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November 21, 2010

John Pistole and the TSA Back Down? [rdbrewer]

At HotAir.

Continuing his defiant rhetoric, this morning John Pistole took a tough stance on TSA procedures and said they would continue:

Pistole stated unequivocally Sunday morning during CNN’s State of the Union that the procedures would not be changing despite widespread criticism of them this week.

“No, we're not changing the policies, because of that, because of the risks that are” there, he said.

Hours later he changed his tune:

Heeding a sudden furor, John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, said in a Sunday afternoon statement to POLITICO that airport screening procedures “will be adapted as conditions warrant,” in an effort to make them “as minimally invasive as possible, while still providing the security that the American people want and deserve.”

TSA's new flexibility comes as the government gears up for a flood of travel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Administration officials say any changes are more likely to be in the implementation of the security procedures than in the security measures themselves.

Why the abrupt turnaround? My guess is that even people in the Whitehouse are getting uncomfortable with videos of children being searched. As the public outcry continues to grow.


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