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Pop Culture Icon Rihanna Put Through TSA Naked Body Scanner In Show Of Power

Steve Watson
April 29, 2011

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The TSA’s latest headline generating act comes in the form of putting a popular music superstar through it’s radiation firing naked body scanners, in a blatant show of power that the agency knew would serve as a PR coup.

The singer Rihanna was stopped at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday and asked by TSA agents to walk through a full body imaging device.

The TSA maintains that air travelers are chosen completely at random to be put through the machines, yet it is difficult to believe that was so in this case.

Clearly a message is being sent here – even your pop culture icons are not untouchable, you should take a leaf out of Rihanna’s book and submit to the radiation firing naked scanners with a smile on your face.

Some of the more savoury comments on the various news reports of this incident betray exactly the message the TSA wants to get across, in effect…

“I guess they shouldn’t exclude anyone, no matter who they are.”

Though the TSA denies that the naked images produced by the scanners can be stored, transmitted or printed, documents obtained by The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), have proven that the machines are designed to do this.

Therefore it would be no great surprise to see naked scanner images of Rihanna or some other celebrity appear in the public domain at some point. Indeed, Indian film star Shahrukh Khan last year publicly stated that he had witnessed images of his own body scan printed out and circulated by airport staff at Heathrow in London.

The TSA has faced months of backlash and fierce criticism over its increasingly invasive security procedures, in particular the imaging machines and the enhanced pat-downs, which involve agents reaching inside the pants of travelers.

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Even children are not exempt. Despite TSA claims that minors under 12 are not required to undergo the procedures, in recent weeks there have been numerous high profile cases of children being groped down by agents at airports around the country.

These stories have been set to a backdrop of consistent disturbing reports of TSA employees having records of sexual deviancy, including, in the latest disgusting case, the distribution of child pornography.

Earlier this week, a former miss America went public with her disgust over being intrusively handled by TSA agents in Dallas, Texas.

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In the video below, the former beauty queen who held the Miss USA title in 2003, Susie Castillo, says a TSA “screener” extensively fondled her vagina during an intrusive pat-down.

Many other young women have complained that they have been singled out by the TSA far from randomly, but based on the size of their breasts or their figures.

Recently a California woman filed a lawsuit against the TSA following an invasive pat-down conducted in full public view and front of her son at Albuquerque International Sunport. When a TSA supervisor arrived on the scene and the woman’s son asked why he had also not been subjected to the body search, the TSA agent told the boy “well you don’t have boobs”.

Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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Comment by Nikki on May 1, 2011 at 5:34pm
@Krypke, there's lots of Malibu Barbies in my area.  Even when they get a nice guy they aren't happy because their friend got one who was richer.  Fashion magazines and advertising have set them up to never be happy about themselves but to keep spending $$ to keep on 'improving' themselves.  That's not to say you shouldn't strive to be healthy and look good but for some it's an all-consuming obsession.
Comment by Cryptocurrency on May 1, 2011 at 3:55pm

TLS, it does fuel the infowar to an extent, but the more people submit to these scanners the more they win. If I was expected to go through a body scanner I would absolutely refuse. They can strip search me if they like, and I would certainly give them a hard time about that. But I am not going to be radiated because of everyone's boogieman, terrorist paranoia.


I see these TSA agents as wanna be cops but in many ways worse. At least a lot of the cops out there are figuring things out. These TSA agents are OBVIOUSLY, entirely clueless. And the one thing I think infowarriors hate the most is ignorance.


Sure nikki, you should see some of the women I meet. I almost find it hard to stomach how self absorbed they are. They are straight out of a reality tv episode. High fashion, money hungry, stuck up, narcissistic, liers. It's mind blowing how brainwashed they are. They are all carbon copies of different combinations of various celebrity personas. They even flaunt their arrogance and gold digger mentality as if that was attractive. Some are even caught between two worlds. In private conversations and depending on the mood they are in they express true emotion and concern for what is right. Then they have this other side that is greedy and selfish to the core. It's as if they don't even know who they are or what truly defines them -- the angel or the devil. I view these people with sympathy but also as weak followers who change themselves to conform to a pop culture standard rather than being true to themselves. They are seduced by what is seemingly cool but beware and lest we forget the lesson learned from our childhood story books, such as, Hansel & Gretal.



Comment by Nikki on April 30, 2011 at 5:54pm
@ Krypke, great analysis - they live in fear and believe the propaganda.  The brainwashing is working. As for all the strong women, they are an endangered species.  Many women I observe believe a 'terrorist' is hiding in every corner.  They make sure their kids get all their vaccines and fluoride water.  And they feed them franken food because they never learned to cook and besides they are too busy with Starbucks and running their 5Ks. They are quite helpless and are unable to even hem a pair of pants. Oh, and their idea of protecting their kids is to drive them around in gigantic SUVs.  But they will make sure their kids get the best education even if that means bankrupting dear old dad or having the kid graduate in deep debt.
Comment by TheLasersShadow on April 30, 2011 at 4:29pm

O and remember that this TSA abuse stuff is great for our sides argument, it really shows how ridiculous big government is. Forces people to get pollitically active if they don't like whats going on which is mostly a good thing...


Let the TSA have their fun it fuels the infowar!

Comment by TheLasersShadow on April 30, 2011 at 4:26pm

I'm sure raising gas prices to $5+ a Gal is part of the equation, make it more expensive to drive than to take a mass transit vehicle. 


I don't travel myself don't understand why people are still flying, If humanity would just work together and boycott the airlines. The big guys would go bankrupt and general aviation would take over, you don't need a jet engine to fly cross country.


My advice don't fly unless it's dire, sit back, stack your cash, get fit and ready for the roller coaster that is this economy to take the next hill and loop combo.

Comment by Cryptocurrency on April 30, 2011 at 3:16pm

@ niki -- i'm still looking for a strong woman. not to stand behind me but to stand next to. where have they all gone?

@tara -- old set of coconuts? Lol...


The problem here is fear. One of mankind's biggest fears is social humiliation. People are often more terrified of this than actual incarceration or physical pain. Humans are pack animals much like our chimp cousins, dogs, wolves, lions etc. It is a survival mechanism built into our genetics to go with the crowd when required to avoid being ostracized. Even if it means going against how we think and feel.  For ancient man, being ostracized often meant death and another of mankind's (and most mammal's) worst fears: isolation.


The elites know this and that is part of the controlling factor here. Another aspect of the control is the image of authority  bestowed upon these TSA people. Notice how they wear blue. They have badges. All culture symbols that we subconsciously recognize as authority and law; we place ourselves by our very attendance in a submissive role.


Vince is right. The only fool proof way to beat this is to not show up. Assuming we all did it. But that is never going to happen which leaves us with only one option -- sound off like you've got a pair and fight this thing even if it means public humiliation by protesting it at the airports right in their face.

Comment by Tara on April 30, 2011 at 2:13pm

Yes Nikki, you are correct..... bullies always pick on the weaker to prop their ownselves up. Whether it's a cop, TSA agent, kid at school, ect it's always the same old story..... picking on the lesser to feel a little bigger but inside the bully quivers because he is a coward. All the damage these bullies inflict though. Arghhh, it pisses me off!


"Our men have been neutered," lol. Isn't that the truth? Of course not all, but unfortunately most men have to either get a new set or find their old set of coconuts and learn to be men again! A woman loves to feel protected by a strong man, inside and out. If their daughters, mothers or wives were to get molested by some Joe Shmoe on the street, their would be hell to pay I would assume. Why are they being silent when it comes to the issue of TSA workers doing the same thing? Aren't these victims  going through the same humiliation, shame and terror by the hands of sick and perverted TSA workers? Wake up men and protect your women!!!!!





Comment by Nikki on April 30, 2011 at 1:38pm
Excellent questions, Tara.  Bullies always pick on those who are weaker than them so they get off targeting women, children, the elderly and the disabled. I think many of our men have been neutered by brainwashing, fluoride, chemicals, bad food, etc.  They just won't stand up for their rights or protect their own families.  They say "that's the price for safety."  PS-If you do find a real one, send them my way-LOL!
Comment by Tara on April 30, 2011 at 9:16am
So once again the most vulnerable among us are being targeted by the TSA, whether their big pop stars or not. Why on earth do they feel the need to target so many women, children and elderly? Are we that menacing? And where are all the outraged husbands, fathers and sons already? Where are our men and why are they not protesting?
Comment by Nikki on April 29, 2011 at 9:26pm
Rihanna doesn't seem upset about it.  I wish she had protested.

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