New Jersey moves to ban TSA scanners and sexually invasive frisks

“Is that a Pistole in your pocket, Nappy, or are you just happy to see us?

By Rady Ananda

In response to public and pilot outrage at sexual assault by transportation security authorities and to the carcinogenic x-ray machines used to scan flyers, New Jersey lawmakers announced on Monday the introduction of several resolutions banning such practices. Additionally, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security is holding a Transportation Security Administration Oversight Hearing today (10 AM Wednesday).

While Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano seems deaf to public outrage, New Jersey lawmakers are not. Below is the video of the press conference held on Monday:

Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, noted:

“In England where they spent about a third of all [their] security budget on video surveillance, there is study after study after study that shows that those who observe the surveillance are tracked to look at pretty girls’ special parts, and to use those kinds of technologies to essentially violate women’s privacy, or children’s or boys’ or whoever we might be looking at.

“The same danger exists here, and that’s something we should be aware of. It’s been absolutely consistent in the tests. Some jurisdictions have even stopped using these technologies.”

Assembly member Valerie Vanieri Huttle noted, “England repealed these procedures after four years.”

New Jersey’s bills SR91 and AR127 urge the Transportation Security Administration to terminate recent changes to its procedure for conducting pat down searches at airport checkpoints.

Huttle acknowledged what many people understand: These pat down procedures cause psychological trauma, as we saw in the video of three-year-old Mandy Simon who screamed in terror, “Stop touching me!” (That video has since been pulled by CW-39.com, a Houston, Texas news station. Mandy’s father, Steve Simon, works as a reporter for CW-39.)

Midwives believe that trauma can cause a baby to turn breach. In 2002, Nicholas Monahan recounted the traumatic experience he and his pregnant wife endured at the hands of airport security in Portland, Oregon. His wife burst into tears after TSA agents exposed and fondled her breasts. He was then arrested when he reacted in anger, and later convicted of a misdemeanor and fined. He concludes:

“I can never prove that my child went breech because of what happened to us at the airport. But I’ll always believe it. Wrongly or rightly, I’ll forever think of how this man, the personification of this system, has affected the lives of my family and me. When my wife is sliced open, I’ll be thinking of him. When they remove her uterus from her abdomen and lay it on her stomach, I’ll be thinking of him. When I visit her and my child in the hospital instead of having them with me here in our home, I’ll be thinking of him. When I assist her to the bathroom while the incision heals internally, I’ll be thinking of him.

“… There is now a division between the citizenry and the state. When that state is used as a tool against me, there is no longer any reason why I should owe any allegiance to that state. And that’s the first thing that child of ours is going to learn.”

Huttle, along with Assembly Members, Alison Little McHose, John DiMaio and Erik Peterson, also introduced SCR135 and ACR160, which call on Congress and the President to address concerns raised by advanced imaging technology employed at airports or to discontinue their use.

At the press conference, Senator Diane Allen focused on the dangers of radiation. “Certain Americans, including cancer patients and survivors who are being treated or have been treated with radiation therapy are told by their doctors to avoid unnecessary exposure to additional radiation. As a cancer survivor myself, the new imaging equipment used for full body scans concerns me greatly. The U.S. government has not provided adequate information on the potential health impacts of these machines- to say nothing of the invasive nature of the alternative presented to passengers.”

She emphasized that “David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University has in fact said it is likely that at least some people who are exposed to the new scanners will develop cancer as a result, with frequent fliers and children among the most susceptible.”

Several lawsuits have already been filed, as Paul Joseph Watson reported today. One case involves “a woman who had her blouse pulled down in full public view by TSA goons who then proceeded to laugh and joke about her exposed breasts.”

Watson uncovered that 2002 report, as well other lawsuits: one in Miami and one by pilots. John Tyner, of “don’t touch my junk” fame, told Alex Jones he will countersue TSA if they pursue their $10,000 fine against him.

At a Monday press conference, Federal Security Director Mike Aguilar, TSA director for San Diego, promised to prosecute Tyner for his refusal to submit to the carcinogenic body scanner as well as  sexual assault.

TSA chief John Pistole would only say, “If somebody doesn’t go through proper security screening, they’re not going to go on the flight.”

Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, so far has refused to hear the public outrage at her invasive and perverted procedures.

On November 24, flyers are urged to Opt Out of the body scan.

H/T BrassCheck TV and FlyerTalk.com.

17 responses to “New Jersey moves to ban TSA scanners and sexually invasive frisks

  1. Good article Rady – It’s so important that we see some push back on this.

    had to blog it:

    TSA In Violation of US Constitution

  2. Good article Rady – thanks.

  3. it’s good news… states are fighting back, serving the People, as well as the travel industry.

  4. Good news, I hope it all manages to go forward. With Feds in charge of the FAA and “Homeland” Security, they might easily trump state laws however.

    • yeah, history is going to repeat itself… states rights trump the fed, but everyone seems to have reversed that

      we’re going to have to go to the mat; there’s no way around what these nazis are pulling

  5. boomerangcomesback

    I would like to see the backlash against Terrorism Systems Associates (TSA), swim right up the pee stream like that fearful little South American fish that launches itself out of the rivers and streams and swims up a mammals urination stream, then lodging inside the urethra of Chertoff! A fitting karmic turn-about for a man responsible for inflicting so much pain in the name of “protection”. He holds a dual passport with Israel. Funny…that he advocates such a different set of airport security measures in the U.S. versus what I have read here on COTO2 concerning Israel’s choice for the more successful “observation” techniques.

    No surprise, eh?

  6. boomerangcomesback

    Here’s the link concerning Chertoff’s “interest” in pushing overt security measures in the U.S.:

    http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=187745

    Have a nice day.

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  8. Rady,

    We have those damn scanners up here in Canada as well. I don’t know about the invasive pat damn, but the scanners are bad enough. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website:

    “Dozens of body scanners will be installed in Canadian airports to comply with new U.S. security protocols, the federal government confirmed Tuesday.

    Rob Merrifield, minister of state for transport, said 44 scanners ordered on Tuesday will be used on passengers selected for secondary screening at Canadian airports.

    CBC News has confirmed that the machines, which can scan through clothing, be installed in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

    The system, tested over the last year in British Columbia at the Kelowna Airport, allows a screening officer to see whether someone is carrying plastic explosives or other dangerous items.

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/01/05/security-canada-us-airport.html#ixzz15bRrA4k9 …”

    Regards

  9. Freudian slip; “pat down”, not “pat damn”.

    • ROFL.. thanks for the heads up. I’ll fix it now

      • oh, that’s YOUR goof… best to leave it cuz it’s funny

        lol

        re in Canada too — all over the Western World. I sure hope Canadians reject it immediately and not wait a number of years like we did.

        it’s the slow boiling frog syndrome… they chipped away at our privacy in so many subtle ways over so many years that finally, a man goes on TV complaining about what just happened to his 3-year old daughter, while his wife holds the child to be molested. The father’s complaint was that the TSA didn’t use pillow talk, i guess?

        Here, little girl, let me feel you up for weapons. It won’t hurt. Want a lollipop?

        THEN, after he hears reaction from the public, it sinks in what a freakin slave he was to allow that, and so he pulls the video.

        At about a minute into this video is the video of that incident:

  10. GREAT article Rady. And HOORAY for NEW JERSEY and those brave legislators. Finally, someone who’s been elected actually working FOR the people. When I have to fly next, they’ll be sorry they ever saw the backside of me! To the mat indeed. Chertoff’s jerkoffs will be astounded at this woman! And I want to commend Mr. Tyner for his dedicated counter-assualt on da’ Man. We should all be ready, if necessary, to contribute to his legal fees, and possibly make it a class action suit against the Fed. (btw, LOVEd your subtitle, rotflmao at Pistole!)

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  12. Pure crap…and she doesn’t make sweeping generalized accusations without any examples, as you do. If you don’t like the site David, you don’t need to stop by.

    • that guy “david” has gone on all my websites today with his rants. I’ve tried banning him via wordpress software, but it doesn’t seem to be working.

      I suspect this is a jilted lover

      lol

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