Wednesday, December 7, 2016

voyeurism

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TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was started two months after 9/11 and they are generally the reason it takes so long to get on planes in America.

They are the ones that screen your luggage, scan your person and one TSA agent allegedly films women with a camera up their skirts.

A Seattle man was arrested for just that.

Nicholas Fernandez is a 29-year old screener for the TSA that has been arrested for “voyeurism” and he is suspended without pay.

A Spokesperson for the TSA made a statement about the most recent arrest inside the TSA.

“TSA does not tolerate illegal, unethical or immoral conduct. When such conduct is alleged, TSA investigates it thoroughly. When appropriate, TSA requests that it be investigated by a law enforcement authority. When an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, the appropriate action is taken.”

In this case, appropriate action is to suspend and not fire the employee, even though the police found enough evidence to arrest him.

The TSA is one agency that has been plagued with corruption. With over 55,000 employees and a budget of $7.5 billion, they seem to be getting in trouble more than they are stopping trouble.

Last year in Denver, two TSA agents were fired for groping a male passenger. A Florida TSA agent was arrested after his estranged wife was found dead in a van.

One TSA agent in Baltimore was arrested for sex charges, while one in Arkansas was indicted on child pornography.

Another TSA agent was arrested in Chicago for stealing money out of a checked bag, and more arrested in Dallas for the same thing. TSA supervisor Dwight Durant was charged in a cocaine conspiracy.

What we don’t have are any reports of the TSA being an efficient and professional agency.

Be careful next time you fly, don’t wear a skirt and don’t leave a lot of cash in your checked bags.

What are your thoughts on the TSA? Let us know in the comments below.

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transgender

It is time for Target to reconsider their transgender bathroom rule?

A 43-year old transgender woman was arrested for taking pictures of another woman in a dressing room.

The transgender whose name is Shauna Patricia Smith is jailed under her transgender name, Sean Smith.

The news release said that Sean Smith committed the crime in Target, but her real name is Shauna.

Shauna hung her cell phone over the divider in the dressing room and took pictures of another woman changing.

The woman confronted the transgender voyeur, but she ran away.

The Sheriff’s office responded and was able to capture the transgender woman close by.

After looking over the video footage and the pictures on the phone of the transgender, she was arrested and booked into jail.

The distraught victim was photographed with no clothes on and felt violated. Luckily this person is in jail now, but the police are looking into any other similar cases that Shauna might be involved in.

Just last April, Target made headlines when it chose to allow transgenders in any bathroom or dressing room they identify with.

This isn’t the first arrest like this at Target and it won’t be the last.

Despite many conservative organizations that have urged its supporters to boycott Target and in May, a group of over a million signed a petition to boycott Target of the new rule.

As of right now, Target is staying strong in their support of transgenders and the LGBT community. It must not matter to Target that some of their shoppers are more likely to become victims just like the woman in the dressing room in this story.

Do you shop at Target? Let us know in the comments below.

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bathrooms

The University of Toronto just proved why gender-segregated restrooms were always a thing.

After two separate incidents of so-called “voyeurism”–creepy peeping–in their gender-neutral bathrooms, the administration rolled back their new restroom policy, in the name of personal safety.

Two women, on September 15 and 19, reported seeing a cell phone reach over the doors to the shower stalls–in an attempt to film them as they showered. Police are still investigating and no one has been identified as a suspect at this time.

Melinda Scott, the dean of students, said that the university would be rolling back their “Washroom Inclusivity Project,” at least temporarily.

“The purpose of this temporary measure is to provide a safe space for the women who have been directly impacted by these events and other students who may feel more comfortable in a single-gender washroom in the wake of these incidents,” she explained.

That’s a very different tune than the University of Toronto has previously struck. Their “Washroom Inclusivity Project,” as described on their website, articulates the importance of having gender-neutral restrooms.

“Gender neutral washrooms are often central in discussions of transgender inclusivity in public spaces. The Washroom Inclusivity Project is no different in this, mapping the location of gender neutral toilets is the most visible manifestation of inclusivity that we can provide.”

The University of Toronto displays the tug-and-pull between being politically correct and risking safety. Gender-segregated restrooms came out of a very legitimate need to protect safety and privacy, not as a way to arbitrarily punish some members of society or create inequality.

By quickly changing policies to create so-called “inclusive spaces”–as is happening all across Canada and the United States–that need for safety is too often being snowed under by the rush to protect other people’s feelings.

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