TSA gives invasive pat down to 6-year-old girl


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David Edwards
Raw Story
April 11, 2011

A video appeared on the Internet Saturday of a female TSA agent allegedly giving an invasive pat down to a 6-year-old girl.

Watch this video from Natalie Oturovich, uploaded to YouTube April 9, 2011.



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Parents Say TSA Made It Clear “There Would Be Trouble” If They Refused To Allow 6-Year Old Daughter To Be Groped

Steve Watson
April 13, 2011

The parents of a six year old girl who was subjected to an enhanced pat-down at the hands of the TSA appeared confused and disturbed in an interview on ABC News’ Good Morning America today as they called for a change in security procedures.

Selena and Dr. Todd Drexel, of Bowling Green, Ky., were thrust into the spotlight this week after a video of their daughter, Anna, being searched at New Orleans Armstrong International Airport went viral on the internet.

The couple said they allowed the video to be uploaded to Youtube in order to gauge other opinions on the incident which they feel was very wrong.

The video (below) shows the child in some distress as she is intimately probed by a stranger while her parents look on powerless.

“Initially she was just confused,” Todd Drexel said. “Afterward she broke down crying because she really didn’t understand what she had done wrong.” he added.

“I did ask for alternatives, I asked for her to be rescanned. They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do.” Selena Drexel said, adding that a TSA supervisor made it clear in a non verbal way that “there would be trouble” if the parents “caused a fuss” and refused to allow the pat down to be completed.

Mrs Drexel added that TSA agents did not adequately answer her questions when she asked why her daughter had been selected for a pat-down.

“We struggle to teach our kids to protect themselves, to say ‘no, it’s not ok to touch me in this way in this area,” Mrs Drexel, said. “Yet here we are saying it’s ok for these people.” If we don’t find other ways we’re making them more vulnerable, she said, adding that procedures for children should be changed.

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LIttle Anna’s reaction to the incident speaks volumes. She was upset and distressed because she thought she had done something wrong and was being punished by the so called authorities. The untainted innocence of the child’s view of the incident tells you that there is something very very wrong with the way millions of Americans are allowing their government to act in the name of security.

To pick out a six year old child a a possible security threat and frisk her for dangerous weapons in an American airport is utterly insane, however it is far from an isolated incident, as we have previously documented.

If anyone else abducted someone’s child and then sexually molested them they would be rightly called a pedophile and locked up for a long time, but when the government does it not only is it deemed acceptable, but it also trains a whole generation of children that being kidnapped by an adult and having their genitals groped is normal.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.



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“Outraged and Disgusted” Congressman Introduces Legislation To Bar TSA From Groping Children

“I am so furious with them I can’t even see straight”

Steve Watson
April 15, 2011

A US Congressman says he is furious at the treatment of minors by the TSA and has introduced legislation to completely outlaw any form of pat-down on a child by security personnel without the express consent and presence of a parent.

In a letter to TSA head John Pistole this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah described the treatment of six year old Anna Drexel at the hands of a TSA officer in New Orleans as a “shocking violation” of TSA protocol.

In a video that quickly went viral on the internet, the confused and tearful young girl was subject to an enhanced pat down, which included an officer putting her hands inside the child’s pants.

Chaffetz, who is the chairman of an Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that watches over the TSA, introduced the bill on Wednesday, noting “I am personally outraged and disgusted by yet another example of mistreatment of an innocent American at the hands of TSA.”

“This conduct is in clear violation of TSA’s explicit policy not to conduct thorough pat-downs on children under the age of 13.” Chaffetz added.

The Congressman also spoke of a recent incident involving his own children and the TSA, describing how his wife and two daughters were separated and given enhanced pat downs after refusing to go through radiation firing naked body scanners when flying to Utah from Washington.

“I am so furious with them I can’t even see straight,” Chaffetz said Thursday. “They should not be taking minors by themselves for pat downs.”

“The agency must get serious about the manner in which it seeks to balance national security with personal privacy,” Chaffetz wrote to Pistole. “At the very least, it cannot continue to operate under the belief that little girls and handicapped children pose such a serious threat that [agents] must abandon all manner of decency when interacting with them.”

Chaffetz has consistently railed against the TSA takeover throughout the nation’s airports.

Last year he oversaw the passage in the House of an amendment to ban “strip-search” imaging at airports altogether.

“You don’t have to look at my wife and 8-year-old daughter naked to secure an airplane,” Chaffetz said at the time.

“You can actually see the sweat on somebody’s back. You can tell the difference between a dime and a nickel. If they can do that, they can see things that quite frankly I don’t think they should be looking at in order to secure a plane,” Chaffetz told the House.

The Congressman has also labeled the TSA’s delay in releasing safety reports on the machines as “inexcusable”.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.



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Mother “Considering All Options” After TSA Groped Six Year-Old-Daughter

Parents say they have not ruled out legal challenge to “dangerous” TSA policies

Steve Watson
April 19, 2011

The mother of a six-year-old girl who was subject to an intensive pat down at the hands of the TSA recently says she is considering all options in how to respond to the incident, including a possible lawsuit.

“The message that we are trying to get out is that this has to stop, preferably for everybody with the groping, but especially for children.” Selena Drexel told The Alex Jones Show this week.

“I want to believe that the TSA, in theory, would be well intentioned to try to keep passengers safe during the course of a two to three hour flight, but I’m interested in keeping children safe when they’re on the ground too.” Mrs Drexel added.

The case hit headlines last week when the Drexels uploaded to YouTube a video of the TSA conducting an “enhanced” pat down on their young daughter Anna at New Orleans International Airport.

The video, which captured the agent frisking the girl up and down and even inside her pants, quickly went viral.

Selena Drexel and her husband, Todd, a qualified gynecologist, then appeared on ABC News and revealed that they had felt threatened by TSA agents and supervisors who made it clear that there would be trouble should the parents object to the enhanced screening procedures.

In her interview with Alex Jones, Mrs Drexel expanded on these comments.

“It was pretty hard to keep my cool, but the supervisor you don’t see on the camera was reasonably intimidating to me and let me know that there would be a big deal if I made a fuss.” she said.

“The TSA supervisor was sitting behind a desk and overseeing this and I recognized that he was the one in charge and protested to him off camera both before and after the video was rolling. He physically got into my personal space… and let me know ‘just don’t'” Mrs Drexel explained.

Mrs Drexel’s comments are interesting in light of a related story that the TSA has suggested it will now consider any form of “contempt against airport passenger procedures” as cause to categorize those involved as “high risk”.

Mrs Drexel also expressed deep concern over the TSA procedures as far as children are concerned.

“The methods that they have in place right now are setting kids up to be vulnerable to child predators who would take advantage of a child who has been conditioned to ignore that feeling of wrongness.” she said. “That uneasy feeling you get when someone is touching you in an inappropriate manner.”

Mrs Drexel is not alone with such concerns. Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention and expert in the fight against child sexual abuse, recently told Raw Story that the TSA’s policies are desensitizing children to inappropriate touch. In some instances TSA agents have even suggested to kids that the pat-down is a “game”

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 said. 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 added.

As we also documented last week, the TSA outright lied late last year when it suggested that it had modified the pat-down procedure for children under 12, when in fact the same invasive search of private areas of the body are evidently still being employed to this day.

Selena Drexel revealed that she and her husband are still deliberating over what action to take in response to the incident.

“I’m investigating what our options are, in terms of making the TSA accountable to their own published standards. I’m currently investigating options right now, I’ve not ruled anything out.” she said.

“I don’t remember signing anything when I bought my ticket saying I was giving up my constitutional rights, and certainly not those of my children, so I’m not sure how this is allowed.” she added.

Mrs Drexel also emphasized that it is important to become informed about what the TSA is doing, admitting that before the incident she had little knowledge of just how invasive the agencies methods had become until she was directly confronted by them.

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Big Sis Backs Six-Year-Old’s TSA Gropedown

Pushes biometric ID cards on the back of public outrage


Steve Watson
April 22, 2011

Homeland Security Head Janet Napolitano, otherwise known as ‘Big Sis’, has backed the TSA’s recent actions in conducting and enhanced pat-down on a six year old girl, while simultaneously suggesting that biometric ID cards could be introduced as a viable alternative.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week, Napolitano addressed the incident that occurred recently at New Orleans International airport, where that parents of Anna Drexel captured video of a TSA agent thoroughly frisking their daughter, including inside her pants.

“Nobody likes to see those kinds of things… even though it was done professionally according to the protocols,” Napolitano said.

“But, what TSA is doing is reexamining those protocols all the time. It’s all in relation to threat – what is the threat? And one of the things we do see is if you categorically remove a group from any type of screening, well those who seek to do us harm will then exploit that group. So you have to be very careful on how you do it”. she added.

So Big Sis is seriously suggesting that if toddlers and children are not treated as potential terror threats then they will become useful tools for terrorists. The TSA is groping children in order to protect them from terrorists.

Napolitano also suggested that grossly invasive and unpopular TSA procedures could eventually be scrapped if air travelers were willing to submit to biometric ID cards.

“So here’s a couple of things we’re working on,” she said. “Number one is expanding trust and traveler programs, programs where people will get biometric cards. They’ve already supplied information. We know they are safe to travel. We can move them through the system. That’s going to be expanded this year. That allows us to remove a number of people I think from the screening process.”

“What we need to do is, if I can say so, is kind of market them and make them equally available, so we’re working on that,” she added.

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Carrying a card containing a chip with information such as fingerprints, iris scans, and even DNA samples has long been thought of as something akin to a dystopian science fiction film. However, the notion of carrying such a card would undoubtedly be more appealing to air travelers if the alternative is being groped, ogled naked and fired with radiation from body scanning machines.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.



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TSA officer charged in distributing child pornography

Flashback:*10,000 Child Porn Images Found On Ex-TSA Worker’s Computer

April 24, 2011

A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.

Homeland Security agents arrested the TSA officer March 24, and he is being held without bail.

Although the case was unsealed Thursday, neither the indictment nor the news release mentioned Gordon’s job searching airline passengers for TSA.

The arrest comes as TSA grapples with several other incidents involving screeners, including a YouTube video posted last week by parents angry about the pat-down their 6-year-old daughter received at an airport in New Orleans. TSA officials said the pat-down was proper; the parents said the girl was “groped.”

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

Full article here