A Date With The TSA *UPDATED: TSA’s Own Rules

While leaving the Providence, Rhode Island gathering for the Franklin Center where the first annual Breitbart Awards were held, we were detained by the TSA and my husband was subjected to intrusive screenings based on the claim that he was covered in “nitrates.”

We fly frequently and when told to walk through the hotly debate Backscatter machines, we opt out for patdowns. I walked through the metal detector but Chris was directed to the bodyscanner, at which point he opted out.

He was subjected to the standard pat-down: back of the hands, check your waistband, run hands up and down the inside of the leg stopping at the groin. When the agent went to check his gloves he claimed that something on his gloves “set off the alarm” at which point informed us that Chris would be subjected to another pat-down and his luggage searched.

They directed us over to the side of the security area and searched his luggage; they also swabbed everything in it. It was at this point they began talking about “nitrates,” a reason often in the news because of the propensity for false-positive results in such tests. They asked him if he fired a gun or handled gas today. We explained to them that we had not been to a range in a few weeks and did not go in the clothes he was wearing or take with us our carry-on luggage. They zipped up his luggage and directed us to a private room.

He was not given the choice as to whether or not he wanted a private or public screening for the second, more invasive pat-down.

At this point we were becoming annoyed as we’d been detained for around 25 minutes minutes already (the entire screening process took about 45 minutes) and were concerned that we would miss our flight. I flipped on my camera after we had been escorted into the private room and kept it vertical, rather than horizontal, to look less confrontational.

The TSA agent informed us, as he snapped on his blue latex gloves, that he would be performing another pat-down, this time using the front of his hands, and he would be touching Chris’s “groin.” It was at this point I began asking questions. He became aggravated and asked for me to turn off my camera. I asked once more about photos and video for clarification, and he stated that the reason I could not film them touching my husband’s genitals through his shorts was due to “security reasons.” The other agent in the room spoke into his shoulder walkie about security. I complied and turned off my phone. When I asked for the agent’s name a second time, he informed me that if I would like, he would call security. The agent demanded that I put my phone away entirely and get it out of my hands and would not start the intrusive screening procedure until I had done so.

He performed the pat-down which began as routine, except that he used the front of his hands. He then bent down and specifically targeted Chris’s crotch. Using the front of his hands, he pressed against his genitals and swept his hands across the crotch three times across, and then pressed at the top of his genitals and wiped his hands down three times.

Make no mistake: outside of the airport this would be considered molestation.

They claimed that the alarm went off again after this second intrusive pat-down and that it was, again, due to “nitrates.” They were going to have to hold us further and were not sure whether we would make our flight. I informed them that I planned to speak out publicly about it, which aggravated them, but I wanted them to know that this process was unacceptable.

They called over a supervisor and huddled together to discuss the situation. They were considering not allowing him to board, from the muted discussion I heard. It was at this point, per the supervisor from my understanding, that they agreed to release him, having found nothing on his person and no reason to suspect him. As mentioned before, the entire screening process took around 45 minutes.

We ran to our gate and fortunately made it as the last group boarded.

One of the agents suggested that perhaps he got whatever tipped off the alarm from the cab — but I was also in the cab, I reminded them. For the sake of the argument, had we been terrorists, their screening would have failed as their metal detectors would not have detected any explosive materials on me, and their bodyscanners do not detect such materials; if either of us had ill intent one of us would have been allowed on the flight. The TSA’s policy of nonsensical random screenings, which look for items rather than behavior, can be easily exploited, which is why our country has a bloodier history with sky-terror than, say, Israel, which focuses on behavior in their security protocol.

The citizenry should not have to put up with such a violation of their civil rights, airline customers should not suffer the harassment of being felt up or molested to fly the skies, and the government should not forces private airline companies to subject their customers such intrusions. Airlines should have the right to privatize their security and the federal government needs more intelligent means of thwarting sky-terrorism than fondling citizens.

More from Twitchy here.

*UPDATE: Jimi971 notes this:

TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or slowed down. We do ask you to not film or take pictures of the monitors. While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might.

 

Taking photographs may also prompt airport police or a TSA official to ask what your purpose is. It is recommended that you use the Talk To TSA program on tsa.gov to contact the Customer Support Manager at the airport to determine its specific policy. Or, if you are a member of the press, you should contact the TSA Office of Public Affairs.

I’m curious to know what Rhode Island’s regulations are concerning the taping of TSA agents performing intrusive screenings.

Lefty Che Fan Stabs KC College Dean, Thought He was Mo Gov Nixon

Wow. Our prayers are with the college dean as he recovers and his family.

What’s that? Another case of leftist violence?

Prosecutors have charged 22-year-old Casey Brezik with felony assault. They say he stabbed a community college dean in the throat. Brezik is accused of attacking Albert Dimmitt, Dean of Instruction at Penn Valley Community College. Dimmitt is in stable condition after surgery. Witnesses say Brezik was mumbling to himself when he walked into the room where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was expected to speak this morning (9-14).

Breznik is a Che fan and describes himself as an anarchist. He quotes all kinds of mad crazy on his Facebook wall.

This, the Muslim woman who shot folks at the cookie plant, the Discovery building eco-terrorist, yet the left continues to assert, as a caller did on the show today, that the right is always to blame (just as the alt-weekly did with the Carnahan fire-bombing story). Can we get some folks on the left to calm down their rhetoric and CHILL OUT?

Prosecutor Lets Carnahan Firebomb Suspect Go?

Um, dude?

Police have released a man taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a firebombing at the campaign office of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

The man, whose name was not made public, was let go after the prosecutor’s office declined to immediately issue charges. The case was “taken under advisement” by the prosecutor, a step that can mean more evidence is needed before a case can be made.

Does reporter Jake Wagman know what a “firebomb” is? From what I’ve seen of the carefully controlled photos in circulation, this looks nothing like the damage caused by such incendiary devices.

Jim Hoft has more.

Then there’s this report from KMOV Channel 4 reporter Mark Schnyder:

When I went by the building this morning I got a weird vibe.  I saw a campaign worker coming out of the back of the office with big Bread Company to-go bags.  I jokingly said, “Are you with Bread Company or the Carnahan campaign?”  He said, “Bread Company,” then tossed the bags in the dumpster and went to the front of the building, presumably back in the office.  Weird.

(I talked to a reporter at another station who worked on this story who told me when she was there, she met a campaign worker outside the building who also denied being associated with the campaign.  When she went inside to talk to a spokesperson, she saw that person who denied being with the campaign IN Carnahan’s office.)

OK, so now things seem a little … odd.

If this was the description of the incident

Firefighters responded after witnesses called about hearing broken glass and later smelling smoke at the office in the 7000 block of Chippewa Street in south St. Louis.

… that sounds infinity times more massive than what we see in the photos.

Who put out the fire? The fire department? Who reported the witness? Was he apprehended at home, where was he taken into custody? I wish we had these thing called journalists to report these facts.

Russ Carnahan may be a bad congressman, but he’s our bad congressman and if someone is bombing offices of elected officials in St. Louis then I want to see a federal investigation and that person shipped off to jail. No joke. In fact, I think an investigation is warranted considering it’s a FEDERAL OFFENSE to do such a thing to the office of an elected official.

Previously on this story

*Aimee writes: Either his staff spilled their bong and are trying to cover it up or his team is stupid enough to think they can bait James O’Keefe types to dig through his dumpster. Someone give them their own reality show.

Southwest Airlines Discovers Shipment of Human Heads on Plane

Gives a whole new meaning to “heads will roll.”

A Southwest Airlines employee called police after finding human heads in a package set to be transported to a Fort Worth medical research company, the airline said.

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The heads were being transported to the Fort Worth office of Medtronic, a leading medical research and technology company based in Minnesota.

Medtronic spokesman Brian Henry said it is common to ship body parts for medical education and research, but he said it is rare for a shipment to be seized.

“We expect our suppliers to follow proper procedures,” he said.

Camper described the items as 40 to 60 human heads.

But Henry said they were “four full cranial specimens and 40 pairs of temporal bone ear blocks.”

He identified the supplier as JLS Consulting of Wynne, Ark.

JLS’s business license was revoked in December, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s online database.

Forty to sixty heads. I can’t wait to see this as an episode on “CSI” or “Law and Order.”

David Horowitz and the Muslim Student

This honestly is one of the freakiest exchanges I’ve ever heard. That this student is seemingly more afraid of Hamas, that she would choose a terrorist organization over her fellow students, over upholding morality and acceptance of diversity in thought is a heavy, pit-of-your-stomach sad. One of the most unbelievable videos I’ve ever seen:

She supports a second Holocaust.

(Via Breitbart)

Obama’s Favorite Visitor, Andy Stern, Bringing a “Showdown” to America

One of the scariest things I’ve seen since this administration assumed office. Andrew Marcus is following this over at Big Government:

From the cheap seats, it sure does look like the President of the United States is using the powers of the Executive to coordinate with Andy Stern to organize a series of protests entitled “Showdown In America.”

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Take no prisoner, take no names.
Kick ‘em in the ass when they play their games.

Also posted on Marcus’ site:

With the downfall of ACORN as a “respectable” brand, NPA and NTIC are stepping in to fill the void. They are “cleaning up” their look, having removed the red stars from their current logo.

Last year, together with Andy Stern and SEIU, NPA led an angry march against “greedy” bankers in Chicago.*

Angry, anti-capitalist demonstrations from people who think that an alternative (socialism? Communism?) would work better, except that it’s failed in every other country in which it’s ever been implemented. Ever. Russia. China. North Korea. Cuba. Venezuela.

Is this why Andy Stern left his post at SEIU? Because it would look bad, as Marcus hinted, if the head of a labor union, favorite guest and close friend of the President was leading angry marches (with other close friends of the President’s) comprised of people who are on record as having caused violence at demonstrations in the past?

Can you say astroturf?

Such “neighborhood activist groups” are nothing more than quasi Pizza Connections where Marxism is laundered through the front of neighborhood activism. This demonstration is liberal beltway astorturf helmed by a few people who directly contributed to the President’s rise to power.