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TSA Officer Steals $500 from a Victim Who Complained

Written by Gary North on October 5, 2012

The TSA, or Transportation Security Administration operates under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Its official task: to stop plane hijackings.

Its unofficial task: to keep passengers from causing trouble.

One TSA employees got challenged. Well, he was not going to let some civilian get away with that. No, sir. So, he stole $500 from him. The man was carrying cash. Terrorist!

Fortunately, he got caught.

Here is the capper. The TSA employee said he did not do it for the money. He did it to punish the man for complaining.

This is how bureaucracies work. They forget about the original task (stopping terrorists). They focus on making things cushy for employees (no complaining from victims).

A former TSA worker has pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who complained about the TSA’s invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent admitting the theft was a punishment for the man’s lack of obedience.

60-year-old John W. Irwin pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a pat down rather than face a body scanner due to a medical condition.

When TSA agents ordered the man undergo the pat down in a private room, he complained but agreed to do so.

The man placed $520 in cash in a gray plastic bin before accompanying the TSA agents to the private room. When he returned, the money was gone, with Irwin having hidden it in a TSA supervisor’s draw.

When the man asked Irwin where the cash had gone, Irwin claimed ignorance and the incident was subsequently reported to the police.

After first denying to police that he had stolen the money, Irwin later admitted he had put the cash in his locker as a form of punishment in retaliation for the man complaining over his treatment.

“When the passenger returned and I saw that it was the passenger who had given my fellow employees a hard time. I just didn’t let on that I had the money,” Irwin said in a statement to police.

This is not random. This is how the system works. When low-level employees are given power, they can become little tyrants.Rarely can victims fight back effectively.

During the height of the national op-out day backlash against the TSA in 2010, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg was told [4] by a TSA agent directly that pat downs were made increasingly invasive not for any genuine security reason, but to make the experience so uncomfortable for the traveler that they would be forced to use the body scanner.

Even being seen to display a “bad attitude” in not instantly complying with the TSA’s obedience training can lead to trouble.

As we reported last month, a TSA screener admitted to a woman traveling through Houston Airport that she was prevented from boarding her flight for retaliatory reasons as punishment for a bad attitude rather than any genuine security threat, after the woman refused to allow TSA agents to test her drink for explosives.

Journalists who have been critical of the TSA have also been targeted for reprisals. CNN reporter Drew Griffin was also put on a TSA watch list immediately after he filed reports critical of the organization back in 2008.

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12 thoughts on “TSA Officer Steals $500 from a Victim Who Complained

  1. TSA should be shut down now…..along with HLS… they are both doing what hitler's brown shirts did in the 1930's they should not be operating in a free country… but the american sheep are herded along doing what the communist want… time is short… anyday now obumma will declare martial law and put us under his boot… watch out then..he has already put in place concentration camps in abandoned bases…. the USA the land of the free and home of the brave is about to become a dictator run country… are you ready… will you rebel….. will you arm yourself and fight…..

  2. dick Grace says:

    Fire them all. They are a bigger threat than the terrorists

  3. Some of them just might be terrorists just waiting for their chance to come.

  4. Yep had something of the same thing happen but did not have anything stolen. What happened was I was to meet a friend at the arrival gate and had to go through a check point. The TSA man told me to bend over and touch my toes. I told him I was 78 years old and I would pass out if I did that. He insisted so I did his bidding and passed out. Problem solved pretty fast. He was relieved of duty but don't know whatever happened to him. I didn't recieve any lasting ill affects from that but could have.

  5. Just another govt agency with over blown sense of self worth.
    Just a bunch of thugs.

  6. I am very sure that this persons supervisor had something to do with the actions from the agents and they are told to make it unpleasant for anyone that complains about there actions. The big question is how high does it go and I am also sure you will find it does go all the way up to Janet Napolitano or even the White House. All of the Actions from the Obama administration tells a very big story about abuses by anyone in the Government are driven by the White House and Barrack Obama the Dictator.

  7. The TSA is a cesspool. Last week there was the story of the former priest defrocked for child molestation who immediately got a new job at the TSA patting down the little kiddies. The problem is, the GOP created the agency so they're not about to abolish it, while the Dems won't touch it because it's a government jobs program.

  8. That's what the communist do when they come to power. They take the shoe salesmen, pickpockets, street hustlers — the dregs, and the neurotic "persecuted" of society; then they give them power over their fellow citizens. They are loyal party members, because they will never betray the party that gave them this power, and they enjoy punishing those who were their social betters and humiliating them.

  9. The TSA has gotten totally out of control under this administration . As the need for Travel Security became apparent in the wake of 9/11 many wannabe law enforcement types who couldn't get jobs for whatever reasons in the regular law enforcement agencies flocked to TSA in search of jobs , including those who were deemed unfit for law enforcement work . Many of these are on an ego trip and thrive on the power given them and I suspect , on the lack of proper oversight and supervision . All of this relates directly to those responsible , those in posistions of power appointed by the White House . Janet Napolitano , Eric Holder and Barack Obama . . As one poster has already pointed our , a Communist tactic to control the masses . through bullying and humiliation .

  10. Never forget, We The People are in charge! We The People are ultimately these little pizz ants boss! If you are a 17 to 35 year old towel head with a foreign passport, fine water board them if you want! But if you are an American Citizen keep your hands off my sensitive areas! And, my money A** holes! Take our country back this November!
    We have to kick the Communist coup OUT!

  11. Good luck with that, both parties are so corrupt that it is impossible to unseat this misery. Just look at what they do to politicians that are against this kind of unconstitutional action.

  12. Most of these POS are criminals that can't get a job anywhere else. You can expect no better from them. They got any number of perverts, cross dressers and who knows what all kinds of derelicts.