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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TSA apologizes to elderly women they strip searched but still denies…

The government is creating a ‘storm trooper’ mentality  by forcing TSA agents to violate citizens.

The federal worker is being conditioned (brainwashed) into thinking it’s ok to treat their fellow citizens this way and the citizens are being conditioned to accept it.

We’re headed for a police state, we’re headed for dictatorship, we’re headed for the new world order. 

Exclusive: Lenore Zimmerman and Ruth Sherman still fuming after humiliating December incident

By Rich Schapiro / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Gary Rothstein and Getty Images
Lenore Zimmerman (top photo) and Ruth Sherman (bottom) are still fuming after being subjected to humiliating strip searches at Kennedy Airport in December. The TSA says its screeners screwed up.

In an about-face, the feds have admitted wrongdoing in the cases of two elderly women who say they were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport by overzealous screeners.

Federal officials had initially insisted that all “screening procedures were followed” after Ruth Sherman, 89, and Lenore Zimmerman, 85, went public with separate accounts of humiliating strip searches.

But in a letter obtained by the Daily News, the Homeland Security Department acknowledges that screeners violated standard practice in their treatment of the ailing octogenarians last November.

Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Betsy Markey concedes to state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) that Sherman was forced to show security agents her colostomy bag — a violation of policy.

“It is not standard operating procedure for colostomy devices to be visually inspected, and [the Transportation Security Administration\] apologizes for this employee’s action,” Markey wrote.

The letter says that Sherman, who uses a wheelchair, was escorted into a private area after she voluntarily lowered her pants to show screeners the device.

In the private room, she was patted down and told to show agents the colostomy bag, the letter says.

Markey still maintained that the Florida-based Sherman was never asked to remove her clothing.

“They asked me to pull my sweatpants down, and now they’re not telling you the truth,” Sherman fumed Monday.

Markey also denied that Zimmerman had been strip-searched, but did apologize for the conduct of a TSA agent who violated policy by scanning the Long Island granny’s back brace.

Zimmerman had told The News two female agents removed her clothes — instead of just patting her down — after she revealed that she was wearing a defibrillator.

“They’re lying,” said Zimmerman. “I don’t have a problem with [screeners checking\] the back brace. I have a problem with being strip-searched.”

Gianaris, who wrote to the TSA requesting a full investigation, said the feds’ account is still full of holes.

“It’s obvious that something went wrong, so its nice to see the TSA admit that their procedures were violated,” Gianaris said, “but they’re still falling short of admitting that these women’s dignity was violated by asking them to remove their clothes.”

rschapiro@nydailynews.com


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