How Orwellian are we? TSA supervisor Roger Grant refused to give me name of TSA worker who groped me at JFK

He also threatened me with arrest just for asking for her first name (which she refused to provide), and which was impossible to see, since she wore her ID badge upside down. 

A good many TSA workers seem to wear their badges upside down — so, I suspect, they can’t be identified, as I identified the TSA’s Thedala Magee, and more recently, another LAX TSA gropenfrau, Tiffany Applewhite.

Following is the text of my email to TSA press liaison Nico Melendez, which details the actions of the TSA at JFK the other day, when Gregg and I were flying home. We were in New York attending the National Book Awards, not the al Qaeda Leadership Conference, and I’d had lunch with my book agent and my editor, a lovely man whose name is decidedly not al-Zawahiri.

In other words, there was no reason whatsoever to search me — to grope my breasts, graze my genitals, or touch me or my possessions in any way. But all of that was done to me, and Gregg was groped as well.

Let’s be mindful that the government-pension-seeking clerks the TSA hires couldn’t find a terrorist if one crawled up their ass and whistled.

Any plots uncovered have been exposed by trained intelligence agents — like Fred Humphries, the FBI agent who uncovered the Millennium bombing plot at LAX by noticing that a guy with a Montreal baptismal certificate had an Algerian accent.

The email asks for answers — as well as names of those who think they’re employed and empowered by the United States of Orwell.

SUBJECT: Nico, info needed for piece on TSA incident Nov 15 at JFK


On Thursday, November 15, at around 2pm, I was going through Kennedy Airport, Terminal 2 (Delta), going to gate 27 for a Delta flight home to Los Angeles.

As usual, I was pulled out for more screening. (It is odd that I, like many large-breasted women, am always chosen — always by men at the metal detectors — to go for further screening. Every time I fly.)

Of course, in this case, there was no reason to believe I was guilty of anything other than flying home to Los Angeles to feed my dog and go to bed.

The serious issue at hand here: The light-skinned black woman who screened me, last name “Moore,” was wearing her photo ID upside down so her first name could not be read. After she ran her hands, most disgustingly, all over my body, grazing my labia and touching my breasts and inside my turtleneck on my bare skin, I told her I needed her first name. She refused to give it to me.

It seems to me that when a government worker is doing a contested activity like groping my body for “security” purposes, sans probable cause, or engaging in any search of me as a citizen, I am entitled to that person’s full name and badge number. In fact, we should be entitled to any government worker’s full name when we have any dealing with them — as long as we are still a free country.

I am asking you to provide both the full name and badge number of agent Moore now for a piece I am writing about this event. I also need to know if agents are required, for accountability to the public they are touching in their most private areas, to wear their identification so it is visible.

Does the public not have a right to know the name of the person they are being searched by, or have things become *that* Orwellian?

Furthermore, when I went over to agent Moore’s supervisor, the supervisor, Mr. Grant, a light-skinned black man seated at a podium in the corner, also refused to give me his first name.

I could read his name on his badge — Roger Grant — as his badge was not upside-down.

When I told TSA supervisor Roger Grant I needed the first name of the woman (Moore) who’d searched my body, he refused to give it to me and told me he would call the police on me. He said this in concert with telling me to leave. This was upsetting, frightening, and extremely intimidating.

Is this truly TSA procedure? That when a citizen asks the name of the person who searched them, they are denied the name and then threatened with arrest?I want you to give me Roger Grant’s badge number, his job history with the TSA, and an explanation of whether his behavior of threatening me with arrest for asking for the name of the agent who searched me was in line with TSA procedure.

I asked Roger Grant for a complaint form and he refused to give me one. He said I could complain online.

I want to know whether there will be any reprimand or punishment made of these two, and if not, why not. I’d also like a complaint form since Grant refused to give me one.

Is this the America you want to live in?

Please answer all my questions in boldface, provide any additional information you might have that relates to this incident, and let me know when you can get back to me.

-Amy Alkon

(Photo: your tax dollars, via Wikimedia)
  • mkcrbl

    Re. Fred Humphries and the millenial bombing plot, I seriously recommend that people definitely not rely solely on a source like the or any other regular news media. The following article, below, is LONG, but the relevant part begins with the subheading of “Securing The Plot – The Lead-Up To 9/11”. It’s a serious analysis, rather than only a newspaper article and the title, source and date for the piece are:

    “There’s Something About Omar:
    Truth, Lies, and The Legend of 9/11”
    by Chaim Kupferberg
    21 October 2003

  • Bernard

    All I heard from this was someone crying who needs attention and who most likely stirs the crap anyplace she goes and not just the airport.

    • Yeah, Bernard, she should just shut up and accept her abuse like a good little girl.

    • What needs attention is the Constitution, and more people should be crying about its violation instead of standing around like blinking sheep while our rights are eroded.

      What are you doing to defend the rights we have that are being taken from us, Bernard?

    • Bernard, you sound like a classic Abuse Apologist, which is a variant of the better-known Rape Apologist. A sort of apprentice-level Rape Apologist. The signs are all there: blaming and criticizing the victim (she cried! She must have wanted attention!) and making completely baseless assumptions about her (“…who most likely stirs the crap anyplace she goes and not just the airport”). I’m surprised you didn’t accuse her of wearing something that made her a magnet for TSA abuse.

      Do you honestly believe someone would *choose* to be in the kind of unpleasant, humiliating position where she is in public, being felt-up and manhandled by a stranger–enough so that she cries in public? Have you ever had your genitalia handled so roughly–and in public–that it caused you to cry out? Because if you have, yet you were still moved to write that insensitive b.s. above, you’re a sick, misguided person indeed, one who lives apart from reality and thinks that only *he* can be upset by such abuse–when someone else is harmed, she must be making it up.

    • Finrod Felagund

      All I read from your dumbass comment is TROLL. Go find a bridge and crawl back under it already.

  • kfred

    I always introduce myself first and then ask for their first name IF I can’t see the badge. This last time it was Kandi WIlliams at ATL and I saw her name plainly.

  • Daisiemae

    This is truly, truly frightening. And the naysayers think we’re going overboard when we compare TSA and DHS to the Nazis. If you just change the uniforms, it will look like we’ve stepped back in time.

    Only one thing though….I believe th US federal government will ultimately surpass the oppression of any terrorist regime we’ve seen so far. It just goes from one unchecked outrage and atrocity to the next and there doesn’t seem to be any way to stop it.

    And all the while we paint ourselves as the good guys and accuse anyone who doesn’t jump on the bandwagon (steamroller) of being unpatriotic

    Wow, I just realized that last paragraph is a good description of the state of Germany during the buildup to WWII. Nazis, here we come. Next stop, Auschwitz! (Probably located at La Guardia or Phoenix Sky Harbor.)

    • Dolt

      The problem is an overwhelming majority of people who think Nazi only think about the invading of countries and mass extermination of people and concentration camps and all. Never do they think about or actually learn about the entire period that led up to those events. If you read up on German history of the late 1920’s and 30’s, it’s extremely creepy scary how parallel today’s USA is to all of this. But people brush that off and call you a nutjob because you can’t compare something to the Nazi’s without it being the severity of human ovens. The problem is, the comparison should be recognized and understood well before that point arrives. It’s unfortunate that that is the event people wait around to see before they are willing to take action or even an understanding.

    • I’ve had so many people get offended with me when I compare the TSA to the Nazis. They say that I am being an extremist. Then I just read stories like these and shake my head slowly.

    • jim6555

      Come on now, how can you possibly compare the TSA to Nazis who sent over 12 million people to their deaths? As far as I know, not a single person has died because of the TSA. No one has been forced into labor camps, made to work hard and given tiny quantities of food which are insufficient to sustain life. There are no trains of boxcars filled with people whose fate is guaranteed to be gas chambers and ovens. The TSA does not perform torturous medical experiments, I could go on and on listing Nazi atrocities which the TSA has yet to commit.

      The TSA should be labeled as a terrorist organization, but they do not commit genocide.

      Finally, I’m flying tomorrow and plan to opt out of receiving the required dose of x-ray radiation. I hope that others who are also traveling this week will do the the same. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

      • Jim, glad you’re opting out. Any kind of resistance is good.

        As for the Nazi comparison, it is exactly that: a comparison, not an equivalence. The Nazis did lots of other sh*t before they started murdering people. There were signs before then. That’s what we’re doing — pointing out signs. This isn’t a mathematical formula. (And as for the TSA killing people, if you consider all the people who are driving instead of flying explicitly because of the TSA, yes, there are about 500 more traffic deaths a year because of this. Bill Fisher and Sommer Gentry have written about this at TSA News. I’ll find the links and post again.)

        Also, everything the Nazis did was legal. The abuses they perpetrated were legal. This is an important point, because the U.S. has also passed laws legalizing all kinds of abuse — the NDAA, the Patriot Act, the Espionage Act. Lots of activities formerly considered beyond the pale are now legal. Lots of things that only a few years ago people would have considered “impossible in America” are now legal. That’s how brutality develops.

        You don’t wait till the point of conflagration to wake up. Or to point out historical similarities. You do it before things get that bad. That’s the point.

        • Finrod Felagund

          I know someone who for a college paper wrote up the German legal justification for the Holocaust. Just the summary he gave me decades later sent a shiver up and down my spine.

      • Finrod Felagund

        The Nazis didn’t do any of that stuff until they had complete control of Germany. Give it time.

  • 1amWendy
    • TSAisTerrorism

      Except that, often, the FSD will just support whatever inanity the underlings have done, which has been my experience.

      But, by all means, clog the system.

      I might also forward a complaint to the OIG.

      We should also find out if these things are SIDA violation. That’s probably the one law TSA can’t avoid.