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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Strange Point in Cops Story in Craig Bathroom Saga

Senator Craig from Idaho was accused and pled guilty to a misdemeanor in a sting trying to catch gay men having anonymous sex in an airport restroom. There seems to be quite a lot of this activity going on at airports, so the cops were staking out the joint. The cop claims Craig was peeking through the crack, giving sex proposition signals such as toe taps and running his hand under the stall. He finds that he was playing "footsie" with a cop. This was months ago and is just now coming out. Now Craig claims he did not do what he pleaded guilty to.

I tend to think that the Senator from Idaho did what he is accused of. I'm not going to get into the gay aspect of the actions, though I am beginning to think the GOP has more gays represented in office than the Dems. Any anonymous sex especially in a public place is risky and disgusting. Apparently Craig has taken a strong moral stance in his office, so he will deserve the public derision coming to him.

There is one element to the cops story that has leaped out at me each time I have read the story or heard it on the air. According to the Star Tribune the co claims:
According to police reports, Craig kept watching the undercover police officer through a crack in the bathroom stall, Roll Call reported. Craig then entered the next-door stall and placed his luggage against the opening under the stall door.

"My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall," said the officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia.

So what is leaping out at me? The cop says he goes in the stall, puts his bag in front of the gap under the door to block any view of lewd behavior, then begins to proposition a man in the next stall. If it was not a cop and the man responded to the signals, I assume he would need to open the stall door to let the guy in. It doesn't jibe making the point that he put the bag there to block a view when he would need to move it to engage in actions that required a blocked view. The rest of the story seems quite credible. This part leaves me scratching my head.

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  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are assuming here that both men would be entering a stall together, however, bathroom cruising may be about an even more anonymous type of experience.

    Think more along the lines, perhaps, of one man on knees, receiving under-the-partition handjob from next door.

     
  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Anonymous,

    Thanks for your insights. However, I have a tough time buying the notion that a h/j is worth the effort and risk he put himself through.

     
  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger Jacob said…

    Perhaps there was a glory hole involved?

     
  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Jacob,

    Your are always a source of information I would not normally have available to me in my sheltered lifestyle. Ok, I took the bait and looked it up on Google.

    Since this was at an airport, I don't think a glory hole would be put in place. If they were truly trying to cut down on this activity, I would think if one somehow did exist they would simply plug it up.

    I did not make any trials, but I suppose since the stall wall does not go all the way down, some activity could be done from the space underneath. I guess playing "limbo" as a kid would have come in handy in a situation like that.

     
  • At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why in earth are we paying cops to sit on an airport toilet all day waiting for some hapless gay person to come along and proposition him. You cannot tell me that this cop was just sitting quietly waiting. Even if all the clients were gay, not one of them would try and solicit a person quietly doing his business in a stall. You know the cop must be signaling with all the gay signals that he new, otherwise how would he be noticed? Of course, Senator Craig cannot admit he knew the signals as this would implicate him as a homosexual. Being a married hypocritical republican homosexual male is not a crime. The only crime here is entrapment by the police. Are we at the stage of the morality police? What’s happened to our rights and freedoms?

    Yours respectfully, A democrat.

     

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