TSA Agent on Camera Admitting to Detaining Traveler for Having a Bad Attitude

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Sen. Rand Paul Takes Aim At The TSA

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul introduced legislation that would gut the Transportation Security Administration’s screening program and establish a passenger bill of rights. One bill would require that the program be turned over to private screeners and allow airports, upon approval from the Department of Homeland Security, to select companies to handle the work.

The second bill would allow travelers to opt out of pat-downs and be rescreened, to call a lawyer if they are detained, increase the role of dogs in explosive detection, let passengers “appropriately object to mistreatment,”, allow children 12 years old and younger to avoid “unnecessary pat-downs” and require the distribution of the new rights at airports.

Airports would be able to decide if they want to privatize and to expand TSA’s PreCheck program for trusted travelers.

“While aviation security is undoubtedly important, we must be diligent in protecting the rights of all Americans, such as their freedom from being subjected to humiliating and intrusive searches by TSA agents, especially when there is no obvious cause,” Paul said in a statement. “It is important that the rules and boundaries of our airport screening process be transparent and easily available to travelers so that proper restraints are in place on screeners. Travelers should be empowered with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves from a violation of their rights and dignity.”

The TSA did not have an immediate comment.

Paul himself said the TSA detained him earlier this year for refusing a pat-down after setting off an imaging machine. He asked to be rescreened but was denied.

The most recent FAA bill made it easier for airports to contract with privatized screeners, but only 16 airports currently participate in the privatized program. The TSA recently approved an application for Orlando’s Sanford International Airport to enter the program.

Recently, the TSA fired or suspended dozens of workers at a Florida airport for not conducting required supplementary screening procedures, and on Friday the agency announced plans to fire seven workers related to a bribery scandal.

House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), a leading critic of the TSA, said in a statement that allowing additional privatization would be a step in the right direction.

“Transitioning to private security operations under federal standards and supervision will get TSA out of the HR business and back into the security business,” Mica said. “Earlier this week, TSA granted the first application under the new reforms to allow an airport to convert to the private-federal screening model. We will bring onboard the other 400-plus U.S. airports that still operate under the Soviet-style all-federal screening model.”

Priest Removed From Ministry Due To Sex Abuse Allegations Now Works For TSA

A Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations has been hired by the TSA to be a supervisor at Philadelphia International Airport.

Until 2002, Thomas Harkins was a Catholic priest working at churches in South Jersey, when the Diocese of Camden had him removed from ministry because he sexually abused two young girls. Now, in a new lawsuit, a third woman is claiming to also be one of Harkins’ victims.

When asked about the suit by Philadelphia’s CBS I-Team, Harkins’ replied “I have nothing to say,”.

The new lawsuit, accuses Harkins of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl 10 to 15 times in 1980 and 1981 while Harkins was a priest at Saint Anthony of Padua parish in Hammonton, NJ, with one assault even occurring in Harkins’ bedroom at the rectory.

The I-Team asked Harkins if the traveling public should be worried.

“No, they shouldn’t be,” he said.

“The public should not be worried with you in a position like this despite your past?” reporter Ben Simmoneau asked.

“I have nothing to say,” Harkins repeated.

He then used his TSA badge to walk into a restricted area where cameras are not allowed.

“They should know who they’re hiring,” said Karen Polesir, a Philadelphia spokeswoman with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). She believes Harkins’ TSA job is inappropriate.

“As the public, we are screened to our underwear getting on a plane, and yet they hire a man like that.”

A TSA official said that Harkins’ title is “Transportation Security Manager, Baggage,” and he deals mostly with luggage, not passengers.

“Sure, that’s his title,” Polesir said. “That doesn’t mean that’s where he stays, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t fill other roles when necessary.”

The TSA says all its employees go through a criminal background check before they’re hired, but because these cases are so old, criminal charges were not filed. A spokesman says the Camden Diocese settled the first two lawsuits with Harkins’ accusers, it has not seen this suit just yet.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Detained by TSA

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), was detained Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., after refusing a full body pat-down.

“I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said. “The image scan went off; he refused patdown.”

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) tweeted what he knew of the incident, saying that there was an “anomaly” with a body scanner.

“My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming,” read Paul’s tweet.

Sen. Paul was traveling to Washington, D.C., when he was detained. He had tweeted earlier that he was planning to speak at the March for Life.

“Today I’ll speak to the March for Life in DC. A nation cannot long endure w/o respect for the right to Life. Our Liberty depends on it,” tweeted Rand Paul at 9:49 A.M.

The incident was first disclosed by Paul’s spokesperson on Twitter.

“Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville,” read her tweet just minutes later, at 9:59 A.M.

Like his father, Rand Paul is a strict libertarian and has been a outspoken critic of TSA’s pat-downs of passengers at airports, which he views as government overreach. The senator grilled TSA Administrator John Pistole last year after a 6-year-old girl from Paul’s hometown, was patted down by airport security.

“I guess this little girl would be part of the random pat-downs, this little girl from Bowling Green, Kentucky, one of my constituents,” Paul said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “They’re still quite unhappy with you guys as well as myself and a lot of other Americans who think you’ve gone overboard, you’re missing the boat on terrorism because you’re doing these invasive searches on six-year-old girls.”

TSA agents demand to search woman’s hair…

Laura Adiele, who is of mixed race, says she was waiting in line with several passengers ‘with big hair and ponytails’ at a security checkpoint at SeaTac airport. After going through the Advance Imaging system, scanners used to detect both metallic and non-metallic items hidden on passengers, she was approached by security for an additional pat down.

“When I first heard her (security officer) say, “We’re going to have to pat you down,” I thought she was talking about my body. I was turning around and putting my arms out and she said, “no, we’re going to have to examine your hair,” and I said, “no, we’re not going to do that today and you’re going to have to get security or your supervisor.”

Watch via YouTube user “hawkabillyswan” as Adiele is interviewed about the incident.

6 year old girl gets pat down from TSA

Things are really starting to get out of hand in regards to airport security. A 6 year old girl was recently patted down by TSA agents after she had already gone through a scanner. The child’s parents say they asked why their daughter was being pat down after already being scanned, but the agents refused to even speak to them. If this is how we are going to live as a nation, so scared of terrorist attacks that we feel the need to take pictures of our citizens naked and pat down little kids just to board an airplane then the terrorists have already won. If the argument is that they have to check people at random or it’s racism then why didn’t they also search these people’s baby? If you’re going to search their 6 year old then what’s the difference between searching their baby? They both could be carrying something dangerous, right? The real questions that needs to be answered are, where does this end and when are people going to start fighting back against this abuse of power? Maybe when they start doing full body cavity searches?

Watch as Anna and Cenk of The Young Turks debate the issue.