1.8 Million People Get Groped By The TSA Monthly

Back on May 7th, Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano tried to downplay criticism of the TSA’s invasive, humiliating pat down procedures by saying “very, very, very” few people actually get pat downs.

Napolitano suggested that the pat downs were only controversial because the few people who do get patted down usually end up on YouTube (darn that internet and the free exchange of information!):

“Will we go past the grope-and-grab phase?” a luncheon attendee asked Napolitano. “The machines that scan the bodies and so forth? Are there better ways of doing it?”

“Well, actually, very, very, very few people get a pat-down,” Napolitano replied. “It’s only under very limited circumstances. They do, however, get — those who are patted down — tend to get on YouTube.” she quipped.

The problem with Napolitano’s comments is that her definition of “very, very, very few people” is a lot different than the rest of us. You see, according to the TSA about 3% of people get the pat down. There are about 2,000,000 people who go through TSA check points every day. That adds up to a lot of people:

The TSA’s Allen told us that “on an average day, about 2 million people are screened at TSA checkpoints.” Three percent of 2 million is 60,000 people.

That means that over the course of a month, roughly 1.8 million people receive a pat-down. That’s more than four times the population of Atlanta.

That doesn’t sound like “very, very, very” few people to us.

Even if Napolitano were right, though, and we were just talking about a few people a day does that really make it any better? Does tramping the 4th amendment rights of, say, a dozen people a day make the pat-downs somehow more acceptable than the reality of 60,000 people per day losing their rights?

It’s wrong no matter how many, or how few, people you do it to.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Spartacus

    But Big Sis isn’t one of them and she’s getting frustrated.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    heh heh 

  • SigFan

    In the past month I have been through TSA screening no less than 8 times.  I have been the recipient of “close inspection” twice in that time period, and full-body scanners two more times.  The TSA now know more about my junk than my doctor. This has to be put to a stop.  It is degrading, unnecessary and a complete violation of privacy – you know that much cited thing the left uses to protect baby killing.  Totally ridiculous and totally uncalled for.

  • Jamermorrow

    I refuse to fly in this country.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Who was it that said: Something something something, the terrorists only have to be right once, something something.

    • Spartacus

      I might have thought it was someone else except for the repeating of a single word over and over again, almost as if stuttering, but I’m pretty sure that was you.

    • 2hotel9

       Poor boob, you want so much for your Muslim terrorist heroes to kill Americans in America, and they are simply too cowardly and incompetent to get it done for you.

  • headward

    And yet you can’t pay to get that kind of a pat down from a nice looking girl in this country. 

  • 2hotel9

    “1.8 Million People Get Groped By The TSA Monthly”  And not one single terrorist has been caught or terrorist action stopped by TSA, according to TSA.

    • borborygmi

      sounds like deterrence.  

      • 2hotel9

         Really? And yet, according to reports released by TSA they admit they have not captured a single terrorist or stopped a single terrorist action. They do freely admit they have violated the rights of innocent people. Perhaps that is what you think they are intended to do?

        • borborygmi

          perhaps the threat of being caught has the terrorist trying something different,  you know, deterrence. 

          • 2hotel9

             TSA, incompetent and useless. Your Muslim terrorist heroes ain’t much better.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The flying experience started going downhill many, many years ago.  This TSA action is the icing on the cake. I’m waiting for them to install bicycle pedals under each seat so that passengers will have to co-power the plane to save carbon credits.

  • Guest

    Do you want security or do you want “security.”

    Like Bush, you would prefer virtual gropings.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano is one of the biggest morons in the Obumble administration and that’s hard to do with all of the buffoons that make up his administration but how in the hell does this clown keep her job? Napolitano is a disgrace and is so far over her head it’s silly. The Republicans if they had any balls would push for her removal.  

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