Question of the Day: “Why is it that liberals are so keen on those enhanced pat-downs?”

Asked by Pundette, who noted that Gloria Allred, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Kinsley and Senator Claire McCaskill are all on board with the TSA’s “Grope Granny, the Kids, the Nuns, Those with Bladder Control Issues and Prosthetic Breasts As a Result of Cancer -Anyone but Those Who Fit the Terrorist Profile” screening policy.

McCaskill even went so far as to call the Grope-down procedure “love pats“?!

Funny – when I think of someone putting their hands all over me who I don’t know and who I don’t wish to touch me, I don’t consider what that person is doing to me as giving me a “love pat.” What that’s more commonly known as is sexual assault, Senator. Why not subject myself to the scanner? I’d rather not have images, no matter vague, of my body “examined” by someone who I don’t want to see me that way, nor do I want the images saved “for future reference.”

Look, I know the TSA has a job to do in trying to keep the bad guys with destructive weapons off the planes but there has simply GOT to be a better way than what they’re doing now. Oh wait – there is. It’s called profiling.

In the meantime, guess who all is exempt from these airport security “love pats”? Yep, you guessed it (via MM):

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

The heightened new security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which involve either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush.

But while passengers have no choice but to submit to either the detector or what some complain is an intrusive pat-down, some senior government officials can opt out if they fly accompanied by government security guards approved by the TSA.

“Government officials traveling with federal law enforcement security details are screened at airports under a specialized screening protocol, which includes identity verification,” TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball said. This allows the officials to skip the airport security checkpoints.”

Don’t they know what they’re missing out on? Love pats, baby, love pats. /sarc 8-|

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