Skip to comments.Female Blogger Threatened With Defamation Suit For Writing About TSA 'Rape'
Posted on 09/06/2011 9:52:38 PM PDT by redreno
Attacking the TSA for its privacy-invasive screening procedures has become a favorite activity for many journalists, especially Matt Drudge. TSA horror stories are often featured prominently on The Drudge Report and he has taken to calling Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (of which the TSA is a part) Big Sis.
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Might be an interesting suit, although the blogger would be dragged over the coals.
For any lawyers: How might the plaintiff show damages?
Until people stand up as one and say enough is enough there will be no changes. A two week boycott of all air travel will quick bring this to a head and force some real change.
Never mind: The TSA agent was named. That not good.
The problem with that is business travel will never join a boycott. When my boss says fly, we fly. I would much rather drive to Nashville or Chicago (each doable in under six hours for me) but they want us back the next afternoon or sometimes the same day (an incredibly exhausting pain.)
And they do this to little girls too I bet!
That is correct. Truth is an absolute defense to a claim of defamation.
Yup, I can hear the argument now. It is not rape, since it is under color of law, like a strip search at a jailhouse is not rape. Therefore, to call it rape is defamation. It will likely be thrown out, although since it is an accusation of a specific crime with specific elements, it might get to a jury. No matter what, the poor victim will continue to suffer at the hands of these bastards. (Oops, will I be sued for calling them bastards when they may have actually had a father).
“(Oops, will I be sued for calling them bastards when they may have actually had a father).”
For the record....a “baby’s daddy” does not constitute as a “Father”.
Vaginal penetration without consent is rape. Especially if the blogger cried out against what was being done to her. That would have to legally constitute withdrawal of consent if they tried to claim that she had somehow consented by letting the search begin in the first place. Anything that TSA agent did after that point (IOW, the other 3 times of vaginal penetration) would technically and in fact be rape - carnal knowledge without consent, and with specific and public protest of the act.
In order for it to be “under color of law”, I would think that TSA agent would have to produce official guidelines or instructions regarding vaginal searches and what constitutes permission for a vaginal search.
This whole story is sick, sick, sick.
Whats wrong with customs doing their job? They intelligent enough to ask questions, afraid of profiling? Or just plain stupid?
I just got back from a Canadian fishing trip. Canadian customs told me on the way up there I was due for a colonoscopy.
Here in Thailand, Defamation suits are a means for shutting up the political opposition. Nice to know the USA is catching up. ;-)
Name them all.
The “it’s uncomfortable, but necessary for the good of the state” defense went out with the Nuremberg Trials.
Hannity and others are wrong to buy this line and repeat it to us as I have heard them say.
A cavity search to get on an airplane?
Totally out of control.
Hey, if it’s good enough for the peons, it’s good enough for Barry and the Wookie.
It should be mandatory for all the congress critters that let the TSA get away with it. Their wives and daughters and sons should have to go through it also...no private planes for them.....until after the search...and especially the female congress critters that allow this to continue...In a line in public just like the rest of us serfs...
It's a horrible story, but is it true? Consider the source.
In her daily life, and in her blog, Alkon has a number of campaigns. In her article, "Hello, Psycho" (entitled after the opening salutation of one of her respondents), she describes her anti-SUV campaign, which consists of placing small cards on the windshields of SUVs. The cards (which are her own composition) refer to the driver as a "Road-Hogging, Gas-Guzzling, Air-Fouling Vulgarian" and pointedly suggest that the driver is compensating for "an extremely small penis" by driving "such a monstrosity."
Maybe she is telling the exact truth, but her accusations would have much more credibility if she were not a professional complainer.
Further, she's obviously a liberal. And, guess what, liberals are known to lie.
It does make it easier to dismiss her as a drama queen, not that this particularly helps the TSA agent’s proposed lawsuit, because the agent could always say “consider the source” about this blogger.
Napolitano, “We’re getting creamed here with our know nothing drones acting like thugs, so let’s make an example of someone!”
OK...I don’t fly. I have not flown for years.
And, I have been very much against these pat downs or the new fangled nude machines....
...but are all these pulled aside, behind the screens, pat downs include a cavity search?
I'm curious, what is your first language?
What an amazing coincidence. Kashmir Hill writes an article slamming Matt Drudge the very same day Janet Napolitano gives a speech slamming Matt Drudge. And both women use the same phrasing.
Man. How often does something like that happen?
She can't. Precedents have already established that using the word "rape" even as an exaggeration is protected speech. If you go to the main site, the blogger's attorney has posted her own lengthy rebuttal to TSA agent Magee's lawyer's letter. There's a ton of case law here.
I'm not impressed with the character of the blogger, but nobody should be subjected to this. It's gratuitous infliction of pain and humiliation by a person with no medical training, intended only to punish since it can't reveal the presence of a bomb concealed up high in the vaginal vault. You know there would be a complete firestorm if anybody in the TSA looked cross-eyed at a Muslim woman, much less subjected her to this degrading treatment, so why do this to a whiny American woman?
It’s been said before (including by me) but bears repeating. Anybody who flies is contributing to this offense, enabling this violation of basic liberty. If enough people went to a little damn inconvenience, and took another means of transportation, the TSA grope-search would be obsolete and over in 24 hours.
“so why do this to a whiny American woman?”
Because no one from the religion of peace will try to take your head off?
Well, my lady, I gave up flying. When I started to figure out how long it actually took me to fly, from the time I spent online making the reservations, packing to comply with TSA requirements and obsessing over what clothes to take to keep the baggage down to one carry-on, the additional shopping time and money wasted to buy toiletries I couldn’t bring with me, going to the airport, parking, taking the shuttle to the terminal, checking in, going through security, getting to the gate, waiting, boarding, waiting on the tarmac for infinite periods, etc., I realized that I could drive almost anywhere on the East Coast more conveniently. AND I wouldn’t be subsidizing the ruin of our Constitution.
Obviously it’s a bit harder if you have to do business travel. But if we all refused to fly for personal recreation, the airlines would be transporting business passengers only. That’s the way it was when I was a kid in the 1970s: only business people and the rich routinely flew around.
is it certain that Amy is a she?
May I remind you all that the traditional legal definition of rape says “any penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the act”? She may very well have been ACTUALLY raped by a lesbian TSA agant!
Basically, I felt it important to make a spectacle of what they are doing to us, to make it uncomfortable for them to violate us and our rights, so I let the tears come. In fact, I sobbed my guts out. Loudly. Very loudly. The entire time the woman was searching me.Advice to any ladies concerned about this... wear pantyhose
Nearing the end of this violation, I sobbed even louder as the woman, FOUR TIMES, stuck the side of her gloved hand INTO my vagina, through my pants. Between my labia. She really got up there. Four times. Back right and left, and front right and left. In my vagina. Between my labia. I was shocked utterly unprepared for how she got the side of her hand up there. It was government-sanctioned sexual assault.
The TSA is nothing more than a group of overpaid pedophiles and bureaucratic misfits.
Can I get a suit too?
So how do you get around the distance then? I would really hate to have to have to drive from New Orleans to say, Tucson. Talk about a LOOOONG drive. And san antonio/el paso isnt exactly the friendliest to outsiders.
So...basically if you want to travel on Federal Airlines out of Federal Airports...the King’s Men get to have their way with you first?
That’s an easy one..on so many levels...