Incoming Republican committee heads demand that TSA backs off

This is truly welcome news. Emphasis added.

The incoming leaders of the House Transportation Committee on Friday called the new airport pat-down procedures “overly intrusive” and demanded that the Transportation Security Administration restrict their use.

In a letter to the TSA, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Thomas Petri, R-Wis., who are set to assume leadership of aviation issues in Congress next year when Republicans take control, said only the highest risk passengers should be subjected to the more aggressive pat-downs.

“The entire focus of TSA’s efforts to improve aviation security needs to be revisited,” Mica and Petri wrote in the letter. They accused TSA of reacting to old threats — in this case, the so-called “underwear bomber” who attempted to blow up a jet last Christmas — while failing to be “proactive.”

“Really now, who thinks the public will put up with the kind of behavior that would get you arrested if you weren’t working for the government?” Petri said. “Do we really expect Grandma to go through this?”

Where were Democratic lawmakers on this? Did any of them say anything? Or were they too timid to take a stand, yet again?

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5 Responses to Incoming Republican committee heads demand that TSA backs off

  1. Ross Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Is it that they’re too timid, or they see nothing wrong with the state abusing citizens, wasting tax money, and giving the money away unnecessarily to big corporations?

    • Bob Morris Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:52 am #

      Big government hearts big corporatism

  2. Jimmy Cracks Corns Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Higher Risk Passengers? When most of the people wearing badges and guns at any given Amerikan airport has diminished IQ I’m not sure they have the skill set necessary to properly determine a person who poses a threat.

    • Bob Morris Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

      The intelligence and security needs to be proactive and done far before anyone gets to an airport.

  3. John Ribbler Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Here’s the opinion of Stephen Whitten who is the expert on Interactive Security Technology: “Techno-physiology can stop terrorists NOW!”

    It reflects the thinking of Rep. Mica and others.