on it, his site is http://johnnyedge.blogspot.com/

  6. Right of the People says:

    My wife just had to go through this humiliation which by the way they do out in the open in front of everyone. She had her hip replaced last year so she lights up the metal detector like a Christmas tree with all of the titanium alloy in her hip.

    She and her sister had flown to Las Vegas without any problem. On the way down at the Burlington (VT) airport that doesn’t have scanners yet, they just wanded her and the only part that buzzed was her hip which the very gently patted to be sure there was no gun.

    However on the way back, Las Vegas which does have scanners even though she stated before she got to the metal detector that she had a hip replacement after she set off the metal detector they ran her through the body scanner and still weren’t satisfied so the patted her down. She tried to complain but the told her she could go to jail and be fined if she didn’t shut up.

    The TSA needs to be reined in and right now. This group of minimum wage idiots are drunk with their power.

  7. Mae says:

    I’ll wager there is nary a TSA idiot who did not vote for Obama.

  8. JohnMG says:

    …..”Napolitano needs a body scan……..”

    She submitted to a brain scan but the doctors couldn’t find anything.

  9. canary says:

    “…it is rare to see more than one in operation in a security area. The TSA staff does not yet have enough trained people to operate them, Aguilar said…”

    Aguilar just released information to potential terrorists. Understaffed and they can’t secure a potential terrorist.
    Maybe he is trying to make flying more safe in San Diego, because San Diego is one of the biggest hot spots for terrorism in the USA. Their airport sucks. And I can see someone losing their temper there.

    ACLU only helps muslims at airports.

  10. Mithrandir says:

    Welcome to George Orwell’s Police-State!–How do you like that $11,000 fine?

  11. Rick Caird says:

    Aguilar lies. Of course the intrusive full body scan that was instituted at exactly the same time as the full body scans were designed to punish those who do not go through a full body scan. The whole idea is to make the obnoxious pat down so obnoxious it will be avoided.

    BTW, it is looking as if the people with prostheses, pacemakers, and such will be overly selected for these full body searches.

  12. beautyofreason says:

    I am sick of this nonsense and I feel sorry for the man who was told that he either had to x-ray his body for someone else to look at in the buff – or submit to a groin search.

    In the body scans there is lots of detail, too. Of course security promises to delete the images but we already saw them leak a body scan of Sharukh Khan, a Bollywood actor who went through an airport in the UK.

    I am pretty much not going to fly any longer. I don’t have to, and I can avoid it. Screw the TSA. It’s not that I object to security – it’s more that I object to political correctness and stupidity.

    How many teenage girls will be told to store their lip gloss in a bag, or white grannies pulled aside for an extra search?

    I have also been taken aside twice for additional screening – once by a woman who ran her hands down the inside and outside of my thighs, including along my bra. The second time they just used a metal detecting wand – still, really stupid stuff. I guess I’m an easy choice, having been a young female and college student.

    Frankly if TSA is not profiling Islamic persons or people from countries prone to terrorism they are wasting our time.

    How many times are they going to abuse the confidence of the average American before we say, no more?

    • canary says:

      twice? Young female has alot to do with it, and I can see by those butch female security guards, would play in to it. The police sure like pulling them over. But, the terrorists are using women that would least be expected. Old, blond, and holding a bible is a warning sign. As far as the metal in the body as pins, replacements, I’ve heard people tell me some airports it sets off the alarm, some it doesn’t.
      I think they need to check out the airport workers more. Have more plants to see how some of the security staff and searchers treat people. But, then they probably have cameras on them and they have to go fast, which makes it worse on some. They abuse their authority, and people are helpless.

      And last but least the quota….They have to check a child, old lady, from time to time, so the muslims cannot sue them for discrimination. I’m telling you the muslims try and set people up just to sue them.
      So, when they can show others that were searched, it makes it more difficult for the muslim to scream

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