Sunday, November 21, 2010

TSA Chief John Pistole Having a Change of Heart on 'Enhanced Pat Downs'?

Pistole did not give a lot of specifics. That may be designed to give him some extra time an cushioning; with no one being able to point to something that shows 'the old ways' are still being used. It may also be an indication that they have not come up with anything else yet (if that is the case they should call Israel) and this is meant to put a lid on things. If nothing changes it will fail... (via)

"All of a sudden, Pistole has a change of heart.

John Pistole said in a statement that the agency would work to make screening methods “as minimally invasive as possible,” although he gave no indication that screening changes were imminent.

Pistole said that, as in all nationwide security programs, “there is a continual process of refinement and adjustment to ensure that best practices are applied.”

Still, he pointed to the alleged attempt by a Nigerian with explosives in his underwear to try to bring down an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight last Christmas. “We all wish we lived in a world where security procedures at airports weren’t necessary,” Pistole said, “but that just isn’t the case.”

So how minimal and less invasive will these pat-downs be? Or is this just talk to quell the outrage? I am inclined to think it’s the latter."

As am I.

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