Internal TSA Documents: Body Scanners, Pat Downs Not For Terrorists

That is the headline from Infowars.  Inforwars quotes liberty activist Jon Corbett who has made freedom of information act requests of the TSA.  He inquired of many of their security procedures and internal memos regarding the use of explosive and body scanners at airports located within the USA.  They sent him many documents, some of which were redacted.  However, some of the redacted documents were publicly available through on-line searches through the TSA’s public section of their intranet.

This is an embarrassment for the TSA because someone purposefully redacted portions of the documents before sending them to him because they thought it was a public security threat, all the while the redacted portions were available for public viewing online.  Here is the redacted and unredacted portion of one document.

What is work is what the redacted portions tell us:

  • The TSA admits that terror threats on aviation targets are slim to non-existant;
  • The TSA notes that in their period studied, there were 7 airplane hijackings worldwide.  Of those, not one used explosives
  • The TSA notes that terrorist groups they monitor have likely switched away from focus on aviation targets and are more interested in internal development and recruiting

According to the TSA’s own report:

This begs the question, then, of what evidence the government possesses to rationalize that we should be so afraid of non-metallic explosives being brought aboard flights departing from the U.S. that we must sacrifice our civil liberties. The answer: there is none. “As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.”

All the while we as Americans have to put up with the unconstitutional body scanners that violate our 4th amendment right to be free of warrantless searches.  They annoy and harass us and cause delays for us at the airport.  The random explosives swab detection screening that travelers have to take as a condition of travel, are by the TSAs admission, pointless.

So that begs the question, what is the point of the body scanners and explosive detection screenings if the TSA is not worried about that threat?  Is this a legitimate use of government tax dollars and loss of our liberty?