TSA screener charged in kid porn case

Old Apr 23, 11, 7:01 am
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TSA screener charged in kid porn case

It seemed that hings were too quiet last week.

A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20...rnography.html

Sent to Drudge a few minutes ago.
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Old Apr 23, 11, 7:26 am
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From the link:

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

"We can assure the public that he is no longer working at the airport," Davis said.
Of course he's no longer working at the airport, you eejit Davis. He's been in jail without bail. But you didn't say that he is no longer employed by the TSA.
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Old Apr 23, 11, 7:36 am
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We knew we would eventually see this but just wow is all I can say. I can only cringe at the thought of the searches he must have conducted....and the enjoyment his job must have given him by inevitably touching and searching kids.
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Old Apr 23, 11, 8:06 am
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if he's smart, he will blame it on workplace stress and other emotional damage caused by having to do these pat-down-feel-ups, and sue TSA. not that i am defending him, but it's bound to happen sooner or later.
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Old Apr 23, 11, 9:23 am
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I'm shocked, shocked, that TSA hires alleged child porn purveyors to grope our children.

Or maybe I'm not. I do understand why TSA trusts the TSO with children -- TSA has nothing at stake. Their taxpayer dollars will still flow no matter who they hire.

We, however, have much at stake -- our children and grandchildren. WE should not trust any TSO.

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Old Apr 23, 11, 9:37 am
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The link is up at Drudge.
The newspaper it links to has zero comments. I thought for sure some one here would have kicked off the comments!
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Old Apr 23, 11, 10:23 am
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The link is up at Drudge.
The newspaper it links to has zero comments. I thought for sure some one here would have kicked off the comments!
This kind of thing is no longer news. It's routine and expected...and worse, tolerated.
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Old Apr 23, 11, 11:19 am
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I wonder if screeners like this one prefer giving pat-downs or being in the WBI booth?
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Old Apr 23, 11, 11:38 am
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The link is up at Drudge.
The newspaper it links to has zero comments. I thought for sure some one here would have kicked off the comments!
It's a holiday weekend? Anyway, there's one comment up now:

So one more TSA molester is gone. Thousands more remain to sexually assault our children and families and harass the elderly and the disabled. The TSA must be disbanded now.
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Old Apr 23, 11, 11:44 am
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Sheeple response

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"OMG!! That is awful! But 9/11 changed everything. The world's a different place and we need to make sure we don't have terrorists with bombs getting on planes and flying them into buildings in the U.S. So, I have no problem with little boys and girls being patted down by someone like him. Whatever it takes to keep America safe!!!"

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Old Apr 23, 11, 11:50 am
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But doesn't supplying child pornographers keep us safe from terrorists?
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Old Apr 23, 11, 12:19 pm
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Tipped by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, federal agents began investigating Gordon on March 10, according to an affidavit from a Homeland Security Investigations agent.
What was he doing between 3/10/11 and the date he was arrested, 3/24/11? Screening passengers?
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It's up on Fox now, with some pithy comments:

http://nation.foxnews.com/tsa/2011/0...ld-pornography
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Sometimes, the comments in this forum underwhelm me.

If someone was convicted of shoplifting, for instance, it's logical to assume that the person will eventually graduate to bigger crimes such as burglary or robbery. However, there are no precursors for something like child pornography. The person either commits the crime or doesn't. I think it's pretty unrealistic to believe that TSA or any employer could "predict" that a person is going to commit this type of crime. If he had any previous convictions related to child pornography, then he should not have been hired by TSA. I seriously doubt that there is such a conviction in his background, but if there is, then TSA clearly has to do a better job with background checks. So far, there doesn't appear to be anything that would have indicated this type of behavior.

What I don't understand is the attempt by the media to connect this behavior to his screener duties. This was something clearly committed during off-duty hours. There are, from reading the article, no on-duty incidents that are related to this particular crime. He was apparently disciplined for either tardiness or excessive absences. The fact that his picture of him in his TSA uniform is on Photobucket is a meaningless piece of information.

TSA is like any other corporation. Before it can take any adverse action against an employee, there has to be reliable derogatory information that will stand up in court for actions taken by the agency. Seems to me that's the case here. As soon as credible information was made available, the agency took immediate action. To imply or suggest that TSA condones this type of behavior or willfully hires these types of criminals is ridiculous.

For what it's worth, this is a topic that strikes pretty close to home for me. I don't know if I would be able to control myself if I knew a fellow employee was a pedophile. I think the same applies to a lot of us in here. I daresay that some of us would probably do something inadvisable by taking the law into our own hands if we ever encountered someone like this.
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Originally Posted by doober View Post
From the link:

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

"We can assure the public that he is no longer working at the airport," Davis said.
Of course he's no longer working at the airport, you eejit Davis. He's been in jail without bail. But you didn't say that he is no longer employed by the TSA.
Because they never ever will as they have to protect the privacy of this person who is sworn to keep us safe but "likes to see pictures of naked little children"* but once, just once, I'd like to hear the TSA say that "he/she was terminated"

He has no prior criminal record, officials said.
Oh goodie.....6 months suspended sentence and 180 hours of community service here he comes


*you know the word I want to use but moderators say that we can't use the actual word
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