Orlando Sentinel: TSA's intent to protect us is robbing us of our freedom

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Good editorial by Erich Prince ...

    Orlando Sentinel: TSA's intent to protect us is robbing us of our freedom (Sept 13 2013)

    The Transportation Security Administration, which was created after Sept. 11, 2001, to provide nationalized security at American airports, has expanded its presence to train stations, bus terminals, concerts and sporting venues.

    The terror threats in August, which resulted in the evacuation of American embassies and elevated domestic security, have drawn attention and criticism to these Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, which operate outside of airport terminals.

    These increased measures along with invasive pat-downs and full-body scanners demonstrate the TSA's overextension beyond its intended purpose of preventing terrorism on airlines while respecting individual rights. Now performing warrantless searches in a variety of public places, the TSA has become another federal agency infringing on constitutional rights.
    • In 2010, John Pistole, the TSA administrator, announced enhanced pat-downs, which permitted TSA agents to touch travelers' breasts and groins in search of prohibited items ...
    • Full-body scanners, which have become the TSA's default screening device, use radiation to see through passengers' clothing ... Later it was revealed that the TSA had been storing these images instead of deleting them ...
    • In 2003, Congress set a cap on the TSA at 45,000 employees, but today, the TSA employs 56,000 ...
    • This August, an audit by the Government Accountability Office revealed a 27 percent increase in misconduct by TSA agents from 2010 to 2012 ...
    • In 2011, John O'Connor, the chief of Amtrak's police, banned VIPR teams from Amtrak property ...
    [Key points & questions in conclusion:]
    • The terrorists win when American citizens drop water bottles in trash cans, walk barefoot across the airport floor and are subject to harassment from their own government.
    • The government is reaching a sufficient power to be immune to efforts to dismantle its intrusions on privacy.
    • Has the federal government not yet overstepped its boundaries when it uses radiation to strip-search its citizens each time they fly and frisks them as they go to football games?
     

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