Wednesday, November 17, 2010
New Jersey introduces a resolution to foil TSA intrusive screenings
by Larry Geller
This looks like fight-the-TSA-week. This time, it’s New Jersey.
From the website of New Jersey state senator Mike Doherty:
Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Warren) and Senator James Beach (D- Camden) announced they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end TSA screening procedures requiring full body scans and pat downs at U.S. airports Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process.
“The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint,” said Doherty. “Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans and full body pat downs is intolerable, humiliating, vulnerable to abuse, and is fast becoming a disincentive to travel. Particularly concerning to us is the fact that physical searches result in children being touched in private areas of the body. Terrorists hate America because of the freedoms upon which this great nation was built. By implementing these screening measures, the TSA has already handed a victory to those who seek to destroy our freedoms.” [Sens. Doherty, Beach Introduce Resolution Calling on Congress to Reconsider TSA Screening Procedures, 11/15/2010]
A resolution may not stop TSA, but it can be one of many protests that help turn the tide against this overreaching government surveillance.
Me, I’d love it if a Newark cop would visit the airport and arrest a TSA agent who assaults a child by feeling up to their private parts. Of course, the feds would spring the agent out of jail, but wouldn’t that be a great gesture and good publicity?
Support Senator Doherty's efforts by signing his petition!!
At least as a Senator he's in position to actually do something !!