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by Mike Masnick


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congress, groping, searches, tsa



TSA 'Demonstration' Of Gropings Backfires In Congress

from the oops dept

Apparently the TSA went to Capitol Hill this week to "demonstrate" the new groping pat downs to prove to folks in Congress that they're really not so bad. The only problem? Those watching the gropings seemed to get exactly the opposite sense:
He said that several House staffers were uncomfortable and averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people.

"The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations -- male on male, and female on female," the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer "and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate 'this is not so bad,' but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes."

"They shot themselves in the foot," the staffer continued.
Now, will those in Congress actually do anything about all this? It's really amazing how frequently the TSA and its supporters insist that the gropings "aren't so bad." It really suggests a huge disconnect between what they're doing and what people consider "bad" to be.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Nov 2010 @ 12:19am

    I don't care how "racist" this sounds. I think that they should just scale back security at airports to the levels it was pre-911 and racially profile Islamic people. Period.

    When was the last time you heard about a 75 year old woman or a 12 year old caucasian boy committing an act of airline terrorism? NEVER. The simple fact is that the people they should be looking for to put through additional screening should be Arabic males aged 16 to 45. It doesn't matter how you want to slice it. It doesn't matter if it's "racist" or "insensitive". None of those labels are going to change the fact that roughly 90% of all the airline terrorist acts that have occurred in the last 15 years have been committed by Arabic males aged 16 to 45.

    Sorry Islamic people, but your brethren f*cked it up for you. As far as I'm concerned you should suffer since you are the minority here. There is, and never has been, any palatable reason to suspect the vast majority of people now subject to these horrendous security measures. There is, unfortunately, plausable reason to suspect people of your race. Sorry, but those are the facts. Deal with it or don't fly.

    If, as the TSA says, the goal of these invasive procedures is additional security, then why are they not specifically targetting the highest risk group more than the others?

    You know what the real kicker is in all of this, is that Arabs get a free pass past all this additional screening by claiming that it violates their "religious beliefs". So basically at the end of the day these additional measures completely invalidate themselves by specifically excluding the very group of people most likely to be a security risk.

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