by the Left Coast Rebel
Incredible! Even after the amazing amount of coverage that John Tyner's TSA experience here in San Diego received and the light that it shed on the TSA's police state-esque tactics, the powers-that-be behind the scenes at the Federal agency are not backing down from prosecuting John Tyner (image, left).
The simple question is this - just what law did John Tyner break? And does the TSA really think that making an example out of Tyner makes sense? Don't you think that this will just further incense the public?
(Memeo, SignonSD) The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.
TSA agents had told Tyner on Saturday that he could be fined up to $10,000.
Here's the Orwellian offense that John Tyner committed:
According to Aguilar, Tyner is under investigation for leaving the security area without permission. That’s prohibited, among other reasons, to prevent potential terrorists from entering security, gaining information, and leaving.
The tapes recorded by John Tyner flatly contradict the "leaving the security area with permission" charge as a TSA supervisor is clearly heard giving Tyner permission to leave the security area and then he IS ESCORTED OUT by airport security. Should San Diego airport security then be 'investigated' by the TSA?
Did they even listen to Tyner's tapes? Let's see hands raised of those that think John Tyner will soon receive an IRS audit as well. This, my friends, is how ruling class, bi-partisan tyranny works. Can anyone say "Federal court case"?
Tea party/limited government advocates in the new Congress need to take up dismantling the TSA as a top, first priority.
Paging Ron and Rand Paul....
Updated: Warplanner checks in:
As odious as this is, there is an "implied consent" granting the operators of the airport and, regrettably, the TSA under the aegis of the Federal government to conduct unwarranted searches.
I was listening to Chip Franklin (KOGO) who had a lawyer on explaining this. Actually, your airline ticket is a license to enter the premises and, from the point you where you hand your luggage to airline check-in people, you consent to the searches. The alternative is to slow down the process to the point where airlines lose profits or just stop flying altogether.
I waggishly suggested over on my blog that we solve the problem by kicking all of the ugly TSA inspectors upstairs, hire dead-bang knockout out-of-work actors and actresses, and require men to be search by women and women be search by men. With that paradigm in place, there'll be a line around the block for the pat-downs.
"..coming into Los An-gel-eez
Flyin' in with a couple o' keys..
Don't touch my bags, if you pleez..
Mr Customs Man.."