Terror and the TSA
Last week’s public protests against the new, full-body scanning procedures at airports should restrict the procedures to serious security suspects — so long as there’s any common sense left in the top ranks of Washington officialdom. The growing national protests against so-called “porno-scans” and pat-downs of passenger private parts should be a turning point in our country’s fear-mongering about terror threats.
“Groping people at the airport doesn’t solve our problem,” says Congressman Ron Paul. The Texas Republican last week introduced a bill forbidding airport security agents from actions that would be illegal if undertaken by a private citizen.
Also, the congressman attacked former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, above, an early advocate of the new equipment. Chertoff’s security consulting company has secretly promoted Rapiscan Systems, one of two manufacturers winning federal contracts for at least $165 million apiece.
Paul says the government’s current plan is so foolish that pilots required to carry guns have been “groped” like ordinary travelers at security checkpoints. Similarly, the conservative RedState reports that civilian airport security in Indianapolis searched U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan to confiscate such threats as a nail-clipper