On the Radar: TSA criticized, Bachmann to announce, Obama to talk decifit
The TSA denies its agents forced an elderly woman to remove her adult diaper during a security check.
June 27th, 2011
07:23 AM ET

On the Radar: TSA criticized, Bachmann to announce, Obama to talk decifit

Florida TSA incident - The Transportation Security Administration is standing behind its agents in Destin, Florida. Agents forced a cancer-stricken 95-year-old woman to take off her adult diaper after they patted her down at an airport security checkpoint, the woman's daughter, Jean Weber, told CNN. The TSA denies that the screeners required the elderly woman to remove a diaper and that they followed proper procedures. The incident follows the videotaped pat-down of a 6-year-old girl, a move which outraged some lawmakers and the public.

Deficit talks - President Obama will get directly involved in the stalled talks to raise the national debt limit by meeting with Senate leaders from both parties. Congress faces an August 2 deadline to reach a compromise on increasing the debt ceiling.

Bachmann's in for 2012 - Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will officially enter the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. She's expected to make the announcement Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.

Ohio serial killings trial - Opening statements are expected in the trial of Anthony Sowell, who is accused of raping, murdering and dismembering 11 women in the Cleveland area between 2007 and 2009. Sowell has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Listen to the families of the victims.

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  1. saywhat


    Right on the mark.
    I'll add tax loopholes for the profiteering corporations & high income earners, the ultra rich , for plugging .
    @ At Angry Taxpayer
    absolutely. About time we show those ignorant thugs up on the Hill who they work for.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chuck Gaffney

    The TSA needs to be abolished. I'm a New Yorker who saw the parents of my high school friends die on 9/11 when it happened during my senior year. Many of my friends went to war and some have perished in this "war on terror". I know more than others that this useless paranoia only lets the terrorists win and allows for those "in power" in this country to weaken the freedoms of the American people even more. The TSA only exemplifies the notion that the "War on terror" is really just another excuse to control the masses as our voices are finally being heard thanks to technology and the internet.

    Screw you TSA and I hope everyone who works for them that doesn't want to do this goes on strike and all those who implement these policies and/or enjoys it are hung for it.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      Thank you, Chuck! I'm right there with you. The "War on Terror" terrifies me. When I was 19 on 9/11 and in the following days, I drove home listening to the surreal talk on the radio, frightened. I've had little fear of terrorists–it was the American people and what they are willing to sacrifice and who they are willing to blame. TSA formed. I have not ridden in a plane in years. I was thinking I might have enough money to go overseas finally and then body scanners and then enhanced pat downs occurred–initially mostly with little concern. I'm pleased that people are finally caring. This "security" is starting to occur overseas, too. We need to set a better example. It isn't worth it in what it costs in tax dollars, our privacy and it isn't really going to help all that much. Originally people thought they'd be safe. Nope, it's not all that great! Read about TSA, body scanners. Educate yourself. The facts are alarming. Please write TSA https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/tsacontact/DynaForm.aspx?FormID=10 The White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ And your representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml Please take a few moments, everyone. Think about what is happening. This isn't a left/right problem, though people want to turn it into that. The government should regulate things to some extent, but privacy is something to cherish.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      terrorists are laughing. D U M P A$$ Amercan

      June 28, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Gaffney

      Completely agree with you there C.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

    I want to be safe, terrorists have no hesitation about using children & special needs persons as weapons – attaching explosives to them & blowing them up in crowded areas. Indiviuals who think otherwise are niave or otherwise clueless.

    When the flight was being arranged, the family should have contacted the airline & TSA to make special arrangements so this stress situation could have been minimized.

    By criticizing the system and demanding changes to lessen security you are doing exactly what the terrorists want.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      You are sick, have no education whatsoever

      June 28, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      PLEASE–you have got to be kidding me. The TSA has hired people who don't have the common sense of a Billy Goat. And the fact that you feel that it is OK to make an elderly and ill woman take off her Depends for a further pat-down–well, you would qualify to work for TSA.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      Keep drinking the kool-aid, just like the government wants. Do some research. Tell me exactly how many terrorists have been stopped since the inception of the TSA. Tell me how many KNOWN terrorist have gone through TSA security WITHOUT DETECTION. Did TSA acutally escort a KNOWN terrorist to a plane?
      1.) ZERO 2.) 17 3.) One, because he didn't have his passport.! Keep drinking Lucille. What other rights are you so eager to give away because you think the government is keeping you safe?

      August 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Devonshire

    My Dad and his twin brother, both 87 year old World war II veterans, one a bronze star vet, had the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II memorial. Unfortunately because of their concern over TSA scrutiny because of similar health issues as the 95 year old woman, they passed on this once in a lifetime opportunity. It is a sad day when those who fought for freedom have to be concerned over being treated as criminals. There is a limit and the TSA has crossed the line. Between kids and old ladies come on give me a break. The Iraelis make no bones about profiling and that is what the USA should do period. Between TSA and EPA we have 2 agencies out of control TSA is ruining our freedom of movement and EPA is ruining our economy.

    June 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedomlover

      I think it's time someone took this to court: we as Americans have freedom (or are supposed to have) from unreasonable search and seizure. TSA is trampling on this freedom. I agree with the person who mentioned the profiling done by the Israelis....they have it right!

      June 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      Sad, very sad. What our government is doing is completely disgusting.

      August 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    We are not Israel & never want to be. This the US of A, the land of liberty & freedom. Not of oppression.
    The core causes fuelling violence & extremism need to be addressed to eliminate terrorism.

    stop bombing & invading foreign lands, recall our soldiers from where they do not belong. We are turning entire populations hostile to us in regions vital for our geo political & economic goals. Sanity has to return to our socio-political enviornment.
    We need to boot out the self serving politicos who got us into this mess and are pushing us further into more disasters.
    A great president & a decorated general himself, Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned this nation back then and that hs come to pass.
    We are now ruled by the military industrial complex & those with dual loylties.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    TSA–There must be an acronym for these bureaucratic idiots–And maybe that's it–"Bureaucratic Idiots"–

    June 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. just a thought

    For the ilk of TSA employees what else can be expeced. Give them a little power and the think they are gods It seems to me if this government agency wishes to remove a personal and essentual piece of garment it should replace it with one they know is safe. By the way, who is going to get the blame if this poor old lady has a BM and smells up the plane? Sure wish one of those 'high and mighty' TSA exectives would have to sit next to that odor. Sure, they were within their guidlines, but they were not within common sense, but what can you expect from these imbecils? What did the think they were going to find: a bomb? Mabe the TSA should provide some dogs that have better sense. Pun intended!

    June 28, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher Anderson

    This is one of the reasons I will no longer travel to the USA.

    What is scary to me was on leaving Las Vegas on my last visit to the United States was having some officer pick me out while waiting to go through security in a long queue of hundreds of people look straight at me and say, “Come on Christopher,” and smile as he invited me to enter through a barrier on towards the gate. I was a long way from the security gate in that queue and that male officer was no where near a computer terminal to be seeing any information on me nor had any paper work in his hands when he said this to me.

    What the TSA is doing is being allowed to do is nothing short of an insult to the memories of all those who fought for the justice and freedoms of the American people during the civil war of independence and all those who served in the American forces during the Second World War.

    As a British citizen who has ties with America through one loving aunty who was one of those who married a GI soldier and proud to have an American uncle who himself served both his country and helped mine is even a greater insult to me and his memory when American government agencies can be allowed to take away those rights and freedoms that both my uncle and the many other American service man and women fought so hard to protect.

    June 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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