Finally: Aggressive TSA Groping At Denver Airport Leads To Sexual Assault Investigation By Police
It is coercive sexual touching that so many of us have been forced to go through simply to board a plane to complete business travel, go on vacation, or see Granny: "Let the government thug grope your sex parts or you can't board your plane."
I had hoped to bring sexual assault charges against the various thugs who groped me, but I was told that it probably wouldn't fly in Los Angeles.
Well, Brian Maass writes at CBS Denver that somebody has finally been successful at getting a sexual assault investigation instituted against a groping TSA thug.
Denver police have initiated a sexual assault investigation focused on Transportation Security Administration officers at a checkpoint at Denver International Airport. It comes after a Colorado woman filed a complaint saying the frisking she received amounted to a sexual assault.
"It's an open and active investigation," Denver police spokesperson Sonny Jackson said. "We take all complaints seriously and we are on this case as well. We have launched an investigation into it."
The criminal probe stems from a complaint filed by Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, who was patted down by TSA agents on Dec. 26 as she was escorting her 13-year-old daughter to a flight bound for Philadelphia. Steenhoek was not flying, just getting her daughter to the gate.
"I feel like someone who works for a powerful agency that we are afraid of used their power to violate me sexually -- to put me in my place," said Steenhoek, a working mother for a county social services department. Steenhoke is also a full time college student.
...She said she was ushered into a small private room at the TSA checkpoint with her daughter watching from a few feet away.
"They told me to spread my arms and spread my feet."
She said the female TSA agent seemed to get agitated when Steenhoek tried to hurry the process along so she could get her daughter to her plane.
"At that point she did a pretty invasive search. They are just areas of the body I'm not comfortable being touched in. On the outside of my pants she cupped my crotch. I was uncomfortable with that."
Steenhoek said the agent repeatedly dug her fingers into Steenhoek's armpits.
"The part of the search that bothered most was the breast search. You could tell it shouldn't take that much groping. To me it was as extensive as an exam from my physician -- full touching and grabbing in the front. I felt uncomfortable, I felt violated."
She said when the search turned up nothing, the agent repeated it a second time.
"So it didn't make any sense. The whole search was done over and more touching and grabbing than the first time."
The administrative end-run around the Constitution that has us all being treated like plausible suspects plotting terrorism is absolutely wrong -- has no place in a free society and is damaging to the maintenance of our civil liberties.
Every person who stands up to the TSA, who speaks out, who challenges their thuggish power grabs and genital grabs in the name of security -- when it is anything but -- is a friend to civil liberties and all of us.
Never, never allow them to violate you in a private room.