Thursday, December 02, 2010

More #TSA 'grope&change'-Expert says frisks groom children for sexual predators #parents #kids

It looks like the TSA continues to have more unresolved issues that need to be taken into consideration, especially when dealing with children and sexual assault victims, when conducting these new security measures.
According to one expert in this exclusive report from Raw Story, children are at risk of being groomed to trust strangers by allowing them to touch them in their private areas in the name of security. Of course this is also a problem and big concern not only for kids but anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or has any type of trust issues. While the airlines and TSA report there was not a high incident of protests against the pat-downs over the Thanksgiving break, there was an increase in the number of people who drove or chose not to travel. Those who willingly gave up their rights to privacy and illegal search were left with no choice but to go through the intrusive pat-downs or the nude scanner machines.
An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a "game".

Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA's recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a "game" is potentially putting children in danger.

Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is "one of the most common ways" that sexual predators use to convince children to engage in inappropriate contact, Wooden told Raw Story.

Children "don't have the sophistication" to distinguish between a pat-down carried out by an airport security officer and an assault by a sexual predator, he said.

The TSA policy could "desensitize children to inappropriate touch and ultimately make it easier for sexual offenders to prey on our children," Wooden added.

Following an outcry last month over the use on children of "enhanced pat-downs" -- which involve the touching of genitals -- the TSA announced a new "modified" pat-down for children under 12. However, as the LA Times noted, the new rules are "unclear" on whether TSA agents can touch children's genitals.

Addressing the controversy over pat-downs of children last month, TSA regional security director James Marchand told the press the TSA was working on new practices to make children more comfortable during the pat-down process.

"You try to make it as best you can for that child to come through. If you can come up with some kind of a game to play with a child, it makes it a lot easier," said Marchand, promising to make it part of TSA training.

Wooden, who has testified before Congress on child safety issues on numerous occasions, says he was told by a TSA agent that the practice has been used.

"How can experts working at the TSA be so incredibly misinformed and misguided to suggest that full body pat downs for children be portrayed as a game?" Wooden asked in an email. "To do so is completely contrary to what we in the sexual abuse prevention field have been trying to accomplish for the past thirty years."

He added: "This policy is also incredibly insensitive to the countless victims who have already been traumatized by unwanted touching in their lives and could be re-traumatized by such pat-downs."

On Tuesday, TSA administrator John Pistole said the agency may change its screening rules for victims of sex abuse. He also said the TSA had no plans to continue expanding the airport screening process.

"I think we are at the most thorough that we will probably be in terms of our physical screening," he announced.
Source:Raw Story

In the meantime, there is also this under reported incident I came across on alltop where a former sexual assault victim was subject to an invasive pat-down after the nude body scanner was unable to detect her organic,reusable pantyliner from[who knew these existed],wonder if same problem can occur with disposable pads?

Could pantyliners be the next threat to national security? According to the TSA, maybe.

A woman traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday was allegedly subject to an invasive search by airport security after her pantyliner partially blocked the view of a full-body scanner. The unnamed woman reported her story to, sharing that two female TSA agents—with a male agent looking on—carried out a search “so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assaults.”

Apparently the TSA handbook doesn’t include a chapter on menstruation or the emotionally painful side effects of unwanted groping.

Full story at The Frisky.

Finally, yet another incident of outrageous TSA insanity, a 52 year old woman in a wheel chair was unable to fly on Tuesday after failing to pass the screening test after agents detected nitrates,used in bomb making, on her wheel chair. She arrived at the airport in her panties and underwear to avoid the more invasive pat-downs she has experienced previously, but this time the scanner detected the nitrates and she was subject to an invasive pat-down and then told to go home. So she left and was finally able to fly home on Wednesday. The only thing I question is if she did this for publicity because her expression, makeup and pose, not to mention the augmented breasts appear almost robotic. Could she have done this because she is seeking attention to get on tv, a modeling offer or just 15 minutes of fame??

Here is more on her story:

Tuesday night Tammy Banovac said she chose to wear her underwear because of an unpleasant experience two weeks ago at airport security. She is typically hand-searched at airports because she uses a wheelchair, she said, and she felt violated by the more invasive searches employed at airports recently.

“If it happened anywhere else, it would have been sexual assault.”

Banovac said she was trying to board a flight to Phoenix on Tuesday when she was pulled aside at security for a more thorough search.

She said TSA employees told her equipment detected traces of nitrates, which are used in bombs, on her clothing and luggage. She said a TSA supervisor told her to leave the airport and “come back tomorrow” after more than an hour of hand searches and questioning.

Read more
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