by the Left Coast Rebel
An Oceanside, California resident named John Tyner who blogs under the "Johnny Edge" handle, takes on the TSA at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) in a post from yesterday morning. He recorded the entire event (strangely with what seems to be a shoe cam, or something as the camera angle is horizontal to the ground and looking up - it's actually his phone).
What ensues is admittedly a bit of stunt on John Tyner's part but nevertheless damning to the conduct of the TSA, "naked scanners" forced on air flight travelers and the incredible Orwellian nonsense of it all. I'm surprised no one else has done an undercover op like this as well.
(Editor's Note: I was not able to listen to all the video segments that John Tyner put up at his site, however, I just caught an an amazing admission made by a TSA official on the transcript from one of the video segments):
"By buying your ticket, you gave up a lot of rights." That about sums up the attitude of the TSA and many branches of state and federal government, no? I assume that this sort of Constitution-tearing and shredding attitude comes from the top down at the TSA as well or as Proof just said, "probable cause = boarding a plane."
(SignonSD) Once he threatened to have the TSA agent arrested though, events turned surreal.
A supervisor is heard re-explaining the groin check process to Tyner then adding "If you're not comfortable with that we can escort you back out and you don't have to fly today."
Tyner responded "OK, I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying."
"This is not considered a sexual assault," replied the supervisor, calmly.
"It would be if you were not the government," said Tyner.
"By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights," countered the TSA supervisor.
Here's more from John Tyner's site, telling the beginning of the story:
This morning, I tried to fly out of San Diego International Airport but was refused by the TSA. I had been somewhat prepared for this eventuality. I have been reading about the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines and the possible harm to health as well as the vivid pictures they create of people's naked bodies. Not wanting to go through them, I had done my research on the TSA's website prior to traveling to see if SAN had them. From all indications, they did not. When I arrived at the security line, I found that the TSA's website was out of date. SAN does in fact utilize backscatter x-ray machines.And the segment of video (3:45) where he tells the TSA official that,"if you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested":
After the segment above, John Tyner is detained and threatened with a civil suit and $10,000 fine by a TSA official.
All of this should come as no surprise given how many complaints Americans have recently voiced against the TSA. Beware of "conservatives" that could care less about this issue.
Updated: Via Lonely Conservative, the TSA
Updated x2: Eric at Classical Values sums it up:
It's a shame to see a once proud and free people being reduced to abject peonage simply because of a few nutcase terrorists who are willing to blow themselves up. I find it supremely ironic that when the terrorists have had their attempts at carnage aborted in mid-flight, it has usually been done by the very passengers that our lame excuse for a government so distrusts.Exactly!