In Tuesday’s CanadaFreePress, Doug Hagmann wrote that following his article on the recent backlash against TSA, he was contacted by a DHS insider describing a troubling department policy memo. The document was reportedly the result of recent high-level meetings between DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, TSA head John Pistole, and one or more of President Obama’s national security advisors.
DHS & TSA: making a list, checking it twice
23 November 2010: Following the publication of my article titled “Gate Rape of America,” I was contacted by a source within the DHS who is troubled by the terminology and content of an internal memo reportedly issued yesterday at the hand of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Indeed, both the terminology and content contained in the document are troubling. The dissemination of the document itself is restricted by virtue of its classification, which prohibits any manner of public release. While the document cannot be posted or published, the more salient points are revealed here.
The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.”
The introductory paragraph of the multi-page document states that it is issued “in response to the growing public backlash against enhanced TSA security screening procedures and the agents conducting the screening process.” Implicit within the same section is that the recently enhanced security screening procedures implemented at U.S. airports, and the measures to be taken in response to the negative public backlash as detailed [in this directive], have the full support of the President. In other words, Obama not only endorses the enhanced security screening, but the measures outlined in this directive to be taken in response to public objections.
The directive seems to equate citizen outrage with radical extremism:
For individuals who engaged in such activity at screening points, it instructs TSA operations to obtain the identities of those individuals and other applicable information and submit the same electronically to the Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, the Extremism and Radicalization branch of the Office of Intelligence & Analysis (IA) division of the Department of Homeland Security.
For “any person, group or domestic alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel “disruptions” at U.S. airports (as defined above) in response to the enhanced security procedures, the [applicable DHS administrative branch] is instructed to identify and collect information about the persons or entities, and submit such information in the manner outlined [within this directive].
Today, in a poll by Zogby Interactive, 61% oppose full body scans and TSA patdowns and 48% will seek alternatives to flying. (Great. Is yet another American industry at risk of being eliminated?)
Time and again, this administration is deaf to the will of the People or willfully ignorant of its Constitutional responsibilities. Rather than hear the outcry—rather than uphold and protect citizens’ rights—it instead chooses to demonize those who exercise their first and fourth amendment rights to free speech and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.