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TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Texas Congressman's Teen Grandniece
The New American ^ | 28 November 2012 | Alex Newman

Posted on 11/28/2012 7:53:42 PM PST by VitacoreVision



The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures.

TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Congressman's Teen Grandniece


The New American
28 November 2012


The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. Of course, passengers routinely complain of TSA abuse and molestation — some 17,000 formal complaints have been lodged against the widely ridiculed and despised unconstitutional Homeland Security agency just since 2009, documents show.

The latest scandal, however, has turned into an international firestorm for the embattled bureaucracy, largely because the then-17-year-old victim was the grandniece of Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas). More than a few analysts noted that countless regular Americans suffer similar abuse and humiliation every single day; virtually nothing is ever done.

Now, though, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are crying foul while demanding investigations. Rights activists from across the political spectrum, meanwhile, have jumped on the opportunity to rein in the federal abuses once and for all.

According to official documents obtained by reporter Scott MacFarlane with an Atlanta TV news station, the girl was traveling to Australia on a trip with her classmates at Southwest Christian School in Texas. An internal investigation by TSA noted that after being selected for “secondary screening” and a so-called “pat-down,” which critics regularly equate with sexual molestation and assault, the screener "removed minor passenger from the corral." Yes, the report uses the word corral, defined as an enclosure or pen for domesticated animals.

The girl was not offered a “private screening,” the report noted, though passengers often prefer to be screened publicly anyway to ensure that there are witnesses to the controversial procedure in case of extraordinarily inappropriate fondling or other incidents. As the teen was enduring a “pat-down of the stomach area,” the top of her dress came loose and slipped down to her stomach, according to the internal investigation at least, revealing her breasts to everyone in the vicinity. Analysts suggested the dress had actually been pulled down, a far more plausible scenario.

Surveillance cameras caught the humiliating event on film, but TSA claimed the footage was not good enough to determine whether its screener had “properly conducted” what commentators said sounded a lot like “sexual assault.” The girl’s chaperones, according to the report, became “visibly upset” about the event and notified her parents. On the following day, her father filed a formal complaint.

The incident happened at the international airport in Los Angeles (LAX) some two years ago. However, it came to light only in recent days after journalist MacFarlane obtained the internal TSA report about the investigation using the Freedom of Information Act. When the findings were publicized, outrage quickly ensued.

News of the scandal has since gone viral, attracting headlines across America and beyond. Major press outlets from the United Kingdom to Iran have also covered the resulting uproar. Meanwhile, countless victims of TSA abuses took the opportunity to vent their fury in online comment sections over the lawless but routine violations of the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

Rep. Hall, describing the incident as “brutal” and saying his grandniece had been “badly mistreated,” called on the TSA to fire the screener responsible for exposing his relative’s body at the airport. The 17-term congressman from Texas is also seeking a proper federal investigation of the incident, according to news reports.

“We have no desire to revive a painful event of the past, one that we abandoned any effort for litigation for privacy reasons,” Hall said in a statement quoted in the press. “We did not want to hurt our niece any more than she had already been hurt.”

Other lawmakers have also entered the fray. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), for example, contacted the massive screening bureaucracy to ask for a review and to express concerns about “potentially invasive screenings.” Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California, whose district includes LAX, also complained to TSA about the suffering and humiliation endured by her colleague’s young relative.

It is also not the first time lawmakers have had unpleasant experiences with the TSA. Earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) missed a flight to Washington, D.C., after being detained by screeners for refusing a full-body pat-down. The incident happened at the Nashville, Tennessee, airport when a so-called “naked-body scanner” found some sort of alleged “anomaly” around the conservative senator’s knee.

Sen. Paul’s father Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a hero to millions of Americans for his devotion to liberty and the Constitution, has been a foe of the TSA and its lawless abuses from the start. “Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?” the congressman wondered in his farewell address this month. “Victims of TSA excesses never consented to this abuse.”

Last year, meanwhile, a congressional report determined that despite squandering close to $60 billion in taxpayer funds on the TSA, screening is based on “theatrics” and has failed to catch a single terrorist. Passengers and crew, the investigation found, are actually the most effective line of defense. Ironically, perhaps, the explosive report said air travel is no safer now than it was before September 11, 2001.

The out-of-control agency has become “an enormous, inflexible and distracted bureaucracy, more concerned with human resource management and consolidating power,” according to the report, released in November of 2011. “Today, TSA's screening policies are based in theatrics. They are typical, bureaucratic responses to failed security policies meant to assuage the concerns of the traveling public.”

This week, a stinging investigation by Charles Kenny, a fellow at the Center for Global Development and the New America Foundation, found that the TSA actually makes air travel less safe. Still, despite the facts and the growing surge of public revulsion, the Department of Homeland Security continues purporting to usurp new powers for itself, with the TSA still seeking to expand its “mission” far beyond the confines of “corrals” at airport terminals.

In typical fashion, the widely loathed screening agency attempted to blame the teenage victim after the latest scandal exploded into the global press, claiming the girl’s dress being too loose was the problem — not the molestation. “We regret that the incident of more than two years ago was one that caused embarrassment to the young lady; however, an investigation concluded that the event was accidental,” TSA claimed in a statement cited in media reports.

According to the official report about the internal investigation, the bureaucrat responsible for disrobing the girl was “counseled on the expectation of our agency for professionalism and customer service.” By “customers,” TSA was presumably referring to its hapless victims who are lawlessly forced to submit to the violation of their rights in order to board an airplane, and more recently, sometimes even a bus or train.

Aside from the wanton violations of Americans’ constitutionally guaranteed, unalienable rights, the TSA has also refused to respect federal court decisions. In August, for instance, a U.S. appeals court demanded that the agency promptly explain its brazen failure to obey the law and a judicial order issued a year earlier.

With Americans across the political spectrum becoming increasingly outraged by TSA abuses, some state lawmakers are taking action. In Texas, for example, a bill to criminalize the “screening” procedures as sexual assault was passed overwhelmingly as Democrats and Republicans united to protect the rights of Texans.

Now, the celebrated Texas Travel Freedoom Act, HB 80, recently pre-filed by state Rep. David Simpson, aims to put an end to TSA lawlessness in the Lone Star State once and for all. Activists, however, are hoping to end the abuses nationwide, and with a congressman’s grandniece becoming the latest high-profile victim, analysts say achieving that goal just got a big boost. Indeed, the entire unconstitutional Department of Homeland Security is increasingly in the crosshairs, too.


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Texas, Attention!

Texas Bills Would Nullify NDAA's Indefinite Detention, TSA's Intrusive Screening

Rep. David Simpson and Rep. Lyle Larson introduced bills to remove the NDAA's indefinite detention provisions and to stop the TSA's intrusive searches.

Get the details!
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/13698-texas-bills-would-nullify-ndaas-indefinite-detention-tsas-intrusive-screening

1 posted on 11/28/2012 7:53:54 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

Wadda ya mean, “there’s no video”?!?!


2 posted on 11/28/2012 7:57:32 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: VitacoreVision

I was wondering why they would remove her bra in public. But it appears from the story that she was not wearing one.

Doesn’t excuse the TSA. Just answers the question.


3 posted on 11/28/2012 7:57:51 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

The girl was not offered a “private screening,” the report noted, though passengers often prefer to be screened publicly anyway to ensure that there are witnesses to the controversial procedure in case of extraordinarily inappropriate fondling or other incidents. As the teen was enduring a “pat-down of the stomach area,” the top of her dress came loose and slipped down to her stomach, according to the internal investigation at least, revealing her breasts to everyone in the vicinity. Analysts suggested the dress had actually been pulled down, a far more plausible scenario.


4 posted on 11/28/2012 8:07:34 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

What a bunch of boobs!


5 posted on 11/28/2012 8:08:14 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: VitacoreVision
If this happened to my family, no one would care.

But wait!! This happened -- to a family member of the political class?! That's not supposed to happen!! That is wrong!! Oh, someone is going to pay for this! You do not mess with the political elite!! They will crush you, you peasant!

6 posted on 11/28/2012 8:09:23 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: VitacoreVision

“The incident happened at the international airport in Los Angeles (LAX) some two years ago.”

What? And Hall is getting upset NOW?


7 posted on 11/28/2012 8:10:38 PM PST by DBrow
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To: VitacoreVision

8 posted on 11/28/2012 8:11:12 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: VitacoreVision

This kinda crap would cease if the wussified American public would stop flying and make it known to the airlines why.


9 posted on 11/28/2012 8:11:56 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: VitacoreVision

The TSA, and astronomical national debt, and entitlements are sure signs of a country and its people are voluntarily accepting slavery.


10 posted on 11/28/2012 8:12:09 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Today, I flew from Dallas to Newark with a layover in St. Louis. I was on American for the first leg and United for the last. Although I suffered no particular humiliation during the security checks, I was a bit taken aback by the fact that I had to exit Terminal C in St. Louis and re-enter Terminal A to catch the United flight, and had to pass through security again. According to one of the locals there, pre-9/11 there was a walkway between the terminals, but since then, changing terminals means taking off your shoes and belt and playing the TSA game a second time.


11 posted on 11/28/2012 8:14:02 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: VitacoreVision

For what the TSA costs, there could be an armed air marshal on every flight.


12 posted on 11/28/2012 8:16:58 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: VitacoreVision
Personnel conducting screens wear gloves. The screener probably dragged his/her hands down the torso, thus putting excessive tension on the top of the garment - pulling it down/off the shoulders. It is supposed to be a pat-down not heavy petting or a caress.
13 posted on 11/28/2012 8:17:59 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

This times 1000. It’s happening everyday and it’s only a story with the priviledged classes are affected. As long as it’s just the serfs is business as usual.


14 posted on 11/28/2012 8:24:22 PM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: VitacoreVision

Since this intrusive behavior has started, I vow never to board another plane except in a case of extreme emergency.

My motto is: if I can’t drive there, I won’t go there.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 8:24:25 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: VitacoreVision

TSA needs to be abolished


16 posted on 11/28/2012 8:25:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: biff

I too am amazed at who still flies. I simply don’t do cattle treatment, cattle prodding, cattle loading, short of impending death.

Fascinating to me the humans who tolerate it. The young never got to see flying done well, so they put up with anything. Scary.


17 posted on 11/28/2012 8:27:11 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: VitacoreVision

TSA = Touch Sexual Areas


18 posted on 11/28/2012 8:28:37 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: G Larry
C'mon.

Pictures. Now.

Or it didn't happen.

19 posted on 11/28/2012 8:30:16 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: VitacoreVision
the then-17-year-old victim was the grandniece of Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas).

Congressman Hall is the oldest serving Rep. A WW2 veteran, he started as a conservative Democrat in 1980, and has served ever since.

Hall switched parties in 2004. He voted against NAFTA. He voted for the Bush tax cuts. He voted for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Nothing is coincidence involving the Chicago Way. This was a message to Hall: "Resign. Today. Get it?"

20 posted on 11/28/2012 8:31:02 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: VitacoreVision

Jan the Man TSA pervert alert! Homeland inSecurity should be famous for it’s sexual pervert harassment policies and lawsuits.


21 posted on 11/28/2012 8:31:18 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: VitacoreVision

Let us not forget that we assured by Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY) that should Congress approve of federalizing the previously private security screeners, that they would be “more professional”.

Yes, they act like professional thugs. And it appears that TSA management wants it that way given how few complaints are accepted.


22 posted on 11/28/2012 8:36:26 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: PieterCasparzen
Air marshals are useless against a suicide bomber with a few ounces of high explosive. A bomb the size of a white-out bottle can bring down an airliner under the right circumstances. A bomb several times larger most definitely will.

I too hate the invasive searches but we face a quandary with public airliners. It only takes one fool with a package that can fit inside a shoe to bring one down.

IMO, they need to focus more on systems that scan to only detect explosives rather than showing every single physical object on one’s body or bag. It can easily be done for bags but scanning people is another story.

Also, more profiling. Not simply for appearance, but mainly how a person responds to simple questions. The Israelis for example simply ask “name, origin and destination?” while holding your ID and boarding pass. If you hesitate or give the wrong information to such a simple question, they check you further.

23 posted on 11/28/2012 8:39:12 PM PST by varyouga
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To: VitacoreVision

Hypocritical congressmen. No complaints unless it’s one of their own that suffers.


24 posted on 11/28/2012 8:41:38 PM PST by PAR35
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To: basil

I vow not to fly again, either. ANYONE I want to see or ANYTHING I want to do is within driving distance.


25 posted on 11/28/2012 8:45:51 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: lightman
The sad part is that Rep. Ralph Hall supported the "Homeland Security Act," which created the TSA.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2002/roll367.xml

Awesome job Rep. Ralph Hall!
26 posted on 11/28/2012 8:51:25 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

The soft tyranny continues with hardly any complaints. Perhaps there will be some action when the TSA starts searching bus and train passengers. Wait a minute they have already done that. Maybe when the TSA has checkpoints on the major interstates then we’ll see some resistance. On the other hand I believe the incremental removal of freedoms will go on unabated.


27 posted on 11/28/2012 9:00:25 PM PST by soupbone1
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To: biff

I used to travel every week on Southwest which is my preferred airline but haven’t flown anywhere for the last two years. Received a “we miss you” email from Southwest and told them I’d return when TSA was gone. Sent copy to everyone on their board and airport managers everywhere in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arizona which are serviced by Southwest. Our family drives everywhere on business and for pleasure or we don’t go. Makes for some very long trips but I refuse to be a participant in their gropeathon and thuggery.


28 posted on 11/28/2012 9:22:30 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

ditto.


29 posted on 11/28/2012 9:34:35 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: basil

Same here. I never liked flying anyway, the sexual assault “safety” procedures just cinched it. Not being a male who appears Muslim, I’d be a likely target for intrusive “security” measures. This is one of the many ways political correctness is eroding our freedom.


30 posted on 11/28/2012 9:37:50 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: VitacoreVision

Grope & tell.


31 posted on 11/28/2012 9:46:54 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Oh! I thought it was a pet-down!
32 posted on 11/28/2012 9:50:00 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: VitacoreVision
It is also not the first time lawmakers have had unpleasant experiences with the TSA. Earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) missed a flight to Washington, D.C., after being detained by screeners for refusing a full-body pat-down. The incident happened at the Nashville, Tennessee, airport when a so-called “naked-body scanner” found some sort of alleged “anomaly” around the conservative senator’s knee.

Aaaaaaaand, of course, the follow up is not to look at the bare knee. That would be way too common sense.

33 posted on 11/28/2012 9:53:41 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: VitacoreVision

Thank you for the TSA, GW Bush. What a wonderful thing you gave us.

With Conservatives like Baby Bush, who needs enemies?


34 posted on 11/28/2012 9:55:32 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I have always said that they make laws when tragedy befalls them much quicker than when the plebs are forced to suffer the same fate for usually a much longer period of time.

Egregious violations like this go on until someone that matters (political elites) are forced to deal with the consequences of bad policy/law directly.


35 posted on 11/28/2012 10:20:40 PM PST by jurroppi1
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

You’re going to love Jeb in 2016.


36 posted on 11/28/2012 10:26:28 PM PST by EEGator
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To: billorites
C'mon.

Pictures. Now.

Or it didn't happen.

The teenager involved in this incident was only 17 years old at the time. This means that any photos or video taken while the teenager's breasts were exposed is considered child pornography. Do you really want to view child pornography?

37 posted on 11/28/2012 10:31:12 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Isabel C.

boys will be boys, unfortunately... sometimes they need their mouth washed with soap


38 posted on 11/28/2012 10:40:14 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: basil
Since this intrusive behavior has started, I vow never to board another plane except in a case of extreme emergency. My motto is: if I can’t drive there, I won’t go there.

Ditto.

39 posted on 11/28/2012 10:48:15 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: varyouga

I would rather see entire 747s blown to smithereens by terrorists than to see my entire nation being marched into bondage on the excuse of terrorism.

I would rather see entire bus loads of Kindergarteners vaporized by IEDs than see my entire nation shred the constitution, and surrendered into Marxist oppression by the 51% who pay no taxes and surrender their liberty for security at breakneck pace.

Terrorist can only destroy so many people so fast. Few here few there. Far far less than die in car accidents each year. Socialism is destroying our nation and depriving us our freedom.

Much better a random terrorist gets through. Much much better we were all armed so very few random terrorists ever get through.


40 posted on 11/28/2012 11:02:21 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: VitacoreVision

TSA - pedophiles and molesters now get paid and it is legal!


41 posted on 11/28/2012 11:14:14 PM PST by TheDon (In 2012, American voters chose European style big gov't.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

And if there IS security screening, have it remotely make sense. Dogs for bombs. Profiling for mules. We won’t do it because we want so much not to be “unfair” to clueless Muslims.


42 posted on 11/28/2012 11:18:20 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I was wondering why they would remove her bra in public. But it appears from the story that she was not wearing one.

Doesn’t excuse the TSA. Just answers the question.

A lot of sundresses have them(bras) built in so the person doesn't have to have additional bra straps showing. So it doesn't mean she wasn't properly attired.

43 posted on 11/28/2012 11:24:05 PM PST by Smittie
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To: VitacoreVision

Surely this TSA child sexual abuser is headed to prison! I would say for at least 30 years. Well if he/she were any place other than TSA they would!

They have mothballed hundreds of those scanners, the company that made them lied about how safe they are.


44 posted on 11/29/2012 12:15:19 AM PST by buffyt (Glowbull Warming the Greatest Hoax ever perpetrated on Mankind! since Y2K & Glowbull Cooling!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Rape the citizens, but don’t dare offend the moose!


45 posted on 11/29/2012 12:20:41 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I got a heavy petting by a TSA woman who was very butch. Makes me nauseated when I remember it and there was no offer of a private screening. but then again i don’t think i would want to be alone with Her! LOL Gross old hag.


46 posted on 11/29/2012 12:24:53 AM PST by buffyt (Glowbull Warming the Greatest Hoax ever perpetrated on Mankind! since Y2K & Glowbull Cooling!)
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To: VitacoreVision
What does government do right? Not much as socialism doesn't work.

This tyrannical government keeps growing as we become slaves . and stupid democrats voted in this communist tyrant Obama to make us slaves. I hate democrats

47 posted on 11/29/2012 12:38:08 AM PST by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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To: SaraJohnson

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/tsa-equipment-warehouses-dallas_n_1502993.html

TSA Equipment Worth $184 Million Warehoused, House Panel Says

WASHINGTON — Thousands of pieces of security equipment that cost taxpayers an estimated $184 million and were supposed to be installed at airport checkpoints to screen passengers are collecting dust in government warehouses, a joint congressional panel reported Wednesday.

“Airport Insecurity: TSA’s Failure to Cost-Effectively Procure, Deploy and Warehouse its Screening Technologies” details how 85 percent of about 5,700 security units is warehoused at a Transportation Security Administration facility in Dallas. Annual storage costs at the Transportation Logistics Center, the report noted, top $3.5 million annually.

The investigative report was produced by the Republican staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired By Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, headed by Rep. John Mica of Florida.

“TSA continues to demonstrate its penchant for bungling aviation security and wasting taxpayers’ money,” Mica said at a hearing on the report Wednesday. “The CIA uncovered terrorists’ latest modified underwear bomb plot, but TSA has repeatedly failed to effectively procure and deploy screening equipment that actually detects threats, and incredible amounts of its state-of-the-art technology is gathering dust in Texas warehouses. Significant reform is necessary to transform this bloated and inefficient bureaucracy into the effective security agency it needs to be.”

“Money spent on equipment sitting in a warehouse in excess is money not spent on the front lines,” said Issa. “This is not a security operation, but rather a recipe for waste and abuse.”

According to the committee’s report, as of Feb. 15, 2012:

•About 85 percent of the approximately 5,700 pieces of security equipment was stored for longer than six months; 35 percent had been stored for more than one year. One piece of equipment had been in storage more than six years.
•There were 472 carry-on baggage screening machines in the warehouse, 34 percent of which had been stored for longer than a year.
•The committee estimated the delayed deployment of TSA equipment “has resulted in a massive depreciated loss of equipment utility at an estimated cost to taxpayers of nearly $23 million.”
•TSA had 1,462 explosive-trace detectors worth nearly $44 million in storage, far more than it could use in the 463 airports where TSA provides screening operations. When asked why the agency bought so many, agency officials said they needed that many in order to get a discount.
The 22-page committee report said the TSA “intentionally delayed Congressional oversight of the Transportation Logistics Center (TLC) and provided inaccurate, incomplete, and potentially misleading information to Congress in order to conceal the agency’s continued mismanagement of warehouse operations.” It said the TLC tried to hide roughly 1,300 pieces of screening equipment from congressional investigators and provided staffers with a list of disposed items “that falsely identified disposal dates and directly contradicted the inventory of equipment” in a report to committee staff.

The committee made a series of recommendations to TSA aimed at ensuring equipment is actually needed before it is purchased.

The TSA defended buying equipment in bulk, saying it saved taxpayers money and that machines have been kept in warehouses at times because airports weren’t ready to accept them. The agency said as of Wednesday there are only two AIT machines in storage.

“TSA is responsible for deploying and operating state-of-the-art security technology at over 450 airports across the nation. To fulfill its security responsibilities, TSA rapidly deploys technology to respond to changing threat information, and stand-up operations in locations affected by natural disasters and other crises,” said TSA spokesman Matthew Chandler.

“These factors and others require the agency to have a steady inventory of technology available to prevent supply disruptions from compromising aviation security. The overwhelming majority of all screening equipment that is currently in storage (nearly 80 percent) has been warehoused for less than a year,” he said. “After technology is tested, TSA must fulfill a number of requirements prior to deploying machines, such as establishing sufficient and qualified staff to operate the new equipment and ensuring the assigned airport has the infrastructure in place to accept it.”


48 posted on 11/29/2012 12:46:13 AM PST by buffyt (Glowbull Warming the Greatest Hoax ever perpetrated on Mankind! since Y2K & Glowbull Cooling!)
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To: VitacoreVision

How dare you treat someone important like a commoner!


49 posted on 11/29/2012 1:16:49 AM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

‘TSA - Touch Sexual Area’

LOL!
Can’t believe I didn’t think of that!
Because I can ‘see’ things long before anyone within my family, and circle of friends.

TSA - it’s so obvious - !


50 posted on 11/29/2012 3:46:15 AM PST by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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