Wednesday, November 10, 2010




EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda Leader Dined at the Pentagon Just Months After 9/11
By Catherine Herridge Published October 20, 2010|

TSA: No Fondling, Groping Or Squeezing Is Taking Place At Airports
Paul Joseph Watson November 10, 2010

Despite multiple reports of TSA agents groping, molesting and sexually assaulting passengers in a nationwide epidemic of abuse, a website claims that there are no instances of groping or even squeezing occurring at all, and that TSA agents are completely professional in their duties.The denial appears on the website, an official Transport Security Administration clearinghouse for news about the TSA and airport security.After being asked the question, Why are you posting about this and not about TSA’s ongoing sexual assault on travelers who don’t wish to be irradiated by untested machines run by poorly trained screening clerks?, Bob the TSA blogger responds with the following.There is no fondling, squeezing, groping, or any sort of sexual assault taking place at airports. You have a professional workforce carrying out procedures they were trained to perform to keep aviation security safe.This claim is of course a flagrant lie designed to quell the massive backlash against invasive new airport security measures which is being led by numerous prominent travel and pilots associations.New TSA pat down measures introduced at the end of last month for people who refuse the dangerous naked body scan involve TSA agents using the front of their hands and literally cupping and squeezing women’s breasts and men’s testicles. As USA Today reported last week, The searches require screeners to touch passengers’ breasts and genitals.

The video below demonstrates the procedure.

The photograph linked here also clearly shows a TSA agent fondling a women’s breasts. Another image linked here shows a TSA agent fondling an elderly woman’s breasts.As ExpressJet Airlines pilot Michael Roberts recently told CNN, during the multiple times he was able to bypass airport security he witnessed passengers being aggressively groped and fondled. They’re not just patting people’s arms and legs, they’re grabbing and groping and prodding, said Roberts.Writing about his own treatment, Roberts relates the story of how he was interrogated and eventually had his job placed under threat after refusing to be groped by TSA agents.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that sexual molestation of airport passengers is only a recent phenomenon. Back in 2002, we covered the story of how Nicholas Monahan’s pregnant wife feared losing her baby after a traumatic experience during which her breasts were fondled aggressively by TSA workers and she was made to lift her skirt in front of hundreds of other passengers. Monahan was subsequently thrown in the airport jail for complaining about the brutal treatment of his wife which left her in tears.One of our own employees was also subject to sexual molestation at the hands of a male TSA worker, who groped and fondled her breasts and genitals, before attempting to do the same to her 8-year-old daughter.

The ritual abuse and humiliation of innocent passengers at the hands of TSA thugs has been going on for at least nine years. We hear stories just about every week from people who go through traumatic and degrading experiences at the hands of low grade morons in TSA uniforms.The TSA blogger claims that the agency displays the characteristics of a professional workforce. If you consider screaming I am god, I’m in charge,as one TSA agent at LAX did earlier this year, or if you consider TSA colleagues taunting their co-worker about the size of his penis after he passed through a body scanner as professional,then you also probably think that discriminating against the elderly and disabled by subjecting them to intense harassment and debasement, while physically attacking women, is also perfectly reasonable.

Pulling down disabled men’s pants to reveal their underwear in public view, stripping teenage girls with prosthetic legs, and making women pull out their nipple rings with pliers is also entirely professional according to the TSA.To claim that the TSA is a professional body could not be further from the truth. This is a cadre of mental incompetents, perverts and jackboots who get off on sexually molesting, interrogating and abusing mainly women, children and the elderly. Now that their reputation has been torn to shreds and a huge resistance is building against airport tyranny, TSA apologists are being forced to lie and spin the manifestly provable fact that travelers are now being subjected to abusive so-called pat-down procedures that would be considered too extreme for most prison inmates.

Airport screeners get more aggressive with pat-downs
Updated 11/2/2010 11:16 AM Enlarge By Tim Dillon, USA TODAY

Matt Bulgur, a supervisor for theTSA at Dulles Airport, pats down a passenger after the X-ray machine turned up something questionable.By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The government's aggressive new pat-down searches at airports are raising privacy concerns and dividing frequent fliers.Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screeners last week began more aggressively patting down airline passengers as a matter of policy across the country. The agency calls it one of its several layers of security to keep travelers safe.Pat downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives, the agency says.The new searches are done with screeners' hands sliding over a passenger's body. However, the searches require screeners to touch passengers' breasts and genitals. And that's prompting some fliers and the American Civil Liberties Union to question the policy's intrusiveness and effectiveness.Frequent business traveler Richard Boyd of Beverly Hills says the pat downs serve no real purpose.It's another TSA delusion of enhancing security, Boyd says.It will accomplish nothing other than adding to a traveler's frustration and time required to clear security. It should be abandoned before implemented.Pat-down searches are used when a passenger sets off a metal detector, chooses not to go through a full-body scanning machine or the machine detects something suspicious.

Invasive techniques

Frequent flier Leslie Ashor says she advocates anything that keeps us safe, but she's concerned about a search she underwent Thursday at Denver's airport.I stood there thinking that this is somewhat humiliating, even though I didn't know all the people around me, says Ashor, an architect from San Diego. As a woman, it is somewhat unnerving to have someone touching you in these areas in full public view.

The TSA has private screening areas, but Ashor says she doesn't opt to use them to save time.An effective pat down has to be invasive and touch both breasts and genitals, says Billie Vincent, a former security director for the Federal Aviation Administration. It is clearly a technique that most people would consider an invasion of their privacy.Vincent says the new procedures were instituted because the TSA wants to make pat downs as effective as the full-body scanning machines.The machines — considered by some fliers to be virtual strip searches — were installed at many airports in March after a Christmas Day airline bombing attempt. The TSA plans to have about 1,000 installed by the end of next year.Chris Calabrese, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, says the more aggressive pat downs should be stopped until a thorough analysis of the policy is done.Are we giving people two intolerable actions at airports? Calabrese asks. They can be virtually strip-searched or endure a really aggressive grope?

The TSA says privacy is an important consideration and stresses that the searches are done by personnel of the same gender as passengers.We look to ensure people's privacy while ensuring the skies are safe, says TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball.The more aggressive pat-down procedures were tested this summer at airports in Boston and Las Vegas before implementation at all airports. The new pat-down method is as ineffective as any other method they use, says flier Patrick Mathiowetz of Middleton, Wis.Mathiowetz, a sales director in the dairy products manufacturing industry, says he gets patted down whenever he refuses to go through a full-body scanning machine or a carry-on baggage screener detects something suspicious in his briefcase.

Some support searches

Some frequent fliers support the more aggressive pat downs.Rob Newman of Los Angeles supports the TSA's attempts to improve security. He says a terrorist could conceal a weapon in the buttocks and welcomes more thorough searches.I'm all for whatever is most effective in ensuring the plane I get on is safe, he says.Frequent flier Jay Burns of the Village of Loch Lloyd, Mo., agrees. If this stops a terrorist, I am in favor, Burns says.The TSA won't discuss details of pat-down procedures or its overall security policies. However, it warns in a statement: Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others.
Contributing: Associated Press

Flight attendants union upset over new pat-down procedures
2010 Scripps Media, Inc.Posted: 10:59 PM NOV 09,10

By: Christopher Sign

PHOENIX - A flight attendants union with 2,000 members is upset over what it calls invasive pat-downs recently implemented by the TSA.We're getting calls daily about peoples' experiences, our members are concerned, said Deborah Volpe, Vice President of the Association of Flight Attendants Local 66.Volpe confirmed that the union is offering advice to its flight attendants, who mostly work for Tempe-based USAirways, involving the security moves.According to a union email obtained by ABC15, it tells flight attendants if they opt out of using the body scanner through security and are required to undergo a pat-down to ask the pat-down be conducted in a private area with a witness.We don't want them in uniform going through this enhanced screening where their private areas are being touched in public, said Volpe.They actually make contact with the genital area.Some passengers have told ABC15 they've already encountered flight delays due to crew members having problems with TSA employees.It (delay) was over three hours when they finally found a crew member to take her place,said Les Johnson who says his Charlotte bound flight was delayed. She (flight attendant) felt that she was groped and supposedly filed a claim.According to Volpe, complaints from flight attendants are expected to continue to increase and said some flight attendants are planning to file lawsuits.

They've already contacted the ACLU,said Volpe when referring to some members of the union.We don't know if somebody may have had an experience with a sexual assault and its (pat-down) going to drudge up some bad memories.Volpe made it clear the union is not against security.Security is the most important aspect, our offices were used as murder weapons, said Volpe.Keep in mind we undergo extensive background checks and we fly quite often.Volpe said she has been a flight attendant for nearly 25 years and she and other union leaders are pushing for a crew pass system that would allow flight attendants and pilots to essentially by-pass security.We don't want to delay anyone, we just feel this pat-down is a little much.

Pilots' unions oppose full-body scans, searchesTuesday, November 09, 2010
Chuck Goudie

November 9, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- If you have gone through airport security at O'Hare, Midway or any other major airport recently, then you know that there is new screening equipment in place and procedures to search travelers. Thousands of pilots who fly jetliners are angry about those changes.There are two issues; two major pilots' unions say the full-body scanners are untested and potentially unsafe because of the radiation they expose travelers to. And the second issue is the new procedure for hand searches by Transportation Security Administration officers at airport checkpoints. Both have produced scathing memos about the TSA from the pilots' unions.Thousands of pilots, who must pass through security just like everyone else who boards commercial aircraft, should not submit to full-body scans, according to their unions. The concern is a potential health risk to pilots from repeated doses of radiation. Under new stringent regulations, pilots and passengers may refuse the body scanners but then undergo more extensive hand searches, including open hands frisking genital and breast areas.Last week, 11,000 pilots at American Airlines received a pointed directive from their union, the Allied Pilots Association.

On Tuesday, a pilots' alert came from the president of the union that represents cockpit personnel at U.S. Airways. USAPA president Mike Cleary says that TSA procedures are blatantly unacceptable for pilots who shouldn't have to undergo passenger screening and then fly the planes. The hand searches that follow have already resulted in one sexual molestation, according to the memo, the result of TSA's overreach in searching and frisking pilots and passengers, TSA procedures that Cleary calls embarrassingly devoid of common sense.In a statement, the TSA says that it is a counterterrorism agency whose mission is to ensure the safety of the traveling public.To achieve that, the TSA says it deploys the latest technologies and implements comprehensive procedures that protect passengers while facilitating travel.

Union president tells US Airways pilots to avoid body scanners
8:38 AM Tue, Nov 09, 2010T Terry Maxon/Reporter

The head of the pilot union at US Airways is advising his members not to go through the body scanners, the same recommendation that the Allied Pilots Association president at American Airlines had given his members.The reason in both cases was health-related: The union leaders say pilots shouldn't submit to the repeated doses of radiation.President Mike Cleary of the US Airline Pilots Association said pilots should first search for a security checkpoint that doesn't have the scanners.If that's not possible, the pilots should opt for the pat-down by a Transportation Security Administration officer, with a member of the pilot's crew witnessing.The TSA recently changed its hand-search policies. Before, the officers would use the back of their hand to check a person; now they are to use their open hand and fingers to go over one's body, including the genital area and breasts.Cleary said after a pat-down, the pilot should determine if he or she is emotionally fit to fly. He also said the pilots' association doesn't like any of it:Let's be perfectly clear: the TSA procedures we have outlined above are blatantly unacceptable as a long-term solution. Although an immediate solution cannot be guaranteed, I can promise you that your union will not rest until all U.S. airline pilots have a way to reach their workplace ... the aircraft ... without submitting ourselves to the will of a TSO behind closed doors. This situation has already produced a sexual molestation in alarmingly short order. Left unchecked, there's simply no way to predict how far the TSA will overreach in searching and frisking pilots who are, ironically, mere minutes from being in the flight deck.

As we all know, it makes no difference what a pilot has on his or her person or in their luggage, because they have control of the aircraft throughout the entire flight. The eyewash being dribbled by the TSA in this instance is embarrassingly devoid of common sense, and we will not stand for it.

Below, I've put Cleary's entire message, except for some contact phone numbers.

November 8, 2010
President's Message

Fellow Pilots,

The TSA's rapid deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening machines, followed by the new Enhanced Pat-Down procedures, have caused turmoil for airline pilots and the traveling public alike. These changes are far reaching, intrusive and have been implemented almost overnight, leaving little time for groups who are adversely affected to form a response.

On October 21, USAPA's Security Committee issued an update on the new AIT scanners and outlined our options for dealing with the new rules. Since that time several pilots and flight attendants have encountered problems with TSOs and their implementation of the rules. One US Airways pilot, after being selected for an enhanced pat-down, experienced a frisking that has left him unable to function as a crewmember. The words this pilot used to describe the incident included sexual molestation, and in the aftermath of trying to recover, this pilot reported that he had literally vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work and facing the possibility of a similar encounter with the TSA. This is a very serious situation, and it represents a crossroads for all U.S. airline pilots.

One of the difficulties is the TSA's intentional random application of the rules. While it might be effective for their purposes, it wreaks havoc with our ability to inform our pilots on how to handle each and every situation.

Here is a summary of USAPA's current position on AIT screening machines and Enhanced Pat-Down procedures:

• Pilots should NOT submit to AIT screening. The TSA has offered no credible specifications for the radiation emitted by these machines. As pilots, we are exposed to more radiation as a function of our normal duties than nearly every other category of worker in the United States. Based on currently available medical information, USAPA has determined that frequent exposure to TSA-operated scanner devices may subject pilots to significant health risks.
• Pilots should employ the following method of avoiding AIT screening:

o Make every effort to use security access lines that utilize standard magnetometer devices. If security access points with magnetometer devices are not available, or if there is a change in the device being used once in line, pilots should elect to submit to a private TSA-agent pat-down.
o When submitting to a private, enhanced pat-down procedure, pilots must be sure that a witness, preferably a crewmember, accompanies them during the pat-down.

o After being subjected to an enhanced pat-down procedure, pilots must evaluate their fitness for duty. As has been determined, there is a wide range of possibilities once you submit to a private screening, and the results can be devastating. Unacceptable as this is to all USAPA pilots, and until these invasive measures are no longer implemented on airline pilots, it is your responsibility to make sure you are emotionally fit and not stressed in any way by your close encounter with the TSA.

• Remain professional and courteous in all situations.

• Contact any member of the Security Committee if you need any assistance.

[Names redacted.]

Let's be perfectly clear: the TSA procedures we have outlined above are blatantly unacceptable as a long-term solution. Although an immediate solution cannot be guaranteed, I can promise you that your union will not rest until all U.S. airline pilots have a way to reach their workplace ... the aircraft ... without submitting ourselves to the will of a TSO behind closed doors. This situation has already produced a sexual molestation in alarmingly short order. Left unchecked, there's simply no way to predict how far the TSA will overreach in searching and frisking pilots who are, ironically, mere minutes from being in the flight deck. As we all know, it makes no difference what a pilot has on his or her person or in their luggage, because they have control of the aircraft throughout the entire flight. The eyewash being dribbled by the TSA in this instance is embarrassingly devoid of common sense, and we will not stand for it.

USAPA's Security Committee and USAPA Legal are working diligently on several fronts to find an acceptable remedy. I directed our legal team to request of the TSA, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, any written materials that contain the protocol for conducting these enhanced pat-downs. Should this situation not be resolved by working with the TSA, we will take our concerns to Capitol Hill. On a parallel track, we are working with the other CAPA pilot unions to find allies in our struggle. Make no mistake; this is a fight to restore the dignity we deserve as the last line of defense against terrorists who would use airplanes as weapons of mass destruction. We are not the enemy, and we will not stand for being treated as such before each duty period. The TSA needs to recognize professional airline pilots for the security asset that we are, even as many of us serve as Federal Flight Deck Officers. There are a number of access mechanisms available as a remedy, including CrewPass and biometric identification. These solutions will allow the TSA to capitalize on airline pilots as security assets.

This letter is meant to provide you with important interim guidance as we seek long-term solutions. Please stay up to date on this critical affront to our profession. Documentation will be a critical element to this battle. Therefore, should you have any difficulties traversing security, please outline the incident with as much detail as possible, including TSO names and badge numbers, and send it immediately to I urge each of you to continue to maintain your ultimate professionalism in the face of these attacks on our profession. As you maintain your composure, your union will fight unequivocally with all of our resources and allies to right this wrong.

Sincerely,Captain Mike Cleary President.


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