9 Examples Of Elderly Americans Being Strip-Searched Or Sexually Molested By TSA Agents At U.S. Airports

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What in the world has happened to America?  This week two elderly women that are more than 80 years old have come forward with claims that they were strip-searched at JFK Airport in New York.  But sadly, this is nothing new.  The truth is that there has been a whole string of incidents involving elderly Americans being strip-searched or sexually molested by TSA agents at U.S. airports. When they told us ten years ago that they were going to “beef up” national security, did you think that it would ever come to this?  One of the ways that a society is judged is by how it treats the most vulnerable members.  Well, instead of honoring our senior citizens, we are treating them like animals.  Is this how we are repaying the debt that we owe them for bringing us into this world and raising us?  The rest of the world is laughing at us.  America is rapidly turning into a totalitarian police state and we have become a global joke.  You won’t find any other country on earth where senior citizens are being strip-searched and sexually molested before they are allowed to get on to their flights.  Not even North Korea does that.  This has got to end, because right now the name of America is being dragged through the mud in front of the whole world.


Does anyone out there believe that living in a “Big Brother” police state is actually going to make us safe?  No matter how extreme “national security” becomes, it will never be possible to stop all threats.  At some point, more bad stuff is going to happen.  It is inevitable.

But meanwhile, we have a choice.  We can live without fear as free men and women or we can give in to paranoia.  Sadly, the United States has chosen to do the latter.

It is entirely possible to have a very high level of security and still respect the honor and dignity of individual citizens at the same time.  But in America, we have chosen to go a different route.  In America, citizens will be treated like absolute scum if someone in the government believes that it will improve “national security” even the tiniest little bit.  As we have seen recently, they just keep pushing “national security” further and further and further.  Meanwhile, our liberties and our freedoms are being systematically destroyed.

Our founders would be absolutely disgusted with us if they could see us today.  We are turning our backs on everything that it means to be American.

I honestly do not know how anyone can defend the stories that you are about to read below.  We are treating our senior citizens like dirt and it has got to stop.

The following are 9 examples of elderly Americans being strip-searched or sexually molested by TSA agents at U.S. airports….

#1 On Saturday, an 85-year-old grandmother from New York made headlines all over the world when she claimed that she was strip-searched at JFK Airport after refusing to go through a body scanner.

Lenore Zimmerman is a frail old lady that only weighs about 110 pounds, but TSA agents treated her like a very serious national security threat.  Apparently they thought that she was so much of a threat that they had to pull down her underwear.

The following description of this incident comes from a recent article in the New York Daily News….

Zimmerman was on her way to a Fort Lauderdale-bound flight when she asked if she could forgo the advance image technology screening equipment, fearing it might interfere with her defibrillator.

“They took me into a private screening room and pulled my pants down and then pulled down my underwear,” the 4-feet-11 Zimmerman said. “If that’s not strip-searching, I don’t know what else you’d call it.”

#2 Now, another elderly woman has come forward and is claiming that she also was strip-searched at JFK.  The following is what 88-year-old Ruth Sherman recently told a CBS affiliate in New York….

From her home in Sunrise, Florida, 88-year-old Ruth Sherman says she knows for a fact senior citizens are being violated at a screening checkpoint at JFK.

“I felt like I was invaded,” she told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

Sherman says week-long Thanksgiving holiday with family in New York ended with an ordeal that started when the screeners wanted to check the bulge from Sherman’s colostomy bag.

“This is private for me. It’s bad enough that I have it,” she said. “I had to pull from my sweatpants and I had to pull my underwear, my underwear down.”

#3 A grandmother with a metal knee implant says that she was “touched all over” during an enhanced pat-down by TSA officials.  The following comes from an article posted on Fox News….

One of the effects of the implant is that whenever the New Port Richey woman flies, she triggers the metal detectors at airport security. She says the normal procedure is that she is then subjected to a TSA pat down. She has experienced multiple pat downs since Sept. 11.

“I feel molested. I’d like to go take a shower with Lysol (afterwards),” Miernik said, describing the pat downs, which she said includes being “touched all over.”

#4 Earlier this year, a 61-year-old retired special education teacher from Michigan was left crying and covered with his own urine after an “enhanced pat-down” went badly.  The following is how MSNBC described the incident….

Before starting the enhanced pat-down procedure, a security officer did tell him what they were going to do and how they were going to it, but Sawyer said it wasn’t until they asked him to remove his sweatshirt and saw his urostomy bag that they asked any questions about his medical condition.

“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.”

The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

#5 Back in June, a 95-year-old woman with cancer was forced to remove her adult diaper as part of the “enhanced pat-down” procedure.

#6 A female cancer survivor was actually required to show her prosthetic breast to TSA thugs at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

#7 A 71-year-old man with a knee replacement actually had his pants forcefully ripped off of him by a TSA agent right in front of other passengers.  What makes this incident even worse is that this man and his wife were taking a trip to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

#8 Earlier this year, a 94-year-old woman was pulled out of line and publicly molested by TSA agents at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.  Her son says that “they groped her…all over her body“.

#9 The following is how another female cancer survivor was recently treated at JFK airport in New York….

Yesterday I went through the imaging scanner at JFK Terminal 4 for my Virgin America flight to San Francisco.  Evidently they found something, because after the scan, I was asked to step aside to have my breast area examined.  I explained to the agent that I was a breast cancer patient and had a bilateral mastectomy in April and had tissue expanders put in to make way for reconstruction at a later date.  

 I told her that I was not comfortable with having my breasts touched and that I had a card in my wallet that explains the type of expanders, serial numbers and my doctor’s information (pictured) and asked to retrieve it.  This request was denied.  Instead, she called over a female supervisor who told me the exam had to take place.  I was again told that I could not retrieve the card and needed to submit to a physical exam in order to be cleared.  She then said, “And if we don’t clear you, you don’t fly” loud enough for other passengers to hear.  And they did.  And they stared at the bald woman being yelled at by a TSA Supervisor. 

To my further dismay, my belongings, including my computer, were completely out of sight. I had no choice but to allow an agent to touch my breasts in front of other passengers.

Sadly, it is not just elderly Americans that are being abused by these police state tactics.  In the name of “national security”, we are also treating our children like scum.

Today, public schools all over the United States are being transformed into prison camps.  In Albuquerque, New Mexico recently a 13-year-old boy was actually handcuffed and hauled out of school by police because he “burped audibly” in class.

Is that how you would like your own child to be treated?

All of this “security” garbage is completely and totally out of control.

And the next time there is a “major incident” somewhere in the United States the calls for even more “security” will be absolutely deafening.

Perhaps you think that this new emphasis on “national security” is somehow keeping you safer.

Well, it isn’t.

But there is actually a good chance that at some point you could become identified as a “potential terrorist”.

A new bill was just passed by the U.S. Senate which declares that the United States is now part of the “battlefield” in the war on terror.  If this bill becomes law, the U.S. military will be able to arrest anyone identified as a “potential terrorist”, ship them away to Guantanamo Bay and interrogate the living daylights out of them.

So what will get you identified as a “potential terrorist”?

Well, street protesting has been defined as “low-level terrorism” by the Department of Defense.

Have you ever been involved in a street protest?

Back in 2009, the State of Missouri issued a report entitled “MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement“.  That report declared that the following types of people may be potential terrorists….

*anti-abortion activists

*those that are against illegal immigration

*those that consider “the New World Order” to be a threat

*those that have a negative view of the United Nations

Do any of those criteria apply to you?

As I have written about previously, Oath Keepers has obtained an incredibly shocking document in which the FBI instructs store owners to report many new forms of “suspicious activity” to them.  According to the document, the definition of “suspicious activity” now includes the following….

*paying with cash

*missing a hand or fingers

*”strange odors”

*making “extreme religious statements”

*”radical theology”

*purchasing weatherproofed ammunition or match containers

*purchasing meals ready to eat

*purchasing night vision devices, night flashlights or gas masks

Do any of those “signs of suspicious activity” apply to you?

America is changing.  You better wake up.

For many more examples of how the United States is being transformed into a totalitarian police state, please see this recent article….

30 Signs That The United States Of America Is Being Turned Into A Giant Prison

Does anyone out there actually believe that these are healthy developments for our nation?

America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Instead, we are strip-searching and sexually molesting elderly Americans in the name of “national security”.

If you want to help stop America from turning into “Amerika”, now is the time to stand up and say something.

  • i’vegivenup

    Ahhh yes…the TSA where groping is an art form and not considered to be molestation according to the Feds. All this for protecting the country from terrorists. Big Brother continues to work his way into the fabric of America one department at a time…

    • Peter

      Stop flying. The airlines will soon put a stop to TSA.

      • Dennis

        I stopped flying when they passed the Patriot Act and if the TSA begins their crap at all the train stations, then I won’t use the train.

        • Randy Howard

          Trouble is, they are now doing it ‘randomly’ on the highways. They set up barricades and stop all the cars and “SCREEN”. Don’t know the details, but AM aware of the happenings.

  • A.S.

    These searchers make me FURIOUS. America died with the Patriot Act. And the “coffin with America’s dead corpse” was buried with the NDAA. Get it through your heads everyone, Congress will not change a thing, because all of them except Ron and Rand Paul are pure evil (even the few that voted against NDAA). Congress will not reverse, rescind, strike, etc., this Act. Congress will not reverse, rescind, strike the Obamacare. Congress will not reverse, rescind, strike the Patriot Act. We are all in the mercy of the Nazi States of America.

    And To Quote:

    “Well, street protesting has been defined as ‘low-level terrorism’ by the Department of Defense.”

    The only protest that I ever went to was just last year, that the U.N. should be kicked out of the U.S. and that the U.S. should rescind its membership. I guess that make me a terrorist. So, to all you military type out there, come and get me and take me to Gitmo!

    And BTW, as I stated about myself before, all of the above from the “possible terrorist” list applies to me except “strange odors” and “missing a hand/finger.”

    In case someone screening this site missed that I was using sarcasm, let me clear something up: I am no terrorist because I NEVER advocated killing anyone.

    But in the very end, it is G-d Almighty, that we need to be afraid of. And in really it is by G-d’s mercy that we will be protected and saved. In the word’s of Eli Wiesel, “they [the Nazis] could not force me not to be happy.” So long as one remains happy, there is still a slight sliver of hope.

    • Joe Johnson

      The only reason you taunt you’re newly militarized government into coming to get you is that you still believe that won’t happen. When it does come to that, I’m betting you’ll be crying like a big baby during your waterboarding ceremony. Americans are weak, and the ruling elite know this, just feed them their around the year sporting contests and reality TV and they will be content. Very few of today’s American would be willing to die to protect what our predecessors fought and died to create. For that reason we do not deserve to live in a country that enjoys personal liberty and freedom. We absoloutely deserve to live in the country we have become.

      • I 100 percent agree with you, Joe Johnson! No way would the power elites do what they are doing if they thought Americans wouldn’t put up with it. You are right to say that we Americans DESERVE EACH AND EVERY FASCIST TACTIC THEY USE ON US! Why? Because they are only giving us what the rest of us think all other Americans deserve (in other words, it’s fine to do it to the rest of Americans just as long as they don’t do it to us…the true meaning of “American Exceptionalism–do it to all Americans EXCEPT me!)

        Another example: Right wing radio’s Andrew Wilkow claiming OWS protesters have the right to protest–but not on property they don’t own! Such as Wall St. or a private or public park…

    • Peter


  • knightowl77

    I hope my re-education camp is somewhere warm…….

    The gov’t is and has been out of control for some time…It is time to go John Galt, let it fail so it can be rebuilt

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I know this is off topic but Jim Puplava interviewed Ann Barnhart. She shut down her trading firm when MF Global blew up and all that money went MIA. The exchange did nothing, for anybody who trades it makes chilling listening. I fear the end game is close at hand.


    • Joe Johnson

      Puplava is an elitist pig, believing that only those that have managed to aquire sufficient wealth are entitled to health care, who gives a damn about his interview.

  • Vladimir

    You voted the Bushes clan…
    what did you expect from your fascist drift?
    i wonder if you adopted a one man – one vote system (instead of your crappy 19th century like fake democratic polling system) how things would be in U.S.A…
    too late

  • NWO Alert


    Travel, instead of being easy for old folks, travel then would become very restricted. People would need permission to travel and they would need a good reason to travel. If you didn’t have a good reason for your travel you would not be allowed to travel, and everyone would need ID. This would at first be an ID card you would carry on your person and you must show when you are asked for it.

    It was already planned that later on some sort of device would be developed to be implanted under the skin that would be coded specifically to identify the individual. This would eliminate the possibility of false ID and also eliminate the possibility of people saying “Well, I lost my ID.”


  • Cinderella Man JD

    I would kick their ass if they did that to my grandma.

  • Cinderella Man JD


  • ScoutMotto

    “America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

    Since 1913, it has been “land of the fee and home of the slave.”

    This whole thing reminds me of scenes from The Running Man. I recommend a viewing for those who have not seen it.

    • rocksagebrush

      “..land of the free…ect.. is all propaganda..” never was never will be….people of all religions were discriminated against much like the old home land they left. There isn’t any such thing as AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. This idea makes all Americans more susceptible to public hazeing, like TSA does, because ostensibly we all belong to a special club, being American. That makes each American unwilling to fight back. Oh sure, buy guns. But NOTHING has changed at the TSA, has it.. guns or no guns.

      Stop perpetuating a false public myth. It’s used to enslave you…just like the hazing at fraternities for new pledges so they can now belong to a great fraternity!

  • A.S.

    Not that I am playing my own “race card,” but it seems to me 2 of the old women were Jewish: Lenore Zimmerman and Ruth Sherman. There could have been many others. So, if this article is an accurate statistical spread of all lifestyles that are being targeted, there is a very disproportionate percentage (Jews are only about 2-3% of the U.S. population, yet more than 20% of the victims seem to be Jews) of Jews being targeted (what do you expect if they [TSA] are Nazis?).

  • shypuffadder

    If you tried to defend your grandma, then you both will end up begging for a blanket in Gitmo.

    These TSA agents are trying to save their jobs and doing whatever they need to do to appear like they are performing a valuable service.

    They are stooping low to keep their job just like everybody else with a job is more than willing to do. How long before we are willing to kill to keep our low-paying jobs? The police force has already made that decision – they will kill us all to keep their jobs.

    Right now there is a lot of pushback because poor people don’t fly. And if all we do is stand there gawking while someone else’s rights are being violated, then it won’t be long before we are gawked at while our rights are being violated. We are in between a rock and a hard place – we can either gawk and go along with this outrage, or, we can also get thrown on the bus to Gitmo.

    Your tax dollars at work.

    • gary2

      good comment

    • Joe Johnson

      Doesn’t matter how well armed the U.S. population is, most are far too fearful to take action against one of the most corrupt governments to have ever existed. It is also true that the suffering is not yet near great enough, even if we were not the complacent slugs we’ve become.

  • William

    Most in America are brain dead. So, here is the truth for the feebel-minded. The main purpose of the TSA is to instill fear, and control and subjugate the citizens. It is no coincidence that Chertoff and Napolitano are so similar. Have you ever heard of the Cheka, or the OGPU, or the NKVD?? The bottom line is that more and more Americans each day come to the realization that the events of 911 were by very high levels of the US government and Israel. When the breaking point is reached, it will be very important for the criminals in Wash DC to totally subjugate any opposition. If you are an American, I suggest you
    begin to study the Gulag. You will have to survive there. As for the doubters, only a brain dead fool would believe that a Boeing 757 disappeared into a 16 ft wide hole in the wall of the Pentagon. Even Rumsfeld said the Pentagon was hit by a missile. The US government report on 911 is a total and complete LIE. Back to the TSA…..it is here to intimidate and control YOU.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Here in Philadelphia, the late Irv Homer (who was this area’s best known talk show host for many years) used to say that the USA took a major step in the direction of authoritarianism when the Patriot Act became law. Signore Homer (a Libertarian and World War II veteran who loved to rail against the Democraps in City Hall but absolutely hated Rush “Pillhead” Limbaugh and other neocons) often said that the Patriot Act was one of the worst pieces of legislation imaginable and that when you volunteer to give up your civil liberties, good luck getting them back. Signore Homer was absolutely right, and The Banana Republic of America (formerly Gli Stati Uniti) becomes more and more of a police state with each passing day. But sadly, there are many Americans who will happily give up their civil liberties if they think it will keep them safe from Islamo-terrorists and tattooed gangbangers in baggy pants. I choose to look at the big picture, however—and as Katherine Albrecht (another Libertarian talk show host) pointed out, history shows that authoritarian regimes and police states kill a hell of a lot more people than terrorists. Examples: Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung. Terrorism is deadly, but authoritarian regimes ultimately prove to be much deadlier.

    And if you think al-Qaeda are vicious killers (which they obviously are), just wait until BRA neocons get the gulags, reeducation camps and concentration camps they long for. The offensive language of neocons tells us everything we need to know about them: “homeland security,” “protecting the homeland,” “if you’re innocent, you have nothing to worry about”………their rhetoric is right out of Stalinist Russia, Hitler’s Germany, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Franco’s Spain and Pol Pot’s Killing Fields. These are incredibly dark times in The Banana Republic of America (formerly Gli Stati Uniti).

  • John

    The terrorists have won! I like Ben Franklin’s saying: “Those that give up liberty for security deserve neither.”

  • PatriotRider

    I’ll add two incidents to the list…

    1. I caught a TSA agent at the normal scanner in Chicago trying to steal my watch. He had taken it out of the container/tray and put it into his front pocket. When another TSA agent and I caught him, he wound up lecturing me how my watch should have been placed into a smaller bin and not in my shoe. I asked him then why was it in HIS POCKET!!

    His answer: “do you want to make your flight”?

    2. I was arbitrarily detained for 1 hour and held in a detention room, in immigration at Miami coming back from a golf vacation in the Dominican, after they scanned my new passport. No explanation given. When I asked the agent what the problem was and if there was anything I need to do to avid this happening in the future , his answer was “I don’t have to tell you anything, the exit door is over there”

    I now try to avoid air travel as much as I can. These people are the absolute scum of the earth. All I can say is that one day they will get what is coming to them, and the “Patriot Act” was the worst anti-constitutional legislation ever conceived.

    • Michael


      Great comment.


  • walt

    It’s the peoples fault this continues.
    I’m tired of hearing the complaints, and no one does anything to stop it!
    I’ve said it time and time again. You are going to have to inconvenience yourself if it is important enough to you and STOP FLYING!
    It would only take a few days, and the would have to change their policies or go broke.
    So Stop Flying, or Stop Complaining!!!!

  • KT

    Obama has failed to help get rid of any of these Bush-era practices.

    That is why his Hollywood support is abandoning him.





    Right now, you live in an asylum state, a place where people, the majority, however slight or large, that is for state sanctioned murder, on a large scale, and, by and large, is for the perpetual state of war against the world, particularly in the Arab/Muslim world.


  • gary2

    I do not know whats worse-getting searched or having to do the searching?

  • Lilly

    Obama is doing this to humilate white Americans. It’s only white elderly who are targeted for strip searches. His Chrisalim “minister” warned us that he is a left wing racist pig. We voted for a media image instead.




      “WE” didn’t vote for anything corrupt, Obama or otherwise. Speak for yourself in this regard……….(LOL)


      • Nola

        If you’re black and think this is some kind of payback for JUST WHITE AMERICANS, think again! Obama hates all of America. He really does. He thinks that all Americans are dumb, spoiled. He’s not stopping at just white people. All Americans are targets. We all need to unite against this and understand that we’re fighting an unseen enemy that’s not of us. It’s the only way we’re going to come out of this.

  • Colleen

    Just when did a 60-year-old become noted as “elderly?” I thought 65 was considered elderly and not 60.

    Anyway, this is very sad for folks to have to endure being humiliated just to travel.



      Really? Why are you people so distraught over this? Considering the many men, women, and children charred to death by amerikan bombs over the decades, the idea this very same government would strip-search an elderly woman is not a stretch of the imagination………….

  • Peter

    Stop flying. This will quickly put a stop to TSA.

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  • Wiscats

    All of this stems from the liberal politically correct and other crap!

  • Anne

    The only politician I know of besides Ron Paul who truly stood up against the TSA and meant it was Sen. Mike Doherty in New Jersey. I’m not in New Jersey, but I located his video and petition one time and was impressed!

    Here’s the petition, and I noticed that it’s a bi-partisan petition and it says people from any state can sign it:


  • Rai

    Soon, you have beards and long hair will make you a terrorist too! it will make you look like a muslim!