TSA Continues To Harass Tots and Seniors

What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.

These words were uttered by a British Whig politician, William Lamb, Lord Melbourne, in the early 19th Century, reportedly in reply to a fellow politician offering to support him when he was in the right. The principle the words embody, however, might as well be emblazoned on the employment contract for each TSA (Transportation Security Administration) manager, especially those at the highest levels of this federal bureaucracy.

The latest example of TSA leadership supporting its personnel no matter how outrageous the conduct, can be seen in the agency’s response to an incident in which a wheelchair-bound, 95-year old woman was pressured to remove an adult diaper before TSA agents at Northwest Florida Regional Airport would permit her to board a flight to Michigan. When details of this most recent controversy involving overly intrusive TSA pat-downs surfaced, the agency quickly circled the wagons and declared its people did everything “professionally and according to proper procedure.”

In other words, telling a cancer-stricken, 95-year old woman travelling in a wheelchair, that she cannot board a commercial airliner for which she has paid her fare and been “cleared” to travel, unless she takes off an adult diaper that a TSA agent deemed to be suspicious, is “professional” and “proper.” If that is “proper” and “professional,” I’d like to see what might constitute behavior that is “unprofessional and improper”; not that it matters — TSA leadership takes the position that whatever its agents do is, by definition, proper and will be supported by supervisors all the way up the chain of command.

This is the very same agency that within the same week in which this incident occurred, told the public it was “revising” its policies and practices regarding criminal-like pat-downs of small children. This PR gambit came in the wake of the highly publicized groping by a TSA agent of a six-year old girl at Kansas City International Airport. In fact, however, the “revision” was nothing but public relations double talk. The TSA still claims to have the power to conduct however intrusive a search it desires of any passenger, no matter their age or infirmity; and regardless of whether there is any articulable suspicion they are attempting to bring anything dangerous on board an aircraft.

The linguistic gobbledygook was displayed clearly in a statement made by TSA Administrator John Pistole in announcing the “new approach.” In the agency’s continuing effort to smooth-talk the public into supporting its intrusive activities, Pistole declared that, “every traveler is a critical partner in TSA’s efforts.” “Critical partner,” indeed; only in the sense that a robbery victim is a “critical partner” in ensuring they will not be harmed if they simply succumb to the perpetrator’s demands.

Clearly, President Obama is not inclined to step up and rein in the TSA or its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security. And thus far, TSA has resisted efforts by the Congress – especially the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, headed by California Republican Darrell Issa – to consider any reasonable limitations on the agency’s vast power over law-abiding citizens.

Whether citizens of this country will arise from their fear-based stupor to declare that “enough is enough,” and demand they stop being treated like common criminals simply because they need to travel by air, remains to be seen. Thus far, despite occasional public revulsion at individual incidents, the fear mongerers are winning.

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

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Fisher1949

June 29th, 2011
5:56 am

In the same week Pistole defended this agency for frisking a six year old girl in New Orleans before the Senate Committee, TSA were removing a diaper from a dying 95 year old woman in Florida and screeners in Houston and Los Angeles arrested for theft from passengers. In the prior three weeks they confiscated a plastic hammer from a special needs man, groped two Texas officials and a wounded soldier.
http://www.travelunderground.org/index.php?pages/fisher-masterlist/

Congress has permitted TSA to promote an agenda of passenger-focused paranoia without consideration for the realities of airline safety. Many experts have stated that there has been no increase in aircraft exposure since 2002 and that the current procedures and technology are no more than theater. In the past eight months, TSA has been plagued by reports of agent thefts, sex crimes, assaults, drug trafficking, security breaches, drug use and dereliction of duty. Over sixty screeners have been implicated in that brief time without one notable success to offset this abysmal record.

After the Lockerbie bombing carry-on, items were x-rayed eliminating the possibility of that tragedy being repeated. When a flawed hijacking policy allowed the 9/11 terrorist to take control of four airliners and crash them into targets, cockpit doors were reinforced and pilots were armed making a repeat of the 9/11 attacks impossible.

TSA cites the 2009 “underwear bomber” as the basis for the need to implement the intrusive policies. However, ABC News reported that the terrorist’s underwear contained 80 grams of the explosive PETN, which tests revealed could only make a small hole in the wall of an airplane and would not disable the aircraft or result in a crash.

Over a million Americans have died in defense of our Constitutional liberties and it is shameful that the fearful and cowardly among us would squander those hard won rights on the miniscule chance that a few might die on an airplane. This agency needs to be shut down and security returned to FAA.

Fisher1949

June 29th, 2011
6:03 am

Both committees have been indifferent to the arrogance and duplicity of Director Pistole in testimony, while he has lost all credibility with the public. He has proven incapable of managing this agency and should be replaced. In the same week he defended this agency for frisking a six year old girl in New Orleans, TSA were removing a diaper from a dying 95 year old woman in Florida and screeners in Houston and Los Angeles arrested for theft from passengers.

Congress has permitted TSA to promote an agenda of passenger-focused paranoia without consideration for the realities of airline safety. Many experts have stated that there has been no increase in aircraft exposure since 2002 and that the current procedures and technology are no more than theater. In the past eight months, TSA has been plagued by reports of agent thefts, sex crimes, assaults, drug trafficking, security breaches, drug use and dereliction of duty. Over sixty screeners have been implicated in that brief time without one notable success to offset this abysmal record.
http://www.travelunderground.org/index.php?pages/fisher-masterlist/
TSA cites the 2009 “underwear bomber” as the basis for the need to implement the intrusive policies. However, ABC News reported that the terrorist’s underwear contained 80 grams of the explosive PETN, which tests revealed could only make a small hole in the wall of an airplane and would not disable the aircraft or result in a crash.

This ineffective focus on passengers has become both excessive and dangerous. Once cockpit doors were reinforced and pilots armed a terrorist could not gain control of a plane a repeat of 9/11 became impossible. A human is physically incapable of concealing enough explosive to bring down an airliner yet the focus of TSA remains on passengers while allowing 60% of cargo on airliners to go unscreened and remaining oblivious to threat of a ground based attack.

Over a million Americans have died in defense of our Constitutional liberties and it is shameful that the fearful and cowardly among us would squander those hard won rights on the miniscule chance that a few might die on an airplane.

carly

June 29th, 2011
6:07 am

Where is the common sense? what is wrong with the TSA? did they actually think that a sick 95 year old woman in a wheel chair is a terrorist?I found a site where people can complain about things like this airlineslodgingetc com and other travel related issues

Elizabeth Conley

June 29th, 2011
7:08 am

According to the elderly lady, who was interviewed yesterday in her new home, the TSA had already removed her pants.

That’s right. They took her to that private room and removed her pants. They weren’t just pawing at the outside of her garments. They took her into a private room and partially disrobed her.

The TSA is a national disgrace. We’re total twits for putting up with them.

Virgil Caine

June 29th, 2011
7:20 am

Y’uns have to stop flying commercially for a while to try to teach them a non-violent lesson – We won’t fly

Surely Granny and her kids have heard the reports about the TSA, but ignored them, thinking it wouldn’t happen to THEM. We hang together or we will surely hang separately

Elizabeth Conley

June 29th, 2011
7:30 am

Speaking to 24 Hour News 8, Mrs Reppert said TSA agents took her into an examination room.
She said: “That’s when they took my pants.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009311/They-really-physical-exam-Leukaemia-sufferer-95-tells-TSA-ordeal-forced-removal-adult-diaper.html#ixzz1QfBQahjk

Fact Check

June 29th, 2011
7:44 am

“The woman’s daughter, Jean Weber, told CNN on Monday that the TSA agents acted professionally and never ordered the removal of her mother’s diaper. However, Weber said the agents made it clear that her mother could not board the plane unless they were able to inspect the diaper. According to Weber, it was her idea to remove the diaper so it could be inspected and they could make their flight.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/06/27/florida.tsa.incident/

Esther Matteson

June 29th, 2011
7:57 am

We prefer to go Amtrak, thank you very much!

Wimpie

June 29th, 2011
7:58 am

“No amount of safety, no measure of security, NO NUMBER OF LIVES SAVED is worth sacrificing the founding principles of our nation.

This is (ostensibly still) the land of the free, not the land of the safe. Freedom means risk and 235 years ago, some people decided that given the choice between living safe lives of submission to authority, or taking their lives in their hands and being free, they would rather have liberty at the expense of personal risk.

Yes, if TSA stops doing what it is doing, planes may be blown up. Maybe we’ll have another 9/11. Maybe we’ll have 911 more 9/11s. It will be sad, people will be hurting and mourning. But that is the price we pay for liberty. When people say “freedom isn’t free,” that’s where that slogan comes from. When Thomas Jefferson said “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” it was not intended as some sort of anarchist screed. He was saying that sometimes, in order for there to be freedom for all, good people must stand against oppressors and, sometimes, sacrifice themselves in order to do so.

And for godsakes, nobody is even asking any American patriot to fall on their sword. What we’re talking about is the people standing up and saying “Enough is enough” to the TSA. Saying “If we have to choose between being less safe in the air and enduring the wholesale sexual assault that you neander-thugs perpetrate against us every day at terminals across the nation, then we’ll keep our 4th-Amendment rights and take our chances. Now get the hell out of our airports.”

Anyone who values safety over liberty is not espousing American principles and, in point of fact, this can be confirmed via the words of Benjamin Franklin himself. It’s been quoted a thousand times before but it rings absolutely true each and every last time. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

America. Land of the free. Not “Land of the free, except in airports or when we’re really really scared, void where prohibited, some restrictions may apply.”"

Rfdkurn

June 29th, 2011
8:11 am

That the TSA exists is evidence that the US is no longer “the land of the free.” And the response of the people who defend them for ’security” reasons is proof enough that the US is no longer “the home of the brave.”

Carlosgvv

June 29th, 2011
8:36 am

A majority of Americans have already said that “enough is enough” about our troops being in Iraq and Afghanistan but both parties seem intent on keeping them there as long as possible, So, if we say enough is enough when it comes to TSA pat downs, odds are both parties will ignore us and do nothing.

WOW

June 29th, 2011
8:52 am

I like to fly just for the TSA pat down. I can’t wait until they step up to cavity searches. YEEHAa!

Lisa Simeone

June 29th, 2011
9:01 am

The 9/11 victimology in this country is pathetic. Millions of people around the world suffer far more from terrorism every day than this country ever has. Yet people here are willing to hand over their rights – and their human dignity – bit by bit, all for the illusion of “security.” “The Terrorists! The Terrorists Are Everywhere! Please Save Me! I’ll Gladly Bend Over And Spread ‘Em, Especially If You Tell Me It’s For My Own Good!”

And all over the blabbosphere, we even have thousands of people further denigrating a dying woman, even to the point of pretending to know how often her diapers are changed! But blaming the victim is a time-honored practice.

Congratulations, United Sheeple of America. You’ve done us proud.

Grandpa Simpson

June 29th, 2011
9:15 am

You oughta see what’s in my diaper.

Janis

June 29th, 2011
9:33 am

Mmm, mmm, mmm, legalized molestation. What won’t the sheeple stand for?

Jimmy62

June 29th, 2011
9:45 am

How many airplane bombings were there before the TSA? How many since? The numbers are pretty similar. Near zero. The TSA is a waste of time and money.

Lisa Simeone

June 29th, 2011
9:48 am

FACT: no bombs were brought onto planes on 9/11. The planes themselves were commandeered, something that won’t happen again because the cockpit doors have been secured, and because passengers will no longer silently submit (which is more than we can say for TSA apologists.)

FACT: The last time a bomb was smuggled aboard an airplane in the USA was December 11, 1967. The plane landed safely; no fatalities, no injuries. Source: Aviation Safety Network
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19671211-0

FACT: The last time a bomb was smuggled aboard an aircraft in the US from which there were fatalities was May 22, 1962.
Source: Aviation Safety Network
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19620522-0

And for all that time, until just recently, the TSA reign of molestation and rank stupidity didn’t exist. Gee, how is it possible we all haven’t been blown out of the sky by now?? After all, The Terrorists Are Everywhere!

kimmer

June 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Factcheck, TSA didn’t order the woman to remove the diaper but wouldn’t let her fly unless she did which is the same as in my book. That is like a kidnapper claiming he didn’t order parents to pay him $1M. He just wouldn’t give them their child back until they did.

Bottom line is there seems to be an institutionalized lack of discretion in TSA policy caused by letting political correctness override logic and common sense.

Lisa Simeone

June 29th, 2011
10:07 am

FACT: no bombs were brought onto planes on 9/11. The planes themselves were commandeered, something that won’t happen again because the cockpit doors have been secured, and because passengers will no longer silently submit (which is more than we can say for TSA apologists).

FACT: The last time a bomb was smuggled aboard an airplane in the USA was December 11, 1967. The plane landed safely; no fatalities, no injuries. Source: Aviation Safety Network.

FACT: The last time a bomb was smuggled aboard an aircraft in the US from which there were fatalities was May 22, 1962. Source: Aviation Safety Network.

And for all that time, until just recently, the TSA reign of molestation and rank stupidity didn’t exist. Gee, how is it possible we all haven’t been blown out of the sky by now?? After all, The Terrorists Are Everywhere!

kimmer

June 29th, 2011
10:15 am

Jimmy I think you are on the right track and while obviously there is a need for some kind of passenger screening the TSA dilutes their effectiveness by their shotgun approach. The most effective thing from 9-11 that will keep commercial airliners from every being flown into another building is passenger awareness. The give-them-what-they-want treatment of hijackers evaporated even before the last 9-11 plane could reach its target. Any hijacking today would almost certainly be met by fierce and overwhelming resistance by the passengers and crew. No hijacker could pull one off with a handgun much less a pair of nail clippers or a penknife.

the guy on the couch

June 29th, 2011
10:22 am

We have sacrificed our civil rights in the interest of being politically correct. In the interest of appearing non-biased, the TSA treats everyone equally poor. The agent that screened the 9/11 conspirators would later go on record to say that they appeared to be terrorists if there every was one. These are the people that the TSA should be saving its investigative enthusiasm for screening, not the non-threatening elderly, crippled, or children.

But then the A-rabs will be upset that they’re being discriminated against, so in the interest of PC we all get to suffer.

RxDawg

June 29th, 2011
10:22 am

Flying is the only time I’ve ever freely given up my rights and freedom. I hate it and avoid it at all costs.

hd

June 29th, 2011
10:23 am

El Al has not had a terrorist incident in a long time. I bet they are not looking in diapers. They know where to look. So does the TSA, but they are not allowed to look there for passenger molestation is more tolerated than profiling.

Harvey

June 29th, 2011
10:24 am

TSA is worse then the gestapo, atleast the gestapo had a clear set reason for existing, what the hell does the TSA stand for besides fake security theater, just hire some out of work actors and give them the same equipment, hell don’t even give them batteries or plug it in, it’ll save more money and give us the same level of security.

the guy on the couch

June 29th, 2011
10:24 am

Personally, I’m tired of the majority being held hostage by special interest minority groups with agendas.

C from Marietta

June 29th, 2011
10:25 am

Until the American people decide to change their voring patterns. We are stuck with this kind of control over our lives.

Darwin

June 29th, 2011
10:33 am

The TSA is denying they made the woman remove her diaper.

Monroe Burbank

June 29th, 2011
10:38 am

The last time I checked you could hide a gun or explosive device in a diaper. In December 09 a Nigerian had 80 grams of high explosive PETN in his underwear and tried to bring an airliner down over Detroit. 50 grams of PETN can blow a hole in the side of an airplane.

Booger Fling

June 29th, 2011
10:38 am

The TSA isn’t going anywhere. They’ll be in the train stations and on our highways soon.

Why is the TSA in the airports in the first place? Terrorism you say? How come the US gov is now working with the TERRORISTS in Libya and Yemen? The last 10 years has been an illusion. Notice the rights our citizens no longer have due to the sheep in this country believing the lies. Believing the boogeyman story.

The underwear bomber was escorted to that plane by an American in a coat and tie. Couple weeks to a month later? TSA in the airports gropping people. Conditioning you to accept it.

Any time they want to push something through they use fear to get the citizens behind the tyranny. These rights they are taking won’t come back. Like I said before, TSA will be on the road soon. Most of American will accept them. It’s all it the conditioning.

q

June 29th, 2011
10:41 am

Unfortunatly you have to live with these intrusions because terrorist will use any means (i.e. old or young person) to kill Americans. Underwear bomber, shoe bomber, child suicide bombers etc.

If you don’t like it take Greyhound or Amtrack. No security at all!!

Lawrence

June 29th, 2011
10:43 am

Terrorist would not hesitate to put a bomb on an eighty five year old woman or a six year old child. If TSA starts to make exceptions, where will it stop. I don’t like it, but I don’t like terrorists, either.

Sommer Gentry

June 29th, 2011
10:45 am

Pistole declared that, “every traveler is a critical partner in TSA’s efforts.” John Pistole, I am not your partner. I am your adversary. I am your worst enemy. I will dedicate my life to stopping your malevolent attacks on innocent people. John Pistole, you are a sick child molester, a criminal who belongs in jail for orchestrating a heinous network of thugs to ogle our naked bodies, irradiate us, steal from us, squeeze and twist our breasts, and sexually abuse us, and humiliate us. I will never be your partner, you depraved monster, and neither will any other moral and decent human being.

J. Wellington Wimpy

June 29th, 2011
10:49 am

Good News Bob! If anyone wants to check your diaper, make a contribution first, than let them! I bet you’re always loaded with a pile of sh##t in your drawers!

ByGolly

June 29th, 2011
10:53 am

Someone earlier made a valid statement: “That the TSA exists is evidence that the US is no longer “the land of the free.” And the response of the people who defend them for ’security” reasons is proof enough that the US is no longer “the home of the brave.”

It appears that most of us lost their common sense, maybe it is due to the poor educational system and we are now seeing the impact. I don’t know any Government agency to EVER admit that they are wrong, from Politicians, Law Enforcement, etc.

Maybe if we stop flying and these companies start losing a lot of money, maybe than the pressure is put back but unfortunately the NEW American mentality is “just take it”. And these agencies simply tell us “Stop your whining and complaint, we will do what we want regardless, so shut up and take it” and we do each and every time.

groundmiles

June 29th, 2011
11:13 am

Agreeing with q and Esther: “Amtrak is ready when you are”. Comfy seats, good food, no hassle at the station, and at the other end you don’t have to fight traffic getting from the airport to downtown – you’re already there! Do yourself a favor- wean yourself off airports and “see the USA”.

captguitarman

June 29th, 2011
11:17 am

Who didn’t see this coming when the TSA was created? It will get worse. Unfortunately we have created an agency that is an ode, an homage to Political Correctness, and we have manned it with an army of Barney Fifes. The depends wearing granny’s big mistake was not wearing a burka. Not even Barney would not have dared touch her then. The raison d’etre of every bureaucracy (federal, state, local) is to increase its power, size, and budget and to entrench itself as an indispensible agency of government, while working under its self-created rules and means and schemes. They will never admit any kind of impropriety, even as their power and intrusiveness, and unconstitutional behavior increases. Is excellent airport security necessary? Of course it is. Does that give the TSA license to become unreasonable in its searches and seizures? According to our Constitution, it does not. But, they can quiety create unreasonable rules and procedures that increase intrusiveness, inappropriate scannning and touching, and other violations of privacy, and then when incidents like this occur, the response is that our professionals were appropriately following the guidelines and procedures. Unfortunately we have created a monster that will never be suppressed, but will continue to grow because it always has the “security” card to play. What’s the matter with you? Are you opposed to good airport security? Maybe ve should haf a look at vhat iss inside zatt briefcase and vhat’s under zose BVD’s. Heil Hitler. Sad but true.

Blog Soup

June 29th, 2011
11:18 am

Luckovich blasphemed for comedy today. Shame.

Be thankful that Bob Barr is not the head of the TSA, or else there would be a bomb on every flight. Bob is playing to the tea party choir and it’s not pretty.

TSA = Thousands Standing Around

June 29th, 2011
11:19 am

The closed mindedness of the psuedo-law enforcement psyche of TSA employees is the problem. If you read the article, the quote that if there is an alarm, the rule is that they must find the source of the alarm–no exceptions, is about as smart as when Cobb Co. Schools sent home the girl with the tweety bird keychain. A 95 year old woman with a wet diaper isn’t a threat to anyone. But the TSA idiot will blindly “follow orders” and detain her. Failure of common sense.

AlG

June 29th, 2011
11:24 am

Quiz for the TSA: Which represents the greater threat to air safety? A. A 6 year old child, B. A 95 year old invalid granny. C. A middle eastern male between the age of 25 and 35. D. They are all the same threat. The ‘official TSA answer’ is “D, anything else would be profiling.” This idiocy is precisely why the public cannot respect the charade TSA puts on, and why congress must step in to stop the destruction of our constitutional rights. The DHS Secretary and TSA Director need to fired right now.

Not Chicken Little

June 29th, 2011
11:26 am

I’d like for those of us who are outraged at the TSA, to start seriously thinking about what can and must be done to stop them, and to put in their place an effective and intelligent alternative that does not involve them abusing their petty authority over the flying public.

I don’t have any good suggestions, except that I now drive instead of fly whenever possible. But we must put forth some ideas, perhaps along the lines of how the Israelis approach airport security. Until we do, and until we become united and take action, the TSA will continue as it is now, and under Obama, will undoubtedly become worse.

SandySprings=SpeedTrap

June 29th, 2011
11:33 am

The TSA and every willing, paycheck-leeching “employee” of it should burn in H E LL.

The terrorists WON on September 11, 2001 in their efforts to take away our freedom in this country.

You need only go down to screening area at Hartsfield-Crooked Mayor International to verify that.

This county needs someone like RON PAUL as a leader who understands what is happening to us over the past decade.

Elmer Dinkley

June 29th, 2011
11:39 am

Just and FYI to those posters who keep claiming that Amtrak is the way to go…take some time to google the VIPR exercises that have occured across the country. You are not safe from unlawful search and seizure on the train either.

double

June 29th, 2011
11:41 am

“what I want is men that will support me when I’m in the wrong” Whig William Lamb.Is this not what is wrong with the world today?We need security,along with some common sense.Wide open borders would be a good place to begin.

Janis

June 29th, 2011
11:41 am

I would rather have armed soldiers on the plane than to have my grandmother and child molested. If everybody is so scared that they would give away their personal freedoms then I say it’s time to have armed soldiers or police on every plane.

Ed Graham

June 29th, 2011
11:48 am

Until Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano or Obama’s daughters get molested by the TSA, nothing will come of this. How DARE people think they can actually board an airplane without being groped by these useless people who couldn’t get a job in the private sector if their lives depended on it.

DK

June 29th, 2011
11:51 am

@ Blog Soup – “Be thankful that Bob Barr is not the head of the TSA, or else there would be a bomb on every flight.”

This is mindless stupidity. It took Al-Qaeda years of planning and a different public mindset concerning hijacking to pull off their one shot caper and you think they have the ability to place a bomb on every plane. This mentality can only exist among a society of mindless cowards and this fear has caused us to act exactly the way Al-Qaeda hoped we would. As far as the underwear bomb goes, may I remind everybody that the time it was tried it failed and the guy was restrained by passengers. Al-Qaeda is a toothless tiger and we treat them as they were a powerful force.

This country has lost the spirit that once made her great. Now we’re just a bunch of mindless cowards who has let our freedom and way of life be replaced by a police state because of our fear and lack of fortitude.

C from Marietta

June 29th, 2011
12:01 pm

@ DK – you get it. It is too late though. The American people will still vote in the empty sutits. That only want power. I hope I am wrong, but I am proved right everyday.

Real Athens

June 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

Ed:

The TSA was created by the Bush Administration as a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
It’s a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters. In financial year 2011 it was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion.

The Department of Homeland Security works in the civilian sphere to protect the United States within, at, and outside its borders. Its stated goal is to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism. It absorbed the Immigration and Naturalization Service and assumed its duties. In doing so, it divided the enforcement and services functions into two separate and new agencies: Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services. Additionally, the border enforcement functions of the INS, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were consolidated into a new agency under DHS: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

With more than 200,000 employees, DHS is the third largest Cabinet department, after the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Other agencies with significant homeland security responsibilities include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy.
According to the Homeland Security Research Corporation, the combined financial year 2010 state and local HLS markets, which employ more than 2.2 million first responders, totaled $16.5 billion, whereas the DHS HLS market totaled $13 billion. According to the Washington Post, “DHS has given $31 billion in grants since 2003 to state and local governments for homeland security and to improve their ability to find and protect against terrorists, including $3.8 billion in 2010.”
The creation of DHS constituted the most significant government reorganization since the Cold War, and the most substantial reorganization of federal agencies since the National Security Act of 1947.

DHS also constitutes the most diverse merger of federal functions and responsibilities, incorporating 22 government agencies into a single organization.

The TSA was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, sponsored by Don Young -R AK in the United States House of Representatives and Ernest Hollings D- SC in the Senate, passed by the 107th U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. Originally part of the United States Department of Transportation, the TSA was moved to the Department of Homeland Security on March 25, 2003.

TSA is the baby of the GOP

Big Jim

June 29th, 2011
12:24 pm

Why didn’t civil servants like Bob Barr see this happening before?
Since screening increased at airports,it was inevitable that abuse of
power was on the horizon.Why couldn’t Barr speak out against this 5-7
years ago? Instead,you supported the status quo.That old lady,among others,
could’ve been spared the EMBARRASSEMENT of being fondled/groped so that
conservatism could be defended!

Can’t we get similar,non-invasive results from metal detection/x-ray scanners?

We need forethought,not afterthought from people like you Barr.