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TSA Boss: Patdowns, Scanners Work

TSA chief John Pistole

Patdowns and full body scanners at airports have helped prevent another terrorist attack in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said.

Pistole discussed the future of transportation security at the Newseum in Washington Wednesday.

The enhanced patdowns and full body scanners have been the subject of intense criticism from the public, citing privacy concerns.

The TSA announced last month the scanners will be phased out and replaced with more generic software, which auto-detects items that could pose a potential threat.

Pistole told the Newseum audience the TSA is moving to a more unpredictable approach to security than a one-size-fits-all approach.

“The terrorists keep adapting and evolving to try to defeat our security,” Pistole said. “The idea is that terrorists can’t go to school on what we do to try to beat us.”

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  1. The American traveler is being punished for the failure of the FBI and CIA to share information and stop the 9/11 attacks. It is both stunning and sickening that so many people are willing to allow a government agency to sexually assault their children a just so they can fly somewhere. Under Pistole’s policies, TSA screeners have been turned into de facto child molesters and sexual assailants. They have admitted that the pat downs involve direct contact with passenger’s penises, testicles, breasts and vaginas which constitutes sexual assault. This week Denver TSA Area Pat Ahlstrom stated “They were graphic, no doubt about it,” said of the old scans. “Now, they don’t have to be concerned that a private image will be viewed by a TSA officer.

    The agency has repeatedly lied about their procedures and the level of the personal invasion and arrogantly dismissed victim complaints as either exaggerations or necessary to assure aircraft security. TSA has now become a criminal agency headed by unethical and arrogant bureaucrats only interested in furthering their own fortunes. According to Pistole we should be thankful that they will feel up fewer children than they do now. This of course implies that child molesters who only assault a few victims are somehow more acceptable than those whose attacks are more frequent.

    If TSA actually provided security instead of theater people might be inclined to support them. As is stands TSA is the most hated agency in government and the majority of travelers want them to be reformed or abolished due to the agency’s incompetence. Even Rep. John Mica who headed the TSA formation has described TSA as “completely out of control” and called for their closure.

    Since December 2010 there have been 42 screeners arrested for crimes ranging from rape and child pornography to drug trafficking and theft from bags. In the same period, there have been 40 security breaches or failures, dozens of lawsuits and thousands of groping and abuse complaints. Most recently the pat down of a six year old girl and removal of a dying woman’s diaper made headlines. There is clearly a problem when an agency this size has this level of job-related criminal activity and passenger abuse.

    TSA has needlessly molested and traumatized thousands of children since November and many of these abuses have been caught on video making national news. This agency is violating passenger rights on a daily basis, committing crimes and endangering airline security with their incompetence. Nothing less than the complete elimination of this agency is acceptable. If there is any justice left in this country those responsible for this criminal malfeasance, particularly Pistole, will be prosecuted by the next Administration.
    http://www.travelunderground.org/index.php?threads/master-lists-of-tsa-abuses-crimes.317/

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