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Dana Loesch Molested By TSA Agents in Phoenix

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Yesterday afternoon Dana Loesch was traveling home from Ariziona when the TSA agents in terminal 4 at the Airport forced her to into a private room where for “enhanced screening.” She asked that the screening be done in public so everyone could see what was being done…they refused and even slammed the door on her husband Chris who was secretly filming the proceedings.

This is how Dana described the story:

It began after I was “randomly selected” for an additional screening which consisted of swabbing my hands with paper strips. The strips were then taken to a machine for analysis and an alarm sounded. TSA agents determined that I had a suspicious, possibly explosive, residue on my hands and required another, “enhanced screening.” (Read here why these tests are unreliable).

I was, of course, aggravated, as we arrived two hours early and already 15 minutes had gone by due to the amount of time I had to wait on agents and the swab. During this time an elderly gentleman behind me and in front of my husband was forced to stand (despite having to use a cane and being unable to do so well alone) and not permitted to lean on anything or given a wheelchair, despite my husband requesting one.

The agents finally gathered my belongings and led me away from the populated security lines to a more secluded area near the private rooms. I asked twice for a public screening and was denied.

They performed the regular pat-down and then the agent informed me that she would be using the front of her hands to “sweep” my groin. She pressed and swept across my crotch three times horizontally and three times vertically. In any other circumstance this would be sexual assault.

The agents themselves were friendly and smiled, yet I was still denied a public screening and no witness of my own present for the screening itself (a second agent was in the room at the time). I had no reason to be angry with the agents themselves, yet I was angry, and still am, at the regulations which require them to routinely violate men, women, and children in the name of a false sense of security.

Read about my similar experience with Providence, RI’s TSA here.

After concluding that I wasn’t a terrorist hiding weapons in my vagina, the TSA agents allowed me to go. They also gave me information about pre-check, which they said would help me avoid such procedures.

Unfortunately, pre-check isn’t available in all airports and innocent Americans shouldn’t be subjected to a full FBI check simply to board a plane.

Folks this is not a matter of security,  I have flown on El Al without ever having my crotch patted down (I cannot say the same about flying on US Airlines).  As the video above states, call your congressman/senator today because there is nothing in the constitution about being groped. 

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    • Anonymous

      This is reprehensible. They have molested three other passengers in the past week.

      Last week breast cancer survivor, Marcia Deitrick, was molested by TSA in Kansas City last week and was refused a private pat down. A few days later a dying leukemia patient, Michelle Dunaj, was forced to lift her blouse and remove her bandages to expose a feeding tube in full view of other passengers even though she repeatedly requested that she be taken to a private area.

      A male passenger, Steven deForest, opted out of the scanner in Las Vegas and was smacked in the testicle by an irate TSA screener in retaliation.

      Two weeks ago an ABC sting operation resulted in the arrest of TSA screener Andy Ramirez who stole the iPad from an Orlando checkpoint.

      One week earlier, TSA screener at Ft. Lauderdale, Andrew Smeal, was arrested for child pornography. He had been hired by TSA a month before while he was under investigation by the FBI. Clearly TSA is not properly investigating employees.

      Former TSA screener, Pythias Brown, told ABC News that theft is rampant at TSA and is accepted within the agency.

      There were 101 TSA workers arrested in the last 24 months including 13 arrested for child sex crimes, over 28 for theft, 12 for smuggling contraband through security and one for murder.

      TSA allows a known pedophile, Thomas Harkins to remain employed as a TSA Supervisor in Philadelphia five months after his past was exposed. What kind of agency turns a known child molester loose on our children?

      Does anyone really feel safer having people who will rub stranger’s genitals in public every day for $15 an hour in charge of security?

      In 2008 no one would have believed that people would allow a stranger to view a naked image of their child or permit the equivalent of a mall cop to rub their child’s privates in the middle of an airport. TSA must be replaced and those responsible for this travesty prosecuted.

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