Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Federal agency that has lost its mind. Two absurd stories about the Transportation Security Administration's enhanced security procedures and one logical solution.

Airline passengers across America are speaking out about the abuses they are told they must endure if the want to travel by air since the new rules at TSA airport checkpoints went into effect this week. This is a Federal agency that is absolutely out of control. Women are reporting they have been sexually assaulted by TSA agents who have groped their breasts and genital areas in ways that would constitute criminal assault if done anywhere else. Now it has been reported that a female airline flight attendant who works for U.S. Airways, who is a cancer survivor who had a mastectomy and who wears a prosthetic breast was ordered to remove it from her bra for inspection. To make matters worse, if anything could, comes news that after publicly announcing that no one would be exempt from the full body pat downs - not even for religious reasons - the head of Homeland Security is now considering the demands made by the terrorist funding front group, CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, to allow Muslim women wearing full body hijabs to give themselves a self inspection pat down. This whole business of enhanced security at our airports is the direct result of past actions by certain radical Islamic terrorists to blow up and hijack airlines. It is beyond reason to even consider that members of this so-called religion would be allowed to pass through security without being inspected like everyone else.
UK Daily Mail

Cancer survivor forced to show prosthetic breast to TSA agents during airport pat-down

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:11 PM on 19th November 2010

A flight attendant and cancer survivor has revealed her horror at being forced to show her prosthetic breast to a security agent during a pat-down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Cathy Bossi from South Charlotte has been a flight attendant for over 30 years and has worked for U.S. Airways for the past 28  years.

She said she was asked to go through the full body-scanners at the airport in early August which she was reluctant to do because of fears of the radiation from the machine passing through her body.

The 3-year-breast cancer survivor agreed, but was then asked by two female Charlotte TSA agents to go to a private room for further screening, and they began what Ms Bossi described as an aggressive pat down.

She said they stopped when they got around to feeling her right breast - the one she had lost through her illness.

Ms Bossi said: 'She put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?'. And I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that'.'

She was then apparently asked to remove the prosthetic breast from her bra and show it to the TSA agents.

'I did not take the name of the person at the time becaue it was just so horrific an experience, I couldn't believe someone had done that to me. I'm a flight attendant. I was just trying to get to work'.

Ms Bossi has since contacted the Legislative Affairs Team provided through her flight attendant union because she wants to see a crackdown on personal pat-downs.

'There are blowers and there are dogs out there that can sniff out bombs', she said. 'There's no reason to have somebody's hands touching your body parts.'

A TSA representative said although agents are allowed to ask to see and touch any passengers' prosthetic, they are not supposed to be removed and will investigate this matter.

Greeley Gazette

Napolitano considering allowing Muslim women to pat themselves down at Airports!

Posted by Jack Minor • November 17, 2010 •

By Jack Minor

The head of Homeland Security has indicated the government is considering the request of an Islamic organization that has suggested Muslim women be allowed to pat themselves down during a full body search that is part of new enhanced procedures at airports.

Since implementing the procedures, numerous complaints have arisen that the search is not a “pat-down” but rather feeling and grabbing along a person’s genitalia and other areas until they meet resistance. Critics have said the pat-downs would be considered sexual assault if performed elsewhere.

The TSA defends the procedures as necessary in light of last years “underwear bomber” and the recent issues involving printer cartridges being used in an attempt to blow up cargo planes.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, has expressed concern with the TSA over the regulations and recommended special procedures for dealing with Muslim women. The organization issued a travel advisory for Muslims over the procedure.

In the advisory CAIR advises all Muslims to contact them and file a complaint with the TSA if they experience any “disturbing incidents” with the new procedures and they feel they have been unfairly singled out for screening.

It goes on to make special recommendations for Muslim women wearing a hijab covering their face. The advisory says women are to inform the officer they are only to pat down the head and neck and says “They should not subject you to a full-body or partial body pat-down.” They also recommend that women should be permitted to pat themselves down and “have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.”

Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Czar, Janet Napolitano, is considering changes to the procedures to address the issues raised by CAIR.
The Toronto Star web site contains a story published a year ago about the procedures used in Israel to screen airline passengers which used a combination of profiling and psychology. Israel has been the target of radical Islamic terrorists for many years before the problem developed in America so it is worthwhile to examine the thoroughness of their enhanced methods. Click the link below to read the full story about Israel's 6-levels of airport screening.
The 'Israelification' of airports: High security, little bother
Cathal Kelly Staff Reporter

Published On Wed Dec 30 2009

Despite facing dozens of potential threats each day, the security set-up at Israel's largest hub, Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, has not been breached since 2002, when a passenger mistakenly carried a handgun onto a flight. How do they manage that?

"The first thing you do is to look at who is coming into your airport," said Sela.

The first layer of actual security that greets travellers at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport is a roadside check. All drivers are stopped and asked two questions: How are you? Where are you coming from?

"Two benign questions. The questions aren't important. The way people act when they answer them is," Sela said.
 To read the rest of this informative article click here.

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