Oversight rep. demands answers on TSA pat-down of 6-year old

A leading Republican on the House oversight committee is demanding answers from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on why a 6-year-old girl was given an “enhanced” pat-down at an airport by TSA agents, an incident Napolitano defended as conducted “professionally and according to the protocols.”

A video of the incident was posted on YouTube April 9 by the 6-year-old Anna Drexel’s parents, provoking outrage. Napolitano backed the procedure, and a blog post by the TSA said, “TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures.”

But Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the oversight panel, says TSA has publicly stated that children younger than 13 years old are exempt from enhanced pat-downs.

“I am still failing to see how the [officer’s] actions followed TSA’s publicly stated policy that children under the age of 13 are exempt from enhanced pat-downs and are to receive modified treatment. If the department has indeed conducted a thorough review of the incident, then I ask that it immediately produce its step-by-step analysis and findings to this subcommittee,” Chaffetz says in a May 5 letter to Napolitano.

“On a related matter, I am also concerned that the department’s process and criteria for hiring personnel stationed at airports are substandard. For example, federal agents recently arrested Philadelphia International Airport screener Thomas Gordon Jr. for distributing child pornography via Facebook,” Chaffetz says, “The fact that Mr. Gordon had an opportunity to conduct invasive pat-downs of young children is sickening.”

Chaffetz also asks for explanations, to be answered by May 20, including:

  • TSA’s current policy on enhanced pat-downs for children under 13, and its policy the day Drexel was given an enhanced pat-down
  • What a “modified” enhanced pat-down consists of, since on the video of Drexel’s pat-down appears the same as a normal enhanced pat-down
  • A complete description of TSA’s hiring process
  • A list of all TSA employees who have been arrested for, and convicted of, crimes, including sexual crimes

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  • lunchbox

    Two words for fat ass Napolitano…GET OUT. More specifically, get out of our country you fat assed, communist cow.

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  • robb32

    How about just disbanding the TSA and firing this hack Napolitano. Worse Govt appointee EVER. Along with Holder, another dark spot on Obie’s administration.

  • theslowrider

    Thanks to the people of Arizona for giving us this b*tch!! She’s a typical, lying democrat; the job is over her head!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/June-Gagnon/1673686634 June Gagnon

    There is NO legal/logical “protocol” for the enhanced “pat down” OF ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN – -whether 6, or 60! DHS is a WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY – -get rid of the BIG FAT LESBIAN AND ALL HER PEDOPHILES!

  • lunchbox

    TSA…can them.

  • Francisco d Aconia

    To all you post-modern retarded progressives out there, pay attention. This is what is called a civics lesson: When you were the majority in 2008 and were allowed to run amok this is what YOU created. A totalitarian regime headed by Obama and his legion of creeps like Napalitano and Holder. But because the conservatives kicked your Marxist butts in 2010 we can now demonstrate what America is about. You want everybody to be sick progressives like you, but America is about checks and balances. If the Republicans hadn’t won the majority in the House these questions about A SIX YEAR-OLD BEING MOLESTED BY THE BIG BAD GOVERNMENT TSA CRETINS WOULD NEVER HAVE BEED ASKED, or the guns getting into the hands of the drug cartels in Mexico under the watchful eyes of Eric Holder’s Injustice Department. Because the conspirator Democrats in the House and Senate would hve turned a blind eye. Lesson over.