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Local Prosecutors Warn TSA Agents Not to Be Sexual With Pat Downs - San Jose Mercury News

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As nearly 2 million holiday travelers pack Bay Area airports starting Friday, local prosecutors have a warning for overzealous security agents performing the new federal pat-down: touch passengers the wrong way, and we'll throw you in jail.


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chris b (2474)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:33 am
Ah well they could always blame their over zealous pat downs it on Global warming!

Jeannette A (137)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:23 am
And they are having to be told this WHY? What ever happened to common sense and common decency???

Kit B (276)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:30 am
Men and women working for minimum wage and slightly higher, with little or training and we honestly expect them to give a damn? Besides it all a facade of security and we all know that, we can pass through the machines which will not detect non-metallic devises or get groped by those just going through the numbers at the pass-through gates and still have problems on the plane. This is just ridiculous. What price a false sense of security?

Mary C (148)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:45 am
i know what you mean Kit and absolutely Jeannette!!! See...i think the problem is that word "common" getting too many people in a tizzy about not wanting to be "grouped in with the common folk" and therefore they ere on the side of idiocy in order to stand apart and in their way of thinking supreme...(i didn't say they were right, just wanted to offer a theory) :)

pam w (139)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 9:23 am
Because I have metal in both knees and one foot (oh, lucky me) I always set off airport alarms and wind up being "patted down." Now...I could respond in several ways, obviously, but I just consider it as nothing more than a necessary part of travel and smile. These poor TSA staff are NOT enjoying the process any more than I am, believe me!

It's no big deal, honestly. We can't control what happens to us but we CAN control our response to it.

And, although I hadn't considered it that way, I think Mary's got a good point. Some of the "upper class" people now find themselves going through the same pat-downs as we folks back in "steerage.":

Americans are just SO spoiled...we love to be righteously outraged. I wish people would save that righteous indignation for something more serious than a simple pat-down....say, global pollution, for example.


david b (10)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 10:05 am
America and Eur. whit oil producing country should have a Serious program against poverty world waid and USA Stop all your aggressive policy round the world and change your political strategy . This is the wey the world will Be safe. Aggression, Dictators,Colonization, Israel Support mede world unstable. all of that in the hands of USA

pam w (139)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 10:15 am
Ah...I see, David. It's all the fault of the VICTIMS! The primitive, blood-lust isn't really the action of murderers who justify their violent sickness by killing innocents women and's all OUR fault!

Perhaps you can explain why acts of terror are committed by Islamic fundamentalists against people of all nationalities around the world?

Do you honestly expect that the 14th century goodishness would cease if the western political strategies were dictated by Hezbollah? No...sorry. This is just an excuse.

Gloria H (88)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 12:46 pm
couldn't one terrorist(having been scanned) carry one componant of a plastic bomb or something, and others(also scanned) carry the other parts, get together in the plane and put the bomb together piecemeal? Can't something in the luggage get set off by high altitude in flight?
my point is, if they are determined enough..there is nothing to stop them. We are not giving them enough credit to be able to figure out ways of getting around scanning. Think about the ingenious ways people have managed to get out of prisons.
If there was a silicone breast implant bomb ever found, we will all get a poke and a squeeze!

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 1:41 pm
Who the heck are they hiring? It looks as if the USA needs to do more profiling, both for identifying terrorists and for employing suitable security guards.

Mark M (0)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 2:17 pm
People find the stupidest things to complain about, You know what has to happen to each and every one of them? They need to be put on a plain with a staged Hi-Jack and then when their all crying " How did they get those guns on the plain? Wern't they patted down"? Then the authorities can jump out and say "No they wern't because they didn't like it, like you!! and see what can happen. "NOW do you Understand the reason for it"? Maybe then they will think its necessary and quit complaining, Thats my opinion...

Jonathan B (14)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 3:37 pm

The TSA is not just patting people down, but putting their hands in the people's pants, front and back, with dirty gloves they re-use from person to person, so that the germs are traveling from groin to groin, and the evolving rules will soon require the forcible scanning by the full body scanners, which hit you with x-ray radiation without any lead shielding so that you risk sterilization as well as inappropriate touch.

I hope I never become such a rules worshipper that I do not find somone squeezing my genitals and giving me a full body cavity search as normal when I go to the airport, mall, or any form of public transportation.

If someone is touching you in public the way that TSA is touching men, women, children, and elderly, there would be a felony charge and five years of jail time for going in your pants, or a serious felony for doing it outside the pants.

I consider someone in government power who is sexually abusing me when I travel, to be a bigger threat to my life than some minor global temperature increase in the next hundred years.

But if you consider the government to have total right to your life, body, and time, then I hope you enjoy it when they put you in dormatories and work you sixteen hours a day in a FEMA prison, for your safety.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 5:26 pm
It is already sexual! How can people think this is okay and go throught with this? Wake up people! Stop saying that it is for our own good and security because it is not! The worst is the parents that let those creeps touch and feel their kids! Some even hold their kids while they are being molested! What is wrong with you people? This is sick!

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 6:11 pm
No one is touching me or especially my daughter. I could give a crap if I ever fly commercial again. As for Pam take a look at this, all in the twentieth century. I have to ask, Who is the terrorist?

Mary C (148)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 6:50 pm
I totally agree with you guys...especially after reading that story about the crying three year old little girl that was yelling to "stop touching me" as a security agent "patted" her down...The imagining system they are employing LITERALLY shows them a picture of your naked body!!! I can't walk around naked in public because it is indecent, but THEY can put me through a scanner than shows me naked, record the images as they see fit AND i am supposed to trust that this information is going to remain private? At least my doctor has a code of ethics they must follow and doctor-patient confidentiality---The airport gives me no such gaurantee. I am not going to accept this and I'll not subject my pubescent daughter to it! I am already against flying unless it is absolutely necessary due to the CO2 emissions, but NOW I am in active boycott of the airline industry.

Dave Colorado (11)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 6:56 pm
...and let's not overlook THE GOVERNMEDIA'S TOTALLY-FALSE PREDICATE, which is subliminally reinforced by this entire discussion, FOR DOING THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE:

Do YOU still blame 'hijackers' for damages which could not possibly have been caused by 'airliners'? (Could you recognize a working demonstration of nothing less than a new energy paradigm if you saw it, but were told that it was something else? Few can... Fewer say anything...)

Roseann d (178)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:28 pm
Equal Opportunity Employment for Gropers. Yes, now even gropers have found can find gainful employment.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:38 pm
Ewww, to Jonathan's comment: "The TSA is not just patting people down, but putting their hands in the people's pants, front and back, with dirty gloves they re-use from person to person, so that the germs are traveling from groin to groin."

Ugh, I am sure there will be an STD Or a Groper Transmitted Disease GTD lawsuit soon.

eileen k (1)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 11:20 pm
There's some good news here - a silver lining, so to speak. There are local prosecutors who have already threatened TSA employees who perform such "pat-downs" as mentioned above with jail time for sexual assault. In addition, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is introducing a bill that would forbid the use of the aforementioned "porno scanners" that are being used in most US airports, as well as the enhanced pat-downs. God bless Ron Paul! Now, here's a politician who takes the Bill of Rights seriously! If his colleagues in the House would all follow his lead in this matter (and all 50 Senators as well), we'd all be more secure.

For one thing, we don't see this kind of nonsense going on at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. This airport is the most tightly secured airport in the world. Why? Israeli Security agents are the most thoroughly trained airport security in the world, with the capability of spotting a potential terrorist just by studying an individual's eyes and behavior. If someone looks in any way "suspicious", that person will be escorted to a separate room and interrogated by one or more agents; and, in ten minutes or less, that individual's guilt or innocents will be determined. Therefore, there is no need for such unsavory actions in Tel Aviv's major airport.

Therefore, If Israel can secure her airports and airliners without x-ray scanners and intimate pat-downs, certainly the US can. The TSA ijust won't cut it, with hostility not only from the flying public, but also from local police officers, who must take complaints of sexual molestation from travelers, and prosecutors who must try the many cases.

"Those who would give up Liberty for a modicum of Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

Peace Monger (185)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:07 am
There have been loads of articles such as this on the net recently, both pro & con. I have to say that the pro scans/pat down ones seem (imo) more emotionally written, calling these security measures much needed & if people don't like them, don't fly. (sheeple)
No where on the pro scan sites do I see anything concerning the amount of radiation the traveller OR the TSA agent are receiving. In fact, on several of the 'Con" sites, it's been pointed out the TSA agent isn't even screened from the machine, as you would expect from experience of having x-rays done @ your dentist/doctor.
As for the pat downs, everything I've read written by folks who have suffered from these has been reported as being sexual molestation. That TSA agents actually touched the traveller between the legs & breasts; anyone else doing such would be charged with a crime. Furthermore, it's been suggested if one experiences such a personal violation, they should immediately contact the police & report it as a sexual violation.
I know if these security measures are still in place the next time I must fly, I will not subject myself to the radiation, but will file a criminal complaint if I feel I've been touched in an inappropriate manner.

At the end of the day the irony is those who would do harm are using cargo to hide their bombs.

Thanx Mary for posting this informative article & providing honest discussion with no word of climate change! ;)

Edward Craig (20)
Friday November 19, 2010, 5:37 am
Stories like this firm up my resolution not to fly.

Sandy Nichols (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:17 pm
This all started because the pilots open the door. Very sad that we have to go through this. I will never fly again. (Unless private for medical reasons) I would not stand for any stranger to touch me like that. The way they are so harsh patting you down, people with Fibromyalgia couldn't take it. Some days the mere loving touch on your back from your spouse is enough to put you in tears. I'm sorry for all the people who will be in pain from someone touching them so rough.

Teresa K (33)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:58 pm
If we are so fearful that we give up our basic rights..The enemy has already won!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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