I have been seeing a number of stories about abuses at TSA checkpoints in our airports. The one that was linked to the Drudge Report
TSA Now Putting Hands Down Fliers? Pants
The TSA?s invasive new screening measures include officers literally putting their hands down people?s pants if they are wearing baggy clothing in a shocking new elevation of groping procedures that have stoked a nationwide revolt against privacy-busting airport security measures.
That is pretty rough however it gets worse when we add this…
The 2004 DHS report stated that federal regulations (49 CFR. § 1542.209) specified were 28 kinds of felony convictions that would have disqualified an applicant for a TSA screener position, including rapes or crimes involving aggravated sexual abuse, but only if those convictions had occurred in the previous 10 years. It implies that a person convicted of rape, attempted, child molestation, or similar crimes may not be required to report such convictions during their background check and may be allowed to perform pat-down searches on passengers.
If anyone else other than the government was doing something like this they would be locked up and the key thrown away. There are some pretty graphic video on the Internet that shows what is happening, I?ve opted not to show them because I would like to keep this site somewhat family friendly. I am sure most everyone has heard about the ?opt-out? day on November 24th. I have some real mixed feelings about this.
First there are people who really, really want to kill us, and they will stop at nothing. I appreciate TSA taking all threats seriously, and acting to neutralize them. However, they seem to be concentrating on the means rather than the people. When Richard Reid tired to light his shoes, we were told to take off our shoes at the check points. Now that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a plane over Detroit by using his underwear, and now guess what they are checking. To her credit, Home Land Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano, stated, they are not going to back down. TSA has to be right 100% of the time, the terrorists only have to get it right once.
Security expert Bruce Schneier says no. He says much of it is just “security theater.” on sixty minutes back in July of 2009. $200,000+ per machine that is some mighty expensive theater, yet I have to wonder do they really work, have anyone be caught with anything? We have been told the machines work 100%. I can tell you as a geek, nothing is 100%
I have to wonder is there a better way. Israel is renown for its airport security that focuses on people, rather than the means. They profile passengers and ask questions. They get tips and follow up. I believe their thinking is someone has to pull the trigger or light the fuze, stop them and you stop an attack. vs stopping the means of attack. The bad guys are always coming up with something new, that we have to find a way to detect and stop. Although, the bigger fuss made over ?Don?t touch my junk? make work to our advantage. The more noise we make, the more the bad guys won?t try something.
I have some serious concerns about an opt out. our economy is barely recovering, and a part of that recovery is the airline industry. I have to be concerned about how such a event would affect the airlines on what is essentially their ?Black Wednesday? and who would it really hurt, the TSA? Doubtful, they would get paid the same, weather you opt out or use the machine; The Airlines? what did they do, besides they are against the whole thing enhance pat down.
Personally, I am going hitch up the ol? mini-van and make my way to Pierre for Thanksgiving, no security checkpoints, no pat downs, just a nice family style Thanksgiving dinner.