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. michaelfury


    June 27, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. e .m. flores

    air lines need to get with the program ,it seems they think their above the law,and can do as they please.
    do you really think all that stuff they sell at the lost and found was lost by the airlines? makes you wonder.
    why is our government not protecting us from the airlines and their nonsense.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Wineguy999

      Erm, this IS the government, not the airlines. Welcome to the world of Homeland Security! Hasn't the Shrub made you all feel secure?

      June 27, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. U-Turn

    Granny was packin' in her pampers!

    June 27, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rabbit

    Vote for Ron Paul He'll return Liberty back to it's rightful owner, you and me!

    June 27, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      A vote for Jeff Johnson is a vote for the people!

      June 27, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave in Texas

    Although I understand that the TSA was within their guidelines for this search, the lines need to be changed. I endorse safety for all that travel and realize that we live in a world and time when precautions must be taken. However, I feel that sometimes not every situation is black and white and needs to be "by the book". There has to be some flexibility, for specific instances, where common sense comes into play. TSA, please rethink what you do and when it's done.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Do try to explain about the kid from East Asia that was able to sneak onto a plane and fly all the way to Canada before he was caught? What if he was given an exception because he looked elderly and had actually been packing in his pampers? I have absolutely no issues with what teh TSA did. Safety First!

      June 27, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. meee

    Ron paul is an idiot and anyone who supports him is dumber than grannys depends

    June 27, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. L Taylor

    The TSA should be abolished. Millions are being made to suffer for the deeds of a few. The elderly lady was abused in the last stages of her life. People, we need to bring the government back to the rule of law, by the people and for the people, not for PAC's and special interest running our government. See the movies "Body of War" and "Recount".

    War is a political tool in almost every instance to make money. Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya wars need to end. Let their people take up arms and defend their county. We are nation building while our own country is going down the toilet.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Don't like the US L Taylor, then GTFO! I am sure Mexico would love to have you there. Just don't let the border fence hit you in the @$$ on the way out.

      June 27, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @ L Taylor
    well said.
    This nation has been reduced to phobics and paranoids by politicians who thrive on fear mongering & spreading hate.
    The assault on American civil liberties started in the Bush-Cheney era of infamy with the Patriot Act , just what those handful of terrorista we are fighting wanted.
    Its time this nation shakes off the mantle of lies and propaganda the selkf serving politicians made us wear when we decided to invade Iraq.
    End these costly wars which are undermining America's interests globally. Withdraw our military from lands where its not wanted by the populace. We are already teetering on the brink of financial bankruptcy, have lost our credibility, prestige and clout around the world. Have made entire regions hostile to us. While powers like Russia, China, Iran and India are benefitting from our problems of own making.

    Its time that we make the political leadership work for America & American people not for the military industrial complex or the foreign lobbies or big businees or special interests.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Snad

    Had enough yet? Take a minute to write, email or call your representative, senators, and the president and demand the resignation of Donna Napolitano and the dismantling of the TSA. They need to hear from everyone.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. TSA

    Hey we get off by groping old ladies and young children... Don't hate the player hate the game.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Angry Taxpayer

    Start standing up to these goons. Refuse to go through the scanner. Then lecture everyone around you including the guy or gal finger raping you about the 4th amendment. Don't go down without a fight.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Angry Taxpayer

    Please think about actually CALLING your Congressman and talking to someone about this.

    "Those willing to trade security for freedom, deserve neither,".....Ben Franklin

    June 27, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |

    Concerning these deficit reduction talks on Capitol Hill, we can count on Barack Obama to do the wrong thing just like the Republicans, that is, increase both the unnecessary military spending and foreign aid while cutting Social Security and Medicare. It goes to show just how much the MIC(military-industrial-complex) runs things in Washington the way Pres. Eisenhower said it would back in 1959!!!

    June 27, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bobby in Miami

    TSA= To Stupid for Arbys. Yes folks, once again those in charge have blown it again and even their bosses don't see the problem. Like lemmings over the cliff. It's almost a poster child for privatizing the whole thing again. I just can't imagine an intelligent group of individuals coming to the same conclusion as this group of morons at the gate. It is just to far beyond the threshold of common sense to comment any further on. I hope the idiot who did this has nightmares.

    June 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    Breaking News--– 95 year old woman detained by airport security for being in possesion of a loaded diaper. Authorities now trying to clean up this mess !!!!

    June 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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