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    94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

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    RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound Florida woman says a search she went through at Raleigh/Durham International Airport went too far.

    Marian Peterson said it happened July 6 as she went through a TSA security checkpoint before boarding a flight home.
    Peterson said she was selected for extra screening. First, security officers lifted her out of her wheelchair and helped her stand in a full body scanner. Then, she was given a physical pat down.
    "They took me to one side and they patted me down, and they made me stand for, with my arms out, for over 10 minutes," she said. "I was beginning to feel that I wasn't going to be able to continue to stand, I was going to fall down or something."
    "I asked, I said why are you doing this, and the woman was very polite and said 'I don't know, maybe the scanner detected something or maybe she moved,'" recalled Peterson's daughter Marian Malone.
    Peterson's family said it's not just the length of the search they object to, it's the way it was done.
    How about common sense as a security measure.
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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    Hopefully they sue. The government has no business violating your 4th amendment rights.
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    So far no one with authority is saying it's a violation, so the groping of grandma continues unabated. It's a lemmings scenario, where everyone at the bottom knows in their hearts that this is wrong, but can't seem to overcome the inertia to stop it. The really bad thing is that the TSA and federal govt are not required to prove its effectiveness. So you don't know whether the lack of attacks is due to searches or just dumb luck.
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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So far no one with authority is saying it's a violation, so the groping of grandma continues unabated. It's a lemmings scenario, where everyone at the bottom knows in their hearts that this is wrong, but can't seem to overcome the inertia to stop it. The really bad thing is that the TSA and federal govt are not required to prove its effectiveness. So you don't know whether the lack of attacks is due to searches or just dumb luck.
    The lack of attacks is most likely (given historical records) due to the fact that terrorist attacks on our soil proper (just the 50 States) is a very low probability event to start with. Given enough time, we will see another; with time all probabilities work out. But it's not like we were suffering from a few terrorist attacks a year. There were proper security measures to take with the airport, however, given the probabilities at stake it seems that the very invasive forms of search as utilized currently by the government are unreasonable as the amount of additional protection cannot be said to net us anything worth the cost of TSA and their equipment (those full body scanners are expensive, and we're broke) not to mention the authorization of at best questionable uses of government force.

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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    The problem with common sense: The TSA, and their apologizers wouldn't stand for it.

    Look at ANY CNN discussion on the issue [on their website] - the arguments those blindly supporting he TSA make go beyond stupid... a couple of the commenting readers even go as far to accuse those opposing the TSA of either being terrorists, or supporting terrorists.

    Somebody needs to slap these people with some basic logic... and fast.
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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    The "War on Terrorism" is a permanent fixture now. Get used to it. Anyone who thinks that the military-industrial complex is going to willingly let go of this cash cow for a few beans regardless of the efficacy or outcome, then you need to look up our approach to the "War on Drugs".

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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    I take an annual poll among my students to find out which countries they would like to visit... The U.S. always finished second in the poll (after Japan). This year, it came in fifth (France, China and Australia) polled higher this year. I asked why? They said it was because of the harassment at airports that they had heard about from friends who had travelled to the U.S. it is giving the U.S. a bad rap overseas... It makes the US look unhospitable...
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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Hopefully they sue. The government has no business violating your 4th amendment rights.
    Has dumb as I think it is to give an extra screening to a 94 year old lady in a wheel chair theres nothing to sue over since her 4th amendment rights weren't violated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    Has dumb as I think it is to give an extra screening to a 94 year old lady in a wheel chair theres nothing to sue over since her 4th amendment rights weren't violated
    Maybe nothing to sue over, but certainly something to complain about. Unreasonable government force is unreasonable government force.
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    Re: 94-year-old upset by TSA pat down

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Maybe nothing to sue over, but certainly something to complain about. Unreasonable government force is unreasonable government force.
    at least you are starting to get it.
    and I have ZERO problems with people COMPLAINING about it and voicing their OPINIONS, I myself dont "like" it.

    Ill just never be silly enough to falsely say that its against the law or violates the 4th, not saying YOU did because you did not, im just saying in gerneral
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