Sen. Paul: TSA “Clueless” on Passenger Pat-downs

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  1. sobore
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    http://transportationnation.org/2011/06/22/sen-paul-tsa-clueless-on-passenger-pat-downs/

    Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) lashed out once again at the Transportation Security Administration Wednesday, calling the agency “clueless” when it comes to its often-ridiculed policy of random pat-downs.

    Paul told TSA administrator John Pistole in Senate hearings that his agency was “wasting its time” by using random pat-downs at airport security checkpoints instead of using more intelligence-drive risk-based methods of passenger screening.
    Paul objects to the pat-down policy both on privacy and efficiency grounds. He recalled the case of Selena Drexel, a 6-year-old who in April was patted down by TSA agents before boarding a flight in New Orleans. Drexels’s parents, who live in Kentucky, video-taped the pat-down and posted the video online. After it went viral, and the parents appeared on Good Morning America and elsewhere, they Selena became the poster child for TSA reform among privacy advocates and libertarians.

    On Wednesday, Paul said the Drexel case is symbolic of what he sees as lacking at TSA. “It makes me think you guys are clueless that you think she’s going to attack our country and you’re not doing your research on the people who would attack our country.”
    Paul argued the “police work” would be a more effective security tool than random pat-downs, which he decried as a “politically correct” attempt to be fair to all travelers. He noted that Faisal Shazad, the accused Times Square bomber was allowed to board a flight at New York’s JFK airport despite being on a terrorist watch-list.

    “I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs. The American public is unhappy with them. They’re unhappy with the invasiveness of them, the Internet’s full of jokes about the invaseiveness of your pat-down searches. And we ought (to) really just consider, is this what we’re willing to do,” Paul said.
     
  2. Sean Colahan
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    I say adopt the Israeli model...asking questions, not groping.
     
  3. Captain Oveur
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    Check how many passengers transit Ben Guiron Airport every day, then compare that to the number who transit the 465 (or so) airports the TSA is in. Then see if that will work.
     
  4. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    They'd certainly need to start hiring a whole bunch of bright people to ask the right questions and be able to interpret the answers/behavior. It's like asking McDonald's to start turning out Michelin 3-star quality food. ;)
     
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