The one that I got from Rep Burgess was kind of interesting because it sounds to me that he feels as though the tsa is starting to step over the lines of their authority in addition to annoying their constituents. So, if the tsa has become a little bit of a loose canon and congress could score some easy political points by reining in the tsa then I think that there is some ray of hope. I realize that he's just talking about a single issue but, you gotta start somewhere.
[dear taxpayer, bla bla bla...] As you are aware, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently purchased full body scanners that show the outline of the naked human body and allow TSA to detect high-density bomb-making materials. [bla bla bla...]
Over the past few months, I have received hundreds of phone calls from concerned constituents, and seen news reports of people who are outraged by TSA's invasive full-body scans and "pat-down" procedures that are now used in the name of national security. [bla bla bla... ]
Further disconcerting is the fact that Congress voted overwhelmingly to prohibit the TSA's use of full-body scanners as a primary screening method. H.R. 2200, the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act, contained an amendment to prohibit the TSA's use of full-body scanners as a primary screening method. House Amendment 172 passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 310 to 118, but TSA has ignored this, and plans to deploy over 1,000 machines in use at airports across the country by the end of next year. Although this legislation did not get signed into law, the sense of Congress is clear – these invasive methods are not the best of TSA resources.
In light of our serious concerns regarding the agency's use of invasive tactics, I joined several of my colleagues in Congress to request that the House Homeland Security Committee conduct a hearing on the new TSA procedures.
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Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Member of Congress