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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:32 AM
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TSA gropes 8-year-old boy's groin, this time at PDX
Source: KGW

When the Sheahan family planned their trip to Disneyland they never could have imagined how it would begin.

... Everything was fine until it was Heather's son's turn to go through the security checkpoint at Portland International Airport.

... Just like that little 8-year-old Spencer found himself in the company of a TSA agent. Heather snapped photos to show Spencer going through a full pat-down.

"They went up his leg, into that area, down the next leg, up here (chest), felt all over," she explained.

Read more: http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Clackamas-mother-outraged...
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:39 AM
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1. The gropings will continue until the complaining stops
These people have too much power seeing how all they do is fear theater.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:46 AM
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2. Plenty of people defend this
Personally, I am sickened and angered at it.
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:31 PM
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10. I saw a frequent flier defending it yesterday.
What he neglected to mention is that as a frequent flier if you are in an upper tier at any airline, you skip most of the lines, you go to the "frequent traveller" line and slip through without any fuss. As long as you don't set off the metal detector or something shows up in the x-ray you will never get patted down.

Airline security is a joke. Kabuki theater. Everything we do for "security" is done after the fact. When it's too damn late. We got lucky with the shoe and underwear bombers, they were complete idiots. Had they been a bit smarter....


Plus they are still only scanning 20% of the baggage and they are still using passenger flights to ship cargo. :shrug:
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:50 AM
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3. We will continue to see stories about these outrages until
a real news story like the earthquake in Japan comes along.....
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:55 AM
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4. This crap has got to stop.
:puke:
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:01 PM
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5. Gross sexual imposition of a minor
(1) The offender purposely compels the other person, or one of the other persons, to submit by force or threat of force.

(4) The other person, or one of the other persons, is less than thirteen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of that person.

(B) No person shall knowingly touch the genitalia of another, when the touching is not through clothing, the other person is less than twelve years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of that person, and the touching is done with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.

(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of gross sexual imposition.

(2) Gross sexual imposition committed in violation of division (A)(4) or (B) of this section is a felony of the third degree. Except as otherwise provided in this division, for gross sexual imposition committed in violation of division (A)(4) or (B) of this section there is a presumption that a prison term shall be imposed for the offense. The court shall impose on an offender convicted of gross sexual imposition in violation of division (A)(4) or (B) of this section a mandatory prison term equal to one of the prison terms prescribed in section 2929.14 of the Revised Code for a felony of the third degree if either of the following applies:

(a) Evidence other than the testimony of the victim was admitted in the case corroborating the violation;

(D) A victim need not prove physical resistance to the offender in prosecutions under this section.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_gross_sexual_impositi...
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:16 PM
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7. (4) (B) " when the touching is not through clothing," It was through his clothing.
not saying patting down kids is ok, but according to what you post " when the touching is not through clothing," makes this fail. If I am reading this right.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:23 PM
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13. You read it correctly. That is apparently the loop hole
I wonder how well they screen the screeners.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:10 PM
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6. *yawn*
We can get rid of the screening, or portions of it, if enough of the public opposes the screening

But it would take lots and lots public opposition to end it. If any reduction in screening is followed by a serious security lapse, there will be a lot of shrieking to the effect that the reduction enabled the lapse, and there will be a big political backlash -- and everybody with a lick of political sense knows it

Most folk will react "Meh!" to videos like this, showing a cute kid getting a patdown: there's just not enough there to sustain much outrage

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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:21 PM
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8. I'd bet on photographs and video at airport checkpoints becoming illegal soon.
Less public outrage when it's only hearsay without proof.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:39 PM
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11. 16 Saudis fly planes into buildings and their dictater gets walked thru flower gardens
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 12:40 PM by upi402
But Americans get punished?
:eyes:

Granny groping, pedophillic policy makers sic the TSA on our fellow Americans---brilliant.
If an American has screwed up, no matter how long ago now, he/she can't get a job or rent a place with a felony conviction--brilliant.
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miscsoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:40 PM
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17. You can't really believe that the policy is "pedophilic",
I mean really, is this what you believe? They do this as an excuse for groping?
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franzia99 Donating Member (479 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:47 PM
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12. But don't you feel safer now that a little boy has been molested?
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:28 PM
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14. "Do you like watching movies about gladiators?"
Have you ever been in a... Turkish prison?



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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:35 PM
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15. it will be interesting
to see the reactions when summer arrives and travel begins. the xmas/thanksgiving holidays were just a taste of what was to come.
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miscsoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:37 PM
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16. Come on; it isn't groping in any sense.
Do you imagine child molesters are queuing up for airport security jobs in order to pat down children?

This is such a preposterous non issue.
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