Thursday, November 29, 2012

TSA Agent Selects 17 Year Old Girl in a Sundress for a "Pat down", then Pulls Down Her Dress

This is becoming par for the course but is no less outrageous.  A 17 year old girl, traveling with her church group to Australia, is selected for a pat down. The screener then pulls down her dress, exposing the girls breasts for everyone in the screening area to see as of course, the girl was never offered a private screening.  And of course, the TSA has decided to blame everything on the 17 year old girl for wearing a "loose fitting, full-length, strapless sun dress" and the TSA agent is still employed and molesting kids on a daily basis to this day.  Maybe the TSA should provide travelers with a pamphlet next time to guide us as to the proper attire for the groping we must face when we travel.  God forbid we wear comfortable close that can be easily pulled off by the ham fisted screeners.

And really, whether or not this incident was an accident, isn't the real point.  It should never have happened at all.  The 4th Amendment to the Constitution reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Where is the probable cause?  Are many 17 year old girls in sundresses from Texas traveling with their church groups to Australia closet jihadists?  I'd venture that none of them are and probable cause is defined as:

A reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent and cautious person's belief that certain facts are probably true.

Would any prudent and cautious person even think about selecting a 17 year old girl in a sundress for a patdown?  Maybe if they were a prudent and cautious person who was also a molester, but otherwise no.

What's funny is that the Israelis are much more in tune with our Constitution than we are with their travel screening procedures.  They ask you questions about who you are, where you are going and if any red flags are raised, they take you to a private area to ask you more questions and search your stuff.  They only bother going through the extra effort when there is at least a hint of probably cause that a traveler could be up to trouble.  But then again, they are actually trying to stop terrorists.  I don't know what we are doing anymore. 

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