Another elderly woman abused by the TSA

In Portland, Oregon, at the same airport where John Brennan was arrested, the TSA has abused yet another elderly woman.

Harriette Charney, age 90, was “asked” to go into a private room with the blue shirts, where they then “asked” her to take off her blouse and her bra. She complied. According to her son Alan Charney as quoted in this report by KATU:

“They wanted her to take, I guess, take all of her clothes off from her waist up,” says Charney, “and so she took off that and took off her bra … and I’m like ‘what??!!”

It’s interesting, as always, when people such as Alan Charney don’t know that this sort of thing goes on all the time. Where has he been all these years? His mother joins a long list of similarly abused travelers.

The TSA, of course, denies it. Actually, this time, instead of outright denying it, as they usually do, they hedge their bets:

The TSA says it would be unusual for any screener to ask a passenger to completely remove their shirt instead of lifting it up, and is still looking into what happened during that search.

Yeah, you keep looking into that. Just like you’ve looked into the thousands of accounts of abuse that include your “unusual” strip-searches, and far worse.

And America, you keep living in denial. Life is so much more fun that way.

By the way, KATU got at least one aspect of this story wrong: the scanners in airports these days are millimeter wave, not backscatter. The backscatter scanners were junked two years ago. The current scanners are still garbage, but they’re not backscatter.

And since it seems to need to be said, again and again and again, never go into a private room with these people. They can’t force you to, despite their bullying. Make them do their little song-and-dance search in public, where other people can see, and where they sure as hell won’t “ask” you to take off your clothes. You need witnesses. This should be common sense. If you allow the TSA to take you into a private room. you’re asking for trouble.

John Brennan Legal Defense Fund to fight TSA

TSA resister and hero John Brennan needs your help.

We’ve written about Brennan many times. He’s the man who, in April of 2012, finally got so fed up with being poked, prodded, and pawed by the TSA every time he traveled, that he stripped naked at a checkpoint in Portland, Oregon to prove he was carrying no weapons. Whereupon the TSA promptly called the cops, who arrested him. (We’ve also written many times about the fact that the police, instead of doing their duty, automatically side with the TSA no matter what the circumstances.)

The whole incident proved — yet effing again — that the TSA’s little song-and-dance routine isn’t about security. It’s about compelling obedience. Because if they supposedly wanted to know whether Brennan was carried contraband, they found out: he wasn’t.

But that wasn’t good enough for them. They wanted to teach him — and the rest of us — a lesson: Comply, and go on your way; resist — and worse, show us for the fools we are — and face our wrath.

Brennan was charged with indecent exposure and went to trial. He was found Not Guilty.

But the TSA continued to hound him. He was ordered to pay $500. And he was fired from his job, because his clueless employer, instead of backing him up, simply hired another slave to do its bidding.

Brennan joins a long list of TSA resisters, including Yukari Miyamae, Andrea Abbott, Frank Hannibal, Nadine Pellegrino (who was at the 2015 Airport Security Symposium), Nadine Kay Hays (likewise), Jonathan Corbett (likewise), Aaron Tobey, Geoffrey McGann, Stacey Armato, Maggie Yates Buckenmayer, Pete Alexion, Sai (also at the Symposium), and so many others. You can search their names here at TSA News and find tons of info about them.

Brennan is now in financial straits. And he’s still fighting this battle — not only for himself, but for all of us. He’s appealing to a higher court. If you can help John Brennan with his legal fees, please do so at his website, Naked American Hero.