Monday, November 15, 2010

Former TSA Official: Pat Downs Violate 4th Amendment But Must Be Done Anyway

There's nothing like having a former government bureaucrat admit that the new security screenings are a violation of the Constitution, but must be done anyway (Three Fingers of Politics).
In a Nov. 15 interview with the Fox News Channel, former TSA Administrator Mo McGowan admitted that the newly instated TSA pat downs are a violation of the Fourth amendment and said, “Nobody likes having their Fourth amendment violated going through a security line, but the truth of the matter is we’re going to have to do it.”

McGowan left the TSA in 2009 and was the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations. There he was in charge or the largest non-military workforce in the U.S. Government. McGowan currently is employed by the Command Consulting Group, a private “international advisory firm.”

In the last few weeks the TSA has drawn the ire of both sides of the political spectrum over their use of full-body pat-downs. Many have claimed it has violated their Fourth amendment right, which guards against unreasonable search and seizures. Some have gone so far as to claim they might be committing sexual harassment.
You know what you could do...profile people most likely to be terrorists (and it's not 3 year old children or 70 year old Irish nuns).

Potential terror suspects, according to Janet Incompitano and the Obama DHS

But forget about it! Not only is our government worshiping at the altar of political correctness, but they're facing demands from the Muslim grievance mongers at CAIR (CNS News).
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a travel warning to Muslim airline passengers on U.S. aircraft in response to the Transportation Safety Administration’s "enhanced pat down" policy that went into effect in late October.

CAIR said Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a “special recommendation” for Muslim women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they may be searched only around the head and neck.
But note that CAIR won't let them search in the crotch area, which is where the Christmas Day Fruit of the Loom bomber (a Muslim) was hiding his explosives.

Well, maybe next time I fly, I'll refuse a pat down on the basis of my Christian faith says only my spouse can touch me below the waist. I'm sure no exceptions will be made on those circumstances.

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