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Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Prepared To Detain TSA Security Defiers

• WPBF ABC TV
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Deputies may detain Palm Beach International Airport travelers who refuse to submit to a full-body scanner or a pat down, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday.

The Pappas family arrived in West Palm Beach for the holidays from Michigan on Thursday. While his wife and children went through the body scanners, Michael Pappas got the enhanced pat down by Transportation Security Administration officials.

"Well they are pretty personal," Pappas said. "They came in both in front and behind (the) legs and upper body, and it was much more significant as compared to the past security measures."

Allison Pappas said she wasn't too concerned.

But others are concerned about the new security measures being implemented at PBIA and other airports across the country.

The body scanners show an image of what people look like under their clothes, and the extensive pat downs are causing controversy.

Faced with a growing parental outcry, TSA this week modified its pat downs for children under 12. But the TSA isn't backing away from its security measures.

If a person gets in line and refuses to go through the body scanner or submit to a pat down, he or she could be detained.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said deputies won't necessarily arrest those individuals. Instead, each call would be conducted on a case by case basis to determine if a search is warranted.

"I think while there might be some minimal risk, I think the tradeoff is very much warranted," traveler Michael Guthrie said. "I am much more concerned about the risk to myself and my fellow travelers from being exposed to an event, a terrorist event."

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Comment by Carrie Taranova
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 Fire these Sheriff's and any deputies who do this illegal action !  They exist to PROTECT the people FROM the Federal govt, not help them assault the people !  Treason  - Fire them !  Sheriff's belong to the PEOPLE not DC !  Sheriff's are accountable to the PEOPLE and no one else !

Comment by Ross Wolf
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TSA Invasive Air Passenger Body Searches—Prelude To Locking Down America?

It is problematic TSA for reasons of national security will at some point, Force Citizens boarding trains and buses, to submit to invasive body scans and searches; routinely search Americans and their vehicles at highway checkpoints, before allowing passage.

TSA announced it will arrest air passengers as suspected terrorists that refuse both invasive pat-downs and body scans? Passengers no longer—will not be free to leave. How long before TSA’s invasive body searches/scans; threats of arrest and $11,000 fines are extended to Citizens boarding buses, trains and cruse ships? What choices will Americans have that are stopped at a TSA roadway vehicle checkpoint—problematic in the future? Will Citizens be allowed to turn their vehicle around or like air passengers, be forced to submit to invasive body searches/scans or be arrested as a suspected terrorist? Could Americans soon lose their right to travel freely in their own Country?

Another problem with TSA strip-searching and scanning Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans. At some point many Americans would be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland, not many years ago, Irish Catholics traveling, were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, Anti-War Activists and others should TSA extend its body searches and scans to passengers boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points? While U.S. Government might state otherwise, that would effectively Lock Down America.

Comment by Anonymous
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Can all you dumb-ass' spell POLICE STATE now?


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