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    Report: Homeland Security Compiling TSA Enemies List | Print | E-mail
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    Thursday, 02 December 2010 00:00



    The Department of Homeland Security is gathering names and information about anti-Transportation Security Administration activists, members of the media, and other supposed troublemakers for investigation and possible tracking, according to an internal DHS memo cited by security expert and Northeast Intelligence Network Director Douglas Hagmann.

    Hagmann’s report, first published last week on the NIN website and in Canada Free Press, is causing widespread condemnation and ridicule of the U.S. regime across the internet. According to the article, Hagmann was contacted by a source within the DHS following publication of a previous article on TSA abuses entitled “Gate Rape of America.”

    The secret memo was written “in response to the growing public backlash against enhanced TSA security screening procedures and the agents conducting the screening process,” explained the DHS document’s introductory paragraph. It was issued in the form of an “administrative directive” after high-level meetings between American “security” bosses like Janet Napolitano and TSA overlord John Pistole. And Obama apparently approved.

    The memo reportedly labels opponents of the TSA’s heavy-handed groping, naked-body scanners, and other procedures as “domestic extremists.” Federal bureaucrats are actually instructed to identify and electronically report individuals falling under the “extremist” classification — including “any person, group or alternative media source” opposed to the TSA’s Fourth Amendment violations — to the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, the “Extremism and Radicalization” branch of the Office of Intelligence & Analysis section of the DHS. The dragnet also includes anyone who “supports and/or elicits support” for people causing “disruptions.”

    “It would appear that the Department of Homeland Security is not only prepared to enforce the enhanced security procedures at airports, but is involved in gathering intelligence about those who don’t. They’re making a list and most certainly will be checking it twice,” wrote Hagmann in the article, entitled "DHS & TSA: Making a list, checking it twice."

    “Meanwhile, legitimate threats to our air travel security (and they DO exist) seem [to be] taking a back seat to the larger threat of the multitude of non-criminal American citizens who object to having their Constitutional rights violated,” he added. “As I have written before, it has nothing to do with security and everything to do with control.”

    The week before the release of Hagmann’s report, the TSA actually did open an investigation into a passenger who opted out of the naked body scanner and then refused the “enhanced” groping, which he compared to sexual assault. “You touch my junk and I'm going to have you arrested,” he warned the TSA bureaucrat. Now, the would-be passenger is facing possible criminal charges and a potential $11,000 fine.

    Anger at the TSA and its invasive procedures has been boiling over in recent months as news reports continue highlighting abuses — undressing toddlers, forcing mothers to drink their own breast milk, naked body scanners, invasive groping of genital areas, and worse. That sentiment led to the national “Opt Out Day” movement calling for airline passengers to opt out of naked body scanners across America during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

    But is the bureaucracy really compiling an “enemies list” of Americans who peacefully object to the violation of their rights? Hagmann responded to doubts about his assertions in a follow-up piece entitled "Proof Positive that the government rates body scanner resisters as 'Non-Islamic Domestic Terrorists'." In it, he cites the infamous DHS and MIAC documents — labeling as a potential domestic terrorist virtually every American with an opinion — as proof that the regime is capable of such a feat and has, in fact, already done worse.

    He declined to publish the full memo, saying “the document cannot be posted or published” and that “dissemination of the document itself is restricted by virtue of its classification, which prohibits any manner of public release.” But one thing is certain; the reaction to his report has been enormous. It has been reposted across the Internet and is right now being discussed in numerous forums by countless people.

    One concern expressed repeatedly is the notion that the TSA, not content to trample on just the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans, is now moving to stifle the right to free speech as well. “The First Amendment is in more serious jeopardy than one might have previously imagined,” noted author Edward Cline, a contributing editor to Family Security Matters.

    “Do not cave in to the TSA’s 'conditioning' to make your silence a measure of normalcy,” Cline concluded. “The government’s intention is to inure Americans to living in a state of obedient and submissive servitude.”

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    Gate Rape.

    I like the sound of that, and its implications.

    I know a few folks who fly for business, and I'm gonna ask them, "So, did you get Gate Raped?"

    Note: real rape is nothing to make merry about, and in no way am I doing that. Rape is a terrible crime.

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    TSA now setting up Nazi-style “VIPER” security checkpoints at bus terminals

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    December 2, 2010

    Terrorizing innocent travelers at airports is simply not enough for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency recently tested a new program known as VIPER (Visual Intermodal Protection and Response) which involved placing Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at Greyhound bus stations in Tampa to pat down and grope ground travelers. The agency even brought in local police with sniff dogs to allegedly help improve overall security.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VGz7...layer_embedded


    Gary Milano, the federal security director for
    TSA at Tampa International Airport and several surrounding airports, told reporters at a press conference that the purpose of the new measure is “to sort of invent the wheel in advance, in case … there ever is specific intelligence requiring us to be here. This way, us and our partners are ready to move in at a moment’s notice.”

    In other words, there really is no legitimate — or legal — reason for TSA agents be frisking passengers at bus stops, but as long as the cited reasons include “security”, the public is simply supposed to accept the unwarranted checkpoints as a necessary evil for the sake of improved safety.


    “What we’re looking for are threats to national security as well as immigration law violators,” explained Steve McDonald from the U.S. Border Patrol, also trying to legitimize the efforts to the public.

    But the endeavor is really nothing more then yet another violation of civil liberties in the name of security. Harassing travelers and looking for “immigration law violators” without a warrant is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which states that “a search or seizure is generally unreasonable and unconstitutional, if conducted without a valid warrant.”


    Sources for this story include:

    http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/…

    http://theintelhub.com/2010/11/29/p…

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    EyeSwipe Nano: Cheap, Dollar Bill-Size Iris Scanner Replaces Card Reader Apps

    BY Austin CarrTue Dec 7, 2010



    Before, iris scanners were the stuff of movies: dusty laser beams glazing over eyeballs in futuristic sci-fi flicks. The technology in real life was too slow, clunky, and expensive to be viable. But biometrics R&D firm Hoyos Corporation (formerly known as Global Rainmakers) has changed that, bringing the potential of a Minority Report-like future one step closer.

    Months ago, the company began building the "most secure city in the world" after one of the largest cities in Mexico agreed to fill its streets with Hoyos' scanners. And today, Hoyos unveiled its smallest, least expensive, and most viable product yet: the EyeSwipe Nano.

    At just 5.5 inches wide, 4 inches tall, and 3 inches deep, the companies latest iris scanner is not only a quarter of the size of the device's previous iteration, the EyeSwipe Mini, but a quarter of its cost. The unit's price is just $1,499, and using the same technology as Hoyos' suite of biometrics products, the Nano can capture irises at a distance, in motion, at the rate of 20 people per minute. (Head here for our videos, images, and detailed run-down of Hoyos' technology.)

    "This is going to put the ability to do a biometric scan in the hands of virtually everyone in the world for a price that is comparable and competitive to card readers," says company CDO Jeff Carter, explaining that orders at volume will make the Nano a sub-thousand dollar product.

    "The Nano has roughly the footprint of a dollar bill, and I think it's going to allow us to target virtually everything--any applications where you'd have a typical card reader, whether entry to office buildings or banks or apartments."

    Carter says the company's scanners have already received "tons and tons of business" from around the globe, and pre-orders for the Nano, which begin today, will ship by the end of January.

    Between the EyeSwipe Nano and EyeSwipe Mini, it almost feels the company is modeling its products and names after Apple's--don't the iPod Nano and EyeSwipe Nano have a similar ring?

    And perhaps it's no coincidence: Thanks to the device's shrinking size, Carter says the companies next step is entering the mobile space, allowing Big Brother to scan your eyes on the go.

    Maybe they'll call that the EyeSwipe Touch.

    As a side-note, Carter also gave Fast Company readers an update on the progress of its scanners' implementation in Leon, Mexico:

    "Everything is going well," he explains. "They have all the products. They've just about wrapping up Phase I, and are giving us another order for Phase II to add scanners to more buildings and government offices."



    Computer Chips to Turn Smartphones Into Wallets


    An alliance between technology firms could allow a person to pay for items with a smartphone.

    Tue Dec 7, 2010 09:12 AM ET | content provided by Glenn Chapman/AFP

    The mobile phone may soon be someone's ticket to board any transit system in the world.

    An alliance unveiled Tuesday by Inside Secure and other European technology firms is aimed at making that vision real with chips that can turn smartphones into wallets.

    "It is the next big thing," said Charles Walton, chief operating officer of the French-based firm.

    Walton said these chips that can send financial transaction data short distances to readers at fare gates, check-out stands and elsewhere.

    "The power of those sorts of transactions is very fundamental to our next wave of mobile device use. The business potential to an Apple, Google, Yahoo or AT&T is pretty significant."

    A second-generation Nexus S smartphone being released in the United States this month by Google has a chip that makes it a virtual wallet so people can "tap and pay."

    "You will be able to take these mobile devices that will be able to do commerce," Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said while providing a peek at the Nexus S last month at a Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

    "Essentially, bump for everything and eventually replace credit cards."

    The near-field communications (NFC) chips store personal data that can be transmitted to readers by tapping a handset on a pad.

    The chief of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said at the summit, "We'd be fools not to have NFC in a product in the near term, and we are not fools."

    Chip industry insiders expect 40 to 50 million payment-equipped mobile phones the flow into the market next year, according to Walton.

    "I think it will be a very transformational year for the payments market as devices that support this kind of functionality start coming to bear," he said.

    Inside Secure chips have been used in 250 million bank and credit cards as well as passports and identification badges.

    The company is based in Aix-en-Provence, France, and its roster of investors includes Visa, Qualcomm, Nokia and Motorola.

    The Open Standard for Public Transportation Alliance unveiled on Monday was formed to create an open security standard for NFC chips used for public transit fare collection, one of the fastest growing segments of the "smart card" market.

    Founding members were Giesecke & Devrient, Infineon Technologies, Oberthur Technologies, and Inside Secure but the group is open to "all members of the global transport ecosystem."

    Beijing-based Watchdata Technologies Ltd. and the Open Ticketing Institute of the Netherlands joined the alliance on the day of its global debut.

    Watchdata boasted having shipped more than 1.4 billion smart cards since being founded in Beijing in 1994.

    "Now that the industry is moving to NFC phones and guys like Google and Apple and others are getting on board with NFC, they are looking for some global standards," Walton said.

    The group is intended to become a broad coalition bringing in perspectives from across the transit fare market. Separate groups have established standards for NFC chip security in credit cards and passports.

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    I say we just surrender and get it over with.

    And I want to see a similar program for Americans traveling inside the U.S.



    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2010/dec/trusted-traveler-program-lets-mexicans-skip-airport-security

    Trusted Traveler Program Lets Mexicans Skip Airport Security

    Last Updated: Thu, 12/09/2010 - 1:30pm
    As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the United States has signed a “trusted traveler” agreement that allows pre-screened Mexican airline passengers to bypass lengthy airport security checkpoints.

    The foreigners will get “trusted traveler cards” with fingerprints and other biometric data and they must answer customs declarations questions on touch-screen kiosks before leaving airport inspection areas. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims it’s a way to enhance information sharing and mutual security in the face of “ever-evolving, multinational threats.”

    About 84 million Mexicans are expected to qualify for the trusted traveler program, according to Mexico’s Interior Ministry Secretary, who signed the agreement on behalf of his country this week. Celebrating the festive occasion, the Mexican government official assured that the new accord will facilitate the U.S. entry of business travelers and tourists who are key factors in economic development, growth of trade and cultural exchange.

    Mexicans will get the perk through the U.S. government’s Global Entry Program, which allows participants to obtain security clearance by presenting a “machine-readable” passport or resident card at airport “Global Entry kiosks.” The machines issue the foreign travelers a transaction receipt and directions to baggage claim and the exit into the United States. Applying is easy. Candidates fill out an online application, provide valid identification and answer a few questions from a Customs and Border Protection officer.

    While Napolitano was in Mexico finalizing the trusted traveler agreement this week, she also took the opportunity to sign a “letter of intent” to develop a plan for protecting immigrants from criminal attacks as they cross the border—illegally—into the U.S. Mexican officials have long complained that American law enforcement officers stand by as illegal immigrants are robbed, killed or violently beaten. Napolitano has committed to reducing the risk to life and security of migrants, according to the Mexican minister.

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    Fuck them all.

    I refuse to surrender. I'm going to start carrying a cane... my knees go out... I'm getting old... fuck them. When I walk on the plane, I BETTER not be fucking bothered when I show them my military ID card.

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    After failing TSA screening, flier in wheelchair (and her underwear) leaves Okla.



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    Yesterday, wearing only a black bra and panties, a 52-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair missed her flight out of Oklahoma City. She failed the security screening.


    Transportation Security Administration screeners told Phoenix-bound Tammy Banovac her wheelchair, luggage and clothes showed traces of nitrates, which can be used in bombs, The Oklahoman reports. After more than an hour of hand searches and interrogation, she was told to come back to Will Rogers World Airport today.


    This morning, Banovac returned — wearing the same minimalist travel ensemble. She passed TSA's screening and off she and her dog went. (She dressed after being screened.)


    Banovac told the paper that because of her wheelchair she is typically hand-searched. But the TSA's new, enhanced pat-downs have left her feeling violated. She said an "unpleasant" TSA experience two weeks ago prompted her revealing approach to pat-downs.


    "If it happened anywhere else, it would have been sexual assault," she said.


    Naturally, someone captured her 7 a.m. departure and posted it on YouTube. (RD: JUST in case ANYONE MIGHT be interested in looking..... /chuckles)



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    Woman Suing TSA Over What She Calls Invasive Search
    December 11, 2010

    A woman suing the TSA for an invasive pat-down at the Albuquerque Sunport speaks only with KOB Eyewitness News 4.

    Adrienne Durso of Carlsbad, California spoke over the phone - she describes her experience during a TSA pat-down at the Sunport back in August.

    "Heavily concentrating on my breast area where I told her I had a mastectomy the year previous and in just seemed to go on and on," said Durso.

    She says she felt humiliated as the extensive pat-down happened in front of her 17 year old son and hundreds of other travelers.

    "I felt as though I didn't have any rights other than I had to stand there and let them do what they want to do to my body," Durso continued.

    She says she knew her rights had been violated so she asked to speak to a supervisor who she thought would help.

    All the while her son stood by her side and couldn't remain silent anymore

    "My son, who I'm very proud of spoke up and said 'I went through the metal detector and I did not get a pat-down' to which the supervisor said 'well you don't have boobs'," she said.

    That statement was the last straw for Durso - so she contacted the lawfirm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath. Her attorney, Alex Brodsky, says this whole ordeal violates her 4th Amendment rights which protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure.

    "We think that these searches given the invasiveness and given the extensiveness of these searches are really more akin to something like a strip search and certainly as a result we think we have a strong case," said Brodsky.

    Durso says she isn't doing this for money or fame but rather for countless other Americans who take to the skies for travel.

    "I thought, 'you know, surely this story must mean something to somebody, maybe this will help somebody who is trying to change the situation at airports because I don't think anybody should have to go through this," said Durso.

    The TSA says it's asking government security experts if there is a way to make the security pat-down less invasive but just as thorough but they haven't commented on this case specifically.

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    "My son, who I'm very proud of spoke up and said 'I went through the metal detector and I did not get a pat-down' to which the supervisor said 'well you don't have boobs'," she said.
    Woman suing TSA over alleged invasive search at Sunport

    A woman suing the t-s-a for an invasive patdown at the albuquerque sunport speaks only with kob eyewitness news four. Eddie Garcia joins us with why the woman and her lawyer think they have a strong case.

    This california woman tells me the t-s-a patdown was nothing short of molestation and she hopes this lawsuit will stop the agency from doing it to anyone else. adrienne durso of carlsbad, california spoke to kob eyewitness news four over the phone - she describes her experience during a t-s-a patdown at the sunport back in august. Heavily concentrating on my breast area where i told her i had a mastectomy the year previous and in just seemed to go on and on.

    Durso says she felt humiliated as the extensive pat-down happened in front of her 17 year old son and hundreds of other travelers. i felt as though i didn't have any rights other than i had to stand there and let them do what they want to do to my body. She says she knew her rights had been violated: so she asked to speak to a supervisor who she thought would help her.

    All the while her son stood by her side and couldn't remain silent anymore my son, who i'm very proud of spoke up and said 'i went through the metal detector and i did not get a pat-down' to which the supervisor said 'well you don't have boobs'."

    That statement was the last straw for durso - so she contacted an attorney alex brodsky who says this whole ordeal violates 4th amendment righ which protects americans from unreasonable search and seizure.

    We think that these searches given the invasivness and given the extensiveness of these searches are really more akin to something like a strip search and certainly as a result we think we have a strong case. Durso says she isn't doing this for money or fame but rather for countless other Americans who take to the skies for travel. I thought, 'you know, surely this story must mean something to somebody, maybe this will help somebody who is trying to change the situation at airports because I don't think anybody should have to go through this. the t-s-a says it's asking government security experts if there is a way to make the security pat-down less invasive but just as thorough...but they haven't commented on this case specifically.



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    Washington Subway Police To Begin Random Bag Checks
    December 16, 2010

    Officers will start random bag inspections on the sprawling Washington subway system, the Washington Metro Transit Police said on Thursday, a week after a man was arrested for making bomb threats to the rail system.

    Metrorail police officers plan to randomly select bags before passengers enter subway stations and they will swab them or have an explosives-sniffing dog check the bags, according to the Metro police.

    There is "no specific or credible threat to the system at this time," Metro said in a statement. Passengers who refuse to have their bags inspected will be denied entry into the subway system.

    "The program will increase visible methods of protecting our passengers and employees, while minimizing inconvenience to riders," Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn said in a statement announcing the new checks.

    The decision to launch the new security checks, similar to programs in New York and Boston, comes after two people were arrested in recent months, accused separately of threatening to explode bombs in the Washington subway system.

    The Washington Metro system consists of five separate rail lines with 86 stations that stretch from Maryland through the capital city and into Virginia. Passengers have made some 217 million trips through the system so far this year, Metro said.

    A Virginia man was arrested last week for allegedly making threats to use explosives in the Washington area including the subway.

    Two months earlier, another Virginia man was arrested in a sting operation, accused of trying to help who he thought were al Qaeda militants bomb Metrorail stations.

    U.S. security officials have been increasingly worried about terrorism plots being launched in the United States, particularly by individuals who have no direct affiliation with militant groups but sympathize with their causes and have adopted their ideologies.
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    Hey man, no one is forcing you to ride the subway, take your car, leave your house, walk down the street or conduct commerce. As long as you don't don any of that, we don't need to search you.
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    TSA Agent wearing a burka.

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    Posted on Monday, December 20, 2010 9:47:08 AM by FromLori


    I fly fairly frequently for work.


    I recently had the pleasure of not being scanned or pulled aside for a friendlier session in two major cities. Others around me were not so lucky. Blonde females between 18 and 22 seemed to be the likely candidates for further scrutiny - and a few elderly, Caucasian grandmothers.

    If the US is stilll on the "Arabs/Muslims are TeRrOrIsTs" kick, why are they searching non-arabs/non-Muslims: attractive young female college students, middle age white guys with pot bellies and grannies?

    The other thing that bothers me is the broken English of many of the TSA workers. There were a few Arabs working my line and I wondered how long they had had their green card and what exactly their qualifications were for searching me, a US born citizen. Who can feel safer when guys named Mohamed are the ones checking their bags? It's like they hired a bunch of NYC Cabbies to guard us from shampoo explosives.

    I made it through, had a surprisingly tasty omelette to order and then saw this: Yes, that's a burka, yes that's a real TSA agent, (I saw her badge when I passed her and made a U-turn to snap a pic)

    They're not just stripping us of our freedoms, they're rubbing our noses in it along the way.


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    WASHINGTON -- The use of full-body scanners and invasive pat-downs at airports around the U.S. will not change for the "foreseeable future," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

    While saying that she is always looking to improve the security systems in place, Napolitano added that the new technology and the pat-downs were "objectively safer for our traveling public."

    Napolitano dismissed a recent news report about major airports failing secret tests designed to get contraband such as guns and knives past security screeners. The report said some airports had a 70 percent failure rate.

    "Many of them are very old and out of date and there were all kinds of methodology issues with them. Let's set those aside," she said on "State of the Union" on CNN. "We pick up more contraband with the new procedures and the new machinery."

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    Get used to being in office for the rest of your current term because you're OUT shortly.


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    Obscene, threatening comments posted at anti-TSA website traced to Homeland Security servers

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer


    Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seem to now be going on the offensive against those who oppose its new invasive and unconstitutional airport security protocols being carried out by agents of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). According to George Donnelly, owner of WeWontFly.com, government workers appear to be posting hateful messages on his anti-TSA blog under the guise of anonymity.

    One such comment, which has since been deleted, said, "F**k you, f**k all you c**ksuckers, you wont change anything." Another stated, "Ride the bus, TSA is here to stay there [sic] doing a great job keeping americia [sic] safe."

    Donnelly says that upon tracing the origin of the comments, he discovered that they came from the servers of dhs.gov, the official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Nineteen comments in total were all posted from the same server, including the two previously mentioned. And while all were worded in different tones and voices, they all expressed hostility to those opposing the TSA.

    "Some questions come to mind," wrote Donnelly on his blog in response to his findings. "Is this an official statement? If not, is it an accurate representation of the DHS position? Was this person on the public dime when he or she posted this? Who posted this and what is their position with DHS?"

    "This is not the first time we have been trolled by individuals connected to the TSA. Someone posted a personal attack on me from an IP belonging to mitre,org, a corporation whose core competency is securing federal government contracts, including DHS and TSA ones. Any effective TSA resistance threatens not only the TSA itself but also the bureaucrats who got us to this point and the corporations who are getting paid for the technology."

    WeWontFly.com is working towards abolishing the new TSA protocols by pushing airlines to take a stand. And according to a Washington Post piece from November, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil liberties group, has filed a lawsuit against the TSA citing the unconstitutionality of its current actions.

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    TSA head: Airport screeners must avoid pat-downs of children

    By the CNN Wire Staff
    June 23, 2011 5:51 a.m. EDT


    Video of the April 5 pat-down incident was posted on YouTube.

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • The policy change is announced at a Senate committee meeting
    • Screeners must avoid pat-downs of children 10 and under
    • Outrage over the pat-down of a 6-year-old sparks the change



    (CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration is changing its policy on how screeners can search children, the agency's head has said.
    TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the change at a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
    The change was prompted by outrage over a video-recorded pat-down of a 6-year-old airline passenger at the New Orleans airport on April 5. The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows the girl protesting at first to the search, although she complies quietly while it is under way.
    Pistole explained to committee members that a female security screener performed a pat-down search on the 6-year-old girl because the child had moved while passing through an airport body imaging machine. That prevented the device from getting a clear reading that the child was not carrying any banned objects through airport security.
    "We have changed the policy to say that there'll be repeated efforts made to resolve that without a pat-down," Pistole told committee members.
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    The new policy will apply to children 10 years old or younger, Pistole said.
    The incident renewed debate over the the TSA's security practices, especially their use on such low-risk passengers as young children. A backlash against passenger pat-downs -- an alternative to full-body scans in some locations -- swelled during the holiday travel season last year. Pistole maintained at the time that the agency walks a fine line between privacy concerns and public safety.
    However, during the committee meeting, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, grilled Pistole for erring thoughtlessly too far on the side of safety.
    "This isn't to say we don't believe in safety procedures," Paul said. "But I think I feel less safe when we're doing these invasive exams on a 6-year-old. It makes me think that you're clueless, that you think she's going to attack our country, and that you're not doing your research on the people who would attack our country."
    Pistole suggested a pat-down of a child is not entirely unjustified.
    "Unfortunately, we know that terrorists around the world have used children as suicide bombers," Pistole replied.
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    Kids rules have changes as of today.

    TSA changes rules on child shoe removal, pat-downs

    By Sarah Anne Hughes

    Airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Erik S. Lesser - AP)
    In a move that is sure to please many parents, the Transportation Security Administration will no longer ask children under 12 to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints and will take steps to avoid invasive pat-downs.


    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the changes to Congress on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
    To avoid pat-downs on kids, screeners will send them through detectors and image machines multiple times and use hand swabs to check for traces of explosives, the AP reports.


    Still, some children may be required to randomly undergo these checks. “There will always be some unpredictability built into the system,” Napolitano said.
    The move comes after several incidents of children being screened in a way that outraged parents and members of the public. Selena and Todd Drexel posted a video of their 6-year-old being frisked in areas they felt were not appropriate.



    Similar incidents involving an infant, as well as a young boy who was asked to remove his shirt, were reported.



    Pat-downs on the elderly and ill have sparked similar outrage. In June, Lena Reppert said her 95-year-old mother was asked to remove her diaper. The TSA denied the woman was “required” to remove it.



    By Sarah Anne Hughes | 03:08 PM ET, 09/14/2011

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    I understand "unpredictability" I don't understand "invasive".
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    "invasive" here means to me:

    Searching a person in such a way as to cause discomfort due to type or manner of search. ie: around a kids groin.

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