TRENTON — New Jersey state Sen. Mike Doherty has launched an online petition to support his efforts to put an end to invasive airport screening practices that have been implemented by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Doherty is the prime sponsor of a pair of Senate resolutions that urge Congress and the TSA to end the use of enhanced pat downs and advanced imaging scanners that allow TSA agents to see through travelers’ clothing.
“Travelers shouldn’t have to submit to potentially dangerous scans that allow strangers to view them naked, nor should they have to submit to invasive groping by government agents, just to get on a plane,” said Doherty (R-Warren). “Despite the massive public outcry against these invasive screening procedures, it’s seems that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington still don’t get it. That’s why we’ve launched our petition, to make sure that Americans concerned about losing their rights have an opportunity to be heard.”
Doherty’s petition to stop invasive TSA screening is located at http://www.stopthetsa.org.
“Together, we can send a message to Washington that enough is enough. We can tell the federal government that Americans want common-sense airport security that respects our constitutional rights,” added Doherty. “Filling out the petition takes only a few seconds, so head over now and make sure your voice is heard.”
On Monday, another New Jersey lawmaker defended the new airport screening measures.
“We’ve heard a lot of discussion in recent weeks about the new TSA screening techniques, but the one thing we haven’t heard enough about is the importance of proper airport security,” said Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex.)
“No one enjoys undergoing intensive screening, but we here in New Jersey truly understand better than most the importance of safe airline travel.
“We cannot forget the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, which involved not only the skyline visible from our shores and communities but an airport right here in our state.
“These new screening techniques may take some getting used to, but it’s important to keep in mind that in the same way health care professionals are not motivated by invasion of privacy but rather by healing when they care for us up close and personal, the TSA professionals are motivated by keeping the public safe – and nothing more.”
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