TSA Thugs Squeezes Traveler’s Junk

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Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
October 8, 2012

Illustrating once again how the TSA is handing out arbitrary punishments for people who exercise their right to opt out of radiation-firing body scanners, frequent flier Steven deForest described how he had his testicles “smacked” by a TSA screener for refusing to go through the scanner.

While traveling through Las Vegas, deForest chose to opt out of a naked body scanner and was told to wait in a glass holding box.

“A bulky young TSA agent came over to pat me down,” deForest told author Christopher Elliott. “He told me to turn around. He was using his command voice, barking orders. I told him that I wasn’t comfortable turning away from my luggage, which had already been screened, and wanted to keep it in my sight.”

The agent issued more orders — “Stay there, I didn’t tell you to move!” and “Empty your pockets!” — and deForest says the federal screener seemed irritated that he didn’t obey him without hesitation.

And that’s when deForest says he was punished. The agent knelt in front of him to conduct a pat-down.

“As he raised his hands he was looking at me,” he says. “Then he gave a quick flick and smacked me in one of my testicles.”

“I can’t over-emphasize the feeling of humiliation, rage, and frustration,” said deForest. “I believe I have a better idea of what a woman feels when she is groped, or worse. I was deliberately assaulted by someone who knew that he could get away with it.”

It seems as though Americans have a choice of punishment when they opt out of the body scanner – either have their genitals squeezed or allow TSA agents to steal their valuables and money.

The TSA had admitted that it punished travelers who opt out of the body scanner with more invasive pat downs.

As Consumer Traveler’s Charlie Leocha reported, “When meeting with privacy officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA…. I was told unofficially that there were two standards of pat-downs. One for the normal situation where passengers are going through metal detectors and a different pat-down for those who refuse to go through the whole-body scanners.”

“With this latest announcement, TSA admits that it has been clandestinely punishing passengers for refusing to go through the invasive whole-body scans with an even more intrusive aggressive pat-down and that soon those more invasive pat-down will creep from airport to airport,” adds Leocha.

During the height of the national op-out day backlash against the TSA in 2010, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg was told directly by a TSA agent that pat downs were made increasingly invasive not for any genuine security reason, but to make the experience so uncomfortable for the traveler that they would be forced to use the body scanner.

Even being seen to display a “bad attitude” in not instantly complying with the TSA’s obedience training can lead to trouble.

As we reported last month, a TSA screener admitted to a woman traveling through Houston Airport that she was prevented from boarding her flight for retaliatory reasons as punishment for a bad attitude rather than any genuine security threat, after the woman refused to allow TSA agents to test her drink for explosives.

Journalists who have been critical of the TSA have also been targeted for reprisals. CNN reporter Drew Griffin was also put on a TSA watch list immediately after he filed reports critical of the organization back in 2008.

The fact that TSA screeners now fondle and in some cases squeeze people’s genitalia is not only a form of punishment, but also a fairly routine part of the pat down process.

Hundreds of letters of complaint about the TSA’s invasive security procedures which were released last month under the Freedom of Information Act include numerous horror stories about TSA screeners directly touching people’s genitals during pat downs.

Back in May, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera described how he was “manually raped” by a TSA agent who touched his “junk”.

In November 2010, we reported the story of how radio host Owen JJ Stone was told by a TSA screener that his pat down would include the screener putting his hands down Stone’s pants. The TSA worker directly patted down his testicles, penis and backside while his hand was inside Stone’s pants.

Also in November 2010, blogger Erin Chase went public to reveal how she literally had her vagina groped by a TSA screener, who touched both her labia as well as her buttocks and breasts during a pat down.

Former Miss USA Susie Castillo also revealed how a TSA worker touched her vagina during a pat down at Dallas-Fort Worth airport in April 2011 after she refused to go through a body scanner.

Back in April, Republican Congressman Francisco Canseco complained about how a TSA worker grabbed his private parts.

“As he was moving up my leg, he moved his hand aggressively up to my crotch and he hurt me,” Canseco said. “The natural reaction is when someone goes for your crotch and it hurts, you’re going to pull back — and my right arm came down and moved away his hand briskly.”

When Canseco moved away the screener’s hand, the screener characterized the action as an “assault”.

Rape counselors have warned that women who have been sexually assaulted face treatment metered out by TSA screeners that can be “extremely re-traumatizing to someone who has already experienced an invasion of their privacy and their body.” An estimated one in six women in the United States have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I haven’t flown since 2005, when the TSA wasn’t nearly as intrusive as it is now. I have a commitment to attend a friend’s wedding in the Dominican Republic next May, and am afraid things will not end well if the TSA thugs act up in the slightest. Just gotta hope that my fiancee (who will be my wife before then…March 16 wedding date) can bail me out after I take down one of those goons for violating my person.

    • Mike,

      Congratulations on the pending wedding! And: I urge you to rethink your decision to fly. It’s not worth jail/court/criminal record. Send your friends a gift and a note and tell them why.

      • They have TSA gates and cages at the entrances to the cruise ships. At least they did at the few I saw.

        I wanted to try this option too. But as far as I can tell, it’s no dice.

        However; you could check out this way of flying without TSA to get across the nation via general aviation:

        https://www.socialflights.com/

        • Thanks for the info, clark. Guess MoT’s idea goes into the circular file, courtesy of our benevolent leaders.

          I came across another site offering private flights a few months ago, but can’t find the bookmark. Might be on the other puter. I’ll definitely look into doing the private plane thing.

          • It *may* be possible to do the cruise ship thing. Don’t take what I said as iron clad, but I couldn’t find a way without being molested.

            …It was kind of heartbreaking (and creepy) to see those gates at the cruise ship entrances.

            Also, I wanted to drive to someplace in Mexico and fly out from there, but the drive was too much for me.

            Border crossing used to be fun 20yrs ago, I have no idea about now. … One guy I knew just walked around and across. I almost went with him just for kicks.
            Girlfriends wouldn’t think of that as a good time tho, imho.

  2. So . . . all the supposed libertarians and others concerned with cloverishness aren’t commenting on this TSA assault? What is up with that?!

    The TSA is securing us against another 9-11? Really? So what the DHS/TSA are doing is okay after all, for our own good, protecting our lives and freedoms, and so this is an exception to the Case Against Clover?

    People comment about their outrage against toll roads, and how forcing us to go cashless is all about power and control over us, but TSA abuses aren’t comparable?

    Or are we all just so wearied of opposing this corrupt and abusing outfit, with no hope of change, much less making it go away, that no one’s bothering to whip this dead horse?

    (Maybe this latest update on TSA abuse was added very late in the line-up and it just so happens I’m the first one reading it and then commenting?)

    • You’ve answered your own question: You’re the first and it was just posted. Heck! This stuff comes up so fast and so often it makes your head spin. There’s barely enough time to express outrage over one violation when another shows up immediately afterwards. This evil behavior is eventually coming to some sort of violent climax if they don’t cease and desist.

    • Yeah you’re the first. Direct your rage against the powers that be, not your fellow travelers–and I mean “travelers” in a philosophical sense, because we’re not flying.

      I would not be able to contain myself in this situation; I’d have to be arrested, because I would defend myself. I’m far from expert but I’m reasonably well-trained. That TSA agent would be dealing with a broken nose or wrist.

      Speaking of the second-lowest form of life on the planet–remember never, ever to call one of them an “officer”, and correct other people who do, too.

      They are emphatically NOT sworn officers. They are trying very hard to take on that mantle, like Hitler’s brownshirts. But unlike a real officer, they haven’t been trained, do not have arrest powers* in the modern sense, and haven’t sworn an oath to the Constitution.

      Remind them of it. Hold a haughty attitude; they’re scum, you’re not. They’re not officers; they’re posers and have no real authority.

      I’m almost eager for a confrontation with one, because I think if I can remain calm, I can pull the same Jedi mind-trick that guy in California did (sorry the name eludes me). He called over the cops before the TSA did–allying himself with them. Then he masterfully played them off each other; making the TSA struggle for dominance by pointing out they’re not “officers”, and puffing up the cop’s ego with the same.

      In the resulting pissing contest, he got to go to his flight without molestation.

      * a sore topic for me. We all have arrest powers equal to any cop’s; cops are not elevated and sanctified, in our Republic we all have the same unalienable rights. We just train cops and pay them to do what we can all do under common law; they’ve forgotten it and now think of themselves as the Praetorian class.

    • Hi GrayCat,

      I have not flown since 2009 – and probably will never fly again. At some cost to me, professionally and personally. I used to attend “ride and drives” hosted by the major automakers, at which car journalists like me get an early look at the newest cars before they become available at dealerships. Not anymore. This puts me at a disadvantage, relative to my competition, to not have this early access to the “latest thing.” I also have not visited my folks in AZ, which I used to do yearly.

      I have also used my platform as a published writer (and occasional radio guest) to urge others not to fly.

      Unfortunately, not enough Americans share our willingness to suffer some inconvenience to end this outrage. Which is tragic, because if enough of them did, the outrage could be ended in a matter of months – perhaps weeks. All it would take is a critical mass of “I won’t fly” – visible and expensive. TSA would be disbanded very quickly. If not, if government responded with even more Soviet-style oppression, it might just push the people past their point of tolerance and obedience.

      Alas, most Americans are cattle.

      The Talmudists are being proven correct.

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