At LAX on my way to the Evolutionary Psychology conference in Missouri, I was groped by TSA clerk Jacqueline Tirre (per her nametag). This was after she deliberately left my computer and possessions to sit there on the x-ray off-ramp, claiming the TSA didn’t have the personnel to get it.
TSA thug Jacqueline Tirre was manning the gate to the metal detector (which, by the way, the morons didn’t send me through), and was the one to search me — after standing there and ignoring my calls for a supervisor.
Other TSA thugs similarly ignored my calls for a supervisor and for someone to watch my possessions. So my stuff was just sitting out there, where it could’ve been stolen or, say, my computer knocked off the belt by all the travelers coming through. I was told to stand to the side waiting for Queen Thug to decide she’d take a grope break and feel me up.
This is a standard intimidation move for anyone who opts out of the scanner. We’ve had plenty of testimony by other travelers of the same thing, and yet more testimony, even going back years, before the gropes were implemented. It’s one of the many ways the TSA tries to punish people who opt out or who are perceived as not being deferential enough.
I bent over, jailhouse-search-style, and Tirre, a squat little middle-aged white woman with oddly applied lipstick (beyond the parameters of her lips), ordered me to not bend over like that.
Let’s be clear: this little turd of a woman earns money for violating the bodies and rights of American citizens and other travelers who have given no reason for anyone to believe they are doing anything criminal.
And as I’ve posted here before, anyone who is smart enough to make it in this blog’s comments section is smart enough to figure out how to get something onto a plane without going through the TSA gropefest.
As Tirre — disgustingly — touched my hair (as if I could hide C4 in hair pulled tight to my head), felt in my waistband, and grazed my labia — the fellow pictured above stood guard.
What did he think I was going to do, make a break for it? Run for my gate? Or is it that he just likes to watch women being forcibly felt up?
This scumbag earns money, as does Jacqueline Tirre, for violating my body and my Fourth Amendment rights in a meaningless pretense of security — one that really is obedience training for the American public, so we’ll be docile as our rights are yanked from us.
Again, the way you stop terrorism is through probable cause-based policing, using highly trained intelligence officers, long before anyone gets to the airport. It is not by giving a bunch of people faux cop costumes, encouraging them to go on a power trip, and allowing them to harass and assault passengers.
(Original version at Advice Goddess)
(Photo by Amy Alkon)