Gothamist: Alleged Upskirt Urologist Foiled By Former TSA Agent

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Gothamist: Alleged Upskirt Urologist Foiled By Former TSA Agent

    The prominent urologist accused of shooting upskirt video on the subway probably would have gotten off scot-free, were it not for an eagle-eyed former TSA employee. As we found out yesterday, Dr. Adam W. Levinson, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mount Sinai, was arrested in the Union Square subway station during the evening rush hour. It turns out he got caught because one Sheldon Birthwright spotted him on the 4 train using a video camera disguised as a pen to capture upskirt footage.

    “He’s leaning on the pole right next to the door,” Birthwright tells the Daily News. "He has a paper in his hand. But what’s mysterious about it, there’s a pen attached to the paper... He has it down in a very unsuspicious way. But every time the woman would move, he would move.” Levinson, who was wearing shorts (red flag right there!), allegedly followed the woman when she left the train at Union Square. Birthwright, a former TSA employee who now works in construction because he was presumably too freaking observant for the TSA, followed in hot pursuit.

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    NY Daily News: Mt. Sinai urologist busted on charges he used spy cam to peek up subway riders’ skirts
    Sheldon Birthwright, 46, a construction worker who once worked for the Transportation Security Administration, said he sensed something wrong almost immediately after Levinson stepped on the train at E. 59th St.

    Several things come to mind as I read this ...
    • Is TSA so paranoid about video recording that they are training their screeners to spot & suppress the use of pen cameras?
    • Why am I not surprised that one of TSA's (ex- in this case) perverts would be on to this?
    • Congratulations to Mr. Birthwright for ditching TSA in favor of a respectable job! It will take a while to shake off the stigma.
     
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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Levinson, who was wearing shorts (red flag right there!),

    Perhaps I don't travel in the same circle but why a red flag for wearing shorts? If shorts are a red flag then I'm in big trouble.
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I'm utterly unsurprised by this. It's a lot like hiring Frank Abagnale, Jr. as a forgery-prevention consultant.

    Who better to SPOT a pervert than another pervert?
     
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  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Okay, so when one of the (expletive deleted) gets busted for a crime, the fire them and then they are ex-TSA employees. But when a former TSA worker acts like a responsible citizen, all of a sudden they are the prode of TSA.

    Why is his previous employer even relevant here? Maybe he's a plumber now, so why not "Plumber Reports a Crime"
     
  6. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    That is a double edged sword Bill. Just like the stories that cover ex-TSA folks that commit crimes, they haven't worked for TSA sometimes for 4 years, and yet when they get busted for something, they become "Former TSA Agent does XXXXXX". It is the way the news cycle has been running the last 2-3 years. It is much more frequently done when the person has done something wrong, but any time the newsies can find something and attach it to the current beating post/golden child/media favorite, they will.
     
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    ...yet "Deputy Administrator John Halinksi said that he isn’t aware of the extent of criticism directed at the agency’s airport screeners".

    I have to ask Rugape, is Halinksi just a dumb (expletive deleted) or just totally clueless?
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Your wording presumes those two options are mutually exclusive.
     
  9. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    I think that he is an intelligent and driven individual, he also sounds like he is ready to start breaking some heads (figuratively). I can not speak for whether he is aware of the extent of criticism past any of us that pay attention to the media and blogs. I like a great deal of what I heard in this testimony and Q and A. Namely the immediate removal of TSOs that are caught stealing, creating security problems (I read that to mean willfully ignoring the SOP, egregious breaches due to negligence, and some other situations that indicate the person should not be employed due to judgement), and other crimes that can be immediately verified and are egregious (I am paraphrasing all of that, based on what I remember). They are streamlining the training, making the structure more centrally located (which you and I had a little commentary about just last week I think it was) with more usage of FLETC for leadership training. I like that he actually used the phrase culture of accountability, which I happen to believe would be one of the best moves TSA could make - holding everyone accountable for their actions and decisions is the natural way to make certain you are weeding out those that shouldn't be here. I hope that what I have heard in this testimony comes about, it would be a great move forward.
     
  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    He's a TSA employee. Res ipsa loquitur.
     
  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Pah..lease..., Halinski seems (is by his own words) completely unaware of criticisms directed towards TSA screeners. Do you really want a person like this in your camp, one who isn't even aware of the problems faced by the one or two good TSA screeners?

    If he isn't aware then he does not deserve the job.

    If he really is aware then he lied to Congress, just like his boss Pistole does, and doesn't deserve the job.

    edit to add:

    TSA employees have no reason to attend the FLETC, that is for federal LEO's which TSA screeners are not, should never be, and are not qualified to be.

    Why waste even more tax monies on the failed TSA experiment?
     
  12. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I'll believe it when I see it. Until then, it's just a sop to the committee.
     
  13. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The two are not mutually exclusive...
     

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