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An Open Letter To Republicans In Congress: Put An End To Strip And Grope Airport Searches

Posted By John Hawkins On November 12, 2010 @ 9:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

We have a system for detecting terrorists. You have a system for annoying people. — Attributed to ex-El Al security chief Dan Issacharoff

Conservatives are committed to bettering the lives of the American people, but too often, we don’t start the process by asking, “What problems do people have today and how can we use conservative principles to solve them?” There’s a lot to be said for working on big problems and abstract issues, but sometimes, dealing with the comparatively small issues can have an outsized impact.

One of those small issues where we could make a real difference is with the strip and grope searches that are becoming the new normal in the airports. Here’s Scott Ott talking about what’s going on:

Without regard for threat potential, airline passengers of all ages can now be forced to make the choice between baring their nakedness before a federal agent, or getting a full-body fingertip groping by another federal agent. The advanced imaging technology (AIT) scanners — AKA strip-search machines — now stand watch in more than 65 airports nationwide, with their numbers set to grow by more than 40 percent at year’s end, thanks to your federal stimulus dollars.

The procedure is so humiliating and so invasive that even flight crews are rebelling. The 11,000-member American Pilots’ Association just received a letter from its leader decrying the humiliation, radiation danger, and ineffectiveness at deterring terrorism of this strip-and-grope regimen.

…(Michael) Roberts notes the progression of this liberty-leeching invasion:

After the shoe-bomber attempt, we had to remove our shoes. After the underpants bomber, we had to be electronically strip searched and groped.

What will happen, he asks, after the first time a terrorist smuggles a bomb on a plane inside his rectum or in a breast implant?

There was a time, not too long ago, when that would have been a comedian’s witty one-liner. Now, it sounds more like the future rushing upon us.

You shouldn’t have to be viewed naked or violated by government goons just to be able to get on an airplane. It’s disgusting, it’s dehumanizing, and it’s a violation of people’s privacy.

Yet we’re given a false choice: Either we do this or we put everyone at risk because of terrorism. This is simply not true.

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