Is it Sen. Craig or Airport Policeman who is Lying?
By Mary Mostert
September 10, 2007
There are only two people on the planet earth who really know what actually happened in the Minneapolis Airport men's restroom in June - Senator Larry Craig and Sgt. David Karsnia. One of them is lying, but so far only Sen. Craig has been tagged as the liar. However, now that we have the transcript of the police interview, it appears not only to me but to others that it isn't the Senator who is the problem here. Sgt. Karsnia seemed absolutely determined to try to take down the Senator.
Another point that makes me think it is not Sen. Craig who is lying is that he is 62 years old and well known. Homosexuals that prowl public toilets looking for sex with strangers, as Sen. Craig is accused of doing, simply do not live to be 62 and don't prowl where they could be easily recognized. The average life expectancy of a homosexual male in the USA is 41. However, homosexuals who prowl public bathrooms usually have hundreds of sex partners and die long before they reach the age of sixty. The famous Aids Memorial Quilt, the history of the San Francisco homosexual community and several medical studies indicate the life expectancy of people who do what Sen. Craig is accused of doing, i.e. soliciting homosexual sex from strangers, is 35.7 to 39 years.
A number of my readers have observed that they have serious doubts about it being Sen. Craig being the liar after learning a little bit about Sgt. David Karsnia by reading my last article, Airport Toilets, Suitcases, Homosexual Signals and the Law, and the transcripts of Karsnia's statement and interview with the senator.
One suggestion, from a 22 year police veteran, was to require David Karsnia to take a polygraph. He tells me that if Karsnia refused to take a polygraph, he would be dismissed from his job. Karsnia's fourth sentence in the interview transcript was: "I can bring you to jail." Senator Craig's response was "Don't do that. You solicited me." Karsnia not only did not refute Craig's statement, he responded, "Okay. We're going to get, we're going to get into that."
He didn't ever come back to Senator Craig's charge that Karsnia, who was not in uniform, had solicited him. The police interview quickly deteriorated into an argument as to whether or not Senator Craig had used his left hand or his right hand when, he said, he picked up a piece of paper, and when Karsnia said he put his hand under the stall wall. That discussion was as follows:
LC: I remember reaching down once. There was a piece of toilet paper back behind me and picking it up.
This was followed by a discussion in which Karsnia claimed "it's hard to describe here on tape but actually what I saw was your fingers come underneath the stalls, you're actually touching the bottom of the stall divider." Sen. Craig responded that he didn't recall that and didn't believe he did that. That was followed by the following exchange:
DK: I saw, I saw
Karsnia then asked the Senator "You, you travel through here frequently correct?" Craig said he did, Then Karsnia asked:
DK: Have you been successful in these bathrooms here before?
What Karsnia did at that point was to accuse Sen. Craig of lying because he refused to "confess" to doing something he claims he did not do. Karsnia then tried to browbeat him into making the "confession" he was demanding:
DK: I am trained in this and I know what I am doing. And I say you put your hand under there and you're going to sit there and...
This smacks of a political arrest by Karsnia. Karsnia repeatedly reveals utter contempt for Senator Craig - ending with what is really a disparaging crack about the people who voted for him in Idaho. If this was an isolated incident, we might think Karsnia was just having a bad day. However, the abuse of violinist Stephen Orsak by Karsnia and two other Minneapolis Airport Policemen and the "not guilty" decision of a judge and jury when Orsnak took them to court makes me think there is something that needs investigating in good old liberal Minneapolis.