The Intel Hub
April 26th, 2011
The Transportation Security Agency has a long history of harassing innocent, peaceful Americas. From 6 year girls to the elderly, the TSA, an agency that has never arrested a terrorist, has taken the American police state to a whole new level.
When i received an email from Becky, a 25 year old pregnant first grade teacher, I was outraged but unfortunately unsurprised due to my knowledge that police states generally begin with the women and children as well as the fact that documented cases of TSA harassment of minors and women have become a near daily occurrence.
What she told me sounds all too familiar in country that bills itself as land of the free.
I went through the metal detector at the Knoxville Airport on 4-24-11 at approximately 5:20 pm. It buzzed, so the TSA agent pointed me to another agent, and she swabbed my hands. I then went to grab my purse, and she said “Don’t touch that and get back over here.” She would not let me have my things, and proceeded to search my purse and wallet without asking me. I was flustered, upset, and getting angry, as my husband and I were needing to board as our flight that left in 20 minutes from that time.
The lady then called for backup because they said they found “traces of explosives” on my hands. I asked if it was policy to search and profile young pregnant women who obviously did not come into contact with ANYTHING explosive or dangerous, and asked why they searched my wallet without asking me. They did not respond.
As is evident by this first hand account, a female TSA agent, apparently on a power trip, stated that a 25 year old pregnant first grade teacher had “traces of explosives,” on her hands. Whether or not this agent was very poorly trained or was outright lying in an attempt to silence this brave woman’s resistance is unknown at this time.
Then the backup agent, who I later was told was the supervisor on duty, Agent Olinger, said I had to come with her. She and the other lady forced me to leave my husband and almost miss my flight, pushing me on my back toward a room, to which I said “Don’t touch me!” because they were forcing me against my will and treating me very harshly. They did not ask me if I wanted to go in a private room – I did not want to be away from my husband and most of all did not want her to touch me.
According to this account, the TSA is no longer asking if citizens want to go to a private room, they are instead forcing them into these rooms without so much as asking.
I then asked if they were going to make me take my clothes off to which Olinger snapped, “Not unless you want to go to jail.” She was incredibly rude and would not explain why they were making me go into the room.
I was almost hysterical and crying and asking why they were doing this to me, and I said I did not want to be touched, that I was pregnant, that I didn’t want her hands on my body and especially on my belly. The Olinger woman barked out a bunch of stuff I could not understand, and without my consent felt up my entire body, breasts, butt, etc. I was NOT given the option to have AIT(body scanners) instead of her touching me. I also wanted to be out in public with my husband and other people, not in a private room.
The above statement speaks for itself. If we continue to let American citizens, especially women and children be subjected to this Nazi like behavior we will soon find our self in a full blown police state.
Then the other woman demanded my boarding pass, and when I asked why she just said “I need your boarding pass.” She then left and Olinger wrote down all my information on a form. I asked why and what she was doing and she said “My job” and would give me no explanation. I told her to watch out for other dangerous pregnant women, and left, sobbing, upset, and sick to my stomach. I became dizzy and sick for the rest of the evening.
These instances of TSA harassing pregnant women cannot be good for their unborn children.
When seated on the plane, a nice man came up to us and said he would like to be a witness for us as to the way I was treated and harrassed. He said he felt that it was profiling, rude and harsh to treat me that way. I felt violated and treated as a criminal and was given no apology or explanation when NOTHING was found on me. Now I feel I will have to suffer every time I fly because they put my name on some “dangerous passenger” list.
I also feel that my harassment was due to pregnancy, as if the bump under my shirt was something other than my unborn child. I am horrified and outraged by this experience and I hate the TSA. Time and again they harass young women, children, and others who certainly do not deserve to have their rights, or their bodies so violated.T