Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TSA going after "junkman" John Tyner

"if you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a press conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. The investigation could lead to prosecution and “civil penalties” of up to $11,000, he said.

TSA agents told John Tyner on Saturday that he could be fined up to $10,000.
“That’s the old fine,” said Aguilar. “It has been increased.”
Penalties for what?
"The requirement for all the passengers is that once they enter the screening area and submit themselves to the screening process, to complete the screening," said Aguilar. "This passenger took exception."
Did Aguilar feel the TSA was set up?
"I don’t know that it was an actual set up," said Aguilar, "but we are concerned that this passenger did have his recording prior to entering the checkpoint so there is some concern that it was an intentional behavior on his part."
Tyner has denied any prior intention. In an interview he said he researched scanners ahead of the trip felt uncomfortable with them. When he saw there were scanners at Lindbergh Field he became uneasy and turned on his cell phone recorder as a precaution.
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The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal.  From John Tyner's Blog