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California prosecutors say they’ll charge TSA agents if pat-downs are inappropriate
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 11/181/10 | Mike Rosenberg

Posted on 11/18/2010 11:07:37 AM PST by Nachum

As nearly 2 million holiday travellers pack Bay Area airports starting Friday, local prosecutors have a warning for overzealous security agents performing the new federal pat-down: touch passengers the wrong way, and we’ll throw you in jail.

Although authorities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties said they have not received any criminal complaints since the pat-downs began this month, the searches can involve touching of the genital and breast areas, which critics say is akin to sexual assault.

The Transportation Security Administration says the pat-downs are rare and most commonly used when travellers opt not to travel through the full-body X-ray scanners, which reveal what is underneath passengers’ clothes and are used at all three Bay Area airports. Passengers who refuse both options would not be allowed to travel and the TSA could even fine them up to $11,000 if they delay other passengers.

(Excerpt) Read more at vancouversun.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agents; california; prosecutors; tsa; tsapervs; tsascanners
Kabuki Theater
1 posted on 11/18/2010 11:07:44 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
This is the last we will hear of this.
2 posted on 11/18/2010 11:08:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The people who hate Sarah Palin hate her because they know that her Presidency is inevitable.)
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To: Nachum

What is the “appropriate way” to grab a stranger’s groin?


3 posted on 11/18/2010 11:10:15 AM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Nachum

The POLICY is inappropriate. They should arrest Janet Napolitano.


4 posted on 11/18/2010 11:10:52 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: Nachum
California prosecutors say they’ll charge TSA agents if pat-downs are inappropriate.

If pat-downss are inappropriate????? They all have been!!!!!!

5 posted on 11/18/2010 11:11:49 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Nachum
"Whoa!..Can we have a drink first?"......
6 posted on 11/18/2010 11:11:49 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Nachum

Need Investors...Rent a Burka...pick up on way into airport, drop off when leaving airport..like luggage carts.


7 posted on 11/18/2010 11:11:58 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: Nachum

Sure they will. Next they will be arresting illegals too. I wont hold my breath!


8 posted on 11/18/2010 11:12:24 AM PST by ColdOne (Repeal Healthcare......NO COMPROMISE.......ever!)
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To: Nachum

ALL pat-downs are inappropriate, unless someone is in police custody for a misdemeanor or felony.


9 posted on 11/18/2010 11:12:24 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation ("This is our moment, this is our movement, this is our morning in America!" Sarah Palin)
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To: Nachum
Passengers who refuse both options would not be allowed to travel and the TSA could even fine them up to $11,000 if they delay other passengers.

Who gave the TSA the authority to fine?

10 posted on 11/18/2010 11:15:54 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Nachum

That’s the ticket; tie this up in the courts! Just like the states suing the federal government over ObamaCare’s individual mandate.


11 posted on 11/18/2010 11:16:30 AM PST by Artcore
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Holy Cow!!!!! No wonder that man that was arrested for punching a TSA agent punched him...dang.


12 posted on 11/18/2010 11:16:58 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Nachum

Transportation Security Administration says the pat-downs are rare and most commonly used when travellers opt not to travel through the full-body X-ray scanners


And it is NOT a sexual assault to be photographed naked?


13 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:49 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: mbynack
What is the “appropriate way” to grab a stranger’s groin?

Well there is the old steak dinner and two bottles of wine approach.

14 posted on 11/18/2010 11:19:39 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Gadsden1st
Need Investors...Rent a Burka...pick up on way into airport, drop off when leaving airport..like luggage carts. Sounds like a good idea!
15 posted on 11/18/2010 11:20:43 AM PST by ColdOne (Repeal Healthcare......NO COMPROMISE.......ever!)
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To: mbynack
What is the “appropriate way” to grab a stranger’s groin?

Palms up? I couldn't find it in my Emily Post's guide to manners, so I'm just guessing.

16 posted on 11/18/2010 11:21:49 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Nachum

Wait until some brainy nitwit sticks two wires up his penis with the ends hanging out and gets a body scan. Wahoooooooo! I’m so damn disgusted with this our newly formed Gestapo TSA I fear the beginning of the real revolution.


17 posted on 11/18/2010 11:22:41 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Nachum

I wish this would make the agents refuse to do it.


18 posted on 11/18/2010 11:23:19 AM PST by Terry Mross
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To: ColdOne

Thanks! I am running out now to get a postal drop box. As soon as I get back I will post the address and anyone interested is free to send cash, money orders, etc. I promise I will keep accurate records and issue stock accordingly between all investors.


19 posted on 11/18/2010 11:24:57 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: Nachum

I find it amusing that they will prosecute after the crime instead of passing legislation to prevent the crime. Come on fellas, it works for murder and violence, BAN THE TSA!!!


20 posted on 11/18/2010 11:26:42 AM PST by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway; SortaBichy; Allegra; wazoo1031

I'm one of the fortunate few who can fart on cue....this talent could come in handy.

21 posted on 11/18/2010 11:30:52 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: mbynack

22 posted on 11/18/2010 11:32:52 AM PST by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: Nachum
Another brainy thought, suppose a person has to have a catheter with the catch bag on his leg. Does this mean that the contents of the bag might be explosive? Does this mean the bag is confiscated and the poor guy has to go down his leg? Come on, lets get rid of this crap. Fire all TSA, and bring charges against the communists that started this.

As was mentioned by someone else, does this mean that all breast implants must be surgically removed in case they are explosives or biological agents that could kill. Xray won't prove anything. There is no end to this crap because it is crap.

23 posted on 11/18/2010 11:33:31 AM PST by Logical me
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To: MsLady

I know!...This is ridiculous!....All this because Obowma won’t profile Muslims?....This is way beyond pissed off!!!


24 posted on 11/18/2010 11:37:52 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ErnBatavia

Be careful!...You fart and that TSA agent might crack your family jewels!....


25 posted on 11/18/2010 11:40:39 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ColdOne

“Rent a Burka”......excellent idea!


26 posted on 11/18/2010 11:41:41 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Um, while you’re down there......


27 posted on 11/18/2010 11:42:34 AM PST by Shimmer1 (Perseverance. In a confrontation between the river and the rock, the river always wins)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

If I let my underage daughter go through the machine does it become child porn?


28 posted on 11/18/2010 11:43:54 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Nachum
Check the sign:


29 posted on 11/18/2010 11:47:48 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

You have found the only white TSA groper in the entire world.


30 posted on 11/18/2010 11:48:22 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I just checked and a Burka can be purchased on line for around $75.00 bucks. My question is, would any of you female posters put one on to get through screening??


31 posted on 11/18/2010 11:49:06 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: cll

I think I’ll go to http://www.despair.com/tsa.html and get a TSA t-shirt that says:

“And they didn’t even give me the courtesy of a reach-around”


32 posted on 11/18/2010 11:49:06 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Lurker
Well there is the old steak dinner and two bottles of wine approach.

Buying about six lap dances would work, too.

33 posted on 11/18/2010 11:50:00 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: Logical me
suppose a person has to have a catheter with the catch bag on his leg. Does this mean that the contents of the bag might be explosive? Does this mean the bag is confiscated and the poor guy has to go down his leg? ...does this mean that all breast implants must be surgically removed in case they are explosives

How about colostomy bags, TSA? It's easy to make explosives from fertilizer...

34 posted on 11/18/2010 11:50:32 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: antiRepublicrat
If I let my underage daughter go through the machine does it become child porn?

Even scarier, what if your underage daughter is wearing a sanitary napkin? Will the TSA agent make her take if off and subject her to even more humiliation?

35 posted on 11/18/2010 11:51:26 AM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: ErnBatavia
I'm one of the fortunate (??) few who can fart on cue....this talent could come in handy.

lol and TMI. :-)
36 posted on 11/18/2010 11:59:11 AM PST by Girlene
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To: ErnBatavia

Looks like the TSA guy is holding his breath, maybe the guy did let one pass........

37 posted on 11/18/2010 12:02:16 PM PST by sniper63 (Plug the hole in the barder daddy........)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Everyone who pushed this through should also have to go through it too. But, they don’t. That’s why they don’t give a fig. I’m beyond pissed off too!!! What’s the next step, body cavity searches??? Interment camps? And how is this going to affect people mentally over time? Or even one time?


38 posted on 11/18/2010 12:07:49 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Nachum

Toll-Free number to the Congressional Switchboard

(866) 338-1015


39 posted on 11/18/2010 12:09:31 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: sniper63

He’s probably wondering were the hell he put his resume....


40 posted on 11/18/2010 12:10:01 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Now turn your head and cough.

41 posted on 11/18/2010 12:12:38 PM PST by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: MsLady

“I’m flying out for the holidays and so looking foward to this Christmas gift from Obowma!....


42 posted on 11/18/2010 12:13:00 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
I think I'd take picture of them while they are doing my pat down. I'd refuse the x-ray machine. I've had cancer, not going back to having it again because of some stupid idiotic government overreach.

I'll tell ya one thing, while this is going on, I'm not going to be flying again.

43 posted on 11/18/2010 12:24:22 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Bush wouldn’t profile them either. We need a president that will profile and this should be a campaign issue.


44 posted on 11/18/2010 12:26:22 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Palms up? I couldn't find it in my Emily Post's guide to manners, so I'm just guessing.

If they're going to punish TSA agents for doing it incorrectly, they'll have to have a standard for doing it correctly. Somewhere someone is writing a guide for crotch grabbing that tells them how long they can hold on and things they should avoid saying when groping you.

45 posted on 11/18/2010 12:45:06 PM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Nachum

46 posted on 11/18/2010 12:49:57 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
And it is NOT a sexual assault to be photographed naked?

Maybe they should ask Erin Andrews' opinion on this.

-PJ

47 posted on 11/18/2010 12:50:26 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: mbynack
If they're going to punish TSA agents for doing it incorrectly...

There's a rumor that Obama and his crew support unionizing the TSA. If that happens, don't hold your breath waiting for them to be punished, no matter how they push your buttons or rotate your handle.

48 posted on 11/18/2010 2:54:59 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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