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Travellers now asked to show their BOOKS at US airport security… so how embarrassing are your holiday reads?

YOU’RE BOOKED

TSA agents are making travellers remove all paper products, as well as foods like chocolate and cheese

IF you were planning on packing a dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades for a trip to the States, then you might want to take it in your hold luggage. Because American border officials are asking passengers to remove books and paper from their bags as part of new security measures.

Travellers Now Asked To Show Their BOOKS At US Airport Security… So How Embarrassing Are Your Holiday Reads?

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TSA agents are trialling a new policy of making passengers remove books, chocolate and cheese from their bags

The Transport Security Administration claim that it will help agents to assess the contents of hand luggage more clearly. Some books and paper can reportedly obscure other items when viewed through an airport X-ray scanner.

The new rules also include foods such as chocolate and cheese, as they are similarly dense objects. But the new policy opens up plenty of room for extra embarrassment for travellers in the airport security line. Human rights campaigners have also raised privacy concerns over the new measures.

Travellers Now Asked To Show Their BOOKS At US Airport Security… So How Embarrassing Are Your Holiday Reads?

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Some airport scanners can reportedly not see through a book, some cheese or a chocolate bar

Jay Stanley, from the American Civil Liberties Union said that the new rules would be a bug source of embarrassment for some travellers. He said: Someone reading a bestseller like Fifty Shades of Grey or a mild self-help book with a title such as What Should I Do With My Life? might be shy about exposing his or her reading habits.

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The Senior Policy Analyst also suggested in a blog post[1] that removing books was the thin end of the wedge and that passengers should expect greater scrutiny of their reading materials. He added: Someone reading Arab or Muslim literature in today s environment has all too much cause to worry about discrimination.

With travellers already asked to remove liquids, tablets, e-readers, laptops, there will soon be very few items that are still allowed in your hand luggage at security.

Travellers Now Asked To Show Their BOOKS At US Airport Security… So How Embarrassing Are Your Holiday Reads?

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New security rules in the US could cause even longer queues at American airports

If the new policy is implemented across the entire US, then it is also likely to add to the long queues that passengers already face at airports. The new measures come hot on the heels of news that travellers to the United States could be forced to hand over their mobile phones and social media passwords at the border. President Donald Trump s plan for extreme vetting could mean giving your over phone so that border agents can scour your contacts and other private information.

Then again, if security agents are allowed to ogle passengers private snaps then an embarrassing novel or two might be the least of a traveller s worries.

References

  1. ^ blog post (www.aclu.org)

Jacob Ewing’s second trial reopens wounds in Kansas town divided by sex crime allegations

A few miles outside of town, a faded yellow sign hangs from white fence posts. Against a rustic backdrop, it flutters and declares, JUSTICE FOR JACOB, reminding the town that one of its own is locked away.

The words are printed next to a sketch of a feathered wing the same symbol tattooed on the chest of 22-year-old Jacob Ewing. When Ewing was on trial two months ago, facing life in prison for the alleged aggravated criminal sodomy of a 13-year-old girl, it divided the town. After a tense trial, he was acquitted, but harmony has not returned to Holton. Ewing a former state champion football player, wrestler and, after high school, mixed martial arts fighter with a compact build faces trial again beginning Monday for more alleged sex crimes.

This time, he s accused of the rape and aggravated criminal sodomy of two women, 18 and 21 at the time of the alleged offenses. The alleged crimes occurred in Ewing s home on Pennsylvania Avenue. And there are more alleged victims. The state of Kansas has also charged Ewing with the rape of two other women and the attempted rape of another, trials for which are scheduled in August and October. Last month, more charges were filed against Ewing: 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a child for possession of child porn. It s rare that a small town of about 3,000 must endure the acrimony and division surrounding sexual assault trials so many times.

It s put such a stain on our community, said Ewing s grandmother, Julie Hawthorne. Holton is quaint. The people are so nice. Then you ve got this. The news portrays anybody who supports Jacob or us as being these hicks. … We re not these backward people.

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Holton, Kan., a town of about 3,000, is bitterly divided over rape and aggravated criminal sodomy charges facing one of its own.

Max Londberg [email protected]

On Facebook, Hawthorne adamantly defends her grandson. Meanwhile, the mother of one of the alleged victims, who won t be named under The Star s policy to not identify alleged sexual assault victims or their immediate family members, has endured her own version of hell.

My daughter says that now people look at her either one of two ways, she said. Either, There is that poor girl that got raped, or, There is the whore on a witch hunt.

Vitriol is easily found online. Some have called for imprisoning what they deem to be the lying, opportunistic women. In September, they threatened to protest Ewing s arrest at the courthouse on the Holton square. In addition to the signs, mugs and T-shirts were made, the latter adorned with the feathered wing next to the words: Ewing protector.

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Signs like this one express support for the defendant in multiple alleged sex crimes. Jacob Ewing faces his second trial Monday in Holton, Kan.

Max Londberg [email protected]

Lisa Hyten, the victim services coordinator with the Jackson County, Kan., Sheriff s Office, couldn t comment directly about the case. She did say she feels that, in general, those living in the area are fair-minded. But she s discouraged by the heightened confrontation surrounding these cases.

In my more than 10 years in the victims service field, I have never experienced this level of personal hostility from a defendant s family, Hyten said.

Michelle McCormick, an advocate for victims of sexual violence with the Young Women s Christian Association in Topeka, said the backlash could discourage future victims from coming forward.

We ve been very concerned about the impact of the divisiveness in the community, she said.

No means try harder

The alleged victim s mother wonders if the stature of the Ewing family could sway a jury[1]. Ewing s grandparents have owned Holton Farm & Home, a farm equipment supplier, since 1978.

The family I m sure are good people, the mother said. Our fight is not with them, but with the person responsible for the charges he s been accused of. The community splintered long before the first trial. A Facebook group named Free Jacob Ewing wrote, The allegations on him are absurd. One of the alleged victims wrote a response on Facebook.

People have said that it is odd that none of us victims came forward sooner, she wrote. Let me tell you what, THIS is why rape victims fear to come forward when something tragic happens to them. People are vicious and cruel.

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In the trial starting Monday, Jacob Ewing is charged with the rape and aggravated criminal sodomy of two women, 18 and 21 at the time of the alleged offenses.

Jackson County, Kan., Sheriff s Office [email protected]

Now, before Monday s trial, the mother fears the ridicule and scrutiny her daughter may face, in the courtroom and outside it.

I find it outrageous that people would think that all of these girls and their families would make up a lie about a guy that most of us had never even met, the mother said, and continue to lie for this long and have to deal with all the stress and embarrassment and victim shaming if it were not true. While some support the alleged victims, their presence seems muted online next to the Justice for Jacob group. In the town s neighborhoods, signs supporting the alleged victims aren t easily found. Many refused to offer comments to The Star. Impassioned support of accused rapists is not uncommon. Many supported Bill Cosby during his recent trial.

The Kobe Bryant rape case in Colorado mobilized a defense of the former NBA star as enthusiastic as those supporting the alleged victim. The woman s character, mental state and sexual history were closely scrutinized.

Anne Munch[2] was one of the prosecutors assigned to the Bryant case. She told The Star that a marked drop in reports of rape in the area resulted from it, with victim shaming likely to blame. Men, Munch said, are inundated by the idea that no doesn t really mean no ; no means try harder.

One in six[3] women will be raped or face an attempted rape in her lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network[4]. Munch said a deep-rooted fear of the crime breeds victim blaming from those most likely to experience it: women.

When you hear about a victim who was raped, some women will question the victim s conduct: What did she do wrong? Did she drink? What did she wear? Did she agree to be alone with him? Munch said. They start looking for one of the things they believe in their mind could protect them as long as they don t do it.

In next week s trial, the alleged victim s mother hopes her daughter is heard by impartial jurors with open, unbiased minds.

We have to keep the faith that people will put their personal feelings aside and make a decision based on the evidence, she said, and not based on … the fact that he was a football and wrestling star.

Wait for the jury to decide

In the office of Ewing s mother at Holton Farm & Home, one of the first things she recounted to The Star was her son s illustrious athletic career. Taped below her computer screen was a note from her son from jail. Hey momma … just wanted to say I miss + love you. An array of photos adorn the wall behind her computer, many showing a younger Jacob Ewing.

I raised him, said Ewing s mother, Wendy Ewing. I think because of that he s had more respect for women. He holds doors for women. He never leaves without saying I love you first. I just it s just difficult. It s totally opposite of what we know of.

I will go to my grave not believing any of this.

After high school, Jacob Ewing was employed as a security guard at a juvenile detention center in Topeka and, later, in maintenance at a Holton food manufacturer. One of the alleged rapes occurred during a party for Ewing s brother, who had been accepted into the military. Ewing pleaded guilty in May 2016 to driving under the influence, according to court documents. In next week s trial, he also faces charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor, battery and possession of hallucinogenic drugs.

Online, Ewing has written that he s had sex with too many women to count, and that if a Bitch doesn t respect herself then Damn straight ill have sex with them and leave. His grandmother Hawthorne said when the charges were filed against Ewing, some wanted to shoot him and castrate him. But she called for considering her grandson innocent until proven guilty.

Wait for the jury to decide before you condemn this boy, she said.

Wendy Ewing spoke at length of her son s good deeds. He often volunteered, donated money to the destitute and once offered a bedroom to a transient classmate. As she spoke, the computer screen behind her displayed an image of her and Ewing, his arm around his mother. Ahead of the trial, Wendy Ewing and the alleged victim s mother have the same hope: that the truth is exposed.

The alleged victim s mother knows some in the community won t believe her daughter. But she takes solace in her daughter s resolve.

I thank God every day that I raised such a strong girl who will trade her peace of mind and self worth to save another girl from going through the hell she has been through, she said. And I will be right beside her all the way.

References

  1. ^ stature of the Ewing family could sway a jury (www.kansascity.com)
  2. ^ Anne Munch (www.annemunch.org)
  3. ^ One in six (www.rainn.org)
  4. ^ Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (www.rainn.org)

Before Holton rape trial of Jacob Ewing, mother of alleged victim …

A few miles outside of town, a faded yellow sign hangs from white fence posts. Against a rustic backdrop, it flutters and declares, JUSTICE FOR JACOB, reminding the town that one of its own is locked away.

The words are printed next to a sketch of a feathered wing the same symbol tattooed on the chest of 22-year-old Jacob Ewing. When Ewing was on trial two months ago, facing life in prison for the alleged aggravated criminal sodomy of a 13-year-old girl, it divided the town. After a tense trial, he was acquitted, but harmony has not returned to Holton. Ewing a former state champion football player, wrestler and, after high school, mixed martial arts fighter with a compact build faces trial again beginning Monday for more alleged sex crimes.

This time, he s accused of the rape and aggravated criminal sodomy of two women, 18 and 21 at the time of the alleged offenses. The alleged crimes occurred in Ewing s home on Pennsylvania Avenue. And there are more alleged victims. The state of Kansas has also charged Ewing with the rape of two other women and the attempted rape of another, trials for which are scheduled in August and October. Last month, more charges were filed against Ewing: 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a child for possession of child porn. It s rare that a small town of about 3,000 must endure the acrimony and division surrounding sexual assault trials so many times.

It s put such a stain on our community, said Ewing s grandmother, Julie Hawthorne. Holton is quaint. The people are so nice. Then you ve got this. The news portrays anybody who supports Jacob or us as being these hicks. … We re not these backward people.

holton

Holton, Kan., a town of about 3,000, is bitterly divided over rape and aggravated criminal sodomy charges facing one of its own.

Max Londberg [email protected]

On Facebook, Hawthorne adamantly defends her grandson. Meanwhile, the mother of one of the alleged victims, who won t be named under The Star s policy to not identify alleged sexual assault victims or their immediate family members, has endured her own version of hell.

My daughter says that now people look at her either one of two ways, she said. Either, There is that poor girl that got raped, or, There is the whore on a witch hunt.

Vitriol is easily found online. Some have called for imprisoning what they deem to be the lying, opportunistic women. In September, they threatened to protest Ewing s arrest at the courthouse on the Holton square. In addition to the signs, mugs and T-shirts were made, the latter adorned with the feathered wing next to the words: Ewing protector.

j for j

Signs like this one express support for the defendant in multiple alleged sex crimes. Jacob Ewing faces his second trial Monday in Holton, Kan.

Max Londberg [email protected]

Lisa Hyten, the victim services coordinator with the Jackson County, Kan., Sheriff s Office, couldn t comment directly about the case. She did say she feels that, in general, those living in the area are fair-minded. But she s discouraged by the heightened confrontation surrounding these cases.

In my more than 10 years in the victims service field, I have never experienced this level of personal hostility from a defendant s family, Hyten said.

Michelle McCormick, an advocate for victims of sexual violence with the Young Women s Christian Association in Topeka, said the backlash could discourage future victims from coming forward.

We ve been very concerned about the impact of the divisiveness in the community, she said.

No means try harder

The alleged victim s mother wonders if the stature of the Ewing family could sway a jury[1]. Ewing s grandparents have owned Holton Farm & Home, a farm equipment supplier, since 1978.

The family I m sure are good people, the mother said. Our fight is not with them, but with the person responsible for the charges he s been accused of. The community splintered long before the first trial. A Facebook group named Free Jacob Ewing wrote, The allegations on him are absurd. One of the alleged victims wrote a response on Facebook.

People have said that it is odd that none of us victims came forward sooner, she wrote. Let me tell you what, THIS is why rape victims fear to come forward when something tragic happens to them. People are vicious and cruel.

ewing

In the trial starting Monday, Jacob Ewing is charged with the rape and aggravated criminal sodomy of two women, 18 and 21 at the time of the alleged offenses.

Jackson County, Kan., Sheriff s Office [email protected]

Now, before Monday s trial, the mother fears the ridicule and scrutiny her daughter may face, in the courtroom and outside it.

I find it outrageous that people would think that all of these girls and their families would make up a lie about a guy that most of us had never even met, the mother said, and continue to lie for this long and have to deal with all the stress and embarrassment and victim shaming if it were not true. While some support the alleged victims, their presence seems muted online next to the Justice for Jacob group. In the town s neighborhoods, signs supporting the alleged victims aren t easily found. Many refused to offer comments to The Star. Impassioned support of accused rapists is not uncommon. Many supported Bill Cosby during his recent trial.

The Kobe Bryant rape case in Colorado mobilized a defense of the former NBA star as enthusiastic as those supporting the alleged victim. The woman s character, mental state and sexual history were closely scrutinized.

Anne Munch[2] was one of the prosecutors assigned to the Bryant case. She told The Star that a marked drop in reports of rape in the area resulted from it, with victim shaming likely to blame. Men, Munch said, are inundated by the idea that no doesn t really mean no ; no means try harder.

One in six[3] women will be raped or face an attempted rape in her lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network[4]. Munch said a deep-rooted fear of the crime breeds victim blaming from those most likely to experience it: women.

When you hear about a victim who was raped, some women will question the victim s conduct: What did she do wrong? Did she drink? What did she wear? Did she agree to be alone with him? Munch said. They start looking for one of the things they believe in their mind could protect them as long as they don t do it.

In next week s trial, the alleged victim s mother hopes her daughter is heard by impartial jurors with open, unbiased minds.

We have to keep the faith that people will put their personal feelings aside and make a decision based on the evidence, she said, and not based on … the fact that he was a football and wrestling star.

Wait for the jury to decide

In the office of Ewing s mother at Holton Farm & Home, one of the first things she recounted to The Star was her son s illustrious athletic career. Taped below her computer screen was a note from her son from jail. Hey momma … just wanted to say I miss + love you. An array of photos adorn the wall behind her computer, many showing a younger Jacob Ewing.

I raised him, said Ewing s mother, Wendy Ewing. I think because of that he s had more respect for women. He holds doors for women. He never leaves without saying I love you first. I just it s just difficult. It s totally opposite of what we know of.

I will go to my grave not believing any of this.

After high school, Jacob Ewing was employed as a security guard at a juvenile detention center in Topeka and, later, in maintenance at a Holton food manufacturer. One of the alleged rapes occurred during a party for Ewing s brother, who had been accepted into the military. Ewing pleaded guilty in May 2016 to driving under the influence, according to court documents. In next week s trial, he also faces charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor, battery and possession of hallucinogenic drugs.

Online, Ewing has written that he s had sex with too many women to count, and that if a Bitch doesn t respect herself then Damn straight ill have sex with them and leave. His grandmother Hawthorne said when the charges were filed against Ewing, some wanted to shoot him and castrate him. But she called for considering her grandson innocent until proven guilty.

Wait for the jury to decide before you condemn this boy, she said.

Wendy Ewing spoke at length of her son s good deeds. He often volunteered, donated money to the destitute and once offered a bedroom to a transient classmate. As she spoke, the computer screen behind her displayed an image of her and Ewing, his arm around his mother. Ahead of the trial, Wendy Ewing and the alleged victim s mother have the same hope: that the truth is exposed.

The alleged victim s mother knows some in the community won t believe her daughter. But she takes solace in her daughter s resolve.

I thank God every day that I raised such a strong girl who will trade her peace of mind and self worth to save another girl from going through the hell she has been through, she said. And I will be right beside her all the way.

References

  1. ^ stature of the Ewing family could sway a jury (www.kansascity.com)
  2. ^ Anne Munch (www.annemunch.org)
  3. ^ One in six (www.rainn.org)
  4. ^ Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (www.rainn.org)
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