TSA Flouts the Law—Sign the Petition!
[UPDATE: The petition has now expired, about 2,500 short of the 25,000 needed to require a White House response.]
Will the White House back the TSA? Or will the White House force the TSA to follow the law?
Over a year ago, a top appeals court ordered the Transportation Security Administration to take public comments on its airport “strip-search machine” policies. So far it hasn’t even started the process, much less responded to public concerns.
So an enterprising TSA critic* has started a petition on Whitehouse.gov: Require the Transportation Security Administration to Follow the Law!
The petition has
almost more than 19,000 signers already. It must get to 25,000 signatures early this week to require a response.
Go sign it now! Then pass this blog post on to your friends and neighbors asking them to sign!
Former American Airlines chief Robert Crandall has written an article that goes into the TSA’s failure to follow the law.
For more than five years, the Transportation Security Administration has been deploying full-body imaging scanners in our nation’s airports. About 700 scanners have been deployed in nearly 190 airports nationwide. While the agency keeps installing these devices, there are real doubts whether these are actually making anybody safer. Yet because TSA failed to solicit public comments about the scanners — in violation of federal law — the agency is flying blind.
Is there any good reason why the Transportation Security Administration should not take public comment on its policies the way the law requires? We don’t think so. There might be. Take a look at the discussion back in 2009-10 on the Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009.
*The petition was started by yours truly, Jim Harper, the Webmaster of WashingtonWatch.com. WashingtonWatch.com is not intended to work on the interests and pet issues of its owner. Rather it is for you, the public, to learn about what is happening in Washington, D.C. and to organize a response, no matter what your response is. We’ve made one or two exceptions in the past: pushing transparency and control of congressional pay, for example.
This time we’ve made an exception for a few reasons: 1) Almost everyone who doesn’t work at the TSA believes the agency should follow the law, and most people at the TSA probably do, too. 2) Congress just started its August recess, so there’s not much to report that we can’t get to in the coming weeks. 3) We really want this petition to get the 25,000 signatures it needs to require a response! Sign, OK?