by Chet Hardin
As we have noted, it would be a daunting task to fully catalog the allegations of abuse and mistreatment that have been leveled against the Transportation Security Administration over the past couple years.
But to that list, we add another. And this one offers a unique and chilling twist.
As website TechDirt reports, Amy Alkon, the advice columnist whose work appears in the pages of this paper and many others across the country, was so shaken by her experiences with TSA, she sought to press charges against the agent that she claims sexually assaulted her. Bringing charges against a TSA agent — for behavior that would easily be seen as criminal under almost all other circumstances — has so far been impossible.
Faced with that legal reality, Alkon turned to her blog:
Basically, I felt it important to make a spectacle of what they are doing to us, to make it uncomfortable for them to violate us and our rights, so I let the tears come. In fact, I sobbed my guts out. Loudly. Very loudly. The entire time the woman was searching me.
Nearing the end of this violation, I sobbed even louder as the woman, FOUR TIMES, stuck the side of her gloved hand INTO my vagina, through my pants. Between my labia. She really got up there. Four times. Back right and left, and front right and left. In my vagina. Between my labia. I was shocked — utterly unprepared for how she got the side of her hand up there. It was government-sanctioned sexual assault.
Upon leaving, still sobbing, I yelled to the woman, "YOU RAPED ME." And I took her name to see if I could file sexual assault charges on my return. This woman, and all of those who support this system deserve no less than this sort of unpleasant experience, and from all of us.
Alkon went on to name the agent, Thedala Magee, writing that she named the agent in the hopes of making it "very uncomfortable to be one of those who earns a living, as said at Nuremberg, by 'just following orders.'" And that's where this TSA story takes its twist, according to TechDirt: Magee cried defamation and threatened to sue Alkon for $500,000.
You can read about it here, as well as read the legal filing from Magee and Alkon's response.