• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Napolitano is Getting it Wrong on TSA

    For two years now, President Barack Obama’s administration has been on a concentrated mission to expand the size and scope of the federal government. Of course, this passionate mission is derailed when the inefficiencies of certain government services are highlighted in the American conscience. And every time the general public decries a specific example of government ineffectiveness, the Obama team’s reaction is incredulous shock. How could anyone not blindly trust the federal bureaucracy?

    Once again this is the case as a tidal wave of criticism befalls the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Over the course of the past two weeks, there has been a virtual avalanche of bad airport security stories.

    Toddlers were seen on YouTube being aggressively searched as they screamed, leaving parents aghast. Groped flyers were threatened with $11,000 fines for refusing aggressive pat-downs. Flight crews, including hero pilot Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, objected to the newly increased screening standards.

    Amid these stories, passengers began creating drama of their own, by either opting out of security measures or planning a mass protest around Thanksgiving.

    So with a national rebellion against the men and women who are the last line of defense inside our airports being staged, what is the Obama team’s reaction? Get over it. Trust us. Cooperate.

    In typical style, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her colleagues are treating this story as a media-hyped bunch of nothing. But in fact, it’s been a story long in the making as the government downplayed threats, yet increased screening measures and did nothing to negate a growing impression that the airport security line is a bureaucratic nightmare akin to the dreaded U.S. Post Office.

    Secretary Napolitano’s publicly casual approach to the war on terror has unfortunately led Americans to see TSA officers –many of whom decided to enlist after 9/11 for similar reasons as our fighting soldiers — as postal bureaucrats. When Napolitano and President Obama stopped using the term Global War on Terror, they intentionally lowered the perceived severity of the threat and thereby the perceived consequence of airport security.

    When Napolitano dismissed the Times Square bomber as a “one off”, implying it could be domestic rather than what it was – a coordinated jihadist plot – she contributed to American suspicion of who exactly DHS was monitoring.

    When Napolitano said the “system worked” after the Christmas Day attack, she contributed to the lack of trust in the “system” that is causing the present anxiety. In her USA Today editorial last week, she actually used this incident as an example of why the system works saying: “we use pat-downs to help detect hidden and dangerous items like the one we saw in the failed terrorist attack last Christmas Day.” She failed to mention that the plot thankfully failed due to luck, not pat-downs.

    Secretary Napolitano has often and publicly reinforced a misunderstanding of the threat and what level of vigilance is necessary, and then acts with shock and dismay when travelers aren’t trusting of why they need their crotch examined.

    TSA officers are left negotiating a perilous public relations disaster with each and every screening. And legislators are rightly left debating the existing options to privatize certain screening services.

    Secretary Napolitano has allowed politics and reactionary episodes to fog what is the necessary strategy for keeping terrorists off planes. And in her rush to do so, she has recklessly left TSA employees as the face of a bureaucracy gone awry, and without a legitimate defense or explanation for the agitated flying public.

    When passengers spend thirty minutes in line watching children be patted down, and learning the new rules of the week for flying, tensions are surely going to rise. Passengers quickly have to learn if this is an airport that requires shoes on the belt, or in the bin and other inconsistencies. They see pilots get groped knowing full well that if a pilot wants to take down an airliner, they are in an undeniable position to succeed, sans liquid. And now they have to decide if they’ll allow a primary invasive screening designed for secondary use, or opt for an experience that some would argue requires dinner and a movie.

    After September 11, 2001, Americans were prepared to spend twenty more minutes in the security line, take off their shoes, and pull out their laptops to assure they weren’t on the next flight headed for a target, rather than a destination. They then accepted, reluctantly, that they had to limit their carry-on shampoos and liquids for the cause of preventing an in-flight explosion. But as DHS continues to change the rules, add layers and push or pass the boundaries of expected privacy, passengers have a right to be sold on the measures, rather than scolded for questioning them, while leaders in Washington downplay the overall threat.

    Secretary Napolitano has simply not made the case. Rather than strike a “trust us” tone — and we have learned over the past two years and last election that large masses of the public do not blindly trust Washington — she should strike a receptive tone. Rather than use secondary technology for primary screening, she needs to develop a consistent and publicly accepted screening policy that is transparent, systemic, logical and more closely resembles what Americans have come to expect.

    To not listen to the public and address the concerns is going to make the security situation worse. With planned mass “opt-outs” around the holidays, the security line is surely to become a mess. Frustrated TSA employees and passengers will add to missed flights and weather delays causing families staying home to be the only ones thankful this holiday season. And this will all lead to legislators rightly examining if the bureaucracy has become too bloated and debate privatizing large pieces of the apparatus.

    Americans need to trust the people that are empowered to keep us safe. Sadly, that public faith is eroding, and it endangers our security. Secretary Napolitano is doing a disservice to our national security if she continues to discount the public consciousness and not rebuild the lost confidence in our airport security.

    President Obama often blames his administration’s policy failings on communications problems. In this case, he has both.

    This article is cross-posted from The Daily Caller, here.

    You can follow Rory Cooper on Twitter @rorycooper

    Posted in Security [slideshow_deploy]

    47 Responses to Napolitano is Getting it Wrong on TSA

    1. MJF, CT says:

      The whole thing is positively ridiculous. Add to the above that Janet Napolitano STILL has not answered the question of what is going to happen when Muslim women, wearing their religious coverings, arrive at the airport. Will they be searched the same as the rest of us? If so, some of these women will be stoned by their families for breaking the laws of the Koran. So what will Napolitano do, allow these women a free pass? They cannot even be x-rayed because another man is not allowed to see under the religious coverings. So what now, Janet? Do we give these Muslim women a pass while the rest of us get our privates groped?

      The Israeli's have it right. The only way to do this correctly is to racially profile everyone and if you "don't look right", you go to the x-ray machine and/or pat down, or you don't fly. Let's see….. how long has it been since an Israeli plane was hijacked or blown up?

    2. Roger Baxter. Batavi says:

      I disagree with your conclusion. We do not trust those empowered to "keep us safe" because they have done absolutely nothing to earn our trust. Political correctness prevents doing the things that would truly keep us safe. Profiling would go a long way to allow the TSA (if the agents were trained professionals instead of McDonalds rejects) to actually select the likely threats for some type of close inspection – including strip searches. Pat downs on little children and old folks that obviously do not represent a real threat only serves to raise our level of distrust, if not outright revulsion. Perhaps you need to reevaluate your own perspectives.

    3. George Colgrove, VA says:

      What concerns me about this whole thing is how the federal employee ranks are easy to comply (lock step in line) with the administration most heinous demands without having enough of a human consciousness or soul to question it. The molestation being done by federal employees at every airport is not being challenged by the rank and file TSA agent.

      We are paying these people extremely well with high salaries and even higher benefits to do what in any other law enforcement profession would be called sexual assault. These acts would result in any law enforcement officer to be thrown in jail.

      During Clinton, our federal employees at the FBI and ATF when given the word began terrorizing and ultimately shooting at their fellow citizens (mostly innocent men, women and children) who were housed in a building in Waco, TX. They shot down a family at Ruby Ridge. They ransacked a private citizen’s house to kidnap a child for the Cuban dictator. A photo showed a federal employee in the FBI pointing an automatic weapon at that child. All these acts were supposingly for the protection of the innocent people, yet innocent people died at the hands of these federal employee.

      We got a break with Bush. Now we have under Obama federal employees from the DHS essentially given the go ahead to molest or breach the privacy of Americans who simply want to fly. For what? Security? Ask a rape victim if they feel safe flying. Ask every child who has to be subjected to touches that have rightfully landed countless number of pedophiles in jail if they feel safe.

      About 50 years ago we saw a federal workforce willing to comply with their leaders demand that they conduct mass murder and burn people of a particular religious background in the past. It was appalling then and still many ask, why did these people, these human being do that. Because it was their job? It is scary to think we have a federal workforce that will not question orders that broach criminality or better yet refuse to comply with such orders altogether.

      The founders of this nation knew about the abuses that can be done by a federal workforce. It is why they limited the federal government to foreign affairs and the defense of this country. We need to take heed of this limitation before this federal workforce we have right now starts to go beyond the few armed assaults on it citizenry and the current sanctioned sexual molestation by federal employees. There is no need for a TSA, and the abuses that comes from a federal security force on its own citizenry is in front of us. Allow airports to manage their own security using the private sector. This system will be accountable and benefit from many competing ideas on how to make the system safer for passengers, more efficient and protect us from threats.

    4. George Colgrove, VA says:

      “Americans need to trust the people that are empowered to keep us safe. Sadly, that public faith is eroding, and it endangers our security. Secretary Napolitano is doing a disservice to our national security if she continues to discount the public consciousness and not rebuild the lost confidence in our airport security.”

      When we have a government made up of federal employees who are on the constant pursuit to discredit the private sector contractors – at the same time showing us they are not up to the tasks formerly provided by these private sector contractors, it will take a long time to rebuild that trust. Government has failed to deliver the security services we need. It has been almost a decade of this. We need to start seeking a private sector approach. Using competition for new ideas and methods is what we need to ensure the public is safe from both the government and terrorist.

    5. Len, Alexandria,KY says:

      May be the best thing for Napolitano is to put her in a body scan for 12 months and see if she comes out " glowing".with a scintilla of humen intelligence which she currently lacks.. might as well since like Sibelius and Holder she is nothing but INept and Dangerous left to her own devices….

    6. Pingback: PA Pundits - International

    7. Alexis Rafael says:

      Is it an understatement to say say we shall be free?? when our debt is 12 trillion dollars….

    8. Pragmatic in Texas says:

      I am posting this comment on every website I can think of – I refuse to fly again until these draconian and invasive procedures are rescinded. Not only will I be safer opting out of flying, I also will avoid what I view as borderline sexual assualt.

    9. Michael says:

      If you think there are protests now, wait until people consistently see Muslims given a pass while we infidels get the free massage and CAT scan.

      Kinda ashamed of myself here, but another meaning of TSA comes to mind in light of recent events.

    10. Oscar Byington says:

      Here is the best thing that can be done and no BODY touching is required.

      ANOTHER GREAT IDEA FROM AN AVERAGE JOE! WHY AREN'T THERE PEOPLE WITH COMMON SENSE LIKE THIS IN WASHINGTON ?

      Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports:

      All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth.

      This would be a win-win for everyone. There would be none of this nonsense about racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials.

      This is so simple that it's brilliant. I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention, standby passengers! We now have a seat available on flight number…"

    11. Connie Kupchunos, Iv says:

      Unless we stop this, it is only the beginning of what I'm afraid will not only be huge government, but a government of terror and intimidation. The TSA and Janet Napolitano are behaving like a bunch of Nazi Brownshirts.

      I don't think this calls for rioting, screaming at the TSA, or hysterics. It does call for peaceful protest and refusal to participate in this "security measure" outrage. If we ALL protest by refusal–from pilots and flight crew to passengers and TSA employees as well–it will have an impact. If exclusion is to be made for Muslim women, it should be to made for ALL OF US. Be aware that this is, I feel, just another "nudge" from this administration to CONTROL 'WE THE PEOPLE' and advance their agenda. Their agenda is frightening. Socialism, communism, total control. An end to America as we know it. Remember what Obama said himself: "…fundamentally TRANSFORM America!" His own words.

    12. Connie Kupchunos, Iv says:

      Take my name off–use initials, for crying out loud.

    13. Jeff Reuteler, Cedar says:

      It is quite rediculous that these so called security measures have been put in place in the first place as the events leading to them happened abroad and not in the USA. The TSA people are becoming Gestapo-like in their behaviour. We need to consider profiling and using dogs like the Isreali's do. We all know that those most likely to carry out a terrorist type of event are Muslim. All this security enacted over the years has been in reaction to ativities by Msulims. When is the US going to wake up and address this FACT instead of harassing law abiding Ammericans. I will only fly when it is absolutely necessary. All this nonesense has taken the fun out of flying. I hate flying, I would rather walk.

    14. Rebecca Weinreb, Pas says:

      Janet Napolitano should be fired and kept away from the public forum. She is a nuisance to our society. The Israelis have the best systems in place to protect their people. Many years ago I spoke to a friend and his relative who worked for El Al. He told me that BEFORE you arrive for your flight they know everything about you. If anyone looks fishy, then and only then do they give that person or people a hard time. It is all about racial profiling and to heck with worrying about people's feelings.

    15. Jill, California says:

      Score one for the terrorists. They're enjoying this spectacle, knowing full well that while the TSA is groping for red herrings hidden in the private parts of a protesting public, the terrorists have moved on to hiding bombs in printer cartridges and other items that don't get frisked. We're trying to prevent the last terrorist attack instead of the next one.

      And while the TSA officers are the current face of this debacle, it won't be long before the airlines suffer catastrophic losses when the flying public begin boycotting that form of transportation. Just as the U.S. Postal Service has almost become obsolete thanks to email, fax machines, and other more convenient and less costly options, so will airlines see more and more of their customers opt for teleconferencing and other alternatives. But never fear, Obama is here. He will prop up the airlines with more bailouts. Once again, the taxpayers will be on the hook for more bad decisions coming out of Washington.

    16. Ray, Texas says:

      Here is the big one! Who sets the TSA standards for security? Not, Sec Napolitano not the TSA employees than who? I have flown out of El Paso, Phoenix, Memphis, Kansas City, Ks the last few months and none of the screening scannersa are set the same 'sensitivity'. Take off your belt, ok, remove your glasses, ok, or you can leave all that on. TSA has become a big joke. In El Paso they were more restrictive when the contracted civilian security force consisting of illegal immigrants checked you through security at least they could spot their own. By the way there are still working there along with TSA. Another question is why U.S. Border Patrol at El Paso International Airport and no where else. Maybe we and Sed Janet don't really have faith in TSA.

    17. Bradley Hill says:

      This is just another ploy to keep Americans in their place, by Homeland's Janet Napolitano keeping Americans dumbed down. If you look back on all the things our Federal Government has done to keep Americans looking stupid, you will have to agree, this kind of pat down at our airports is in line with her character.

      When are we going in to take the trash out? Patience Patience…In good time!

    18. JDM, Texas, says:

      When Mrs. Obama, Pelosie, Napolitano and the likes of these start getting "patted down and x-rayed", things will be changed. Again, the government needs to subjected to the same agenda as the citizens.

    19. Paul, Tucson says:

      Anyone who lives in AZ knows that Veto Janet No has no idea of security, border, or terrorist control. The only good thing about having her as Secretary of DHLS is that she has to spread her incompetence all around the country, not just ruining AZ.

    20. JN_FU says:

      TSA workers WHO KNOW THIS IS WRONG, SHOULD NOT SHOW UP TO WORK ON THE 24th. TSA workers, just because you are following orders does not mean you cannot Protest. As you dehumanize us, we too realize they are dehumanizing you. Join the protest and DO NOT SHOW UP FOR WORK ON THE 24th Till they give you back your dignity!!

    21. Becki/AZ says:

      Napolitano embarassed herself in AZ and she continues to embarass the great United States of America. The incompetence of this woman is astounding and is certainly inline with the Obama administration.

      Worse than the Jimmy Carter years by far!

    22. Scot, New Jersey says:

      I think the detonation booth idea is fantastic! What a deterrent!

    23. Ross, New Orleans says:

      When Janet says that the people can chose the other transportation options it is in the same way a cop says that if you do not want then to search your ___ (insert car, papers, house, etc.), the cop will just go get a warrant: this is COERSION. It is illegal. My Senator is David Vitter. I passed this on before the Senate held it's "conference", as he is on that committee, on the matter. I also added the suggestion she be impeached and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I received no answer from this "Representative" who was holding Tea Parties before this past election. There was no record of Janet's main squeeze at the TSA (pun intended) conference having any questions from him about this being coercive; I received no reply from his office about these abuses and what he as a part of its oversight intended to do, nor an answer to another question I posed, which was if the TSA and Congress wanted me instead (as the father of two primary school aged children!) to start teaching my kids "Don't let anyone ever touch you, much less grope you, there UNLESS it is someone in the US Government!" I thought this would pretty much sum the whole of it up… Instead, I see in the back pages of some news yesterday, and not commented upon anywhere today, that a TSA Deputy Director flat spelled out that the American citizens need to realize that for their own "security" they HAVE to give up their "4th Amendment Rights"…

      The Rights of Americans, and in fact the Constitution which clearly spells them out, clearly states that these are UNALIENABLE. I would personally like to see a huge movement by the Conservatives and Libertarians to SHARPLY CONDEMN Janet, et al, and every single "Legislator" who does not call them out! This would include David Vitter and anyone else! Let all in Government know, appointed or elected, that it is they who report to We the People! We will hold them accountable as a group and as individuals when they willing subvert our Constitution by act, or by NOT acting against said actions!

      One of the earlier bloggers asked how Government individuals can so easily goosestep: easy when nobody steps up with a loud enough voice to say, "Have you no sense of decency? At Long Last Have you left No SENSE OF DECENCY?" WE need to ask this of Vitter and every other Senator who endorse and / or do not call out those who would so willingly trash our Constitution which IS OUR COUNTRY! ALL of THEM! Public Hearings, or get the boot with recall elections and / or any other means available to hold these "Officials" accountable when they go way, way too far.

      If WE THE PEOPLE do not, then America itself does not survive; if we give in to tyranny of any kind, we give in to all tyranny; or, if you'd rather, to quote from Steven King's 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption', "Once you voluntarily bend over and take it you can never truly stand up straight again"!

    24. Dr dbiggs,CA says:

      Pres OBOZO: "Tea Bagger-in-Chief"

      You Can LIE but can you READ?

      Invasion by illegal ie "Criminal Aliens"

      Obviously you have never read the United States Constitution or

      else feel that in your ivory tower and wealth that it does not apply to you!!

      I feel you need to read the following and act according to the peoples wish

      not your wishes or special interests wish list!

      There are three references to the words "invasions," "invaded," and

      "invasion" in our U.S. Constitution:

      Article I, Section 8: "The Congress shall have Power To Provide for calling

      forth the Militia to execute Laws of the Union, suppress

      insurrections and repel Invasions."

      Article I, Section 10:"No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any

      Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time

      of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with

      another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War,

      unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as

      will not admit of delay."

      Article IV, Section 4:"The United States shall guarantee to every State in the

      Union as Republican Form of Government, and shall

      protect each of them against invasion, and on

      Application of the Legislature, of of the Executive (when

      the Legislative cannot be convened) against domestic

      Violence."

      Your Oath of Office and sworn duties as referenced mean you must Act and

      put a Stop to the Invasion of all the Illegal immigrants we are experiencing.

      Our U.S. Constitution mandates that invasions shall be repelled by Congress.

      and that means the persons in the House of Representatives and the U.S.

      Senate. Our nation's sovereignty must be protected.

      How can you even stand in front of a mirror and even look yourself in the eyes

      knowing you are a "Bought & Paid Hoe" for special interests and the

      Democratic Party Hacks? Tell me I am wrong, please because I fear for the

      future of our country as you certainly don't care about the people or our

      country!!

      You go to the SAME PLACE for LYING as you do for STEALING!!

    25. Jerry, Oregon says:

      The comments above are some of the most insightful comments I have seen on any blog.

      "we are searching fot the last incident instead ot the next" is frighteningly correct. You ask yourself why a govt would do this. The answer may be something more than effective security. It is using a past event, nomatter how remote, to take away more rights and to invade more deeply.

      George in Va has it right. Waco and Ruby Ridge are examples of extreme genocide by the Govt for inexcusable reasons. They can burn children to death for the sins of the father, just as easily they assinate the spouse with impunity, for a minor weapons charge which was the result of a "planted provocatuer"

      We are in dangerous times my friends. Stay awake and do not allow our constitutional rights be taken by an opportunist Govt who seeks destruction of our Constitution and the implementation of a World Order where unhappy citizens will be limited to beating their bamboo sticks on the ground, as their weapons of self defense and self determination have been removed. Our Rights are in the Way of other's Objectives.

    26. David Bellika says:

      this thanksgiving no one fly ground the airlines. than lets see what they do.

      Ans if the feds look too bail out the airlines. replace them all!

      bottom line is that they work for us!

    27. Paul, Felton says:

      I think the time has arrived for all Conservatives in both the House and Senate to go to Quantico Virginia USMC/FBI training base, and complete hand-to-hand combat and survival in enemy controlled environment, as well as combat strategy at the Army War College.

      The time for traditional diplomacy and compromise are long gone. The 111th Congress unexpectedly unleashed overwhelming WW-II German Blitz combat tactics, overwhelming the weak unprepared Republicans.

      The Republican party machine has long been broken. They don't understand marketing techniques of their high moral grounds, effective damage control of foolish embarrassments. Their obsolete mindset needs purged immediately. We are in a new paradigm today, and the old must go or we die. Many are blind to this and must retire and allow the next generation to build upon what we have.

      The Democratic political machine is more powerful and more efficient. Primary rule of combat: "know your enemy." Anticipate his moves. Fortify against his strongholds, pierce very deeply into his weak area, coming about to attack him from behind his own lines. Republican party has been reactionary instead of being proactive. Forget the defensive game and attack, move forward, take that hill, take the high ground.

      The poor informed average voter is woefully uninformed as to what our Constitutional Republic is supposed to look like. They have never seen one.

      The must be educated. The must understand the the Republican Party stands for the same our founders stood for; that we are striving to return to those principles and values.

      They fear losing federal benefits, not realizing those should have come from their respective states, under state's constitutional authority (usurped by fed). Hopefully it would be a transfer from fed to state without substantial change to Social Security, pensions, etc.

      We need educated on American History.

    28. Paul, Felton says:

      >>>JERRY, OREGON

      I completely agree.

      We are presently in very dangerous times.

      A quiet revolution has been active for many decades. They accomplished much, gained much ground won including high ground. They used our systems and laws against us to advance their destructive causes.

      The revolution is beginning to heat up and accelerate. Effective marketing of lies (propaganda) has blinded our people to the truth.

      If they are not made to see the truth, I cannot see how we can win the necessary votes.

      This is the basis of my belief that the voters need to be educated on the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Mayflower and Jamestown compacts, and other supporting historic document. Use 'slick advertising and marketing' just like our enemies. It works.

    29. John Sotomayor. Some says:

      This "czar" like many of the others that Obama appointed (without congressional approval) is typical of the inexperience, arrogance and stupidity. It appears that the only qualification Obama wants from these appointees, is obedience to him and his policies. They are the dirrect reflection of a President out of control and who demonsrates anti-Ameridcan values and principles. This woman is unfit to be in that position and should be canned.

    30. Chris says:

      This New TSA tactic is ridiculous! Even our medical doctors aren't allowed to touch us inappropriately, but we can go to an airport in the country and they Will grope you everywhere before you can get on an airplane. You actually tests these machines and thinks they are appropriate, safe, not offensive or Unlawful to the passengers?? I will not be flying until this has been changed. I think its crazy to subject our children to this frightening experience. If the government is too afraid to identify and call a muslim a muslim, and profile like they should, then they will suffer the consequences from rightfully angry travels. They are violating our God given rights, and we ask all Christian American citizens to exercise their right to refuse these searching techniques!!

      We definitely need to stand up for our rights, and this is just one more example of government coming up with new procedures, that have a profound affect on US as Citizens, with no warning. If this upsets you, join other concerned citizens who are making a commitment to stand up for our country and our rights. http://www.PatrioticChristiansToday.com and join this grass-roots cause.

    31. Mark, California says:

      Don't just "opt out" of naked scanners only to be sexually molested/assaulted, instead. Boycott Flying COMPLETELY, until sanity returns! Please join us: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flying/1268

    32. Lynda Stafford, Loui says:

      Well Oscar Byington, I think you're a brilliant man.One problem what you suggest would be a great way to eliminate all the wooha over being xrayed or groped would really work ,but it's not "POLITICALLY CORRECT" and everyone would say you can't take their RIGHT to a trial away, so our government won't go for it. It seems that the American public is getting screwed again just so Muslims can still do what ever they want, they aren't subject to our rules! Just more rights we're loosing! It's against my religion for anyone but my husband to touch or see me nude too , but since I'm American I no longer have that right… maybe I should convert to Islam… wait maybe that's what the Muslims want! America is slowly sinking into a Socialist Government! Someday soon we'll need a pass of some kind to travel to another state to visit family or friends or go on vacation, or maybe we won't be allowed to take a vacation any more outside our home state…. mark my words it's coming people!

    33. Shirley Arizona says:

      Well, she didn't do much better when she was in charge in Az

    34. retiredairforce, Ga says:

      This is the same Home Land Insecurity honcho who says the border is as secure as it ever was. Never mind DHS erected signs 80 miles north of the Arizona/Mexico border warning Americans to stay away from parts of our own territory because of drug/human smuggling violence turning the border into a war zone. Her refusal to secure the border has, according to the Border Patrol allowed MS-13, identity thieves, rapists, child molesters, murderers and terrorists (they find Quarans, prayer rugs, uniforms and other clothing with Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah organizational patches and lettering and Spanish for Dummies books to blend in the invading hordes looking for jobs and welfare benefits) to easily enter this country and go to states which issue driver's licenses to people without proof of citizenship and use stolen and fraudulent identities. They use those licenses to board aircraft, buy guns, vote, work at nuclear power plants and other secure areas as aircraft cleaners, baggage handlers, and even an illegal alien MS-13 TSA screener at an airport. So much for airport security which is nothing but an absolute sham to deflect attention from the fact this administration has no real intention of protecting the American people from the very terrorists they claim they are protecting us from…..

    35. Byrrni, OH says:

      What is TSA, the Government, airports, airlines and any other entity with "deep pockets", involved with this mess, going to do when the law suits start rolling in claiming that the x-rays caused cancer in thousands of people? I, personally, choose to limit my exposure to unnecessary x-rays. I guess that means I have to be molested, in public, if I need to fly. I can assure you I will not be planning any vacations by air while these unreasonable screening methods are in place. I have no desire to witness the sexual abuse of old ladies and childrent because the Government caves to complaints of "racial profiling" for looking more closely at those who have made it plain that they would like to wipe us off the face of the earth. I will travel by car, burning oil and gasoline; increasing the risk of global warming at a higher rate. Hmmm. Is this another "unintentional effect", Mr. Obama?

    36. BJ Ft. Myers Fl says:

      Something to ponder.

      When will the all powerful government and Homeland Security bring about a rule (not a Law) that instructs all law envorcement to conduct full body enhanced searches on everybody that is moving outside of their residences. Of course, this would be in the name of safety and security of the American people as their are a lot of bad guys out there.

      This government has got way too big and are taking away our liberities one step at a time.

      Profiling is a scientific investigation and is used in law enforcement. But, profiling is not a racist operation. It merely leads investigators to eliminate different charactics of human behavior. With this in mind, why is TSA going after grandma and grandpa and all the little children and questioning whether or not to go after certain religious groups.

      Well, I guess I do believe that the current administration really does think the the American people are really stupid and that they (the current administration ) will not get it until they are fired.

    37. Allen Martin says:

      Great!! The American people get it; we know that liberty, the Bill of Rights, due process are crucial to our future. Now, flying this Thanksgiving? Here's what you do, nothing radical. Just, when a TSA agent expects a comment from you or the time is appropriate, say "Okay, Benedict," "Yes, Benedict." The TSA agents are traitors for the same reason that Arnold was, it's the money.

    38. Dinah Garrison Fairb says:

      I don't like the idea of the pat-down at all, but if someone could tell me with a straight face that it would keep me safe on a plane I would just "close my eyes and think of England." However…

    39. Jackson, FL says:

      MJF, CT has it right!

      As he says: The Israeli’s have it right. The only way to do this correctly is to racially profile everyone and if you “don’t look right”, you go to the x-ray machine and/or pat down, or you don’t fly. Let’s see….. how long has it been since an Israeli plane was hijacked or blown up?

      Why can't we do the same here? Racial profiling does work!

      So in the name of "Political correctness", the terrorists usually don't get bothered, but, us the average folks get prodded, touched, violated?

      The only way they seem to be handling the terrorists threats in this country is by being reactive. They always find news ways of assaulting us ONLY after a threat has been discovered.

      Did they ever learn what PROACTIVE means? It is the only way to avoid a problem!

      Look at Israel!

    40. HeritageFan says:

      TSA workers have to have a lot of our sympathy. But Janet Napolitano and TSA head Pistole should be fired! They are so concerned about our safety that Napolitano refuses to admit that our borders with Mexico are becoming killing fields and so are getting her usual "casual" treatment–nothing there, go somewhere else. One other thing that I think is being missed here is the administration's propensity for smoke and mirrors. Might this be another distraction to take our eyes of something that they are just going to spring on us—amnesty via executive order? Impossible? Not with this administration.

    41. HeritageFan says:

      TSA workers who are just oding their job have to have a lot of our sympathy. But Janet Napolitano and TSA head Pistole should be fired! They are so concerned about our safety that Napolitano refuses to admit that our borders with Mexico are becoming killing fields and so are getting her usual "casual" treatment–nothing there, go somewhere else. One other thing that is being missed here is the administration's propensity for smoke and mirrors. Might this be another distraction to take our eyes of something that they are just going to spring on us—amnesty via executive order? Impossible? Not with this administration.

    42. John Cornelson, Gain says:

      Next time I have to fly I'm wearing Speedos. When I get to the line I'm going to pile ALL my clothes in the basket.

    43. Lester Tuscumbia, AL says:

      Napolitano is a "deer in headlights" and hasn't a clue regarding airport security. No one has mentioned the fact, that other than the 911 terrorists, all the other would-be bombers have entered the USA on international flights not originating in the United States. They were all of the Muslim faith and the only way to catch these people is to use profiling such as the Israelis do. What is happening is just what the terrorists want; a total interruption of the American way of life and I believe they are laughing outright at Napolitano's and the TSA's completely off-the-wall attempts at security. All they are doing is mistreating law-abiding American citizens, not capturing terrorists.

    44. Rudi, Texas says:

      Has anyone even thought of the issue of the TSA person sexual preference? IMHO, as a heterosexual, I do not want to be touched by a gay person. Since that is an issue for me, I would ask the TSA workers sexual preference. I will not be X-rayed since I have been through chemo and enough radiation. With that in mind, I am boycotting flying.

    45. robert jones golden says:

      FIRE NAPOLITANO AND HOLDER NOW!!!!!

    46. Pingback: Napolitano Makes Global Warming a Homeland Security Priority | The Conservative Papers

    47. Pingback: Napolitano Makes Global Warming a Homeland Security Priority | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×