TSA Agents Conduct ‘Full Monty’ Pat-Down On Henry Kissinger

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, May 14, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    No, I don't know her. But she wasn't hard to find. Anyone who spews nonsense about insurgents in Iraq using small children as human shields to justify what the TSA does has certainly bought into the belief that there are terrorists every where just waiting to get us.
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  2. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Please post a picture of her so that I will recognize her. If I ever see her in person, I would be happy to give her a good slap across the face to help her overcome her hysteria.:D
  3. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    I saw we line up just like the movie "Airplane."
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    You don't want to slap her. :trash: splatters.
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    "bodega3" at Elliott Blog is a complete (expletive deleted). He comments all the time. Apologist doesn't even begin to describe it. He probably works for the TSA.
  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Does TSA have the same sockpuppet technology the military uses?
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Or not. There's no shortage of trolls on the Internet. And while all who work for the TSA are jackwagons, not all jackwagons work for the TSA.
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  9. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Sounds like a real travel powerhouse if no one recognizes her. Let her take the gropes, maybe that's the best she can do.
  10. TSA News Blog

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    No one should have been surprised when Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger issued a statement praising the the Transportation Security Administration for its professionalism after he got a pat-down last week in New York.
    What was he supposed to do, call the TSA a criminal organization?

    But many of the agency’s critics wish he had. At best, they say, the frisking of an 88-year-old elder statesman shows how ignorant its agents are — after all, didn’t anyone teach history to these screeners? — but at worst, it shows yet again that an entire organization within the government is operating above the rule of law.
    The TSA publishes a list of what it considers the important legal issues on its blog, but they don’t address the major problems that, frankly, many American air travelers have had questions about.
    The biggest one: What gives them the right?
    But amid all the spin and PR that clutters the TSA site, there’s one remarkably level-headed post published in 2008 by Francine Kerner, the agency’s chief counsel. It explains why the TSA does what it does.
    “TSA takes the rights of the traveling public very seriously, and in implementing security screening measures, carefully weighs the intrusiveness of those measures against the need to prevent terrorist attacks involving aircraft,” she wrote. “Balancing the same considerations, the courts have long approved searches of airline passengers and their bags for weapons and explosives as constitutionally permissible under what is now commonly referred to as the ‘administrative search’ or ‘special needs’ exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement.”
    Kerner cites several court cases that apparently give the TSA an exception to the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. (On a personal note, it was Kerner’s department that made the call to drop the subpoena issued against me in late 2009, which would have required that I reveal the name of a source. So thanks, Francine.)
    Not everyone buys the TSA’s reasons for its allegedly invasive searches. First Amendment Attorney Marc Randazza thinks the legal arguments that the TSA uses to justify some of its procedures are nonsense, “implemented as part of the post 9-11 giddy civil liberties message, that we have all been forced to endure, because questioning anything that is done in the name of combating terrorism is tantamount to treason,” he says.
    Randazza offers the same advice he gave me when I faced a defamation lawsuit designed to silence me: to fight it. Loudly. In my case, it was terrific advice. For the rest of the flying public, it may yet prove to be.
    Finding air travelers who believe the TSA is a criminal organization is not hard. Just ask TV personality Geraldo Rivera, who last week said he was “manually raped” by an agent. Rivera makes an interesting point. Take away the airport and the checkpoint, and you could, indeed, accuse the screener of rape, at least in a legal sense. With enough proof, Rivera might even get a conviction.
    But persuading a court that the TSA’s current practices are illegal isn’t easy. One group that is trying is the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which has repeatedly challenged the government’s authority to use full body scanners. It says the machines are “unlawful, invasive, and ineffective” and has argued the TSA has violated several laws, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. You can read about its efforts on the EPIC site.
    Unfortunately, air travelers have no voice in Washington that is raising questions about the legality of the TSA in a more organized way.
    In the meantime, TSA supporters are interpreting air travelers’ lack of a unified presence on the Hill as a license to continue with procedures that may very well be illegal. When Rep. Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Ala.), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security, calls on the agency to get “tougher” it makes agency critics cringe. How much tougher can you get than patting down a senior citizen and former cabinet member in a wheelchair?

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