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article imageRon Paul on TSA security gropes and radiation: 'Enough is enough'

By Michael Krebs     Nov 19, 2010 in Politics
As the outrage over the TSA airport security measures intensifies heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, Congressman Ron Paul introduced a bill on the matter, saying "enough is enough."
With the Thanksgiving holiday less than a week away, an event that is marked with peak air travel among Americans visiting family and friends, public outrage over TSA security procedures has hit a peak of its own. The issue has caught the attention of activist Republican Congressman Ron Paul, who has introduced a bill targeted squarely at the TSA radiation and pat-down applications.
Speaking before his colleagues in the House, Paul said, "Something has to be done. Everybody is fed up."
The airport security scanners have received criticism on the safety questions surrounding their X-ray radiation dosages, and the pat-down methodologies have spawned a national "don't touch my junk" mantra - after one angry traveler insisted that TSA employees keep their hands to themselves.
The more invasive security procedures have been widely implemented in airports across the country in the wake of airline bombing plots that emerged from Yemen in early November.
"We have to realize that the American people have been too submissive," Paul said. "We have been too submissive. It's been going on for a long time."
The issue has also attracted the attention of Democratic legislators.
"We are concerned about the new enhanced pat-down screening protocols and urge you to reconsider the utilization of these protocols," Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi.), who serves as the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), chairman of a transportation subcommittee, said in a letter addressed to the TSA.
It does not appear that a conclusion to the controversy will arrive in time for the Thanksgiving travel rush.
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