TSA Can’t Explain Why “Enhanced Patdowns” Are Legal
BoingBoing points us to this interesting post where Steven Frischling can’t seem to get the TSA to explain how/why the new “enhanced patdowns” are legal:
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In May 2011 I began requesting that the TSA provide legal statues, laws or rulings that definitively laid out the agency’s legal standing to perform ”˜enhanced pat downs.’ After nearly two dozen correspondences with the TSA’s Office of Strategic Communications, Deputy Assistant Administrator Sterling Payne, Administrator John Pistole (who holds a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law) and the agency’s Chief Counsel Francine Kerner, no one has been able to provide any legal evidence of the agency’s authority to carry out the current physically invasive administrative searches without probable cause.