A Colorado woman was arrested on Thursday for an unusual crime: groping a TSA agent. Now a grassroots movement is rallying behind her.
According to Kansas CW, 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae was going through security at the Phoenix airport when she got into a disagreement with a female agent. Then she allegedly "squeezed and twisted the agent's breast with both hands." Police said she confessed, but she apparently later denied the groping, telling the New York Post only, "I go through this every week, and every week there is some problem." Presumably she meant she goes through security, not accusations of assault.
As is now de rigueur for acts of civil disobedience, however crass, Mihamae has received an outpouring of support via Facebook. The Facebook group Acquit Yukari Mihamae includes messages like the following:
They get to grab your boobs if you are a lady and it is legal why is it illegal for another woman do the same thing to her. She should be set free
What did Barry Goldwater say: "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" or something like that
Of course, it's possible to protest TSA regulations without abusing someone who's trying to carry them out. The agent in question likely didn't have any authority over how regulations were applied, and groping somebody isn't a great way to show that groping is wrong. If Mihamae really wanted to protest against TSA screenings, she could have found a number of ways to do it without victimizing another woman. And if Americans fed up with TSA procedures want a hero, they should pick somebody who hasn't been arrested for assault.