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Morrissey compares San Francisco TSA to ISIS

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 8:40 AM

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Morrissey performs at Atlantico Club in Rome, Italy, on Oct 13, 2014.

Indie rocker Morrissey has compared San Francisco airport security to one of the deadliest terror organizations in the world.

The former Smiths frontman claimed Tuesday that his “official and legal and constitutional complaint” to the Transportation Security Administration over an alleged airport groping incident in July was ignored — and went on to liken the government agency to ISIS.

“From this we gather that TSA stands for Thorough Sexual Assault,” said the 56-year-old singer in a statement to his fan zine, True To You. “If you are traveling through San Francisco International Airport you must be ready for a full sexual attack by people who claim to have your interests at heart.”

“It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low,” he added.

Morrissey detailed his experience in a July 29 True To You blog post, claiming a male security official at San Francisco International Airport had “sexually groped him” while he was on his way to London two days earlier.

“I went through the usual airport security procedure including the stand-up ‘scanner,’ and all was well — no bleeps and nothing unusual,” he wrote.

“Before I could gather my belongings from the usual array of trays, I was approached by an ‘airport security officer’ who stopped me, crouched before me, and groped my penis and testicles.”

In discussing his alleged airport assault, Morrissey said “It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low.”

In discussing his alleged airport assault, Morrissey said “It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low.”

He added that he was accompanied by two British Airways Special Services employees “who were horrified at the sexual attack and suggested that I lodge a complaint.”

The musician did file a complaint at the time, but seemed skeptical that anything would come of it.

“In the interests of imperishable bureaucracy my submitted complaint against this ‘officer’ will obviously be either unread or ignored because, as we all know, on matters of officialism it is not possible to be pleasantly surprised by anything at all,” he wrote in the fan zine.

The TSA denied the singer’s version of the incident in a July statement to the Daily News.

“Upon review of closed circuit TV footage, TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual,” TSA Spokesperson Mike England said.

mjagannathan@nydailynews.com

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