Ron Paul Attacks TSA’s Porno-Scanners




Ron Paul appeared on CNN to argue against the current TSA airport security measures as being invasive and a broad government overreach.

Date: 11/19/2010

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News Anchor: Should the TSA be prohibited from touching you, or taking an x-ray image of your body, or what about doing away with the government screeners and having private companies decide who can and who cannot get on your flight? With us from Phoenix, Arizona tonight is Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. He’s pushing his new American Traveller Dignity Act which, among other things, tells the TSA, “Hands off”. And in Washington, Frances Townsend is our CNN national security analyst who served as the homeland security advisor in the post 9/11 Bush White House. She also serves currently on the Homeland Security Advisory Board.

Congressman Paul, to you first. Here’s among the highlights of your new legislation: It would prohibit physical contact by the TSA; it would prohibit x-rays of somebody’s body; it would prevent using the millimeter waves that are used in some of the high-tech scanners and prevent the government from taking images of an individual’s body even if covered by clothing. You view this as intrusive and abusive government power, but my question is, what about someone out there who says, “What, sir, happens if we take away these tough new screenings, and we have another 9/11?”

Ron Paul: Well, in taking it away, you’re implying that nothing else would happen. If you took out the government out of it, that would put the responsibility on the airlines. And the airlines would still be very concerned. Matter of fact, they actually have a little bit more leeway because they can screen their passengers a lot differently. And you can have agreements with the airlines. So you might have better screening with private companies, but even contracting out to a private company, as long as they have the same obligation to pursue the same thing the TSA is doing, that won’t do any good. That’s just another boondoggle for the private companies that are going to work with the government. It might be Chertoff that might get the contract to do the screening. No you want the private owners… you can’t provide perfect safety. This notion that the government’s role is to provide safety, it isn’t. It’s to protect our rights. But here we’re being told that we go to the gate, we buy a ticket, and you’ve lost your right, you sacrificed your right. Where did that come from? That’s about the most absurd thing I ever heard. And the American people aren’t for this, they’re tired of what they’re seeing and what’s happening at our airports.

News Anchor: Well, Frances, you hear the Congress there, his political committee sent out an email today talking about these naked porno scanners that people are made to go through at airports. And, of course, today I received other press releases. Senator Tom Udall wants to have a hearing after Thanksgiving. The Homeland Security Committee Chairman wants to have a hearing soon, he says maybe this TSA should not have these powers. Now that this clearly has become a big political story in our nation, do you have concerns that politics might undermine security?

Frances Townsend: Well, look. John, you know, this is a classic case where the government fails the common sense test. We’ve seen the threat from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. This is the group that was behind the Detroit attempted bombing, the underpants bomber. This is the group that was behind the recent cartridges in the belly of the plane loaded with explosives. So the threat is very real, and I think as we come into a time of increased travel, the government is rightly concerned. There are a couple of questions about how and why they’re doing this. The government has the authority to implement these security procedures, but they also have an obligation to be advocates and to explain to the American people why these are necessary, why there isn’t a less intrusive means that they could use and how this will protect us and keep us safer. And frankly, they haven’t really done a very good job at that. But let’s remember, the threat is very real, and so we want them to be successful in keeping explosives off planes, and we are rightly debating the government’s policy about how they’re trying to do that.

News Anchor: Well, congressman, lets come back to you and where you would draw the line. And I want to show the pictures as we have the conversation. www.DenverPost.com put up some photos, and we’re just showing some video of the intrusive searches. This is from www.Denver.com. Now the government says this is absolutely necessary. You see the body scanners, and you also see as the photos go on, some of the touching and the padding that obviously you view, sir, as a violation of people’s rights. I want you to listen here to the Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano. She says it’s necessary, and it does not, in her view, cross the line.

Janet Napolitano: They in no way resemble electronic strip searches. All they do is (?) in a private area away from the gate with an image that is neither retained nor transmitted. We’ve built privacy screens into the machines.

News Anchor: And, congressman, the head of the TSA, John Pistole, says using these screenings, they’ve already come up with some things that, in his view, have kept dangerous things off the airplane. So if we went with your approach, how do we make sure that somebody does not get on a plane with something that can’t be there.

Ron Paul: Well, so far, they haven’t been sure. You know, before 9/11 the government was in charge; they spent 45 billion dollars on intelligence gathering, and they got through anyway. And now we’ve given them 80 billion dollars, so how can you expect the government to do any better? Now, for the secretary, I’d like to ask her, you know, has she gone through a scanner and looked at herself on a scanner? Has she been probed and prodded? And Frances, have you done it too? I think everybody should.

Frances Townsend: Absolutely. Congressman, I have done it.

Ron Paul: Did you look at your image?

Frances Townsend: I did not look at my image.

Ron Paul: Well, look at your image when somebody else is doing, go look at your image.

Frances Townsend: Well, frankly Congressman, I’d much rather prefer they have an image of me rather than they touch me, and I’d like the understand what the …

Ron Paul: Have you had the prod? I mean, some people have to be prodded. The people are being forced to it. You haven’t gone through the prodding process?

Frances Townsend: Oh, I most certainly have.

Ron Paul: I want every member of Congress to do it, and every member of the cabinet to do it, and they might have a different feeling about this. But the whole thing is, we are dealing with 9/11, we’re dealing with Al-Qaida, and that has to do with a major problem with our foreign policy. And if we don’t understand why we are creating more people who want to hate us, believe me, taking away all our liberties won’t solve our problem. Spending more money on intelligence gathering and also taking away more of our liberties and having 6,000 of our people killed over in the Middle East… every time we kill a civilian over there to the tunes of 10s of thousands, we make more enemies. We won’t solve our problems by abusing the rights of American citizens. That’s what my beef is.

News Anchor: The congressman makes his case passionately, Frances, on this question. The debate over just what just the powers are, what the screening should be will continue, obviously, and the Congress will be dealing with this when it returns in January without a doubt, if not right after thanksgiving, but the question of should the government do this or should it be contracted out? And to the degree of what other technology is out there, what’s the answer?

Frances Townsend: I actually think it doesn’t matter. If you can do it more efficiently by contracting it out, that’s fine. But you have to set the standards. And quite frankly it’s easy for the congressman to criticize the government, whether it’s this administration or prior administration. But I don’t hear any suggestion about how he would improve it, how, if he had responsibility for protecting the American people, what exactly he would do to ensure their safety and security?

Ron Paul: Can I answer that?

News Anchor: Sure.

Ron Paul: The airlines, the private owners do it. Private owners have a better ability to do this than government bureaucrats. It just doesn’t work, that’s the problem.

News Anchor: It’s now a national conversation, we will continue it. Congressman Ron Paul, we appreciate your time tonight. Frances Townsend as well.



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331 Comments:

  1. get rid of Al CIA da and we dont need this crap, TSA is nothing more than to condition us for what they have planned, taking away our rights!!

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  2. Gee imAGINE that a Boosh white house cabinet post member on the Owebama team! Wow~! what a SHOCK! And that she is such a fricking STATIST TOOL is a super surprise too! NOT!

    DAMN all these statists! I'm so fricking disgusted I can hardly stand it anymore.

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  3. What frustrates me about Cable News is that they feel the need to shove so many segments into an hour slot that they only scratch the surface of subjects and don't really get anywhere or give us any real information that we didn't have before the segment. I wanted to hear Ron Paul's explanation about the airlines handling security more in depth but it got cut off with "the nation is having a conversation". Then don't interrupt us, bro!

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  4. What can fand & smell explosives better than any machine or human?

    DOGS! The world over uses THEM but NOT US. WE employ perverts
    T:touch
    S:some
    A:ass

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  5. Send in the pretty Nazi to talk bollocks

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  6. another 9/11 is your ass fingering; i thought you guys could lead the world but i guess u guys are nothing more than a pile of lucky human waste.

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  7. voiceofintelligence

    "Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither."
    Benjamin Franklin

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  8. I just don't understand why it's not this simple:

    Would the founding fathers believe that the Federal government has the authority to touch your genitals/take a naked photo?

    NOOOOOOOOO!!! Recognize truth when you hear it, you know the founding fathers would be 1000000000% against the TSA with this groping.

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  9. Ron Paul is one of the only politicians who stands up for the people!!!

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  10. Yeah her responses were scripted to a T, even that smug smirk on her face which shows the MSM still laughing at Ron Paul. I don't understand how people can live with themselves knowingly being a pawn.

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  11. Sometimes I wish we could just have a revolution.

    "Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it...well, he gets it." -Cool Hand Luke

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  12. Homeland Security?....the southern border around my jock is more important to them...long term danger and fear gives them a lucrative career.

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  13. "I prefer Dangerous Freedom Over Peaceful Slavery"
    - Thomas Jefferson

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  14. They will give everyone Bio-Metric ID Card , with all your information financial , health records to Cull the sheep, problem ,Reaction = Solution

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  15. she seemed to have NO problem with the pat down or the Naked body Scan? Hmmm? It's NOT like she looks like Janet N... maybe that's why she, Janet didn't want to demonstrate, LOL... maybe this one needs the attention... why am i bothering with this crap, where is the damn gov't koolaide when you need it ...i need to take a flight

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  16. she loved the video and groping attention...hmmm?

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  17. She looks like she dont get much anyway. When she goes through TSA checkpoints thats probably the only time a man touches her.

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  18. I hope Ron Paul is in charge by 2012! Time for a real and for the people change!!!

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  19. BTW, I think it's sad that the argument has devolved to this point where we're talking about WHO abuses us. The real safety issue is this. Fewer people will now fly. They will choose less safe forms of transportation, like driving. People will die because of this insane notion of "safety."

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  20. Load up on Taco Bell before you fly. Opt out of the scanners. Intrusive and dangerous. Make them search you and unleash a gas attack that will make them think twice next time they go to fondle somebody's giblets. Gobble gobble, Motherf**cker.

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