Daily Archives: November 23, 2010

Congress Averts Eyes As TSA Demos Pat Downs

TSA uproar moves to Capitol Hill.  Politico. 

The comprehensive briefing of House staff, by a TSA deputy, covered everything – the threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, screening procedures, pat-downs (standard and enhanced) – “the whole works,” one House staffer who attended the briefing told POLITICO.

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.

They averted their eyes?  Congress does not have the wherewithal to watch a demonstration on how the TSA is abusing Americans? 

Instead, they avert their eyes.  And stay silent as people are molested and groped, forced to have their clothes, and medical devices removed, and humiliated in public.  Cowardice.

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