TSA Agent Threatens Woman With Defamation, Demands $500k For Calling Intrusive Search 'Rape'

I feel safer already:

Amy Alkon is an advice columnist and blogger who is just one of many people who has had a horrifying and traumatizing experience going through airport security lately. After being pulled aside for an "enhanced" search, she found the process to be so invasive and so in violation of her own rights that she was left sobbing. [...]

After investigating whether or not she could file sexual assault charges, and being told that this was probably a non-starter, she instead wrote about the experience, and named the TSA agent who she dealt with: Thedala Magee. Alkon felt that if people can't stop these kinds of searches, they should at least be able to name the TSA agents who are doing them.

Magee responded by lawyering up and threatening Alkon with defamation and asking for $500,000 and the removal of the blog post.

Alkon, with the help of lawyer Marc Randazza, has now responded, refusing to back down.

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7 Responses:

  1. TJIC says:

    Check out the lawyer. Not only does she link to her IMDB entry from her law firm's page, but she's got an online memorial to her dog.

    I mean, I love dogs. Mine sleep in my bed with me.

    ...but I don't put them on the home page of my business.

    • Thomas Lord says:

      Well, that just confirms it. I mean, really!

    • Erbo says:

      Even more telling is the fact that the lawyer for the TSA agent in question is female.
      I think someone needs to ask Vicki Roberts, Attorney at Law, "Are you a lawyer first, or a woman first?" Because if she, as a woman, can hear what happened to Ms. Alkon and yet still condone the actions of her client, then she has no soul. (Of course, given that she's a lawyer, that would surprise virtually nobody, but still.)

  2. You catch this story about what the Patriot Act is actually being used for? It's somewhat related, but seems relevant to your socio-political interests.

  3. Alasdair Lumsden says:

    This kind of crap *really* puts me off visiting the USA as a tourist.