Article: TSA screeners show ‘arrogant disregard for real Americans’

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  1. Captain Oveur
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    Although I'm not sure what is meant by "real Americans," I'm glad the level of frustration has reached this level of government.

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    Well said, Mr. Leahy!:)
     
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    The problem is we aren't allowed to see the law. TSA likes to claim that if we knew what they were authorized to do, that would make it easier for the terrorists to evade their security efforts. So we have to trust them it's all in our best interest.
     
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    I fought the "can't take pictures" fight in Charlotte and won, including an apology from a non-uniformed TSA supervisor in the presence of two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. :)
     
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    Senator Leahy was very good, Senator Hatch was good but could have been a bit better/more forceful and Big Sis, well...she was just an idiot.
     
  6. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I wonder if the Senator took the opportunity to teach the TSOs a lesson about the law when they make the false claim about photographs being prohibited. Would be fun to see video of TSOs arguing with lawmakers about non-existing laws.
     
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    Unfortunately, in my observation, you can't expect lawmakers to actually know the laws they pass ;)
     
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    True, but in this case Sen Lahey apparently stated in the committee meeting that there is no such law when recalling the incident. I assume he didn't have to first do research.
     
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    He is talking about the part of the Venn diagram where "White" and "Christian" intersect.
     
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    Bolding mine: He tried but the TSA told him that the information could not be released due to it being SSI ;)
     
  11. mikeef
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    Congress vs. TSA, Congress vs. TSA, hmm...

    I'll root for the lions to get plenty to eat.

    Mike
     
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    The law in question here is the Aviation Security Act of 2001. Section 114 addresses "Penalties for Interfering with Security Personnel". It states that anyone under the jurisdiction of US law (i.e.- not a Diplomat) can be imprisoned for interfering with the performance of duties of security personnel. Now, like most laws, it is written with vague language so that it can cast a broad net and be interpreted in different ways. Here is the word for word from the Act so you can see for yourself:

    ‘‘An individual in an area within a commercial service airport
    in the United States who, by assaulting or intimidating a Federal, airport, or
    air carrier employee who has security duties within the airport,
    interferes with the performance of the duties of the employee or
    lessens the ability of the employee to perform those duties, shall
    be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 10 years,
    or both. If the individual used a dangerous weapon in committing
    the assault or interference, the individual may be imprisoned for
    any term of years or life imprisonment.’’​

    I believe this is where TSOs feel that being photographed and/or videotaped interferes with their ability to perform their duty. I'm not defending them, just mainly stating what is written in the Act from 2001 and how some people interpret it.​
     
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    Someone is looking at the right document however the TSA shouldn't dictate without making the information on what is prohibited public knowledge but shouldn't and can't are two different words altogether.
     
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