Groping Kids on the Taxpayers’ Dime
TSA: Making the world a safer place… one sobbing child at a time.
DHS: We Have the Authority to Routinely Strip-Search Air Travelers
According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC):
The Department of Homeland Security told a federal court that the agency believes it has the legal authority to strip search every air traveler. The agency made the claim at oral argument in EPIC’s lawsuit to suspend the airport body scanner program. The agency also stated that it believed a mandatory strip search rule could be instituted without any public comment or rulemaking. EPIC President Marc Rotenberg urged the Washington, DC appeals court to suspend the body scanner program, noting that the devices are “uniquely intrusive” and ineffective. EPIC’s opening brief in the case states that the Department of Homeland Security “has initiated the most sweeping, the most invasive, and the most unaccountable suspicionless search of American travelers in history,” and that such a change in policy demands that the TSA conduct a notice-and-comment rule making process. The case is EPIC v. DHS, No. 10-1157.
TSA Agents Busted for Stealing From Checked Bags
According to the New York Post two TSA agents, Davon Webb and Couman Perad, were arrested in February for stealing $160,000 in cash from passenger luggage at JFK Airport. According to the article, “Perad and Webb would screen bags looking for loot, then swipe the cash once the luggage was opened in a private screening room, sources said.” These two got caught, but a lot of luggage goes missing every year.
John Locke philosophised that man has three basic rights: to life, liberty and property. From their invasive searches and gropings, it’s clear that the TSA doesn’t care about the American people’s liberty. When they’re stealing from us, they apparantly don’t care about our property. Perhaps Congress should bring the TSA to heal before the other right on Locke’s list begins to fall victim to abuse by the TSA or its sister agencies.