San Diego Air Traveler Opts Out Of Peepshow Scanner And Groping, Threatened With $10K Fine Unless He Submits
Via BoingBoing, the man tells the screener he'll have him arrested if he tries to grab his "junk":
Let's have more like this guy, who said about the sexual assault they told him he'd have to endure, "What they're doing here would be illegal if they weren't the government."
This screening isn't making us safer (it won't catch contraband you stuff up your butt or your coochie); it's just making us better sheep. If you like democracy and freedom, that should worry you -- lots.
Cory Doctorow writes at BoingBoing about the aftermath of the guy's refusal:
After faffing around with various supervisors and supervisors' supervisors, he opted not to fly, collected a refund from the American Airlines counter, and started to leave the airport. But before he could go, the supervisor's supervisor's supervisor told him he wasn't allowed to leave the checkpoint once he entered it, that he was already in for up to $10,000 in fines, and that he would have to return and allow the man's minons to palpate his genitals before he'd be allowed to leave the airport. After he objected, he was left cooling his heels for a long time. Finally, he asked if he was under arrest, and being told that he wasn't, but that he would be sued for $10K if he tried to go, he said, "you bring that suit" and left. Most of the incident was recorded on his phone, and has been posted to YouTube.
We have every right -- and a responsibility -- to question government power grabs like this. Speaking of which, here's tape of a gutsy guy named Sam Dodson at Detroit Metro, in three parts:
As Dodson points out in the video, the peepshow scanner watcher job is the perfect one for the pedophile who has yet to be caught.
Report your (officially sanctioned) sexual assault by #TSA employees here:
UPDATE: The guy's whole story is here.