What Freedom Of The Press? (My Latest TSA Complaint)
I just filed this at their website:
My boyfriend was told he had to stop videotaping the TSA officer giving me a "pat-down" (ie, groping my breasts, hair, and near my vagina) at the New Orleans airport on Sunday, July 24, at approximately 6 am.
The man (who stopped him) was a dark-haired thin man standing on the other side (the exit side) of the screening. I am a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and I blog about TSA issues, and my boyfriend was taking the video to post on my site, and as evidence of the Fourth Amendment violation that goes on every time I am groped as a condition of normal business travel.
(The fact that I needed to go to a newspaper conference in New Orleans, and then fly home to Los Angeles, is not probable cause.)
Please note that this complaint is a vociferous objection to the officer's violation of my First Amendment rights, and the very necessary freedom of the press to protect what rights that still remain. Too many TSA workers seem to think they are members of an army in some banana republic.
I unfortunately was not able to get the officer's name because my boyfriend was disturbed because I was sobbing due to the vile touching of my sexual parts, inside my waistband -- and my HAIR! -- as a form of blackmail to be allowed to travel.
But, this officer should be clearly visible on videotape of the screening travesty, telling my tall, white boyfriend to put away his iPhone that he was using to videotape. (I'm a tall, pale white redheaded woman and I was all in black, in a short sleeve shirt and long pants, with my hair in a ponytail.) The screener was a short black woman. I wept as she violated me.