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TSA pat-down rules ‘handing terrorists a victory,’ says privacy expert

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Nov 28, 2010

The time spent in the overaggressive pat-downs are a waste of valuable resources and could better be used attempting to identify likely terrorists, says privacy expert.

Fred H. Cate, privacy expert in the Indiana University sent a letter, applauding leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for their close scrutiny of the new policies enforced by the Transportation Security Administration.

“As you know, the new TSA policy requires full-body pat-downs of travelers picked at random and of any traveler who refuses to be X-rayed or presents anything ‘anomalous,’ such as a knee brace, a pacemaker, or a prosthetic limb,” wrote Cate in the letter.

Cate has argued that intrusive searches often don’t work and they have repeatedly missed potential explosives and other contraband.

He also said that the new search policies violate long-held social and legal norms about personal privacy. Even though searches might detect wrongdoing, we reject them on the basis that the “solution” is worse than the “problem.”

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