Feds beginning to back down in face of national outrage, but no word on ordinary travelers being subjected to airport oppression
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Monday, November 15, 2010
TSA Administrator John Pistole told CNN’s John Roberts this morning that the feds were looking at changing pat down procedures for pilots, a first indication that the government is beginning to back down in the face of a nationwide backlash against naked body scanners and intrusive airport groping measures.
Speaking about how he and DHS chief Janet Napolitano met with pilots representatives last week, Pistole said, “Well obviously they’re a trusted group in so many different ways and so it makes sense to do some type of different type of screening which we will explore and I think have a way forward here in the near future.”
Adding that he didn’t want to speak prematurely, Pistole said “There are options that we are looking at that will make sense.”
Host Roberts made the point that screening pilots for weapons was pointless when pilots have the biggest weapon they could possibly have – the plane itself – in their hands.
However, Pistole did nothing to address similar measures being directed against the traveling public which amount to little less than sexual molestation, and had no answer to why airport officials are threatening people who refused to be groped with $10,000 dollar fines, as in the case of a man who had a run in with TSA goons at San Diego International Airport this past weekend.
Despite the TSA’s blanket refusal to amend measures that are stoking outrage across the country and leading many to decide against flying until changes are made, this first step in the feds being forced to back down on one level is obviously a sign of progress.
It has been established that the implementation of the aggressive groping techniques had nothing to do with security and was solely designed to force people into the body scanner, which as Columbia University and other scientists have proven increases the risk of cancer.
In addition, the body scanners would not even have stopped underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding Flight 253 on Christmas Day.
The feds have finally accepted the fact that common sense needs to be applied to screening pilots, and that same “intelligence-driven” process, as Pistole labels it, now needs to be applied to ordinary travelers.
It is not “intelligence-driven” to subject toddlers to sexual molestation in the name of stopping terror. A “risk-based” approached should not include targeting the very people who represent the least risk – women, children, the elderly and the disabled – who are precisely the groups that have been on the receiving end of the most humiliating degradation at the hands of TSA thugs.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.