Being A Citizen Of The Director Of Homeland Security

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“If you touch my junk, I’m going to have you arrested”! This was the response from airport traveler, John Tyner, after a TSA agent explained the “groin check” pat down search he was about to undergo. The TSA agent explained to Tyner, “I am going to place my hand on your hip, my other hand on you inner thigh. Slowly go up and slide down” (Weber, 2010). His aforementioned response went viral. Complaints and lawsuits from travelers worldwide have been steadily flowing the office of the Director of Homeland Security. Never should a citizen of this great country have to stand silent while their loved one is violated by a TSA pat-down search. Never should a citizen of this great country have to expose an X-ray image of their naked body…show more content…
Most Americans were under the idea that terrorist attacks only occurred outside U.S. borders and were a non-issue here on the homeland. After the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, American realized that the homeland was not as secure as once thought. This tragic event brought with it a strong wake-up call for a much-needed check up on America 's security, in particular, airline security. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act passed by 107th Congress and signed on November 19, 2001 established TSA. Then, in March 2003, the TSA transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security (TSA, 2014). It is the 1973 ruling from of the 9th circuit court on U.S. vs. Davis that gives the TSA it’s power to conduct searches in any way that it chooses. The ruling has wording that includes, “an administrative search is allowed if no more intrusive or intensive than necessary, in light of current technology, to detect weapons or explosives, confined in good faith to that purpose, and passengers may avoid the search by electing not to fly.” This has basically given the TSA a “blank check” in spelling out what is “no more intrusive or intensive than necessary” and what is “confined in good faith to that purpose” (Klint, 2010). X-ray Scanners and Pat-Downs At many airports around the country, TSA is now using full body scanner machines and also much more invasive
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