Hey, Claire McCaskill… Here’s Your TSA “Love Pat”
The insanity continues.
Foes of the Transportation Security Agency’s new air-screening procedures, including law enforcement-style pat-downs and what have been called “virtual strip searches,” had hoped that today’s Senate hearing would lead to a privacy outcry on Capitol Hill.
Not quite. The hearing quickly cleaved along partisan lines, with Democratic senators applauding the Obama administration and Republicans offering only modest criticism.
“Mr. Pistole, you’re doing a great job,” Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate committee overseeing air travel, told TSA chief John Pistole, a former FBI agent who’s had the job since July. For emphasis, Rockefeller added a few minutes later: “I think you’re doing a terrific job.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, admitted right away that “I have been a fan of the advanced imaging technology.” American air travelers, she said, “have to understand that this is being done for their best interests and their safety.”
In room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building this morning, however, Democrats sought to downplay public concerns.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, suggested that the public outcry was a problem of education: if Americans learned more about the TSA’s new procedures, they wouldn’t object to the new searches.
Once again… Anyone with any decency knows that these rub downs are a form of sexual abuse. And, anyone who has ever traveled to Israel knows that this assault on ordinary Americans is totally unnecessary.
As Selwyn Duke put it at American Thinker, we can profile Muslim terrorists or pat down the masses. Unfortunately, our government would rather abuse its own citizens.