Two TSA agents posted at Denver International Airport have been fired after it was discovered that they had worked out a scheme allowing one of the agents to grope unsuspecting male passengers as they passed through security checkpoints. TSA authorities were first alerted to the situation earlier this year thanks to an anonymous tip. An investigation of the two agents revealed that a clever--though troubling--system where the male agent would identify male passengers he found attractive at which point his female accomplice would flag them to be pulled aside for pat-down inspections.
During its investigation of the pair, TSA officials observed the male agent patting down unwitting passengers’ groins and buttocks with his bare hands, which is strictly forbidden according to TSA regulations. Both of the agents, whose names have not been released to the public, have been fired from their jobs. According to a third TSA employee from the same airport, however, their “game” wasn’t exactly a well kept secret.
“There was more people that knew it was going on,” another employee, who asked to remain anonymous, explained to a local CBS affiliate. “They made it seem like a game, they were having fun with it…I had heard them saying it was just a game. It’s a really sick game to play.”
The female agent who confessed to her participation in the scheme admitted to having lure at least ten passengers into the ploy.
"These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable," TSA officials asserted in a public statement. "TSA has removed two officers from the agency."
While it’s been established that numerous passengers were knowingly groped by TSA employees, the Denver District Attorney’s office finds itself in an interesting position regarding what to do with them. As it stands now none of the men who were touched have come forward expressing any concerns. It’s unclear whether any of the men knew what was being done to them. The one man that the TSA investigation observed being touched hasn’t reached out to the TSA and so the organization isn’t technically able to file any type of charges.Sphere: Related Content
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Referring to gays as “you abnormal people,” Romania's Got Talent judge Mihaela Rădulescu compared LGBTI people with terrorists and called for public LGBTI events to be banned.
Rădulescu also called Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst “a woman who was a man but can’t let go of the beard” and said that increased rights for gay people would “infringe on the majority’s right to disagree with their lifestyle.”
Rădulescu’s comments were inspired by a Facebook post by her partner Felix Baumgartner written in defense of Austrian folk singer Andreas Gabalier, who had complained at an awards ceremony that “it’s not easy in this world if, as a man, you still like women.” When booed by the audience, Gabalier said “politically correct” people should be more tolerant of his intolerance.
Rădulescu has since backtracked on her comments with the old "some of my best friends are gay" chestnut.
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On Wednesday Mexico’s Supreme Court struck a huge blow in the fight for marriage equality by ruling that bans on same-sex marriage are inherently “discriminatory” laws. The ruling came down in response to a lawsuit filed by a gay couple challenging the family code of Sinaloa, a coastal Mexican state.
Sinaloa’s family code, like those in other Latin American countries have traditionally defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The lawsuit challenging the code, which was filed in 2013, contended that aside from gender there were no discernible differences between heterosexual couples and homosexual ones. In a public statement released after the court hearing the judges emphatically agreed.
“The contested provisions are clearly discriminatory because the relationships in which homosexual couples engage can fit perfectly into the actual fundamentals of marriage and living together and raising a family,” the court explained. “For all of those relevant effects, homosexual couples can find themselves in an equivalent situation to heterosexual couples, in such a way that their exclusion from both institutions is totally unjustified.”
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Desperately banging the same drum as his fellow religious right activists as they continue their journey towards the dustbin of history, Pat Robertson has - once again - said that LGBT rights advocates are intent on their mission to destroy freedom, reports Right Wing Watch.
Robertson also suggested that gay activists are in league with Hillary Clinton in a clandestine plot to destroy liberty, claiming that the presidential candidate “wants to do away with the First Amendment, or at least part of it.”
The floundering televangelist - who believes that gay people will die out because they can’t reproduce - also weighed in on Indiana’s controversial right to discriminate law:
“Now this bunch of gays, what they have done is single out — for example, there will be a city and there will be five bakeshops, four out of the five will do wedding cakes for anybody that wants them, gay, lesbian, Muslim, Hindu, anybody, they’ll do cakes.
“One little company says, ‘No, we’re Christian, we won’t do homosexual wedding cakes.’ So they sue that one and force that one, because the idea now is not tolerance, it is conformity, they’re going to make you go along with their lifestyle whether you like it or not.
“That’s not freedom, ladies and gentlemen, that is totalitarian coercion, and that’s what those people want. Liberals are not liberal, they are totalitarian socialists. They want the government to force everybody into their mold.”
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