TSA Chief Pistole: Maybe We Can Stop Petting Your Children
from the but-probably-not dept
At a recent meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Pistole relented:
"We have changed the policy to say that there'll be repeated efforts made to resolve that without a pat-down."This was in response to outrage over a YouTube video in which a six year old girl gets groped by a TSA employee, including having the inside of the waist of her pants checked (video embedded below). As he was specifically discussing airport gropings at this meeting, it's as yet unclear if this policy change will also apply to the TSA Flashmob Security Theatre Troupe that they have roaming around other transportation hubs throughout the country. Besides which, it's hardly a firm admission that strangers sticking their fingers down our children's pants may not be the best of ideas. In fact, at the same meeting, Pistole went on to say:
"Unfortunately, we know that terrorists around the world have used children as suicide bombers."This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy. What we have is a few rather isolated incidents of bad things happening on the other side of the world and we somehow go from that to what can only be described as overreactionist policies on our side of the ocean. Have terrorists ever used a baseball bat to commit their crimes? Probably. There goes the national past time. I'm pretty sure they've used cell phones too. How could we possibly allow these combination sexting/bomb-making devices to enter an airplane? It's said that bin Laden had a stash of porn at his Pakistani safehouse. Why haven't we arrested Jenna Jameson yet?
Senator Rand Paul appears to think the threat posed by American child-terrorist wunderwaffe is overblown as well:
"This isn't to say we don't believe in safety procedures," Paul said. "But I think I feel less safe when we're doing these invasive exams on a 6-year-old. It makes me think that you're clueless, that you think she's going to attack our country, and that you're not doing your research on the people who would attack our country."Indeed. Why are we spending time converting our airports into Mr. Rogers' land of Make Believe, where children are a threat and the good guys are the ones twisting our naughty bits? And, perhaps as infuriating, why are we paying for it?