Fox News host was put on ‘no fly list’
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, May 11, 2012
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera revealed today how he was “manually raped” by a TSA worker while traveling to Afghanistan, explaining how he had been persecuted by the federal agency for falsely appearing on the infamous ‘no fly list’.
Rivera appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss yesterday’s story about an eighteen-month-old child appearing on the TSA’s no fly list. The parents of the toddler said that after they were “humiliated, embarrassed and picked on” by TSA agents at Ft Lauderdale Airport, they were marched off the plane, and ordered to stand in the terminal for half an hour.
However, Rivera devoted most of the segment to his own TSA nightmare story.
“The last time I flew to Afghanistan I got manually raped by a guy who – the scanner wasn’t working,” said Rivera, before adding that his “junk was junked” by a TSA screener.
“This guy, it seemed to me, was getting off on it…And the more and the tighter I got and the angrier I got,” said Rivera. “You know, he just wanted to be a little more intimate.”
Rivera explained how his trouble with the TSA began when he got put on a ‘no fly list’ and was continually subjected to “enhanced interrogation and search” every time he took a flight.
“And I was so frustrated. I called the TSA, and I called and I called. I went on television. I exposed them, I embarrassed them. I said, ‘can’t ya?’ And they just could not remove my name from the computer that had the no-fly list.”
Rivera’s problems with the TSA may actually have stemmed from the fact that he criticized the agency.
As we previously documented, allegations that the TSA has created a watch list of individuals who criticize the agency as a form of collective punishment are cognizant with reports of journalists being unnecessarily harassed. CNN journalist Drew Griffin was put on a TSA watch list immediately after he filed reports critical of the organization back in 2008.
In November 2010, we reported the story of how radio host Owen JJ Stone was told by a TSA screener that his pat down would include the screener putting his hands down Stone’s pants. The TSA worker directly patted down his testicles, penis and backside while his hand was inside Stone’s pants. Stone was initially embarrassed to reveal the full scope of the groping but related the details of what amounted to nothing less than outright sexual molestation.
Also in November 2010, blogger Erin Chase went public to reveal how she literally had her vagina groped by a TSA screener, who touched both her labia as well as her buttocks and breasts during a pat down.
Former Miss USA Susie Castillo also revealed how a TSA worker touched her vagina during a pat down at Dallas-Fort Worth airport in April 2011 after she refused to go through a body scanner.
Rivera added that he thought “there is a lot of merit in people who say it should be re-privatized,” referring to a recently passed bill that allows airports to evict TSA screeners and replace them with private security.
Senator Rand Paul, who himself had a tense run-in with the loathed federal agency, has also recently launched a campaign to abolish the TSA, backed by a promise to introduce legislation that will “END the TSA and get the government’s hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers.”