In mid-November, after the TSA modified their security screening procedures with the installation of full body scanners (hereinafter referred to as pornoscanners) and the enhanced patdown, I sent my senator and representative a note. I complained about what I perceive to be out of control abuse of power by the TSA, unconstitutional search & seizure, and treating law-abiding travelers as criminals without reasonable cause.
I finally received a response from Senator Patty Murray last week. It was not what I’d hoped for, to say the least:
Thank you so much for contacting me regarding the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new security methods at airports. I appreciate hearing from you on this important subject.
I share your concerns regarding the need to balance between national security and civil rights. As you know, the TSA has continually adapted their policies and implemented new technology to help thwart those who seek to do harm to our nation. The most recent security measures added include full body advanced imaging machines and enhanced pat-down procedures. These procedures are aimed at preventing attacks like the attempted shoe bomber Richard Reid or the Christmas day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. I believe it is critical that we continually adapt our policies and practices to respond to these threats. But I have also been in contact with airport officials about ways to reduce the impact on passengers.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Rest assured, as the 111th Congress moves forward, I will keep your views in mind. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov.updates.
United States Senator
“I believe it is critical that we continually adapt our policies and practices to respond to these threats.” How about we continually adapt our approach to best serve our travelers? There’s a concept. And, you know, it’s being shown all over that the new procedures do NOT WORK.
The TSA’s approach is a placebo, at best, and I feel Sen. Murray (who I voted for!) is a disappointing party-line parrot on this issue.