The outrageous behavior by airport TSA officers continues. Just about everyone has seen or heard about the recent video of the six-year-old girl being groped. If you can stomach it (I admit I can’t), see the video on It’s the Constitution Baby!, and, here, read a little more about how Janet Napolitano and others are defending treating children this way. Children being abused by the government should be something worth crusading against, Rep. Woolsey. Yet, you haven’t weighed in at all on this subject, have you?
Another black eye for the TSA comes from The Blaze: in this story, Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA, says she was “molested” when she opted out of the new body scanner process and underwent the alternative pat-down. She relates the experience — at the hands of a woman TSA officer, no less — in graphic detail and then closes with, ” ‘I have never felt more violated in my life than I did that morning at DFW, and I’ve heard of others feeling the same way after these ‘pat downs’ ‘.” She also described her ordeal on video:
Men too have found the TSA body searches inappropriately invasive, as, for example, Thomas Mollman told reporters here.
Rep. Woolsey, you say that you are a champion of human rights. Well, Congresswoman, here is a glaring example of our own federal government refusing to respect the rights of its own citizens. Touching, especially sexual touching, of people whose only “crime” is that they want to travel by airplane is completely unnecessary for proper security — just ask the Israeli security expert who says there is a better way, the Israeli way. Congress should rein in the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA, and you, Rep. Woolsey, should be at the forefront of that mission. The right, the middle and the left can agree that we don’t have to allow our own “security” forces to abuse travelers, be they men, women, and particularly CHILDREN. So, please, Rep. Woolsey, speak out on this issue and rally your colleagues across the board to change the rules that currently permit the TSA to molest airline passengers. That would be a tremendous service to us all.
UPDATE 4/30/11: Even though the federal government has done nothing to control abusive TSA practices yet, some states are working to clamp down themselves. For instance, Texas is considering passing a law that would make invasive pat downs felonies. Read more here. Good for Texas — and Rep. Woolsey, we’re still waiting for YOU and the rest of Congress to do some something!