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22 Incredibly Revealing Quotes About Enhanced Pat Downs And TSA Groping

At what point will Americans finally stop losing more liberty and freedom?  With each passing year, the iron grip of the government gets even tighter, and each time it does we are told that it is either for “our safety” or for “national security”.  One can only imagine what is going to happen the next time there is any kind of “terror incident” on an airplane.  They are going to point to all those Americans who are complaining about “enhanced pat downs” and TSA groping as the reason why security is not tough enough.  So where does all this end?  Will we eventually all have to go through a body cavity search just to get on an airplane?  Will they start groping us at school, at work and at sporting events?  Are we going to have to “lock down” America from coast to coast to ensure that no terrorist ever is able to harm any American?

The way that we are going, we soon won’t have to worry about “terrorists” taking away our freedoms because they will already be gone.  Is any amount of “safety” worth living like this?  If America turns into one big prison camp where we are all prodded, poked, groped, watched, tracked and treated like sub-human slaves will it even be worth living in anymore?

The following are 22 quotes about enhanced pat downs and TSA groping.  They are presented without commentary because they speak for themselves.  Please share these quotes as widely as possible.  If Americans do not wake up now, when will they ever wake up?….

#1 Blogger Erin Chase:

I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking.

#2 ABC News producer Carolyn Durand:

“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around.”

#3 Wendy James Gigliotti:

“She said ‘spread your legs.’ And then she took her full palms and started at my neck and ran all the way down my body, full palms, constant contact. And when she got down to my feet, she was in constant contact from my ankles all the way up to my groin, across my groin, and down the other leg. And she did that twice.”

#4 Female air traveler Ella Swift:

“The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels.”

#5 Flight attendant Cathy Bossi:

“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’.  And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”

#6 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

“I think we all understand the concerns Americans have. It’s something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that.”

#7 A 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor:

“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

#8 An anonymous TSA worker:

“Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me. …These comments are painful and demoralizing.”

#9 Robert Colella:

If some total stranger walked up to you in the street and said “I am either going to see you naked or touch your genitals”, What would be the likelihood of that person walking away from that encounter?

#10 CNN employee Rosemary Fitzpatrick:

“As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!”

#11 Meagan Quinn:

I will not board an airplane in America until the TSA body scanners are gone. No one is seeing my naked body unless I let them. I will also not settle for being GROPED in public as an alternative.

#12 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a female college student from Amarillo Texas:

“As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area.”

#13 Bruce Sargent:

The sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib is not so very different then the sexual humiliation being heaped on American air travelers at airports. Why is TSA torturing us to protect us?

#14 A 37-year-old Texas woman who had her nipple ring removed with a pair of pliers before she was allowed to pass through security:

“My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way.”

#15 A soldier returning from Afghanistan:

“So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers.”

#16 A flight attendant named Megan:

The agent went up my right leg first and then met my vagina with full force….the same on the other leg with the same result. She then used both of her hands to feel my breasts and squeezing them. At this point I was in shock.

#17 Jay Glover:

I spend on average $30K per year on business travel. The airlines get the bulk of this but hotels, car rentals, meals and miscellaneous expenses add up as well. Where I can cut travel, I will. When those associated with airport travel feel the financial pinch just watch how fast this all will change.

#18 Paul Craig Roberts:

It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers being porno-screened and sexually groped on crowded subway platforms or showing up an hour or two in advance for clearance for a 15 minute subway ride, but once bureaucrats get the bit in their teeth they take absurdity to its logical conclusion.

#19 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when asked if she would like to go through the new pat-downs:

“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?”

#20 TSA Administrator John Pistole during a Congressional hearing:

“If you are asking me, am I going to change my policies? No.”

#21 U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller to TSA chief John Pistole:

“I Think You’re Doing A Terrific Job.”

#22 Congressman Ron Paul:

I introduced legislation last week that is based on a very simple principle: federal agents should be subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. If you would face criminal prosecution or a lawsuit for groping someone, exposing them to unwelcome radiation, causing them emotional distress, or violating indecency laws, then TSA agents should similarly face sanctions for their actions.

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  • zack

    You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed by a terrorist. It’s far riskier to ride in a car or eat trans fats than it is to fly on an airplane. Why do we accept certain risks yet allow our government to persecute us, violate our civil rights and line corporatist pockets for a little perceived safety?

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  • xander cross

    Hey, this is okay with me, after all, it’s for our safety. What’s the matter, you all did not complain about this during the bush administration. I support the TSA.

  • http://thegeminiweb.com RB

    Thanks for this list. It needs to be read far and wide across this country.

  • mondobeyondo

    I sincerely hope they do background checks on TSA employees. You wouldn’t want a child molester to go around frisking your kid, searching for a bomb in their underwear… or a sexual predator squeezing your wife’s breasts.

    You know it’s coming…it’s just a matter of time.

  • Mr Carpenter

    So, xander, do you “support the TSA” but conveniently forget the United States Constitution (specifically the 4th Amendment) which is supposed to be the foundational law of the land?

    Just because the ILLEGITIMATE government says it’s “necessary” doesn’t mean it is, xander.

    In fact, when the very government AND government management (politicians) and workers (TSA, etc) “forget” that they swore to uphold and defend the Constitution and do as they please, it results in THEM being ILLEGITIMATE.

    We the people are the real government. We only hire these people to do certain jobs on our behalf.

    No, I do NOT support the TSA nor the illegitimate government now in place – and before anyone derides me as “bushista” I’ve been saying this continually for over 30 years no matter whether there was a demoncrat or a repugnican in the white house or in charge of the senate or house.

  • Michelle

    To xander cross: We didn’t like it when Bush instituted the TSA – but it was OBAMA who instituted the naked body scanners and it is his buddy, an ex-TSA director (I think) who is making millions and millions of selling them. It is OBAMA who gave MUSLIM women a pass on being raped in public by government morons. It is OBAMA who can simply stop it with a stroke of his pen as he so often threatens to do to Americans if he doesn’t get his way. The TSA and OBAMA are thugs and criminals – and all are guilty of treason against the United States of America and its citizens.

  • VegasBob

    Wake up, folks.

    This is not about security or safety. It is about the accretion of POWER by government at the expense of the citizenry.

    Now the government is allowed to commit sexual assault upon your person in the name of ‘security.’ One guarantee is that government harassment of innocent people won’t stop there, because no government in history has ever been able to restrain itself and stop trying to expand its control over its citizens.

    The way to fight it is to simply avoid flying. If 20% of the airlines’ paying customers disappeared overnight, you can be sure that these absurd ‘security’ procedures would disappear almost as quickly.

    Instead of harassing 100% of passengers with nonsensical security procedures, we should profile passengers and use the same kind of security procedures that the Israelis use. Ask questions of passengers, look for nervousness, use bomb-sniffing dogs, let 99% of passengers through, and carefully screen the 1% of passengers who might actually pose a security threat.

  • Mr Carpenter
  • A Dodgy Bloke

    George W Bush took the Constitution of the United States and put in a shredder after 9/11. Anybody who supports this I hope some smiling Government Goon put their hands down their pants looking for a bomb.
    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    Ben Franklin

    Amen

  • mondobeyondo

    They’re doing their job quite well, aren’t they?

    First, a “Department of Homeland Security” is created. They would have used “Fatherland Security”, but too many connotations to Nazi Germany. “Homeland”… ahh. Warm cozy fireplaces, apple pie, etc.

    Now then, add some obscene rules and regulations to protect the “security” of the public. Body searches, electronic scanners, etc.

    Hmm, what’s next? Mandatory ID cards for every American air traveler? Why not! Passports are already required for foreign travel. How about for a flight from Seattle to Miami?

    And let’s unwrap those Christmas presents to Grandma while we’re at it! (Oops, they already are doing that!)

    When will it stop?? Is there an ESA (Education Safety Association) on the horizon? Don’t laugh, all it will take is a couple more Columbines.

  • Nick

    All of this boils down to one word- SELFISHNESS. SELFISHNESS on part of some Americans. It’s all about them, no matter what. Look at the data please- only 1% of travelers are subject to a random pat down and only those who don’t want to go through the x-ray machine, about 3% will go through a pat down.

    It is the SELFISH attitude of some of our fellow Americans will bring this country down.

  • mondobeyondo

    Regarding quote #19 by Hillary Clinton…

    I happened to hear the full discussion – it was on “Meet the Press” or perhaps some other TV show.

    The interviewer asks her if she would be willing to go through a TSA search. Hillary replies, “No! Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?”

    And then she lets out this hilarious cackle, which for all intents and purposes, says “Nyah, nyah, I don’t have to go through that! You pathetic pond scum common folk will deal with it, and LIVE with it!”

    Anger doesn’t begin to define my opinion of her comments.

  • kurt cobain

    The big elephant in the room to me is the type of people they are searching. White kids and women, old nuns and grand parents. That alone shows how far this pathetic country has fallen.

  • Ryan

    Has anyone stopped to think about this: The TSA Agent reaches into someones underwear, feels around, and then lets them through. Then, with the same glove on, feels through your hair, down your neck, and all over your body, then in your underwear. So in a way, you’re having sexual relations with 100,000 people in a day! Congrats! You might just get a disease!

  • CJW

    “Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle merite.” (“Every nation has the government it deserves.”) Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

  • 63rd Patriot

    No Nick, it’s idiots like you that have brought this country down. Where did you get your stats?You’re either a liar or a dumbass. If you don’t respect the individuals personal right’s then you need to pack up, and take your monkey prez with you, and move to a country where human rights are not an issue.

  • gibby62

    All of this caused by the underwear bomber who, by the way, would not be caught using the enhanced patdown nor the backscatter screening. And who, according to published reports, did not go through the established security protocols in place @ that time. So, don’t think womething like this can’t or won’t happen again. Solution: create a room where people walk through one at a time. Once the person enters, a radio wave (or whatever technology is needed) is used to detonate any explosive devices on that person. Bet that would stop terrorists really fast. Nobody inconvenienced by enhanced pat downs or nude body scans. And lookey, a seat has just opened on Flight 1234.

  • NWKEC

    @Nick

    It’s not selfish to insist on preservation of our civil rights
    as outlined by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Further more if you think airline security is not stringent
    enough well, don’t fly or maybe move to Israel.

  • Steve

    Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:
    “I think we all understand the concerns Americans have. It’s something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that.”

    Well, that says it all! People are being FORCED to endure “real law enforcement pat-downs” without having committed any crime, and in violation of the 4th + 5th Amendments.

  • Bobo

    Yeah Nick, anyway less than 1% of people are pedophile, rapist or terrorist so why don’t we just ignore them, or you may write a guide on how to understand statistics. Anyway the small percentage of people who think like you has already brought that contry down but this is not written anywhere so you don’t know about this(sad but true). If you were so informed about statistics you would also know that terrorist acts are far more frequent on the groud than in the air, but people raised as cattle like you don’t understand this and many other simple facts. Maybe you should have informed us about the percentage of terrorist that are not caucasian but this is not politically correct so you shut the fuck up about this, a thing that you should have done since the begining. My greetings to you and i hope one day you may enjoy human realities like ethics, morals and who knows maybe intelligence.

  • http://na Patriot 2010

    Today was the day the Sheeple were to have shown their disapproval of our nations headlong decent into tyranny.

    Alas most just lined up and let themselves be x-rayed for a greater chance of later cancers. Or let thenselves be groped by TSA agents who never succeeded in getting elected to the Studant Council, while school kids.

    But now they have power and are too stupid to see they are thier devices of ours and thiers loss off Constitutional freedoms.

    I don’t care if my lettuce has DDT on it as long it is green !

    The goverment between the horrors of the Patriot Act,other Unconstitutional “laws”, tapping our electronic communications without just cause or a warrant, signed by a judge and so on. Are all part of a concerted and planned effort to turn america into a Totalitarian Fascist Corportocracy.Serving Eisenhowers warning of the Military Industrial Complex. Trust me he knew what was coming. A 5 Star General and a President of this nation. Heed and act on his words and thoughts. NOW!!

    Through the Bush/Cheney Regime the slow boil of the frog began in earnest. Now with Obama, how is that “Change” stuff working out. The Tea Party is filled with fools and idiots.Proof, anyone who listens to “Sarah , can’t read a newspaper Palin” , is a certifiable sheep and fool.

    The republicans and democrats have the same agenda and just play off each others to make us confused and fools.

    Is there a difference between Bush and Obama. No!

    Go see the great silent movie Metropolos. made almost a 100 years ago. The film is an amazingly accurate picture of life in the 21st century.

    Folks if you want your freedoms back you are gong to have to organize, act and some blood will as Thomas Jefferson predicted. Or you will become deserving slaves of the curent and coming Plutocracy.You just might have to miss a dinner at your relatives this Xmas to make your stand.

    Lets take the time between now and Xmas to organize a peaceful but tremendiously Constitutional protest and lock up the machinery of the Rage Against The Machine

    Live Free or Die

  • What The Heck

    History has shown that the next step after forcing you to strip your clothes off is the showers. And this too will be for your own good.

  • What The Heck

    Hey Nick…

    Can I and my friends look at the back side of your nut sack? How about posting it’s image on the net for us all?

    If only you do it it would only be .00001 percent of all the travelers. So don’t be selfish. SHOW US THE BACKSIDE OF YOUR NUT SACK.

  • http://write-em-cowgirls.com/ Sharon Cousins

    What this whole issue is doing to rape survivors is unconscionable. I know, I am one of them. I have come to reasonable terms with the whole thing in terms of going on with my life, but this issue of enhanced scans and pat-downs has me sick and shaking whenever I think about flying, which I must do unless I want to give up my organizational work and major parts of my family. And what message does it send our children when we caution them over and over about not letting strangers touch them in certain places and then they are forced to stand helplessly and let a stranger fondle them while Mom or Dad watches? The whole thing is sick. The safest airline in the world doesn’t need this garbage, so I don’t see why we do.

  • Sithicus

    Nick used to work for TSA, thats why he’s so keen to defend those bunch of pervs and child molesters.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Libertarian Katherine Albrecht had an excellent point when she said that authoritarian regimes that violate citizens’ civil rights in the name of security and safety (Pol Pot, Stalin, Pinochet) ultimately kill a lot more innocent people than terrorists. Very true. And The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) has been moving in an increasingly authoritarian direction since the days of the Bush regime. The Patriot Act was a major step toward authoritarianism, and now, cancer survivors can’t even get on a plane without their prosthetic breasts and urostomy bags being tampered with. The civil rights abuses in the BRA will continue to get worse—a lot worse, in fact. But the BRA won’t become safer. The BRA will become more much dangerous and much more violent as the economy continues to deteriorate. And while authoritarian measures won’t make the country any safer, they will destroy a lot of innocent lives.

  • ruth

    This is NOT about our security. The real terrorist we need to worry about is the DHS. They are the ones taking our freedoms from us. They now want to expand the TAS to other forms of travel. This IS NOT THE USA anymore. We the people lost our country and most don’t even know it.

  • xander cross

    Hey, 63rd patriot, where were you when bush was president? Oh, that’s right, you supported his every move including the creation of NORTHCOM. You all complain about the TSA, but you don’t complain about the illegal wars, the countless millary bases in other countries, and since you all complain about the border, how about putting a border up in Canada?

  • Skeptic

    I really think these guys are doing an over kill. If the terrorists really wanted to hurt someone, what would stop them of setting the bomb off at the security point. What is stopping them from setting a bomb off at the mall, church, grocery store, or other highly populated areas. If that is the case then we should have these body searches every where.

  • Rod

    I think we need an Australian approach to this.
    When you’re groped, scream “Oh yeah baby, that feels so good big boy !” and start a bump and grind going.
    Don’t forget to remind the TSA guy of your genital herpes/warts/whatever too (as loudly as you can too)
    I reckon the sheer humiliation of the TSA guy would make it all worthwhile :-)

  • Dave

    Since engagement in the war on terror was predicated on lies, the war on terror is a lie. We have allowed and funded nothing but sheer aggression. It appears to me that our government is the terrorist and is doing to its people what it seems to do best,. terrorize!

  • Dave

    I’d rather die than fly!!!!

  • don

    Goodbye freedom, hello mom!

  • Dean Philpot

    Please add this : Gropin Fuhrer Big Sis and her Gropin Blue Shirts will not change their gloves. Those nasty natzis

  • Timothy Deck

    I am pleased to see that the American public is finally waking up to the reality of what is happening in this country. Better late than never I say. We ALL need to take a stand for freedom, and to have a “Line-in-the-sand” issue that we will not allow the government to cross. For me this is gun control. During the last century over 100+ million people were victims of out of control governments. This was only made possible due to gun control. I am glad to see the American people get educated as to our loss of freedoms. We all need to prepare for difficult times. We ALL need to let the government know that we will not surrender our freedoms at any cost.

    A former U.S. Army Officer

  • http://averyheavystone.blogspot.com/ Marcel

    Why is everyone IGNORING the big elephant in the living room ?
    Every terrorist threat has come and continues to come from one group of people, Muslims,Islam,followers of allah, and to appease them our government of criminals has made every single average American citizens the terrorist threat.
    These are baby steps in one dark and evil direction.
    Evil and not stupidity is the operative word here.
    Welcome to the Fourth Reich.

  • whoisbiggles

    When i next visit the US do I have to give these guys a tip?

  • http://www.spazgraphic.com/theology.html Spaz

    I’ve seen more than one comment advising people to act like they’re enjoying their rape to humiliate the TSA freaks. No, you’ve got this wrong, this is what you could be doing…

    Look to the person behind you or whomever is next in line after you and assertively state…”YOU BETTER PRAY THE TSA FREAK CHANGES HIS GLOVES OR WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF AIDS”.

    This will put an immediate and rightful fright into the person behind you which is what needs to be done.

    Keep up the demoralization of the TSA molesters.

  • T.J. Jefferson

    As of right now, today the TSA has caught: 0 (ZERO)terrorist.. THey have not caught one single terrorist.. EVER. This is not about our safety.. its about control of the SHEEP

  • Dick

    Take a close look at OUR freedoms. Remember Poland prior to WWII, guns were to be registered, and when the Natzis came around to confiscate them, if the Citizenry couldn’ produce them, the individuals were shot. We should all remember that “IT IS NOT GUNS THAT KILL PEOPLE, IT IS PEOPLE WHO KILL PEOPLE” (that is if you can get by with saying that the killers are actually people) You cannot call them animals either, as most animals have a much kinder disposition. We need to institute a hard line policy of profiling, and deal with terrorists accordingly

  • http://jacobinreason.blogspot.com/ John Fisher

    In my latest blog post I challenge the notion that this is done for passenger safety. If that were the case, an equivalent amount of resources would be appropriated to keep us safe from airline negligence, sleepy pilots, etc. I have to call Bulls*** on the administration on this one.

  • itsme

    Coming from the perspective of someone who suffers from PTSD related to sexual assault I can only imaging how this type of screening would exacerbate my PTSD. I am not afraid of flying but will not even set foot in an airport as long as this type of sexual assaults continue. I do not support the TSA or our government in this at all. I feel it infringes upon my rights as a citizen of this country. Our freedoms continue to disappear.

  • onecansay

    I have an assembly/manufacturing plant in the U.S. It looks to me that more decent jobs will be lost for I will not travel under any circumstance to the U.S. any longer.

    Americans are daft. Stupid for those that speak american. Your stupidity and ignorance/arrogance has left all of YOU in this situation.

  • Trudy

    Ok let’s think, if someone were going to try to get something on board a plane to crash it into a power plant or New York or something, where would they hide a weapon? Under an old lady’s droopy boob? and underwire bra’s are hard and can hide stuff. Ask any woman you can hide a lot under there, next a woman can also hide a lot in her underwear. Next a guy can hide stuff easily between his scrotum and his anus, and his thigh and his package. Try it!
    Yes it is a lot safer to fly than eat a lot of bad food, but did you feel that way the day after 911? How about we take all security away and see how long it takes another 911 to happen,
    And yes TSA workers have a lot of background checks.
    TSA doesn’t profile because it doesn’t work. If it did they would. Check out the female suicide bombers in Russia, they are ages 15-19 usually and dressed in jeans so they blend in perfectly. Just Google it. They could get a nuns outfit and try that to they the terrorist are not usually stupid and you’re ignorant if you think they are.

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    Nick used to work for TSA, thats why he’s so keen to defend those bunch of pervs and child molesters.