Big Surprise

Posted on November 19, 2010

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Not to sound like the Cassandra…from USA Today:

WASHINGTON — The incoming leaders of the House Transportation Committee on Friday called the new airport pat-down procedures “overly intrusive” and demanded that the Transportation Security Administration restrict their use.

In a letter to the TSA, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Thomas Petri, R-Wis., who are set to assume leadership of aviation issues in Congress next year when Republicans take control, said only the highest risk passengers should be subjected to the more aggressive pat-downs.

It is the harshest reaction to date on the new searches from key leaders in Congress…

Mica is expected to become chairman of the full Transportation Committee, and Petri is in line to lead the Aviation Subcommittee.

“Really now, who thinks the public will put up with the kind of behavior that would get you arrested if you weren’t working for the government?” Petri said. “Do we really expect Grandma to go through this?”

Poor, abused Grandma. First, put to grinding, rhetorical death on Obama’s rack of health care reform, now unceremoniously groped before a crowd of Adbools and Mo’s.

Seriously, were there people out there who thought that this whole “junk thing” would turn into a larger critique of the security state? I mean, did you really think that after several years of complaints from Muslim and other groups, and one admission after the other by the TSA that it racially profiles fliers, all to the thunderous silence of the American public, that this would be some kind of clarion call to break all of our chains, to lift all boats?

Or did you not understand that it would quickly fall into the abyss of racial politics as exploited by Republican war-mongers against Democratic war-mongers? I got to wonder. I may not be the brightest bulb in the box garden–but growing up Palestinian-Colombian-American, you learn a few things.

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