"Do people have minds?" muses Morrissey at the end of a post over at True To You in which he writes about being "sexually assaulted" at San Francisco International Airport earlier this week.

He describes a General Manager on Duty, who "stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles," before moving away "quickly" as another "airport security officer" approached. British Airways Special Services, he reports, who were present were "horrified" at the assault, and suggested he file a complaint.

Morrissey also relates the exchange that followed directly after the incident:

  • You have just sexually groped this man.
  • Officer: That's just your opinion.
  • What you have done is illegal.
  • Officer: That's just your opinion.
  • You have no right to do what you have just done.
  • Officer: That's just your opinion.

He continued:

Apart from "that's just your opinion", he would not comment, even though, since the penis and testicles were mine and no one else's, then my opinion must surely have some meaning. But, of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law. The words "that's just your opinion" volunteered themselves from this 'officer's' mouth before he had even heard the question. He knew he could be confronted, but he also knew that he could never be challenged (even though the entire incident is most certainly on CCTV camera).

He then went on to describe how essentially powerless he felt in the face of "bureaucracy" and "officialism":

"…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."

Read the entire post here.