Watch this TSA grope and tell me it has anything to do with security

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This story has been all over the news recently. (Ashley Jessica’s heart is in the right place, even if her use of anatomical nomenclature isn’t. I’m putting that out there right at the top to head off the inevitable criticism. -Editor)

As I keep saying, this is pretend security. It’s compliance training for a public already complacent about our constitutional rights.

Ashley Jessica, the woman in this video, is heard, at one point, to complain that the TSA gropenfrau put her hands on her vagina.

Been there.

It’s a disgusting violation that countless Americans help to continue by not making a peep of complaint about this or other erosions of our civil liberties.

In what universe do we stop terrorism by hiring a bunch of unskilled workers to violate people’s private parts at the airport?

  • Nica

    “Ma’am, let her decide what is inappropriate or not.” Translation: Let me get a chance to sexually assault her.

    Are they serious?

  • bitcoingirl

    her vagina is inside her body. the correct term is vulva…

    • bitcoingirl, correct. We know. That’s why I put that little disclaimer at the top.

      • Daisiemae

        Oh, is that what you were referring to in your comment on Elliott’s blog? I really did not know what you were getting at.

        They would have had coronary attacks, brain bleeds and foaming at the mouth if you had said “vulva” over there.

        Almost as bad as that “gratuitous NSFW” photo that Chris posted, right?

        • Yes, Daisiemae, that’s what I meant. Since we aren’t allowed to use correct anatomical language over in Romper Room, I had to be oblique about it.

        • LeeAnneClark

          LOL you are so right! Just look at the dramatic brouhaha that ensued over there from my using the term “labia”. Apparently Christopher’s readers and moderators still think about their body parts in the same way 3 year olds do. Pathetic.

  • Susan Richart

    The comments at HuffPo are disheartening. Then again, I think comments re: TSA seem to run hot and cold.

    Thanks to Bill for pointing out the error of one poster’s ways when said poster said the TSA makes him feel safe.

  • Robert Hollis Weber

    It’s about time we called this what it is: a government sanctioned sexual assault.

    Let me go on record as saying that vigilante justice is absolutely wrong. Having said that, if the father or brother of either of these two women were to beat that screener with a lead pipe, I’d be the first to contribute to his legal defense fund.

    • RonBonner

      When the rule of law has broken down and no longer protects the public then vigilantism becomes necessary.

      • Robert Hollis Weber

        Ron, I hope it hasn’t come to that.

        Remember when Mike Dukakis was running for president? He was asked at one debate if he would still oppose the death penalty if his wife were raped. In the two heartbeats before the end of the question and the beginning of his response, every person watching–Democrat or Republican–silently willed him to say “I’d want to personally bash the guy’s face in.”

        I know my comment was flippant, but I’ll tell you, if I saw someone do to my girlfriend, wife, sister or daughter what this screener did, I don’t think I’d be very polite to her.

        As a nation, the rule of law makes us strong. But following our instincts sometimes is what makes us human.

        • RonBonner

          Government at all levels has twisted things so badly that personal freedom and protections are quickly being lost. Police forces have armed themselves in such a way that they more represent an army. Agencies like TSA sexually assault travelers with impunity.

          All I can ask is when is enough enough?

          • Susan Richart

            Of course, if it hadn’t been for DHS, those police forces wouldn’t be so heavily armed.

      • Enaylius

        You aren’t the only one out there that feels that way. The day I see the headline “TSA worker in hospital after traveler attacks him over pat down” is the day I cheer.

        • Enaylius, there’ve already been similar, if not as severe, cases (in other words, nobody beating up a TSA clerk) that have made us stand and cheer. But those people all ended up further abused, arrested, jailed, and ultimately lost their cases: Andrea Abbott, Yukari Miyamae, Carol Jean Price, Nadine Kay Hays, Claire Hirschkind.

          They merely tried to defend themselves. They didn’t harm anyone. On the contrary, they themselves were being harmed. But in all those cases, the courts sided with the TSA.

          Bottom line: people are themselves getting assaulted and watching their loved ones get assaulted at airports every day in this country, and nobody’s going to put any TSA worker in the hospital.

  • LeeAnneClark

    I watched this video and almost threw up. What that woman did to her is almost EXACTLY what the screener did to me in OKC – ran her hand up my thigh and then over my pubis, pressing in on it. You can see a very similar thing happen at 6:15 in this video…only in this case her hand is sideways, so she swiped the side of her hand directly into this woman’s genitalia.

    The hand movement of that screener on that woman’s genitals is something that would normally be done for one purpose only: sexual arousal. And there she is, in living color, doing it to a stranger.

    So many people have told me I must be lying about what happened to me, both in OKC and at LAX (when the screener literally rammed her thumb up into my genitals, between my labia, penetrating my vagina through my thin leggings). “TSA screeners start at the top and move their hands DOWN, so this couldn’t have happened to you!” they cry.

    Well, here folks we have the proof. I was NOT lying. This woman clearly runs her hand UPWARDS into this woman’s crotch, and then continues up, swiping right up into her crotch. There is no dispute over what she is doing. It’s right in front of your eyes.

    And yet, most Americans still think this is okay. They truly think it’s acceptable to have a strange woman, wearing a uniform, under color of authority, run her hands up this woman’s leg and visibly swipe her genitals.

    I will never understand. Never.

    • Enaylius

      She’s a pretty girl as well. In the eyes of the TSA that’s reason enough to sexually assault her. 🙁 sickos

      • Daisiemae

        Yeah, it’s a punishment for depriving them of her naked image in the scanners.

  • RonBonner

    I’m confident had she followed the advice in the article ” How to tell the TSA how to do its job – and how to get it to listen” by CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT on MAY 29, 2013 everything would have been just okie dokie.

    Bottom line, TSA does not operate by any rules of decency. That is the root problem.

    • Chris Bray

      “Thank you for forcibly penetrating me, ma’am.”

      Politeness is very important with TSA officers.