F-4 Statement of s Gentry to Asac 18sep12

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  Sommer Gentry, mathematics professor at the Naval Academy. I used to be a very frequent flyer. I became a frequent Amtrak rider instead on the day I became one of the thousands of women who have been sexually abused by the TSA. At BWI, I was ordered to spread my legs and arms while a screener searched me with a handheld metal detector. With an angry expression on her face, she put the end of the wand under my skirt, and pushed it up into my body until she penetrated me, leaving the thi n fabric of my underwear lodged inside. This meets the FBI’s definition of rape as penetration, however slight, with a foreign object. After my congressman interceded , the TSA wrote me a letter stating that although my “genital area was violated during a security screening”, the screener “followed established protocol.” They went on to say “It is difficult to search the lower torso of passengers without touching them,” but assured me “this accidental touching is not sexual .”  The TSA refused to change its procedures to make sure other women weren’ t accidentally raped. Thousands of other women have courageously reported being sexually violated by the TSA, but the TSA thinks it’s just too difficult to develop safe procedures . Children are being conditioned to let unknown adults shove hands down their pants, young women must submit to regular genital inspections by a stream of strangers, and innocent people are adopting poses of humiliation and surrender in response to barked commands. This is such a great harm that no one with any sense of history could consider reducing the risk of an astronomically-remote adverse event to be justification for TSA's shameful actions. There's just nothing to balance here. The harms are enormous, the benefits are make-believe. Americans are more likely to be killed by a home appliance than by a terrorist. Over 95% of airline deaths are attributable to accidents, not terrorism. 500 excess road deaths per year happen because the TSA diverts people from flying to driving. Anyo ne who thinks the TSA is saving lives can’t count.  You must act to stop the TSA from harassing and assaulting passengers. Get these people out of our pants. Please contact me at:   Description of document: Letters received by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) complaining about revised pat-down airline security procedures, 2010 Requested date: 01-February-2011 Released date: 27-June-2012 Posted date: 03-September-2012 Source of document: Transportation Security Administration, TSA-20, East Tower FOIA Division 601 South 12th Street Arlington, VA 20598-6020 Fax:   (571) 227-1406 Email:  The web site (“the site”) is noncommercial and free to the public. The site and materials made available on the site, such as this file, are for reference only. The web site and its  principals have made every effort to make this information as complete and as accurate as possible, however, there may be mistakes and omissions, both typographical and in content. The web site and its principals shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information provided on the web site or in this file. The public records published on the site were obtained from government agencies using proper legal channels. Each document is identified as to the source. Any concerns about the contents of the site should be directed to the agency srcinating the document in question. is not responsible for the contents of documents published on the website.    JUN 7 2 12 3600.1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Freedom oflnform tion Act Office 601 South 12  h Street, TSA-20 Arlington, VA 20598-6020 Transportation Security Administration FOIA: TSAll 0350 This letter is in response to your Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA) request received by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on February 1 2011, wherein you requested a copy of each letter received by TSA complaining about the new pat-down airline security procedures. However, your request was narrowed to include only the following: 1. Search limited to records received between October 1 2010 and the present. 2. Search limited to letters received by the agency. Emails may be omitted. 3. Search limited to TSA Headquarters. Additionally, in an email dated February 2, 2011, you advised that you were only interested in the incoming letters, not the TSA responses. Your request has been processed under the FOIA, 5 U .S.C. § 552. A reasonable search within the TSA was conducted and 201 pages of documents responsive to your request were located. These documents have been reviewed portions of some pages are being withheld pursuant to FOIA Exemptions (b)(2), (b)(3), and (b)(6). A more complete explanation of these exemptions is provided below. Exemption b) 2) Exemption (b )(2) exempts from mandatory disclosure records that are related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency. We have determined that certain portions of  the requested records contain personnel rules and/or internal practices of the TSA and are thus properly withheld from disclosure under this exemption. Exemption b) 3) This information reveals Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and is exempt from disclosure under Exemption (b)(3), which permits the withholding of records specifically exempted from disclosure by another Federal statute. Title 49 U.S.C. Section 114(r) exempts from disclosure SSI that would be detrimental to the security of transportation if disclosed. The TSA regulations implementing Section 114(r) are found in 49 CFR Part 1520. Exemption b) 6) Exemption (b)( 6) permits the government to withhold all identifying information that applies to a particular individual when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This requires the balancing of the public's right to disclosure against the individual's right to privacy. After performing this analysis, we have determined that the privacy interest in the identities of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information. Please note that any personal interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test. The fees incurred to process your request do not exceed the minimum threshold necessary for charge and, therefore, there are no fees associated with processing this request. Administrative Appeal In the event that you wish to appeal this determination, an administrative appeal may be made in writing to Kimberly Walton, Assistant Administrator, Office of Civil Rights Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement (CRLIOTE), Transportation Security Administration, 6 1 South 12th Street, East Building, E7 -121 S, Arlington, V 20598-6033. Your appeal must be submitted within 60 days from the date of this determination. It should contain your FOIA request number and state, to the extent possible, the reasons why you believe the initial determination should be reversed. In addition, the envelope in which the appeal is mailed in should be prominently marked FOIA Appeal. Please note that the Assistant Administrator's determination of the appeal will be administratively final. 2
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