It seems that these last 2 weeks all the Leading news is about the way TSA "screens" passengers before boarding aircraft in our great nation. Well, like everyone else here's my "two cents"...

If you got separated from your son in an airport, and after frantically searching around for him you found a forty year old man stroking his buttocks and genitals would you? A. Break the guy's nose and call for a cop. -or- B. Thank the man for keeping America Safe!

Next Question; If you were in a bar and you noticed a guy stroking your wife's buttocks and pubic area would you? A. Break the guy's nose and beat a hasty retreat. -or- B. Ask him politely if he was a member of a Federal Security Program to keep America Safe...

I've worked industrial Security as a Supervisor of a small Security Force at a Military Aerospace Plant for 31 years (I'm a DoD guard)... Because we are an Ordnance Facility and have classified Gov't product and files on property we must perform "random" searches on vehicles and people entering our Facility. We use a software driven "random number generator" to decide when, where, and a count of how many people/vehicles we inspect. My staff uses two people, one as a witness. We only physically touch a person or their property with their permission or if we have Probable Cause as outlined in the 4th Amendment. Since 9/11/2001 we have, of course, increased our "Security Presence" and quantity of random searches but NOT the voracity of those searches. If any of my staff even suggested using X-Ray equipment that had dubious effects on a person's health OR Physical "groping" type searches, that person would be reprimanded immediately and re-appraised to see if they truly understood our role in Industrial Security. We would only physically search someone if we had strong "Probable Cause" and a Supervisor was alerted. What the TSA is doing is reprehensible and denigrates the many fine people who are professionals performing a somewhat unpleasant, and even dangerous task. To physically search or expose to probably harmful X-rays ALL 300 people boarding an Airliner is ridiculous! Well, that's my two cents...

Sign me, "A guys who's been doing REAL Security for over three decades"


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