As usual, people in our government are too good to be subject to those regulations that the American people are subject to (especially the really “crappy” ones). The latest example is the TSA’s new security rules which gives the public the choice of not flying vs being subject to a choice of having your “junk” grabbed or savable nude pictures taken.
The new exceptions include, Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials.
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, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
Personally I can understand giving an exception to Nancy Pelosi, the TSA couldn’t pay its agents enough to have to see her naked X-Ray or to grope her private parts, but for the rest of the list they should be subject to the same procedures as the rest of us. Even the cabinet members some of which like Timothy Geithner are granted exceptions to paying penalties when they forget to pay their taxes.
“Government officials traveling with approved federal law enforcement security details are not required to undergo security screening,” TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball said, speaking about checkpoint security at airports. “TSA follows a specialized screening protocol for federal law enforcement officers and those under their control, which includes identity verification.”
I am planning on going on vacation with my family in the near future, I will gladly let a federal law enforcement security detail tag along if it means that my wife and kids are not subjected to the federally mandated sexual perversion.
Some members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, travel almost exclusively on government or military planes and are therefore not subject to airport security.
Geithner travels with a Secret Service detail, for example, the only Treasury official with such a security exception. When Mueller and John Morton, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, travel on commercial airlines with their federal security details, they also skip the lines, machines and pat-downs.
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said the only Congress members with protective details are leaders, “based upon a threat analysis conducted by the (U.S. Capitol Police) and affirmed by the Capitol Police Board.” Gainer added that members “with sworn protection” are able to avoid security because “their secure posture is affirmed by the law enforcement process established by TSA.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid flies commercial, has a security detail and does not go through security, spokesman Jim Manley said. The assistant Senate Democratic leader, Richard Durbin of Illinois, flies commercial and has a security detail — mainly when he’s in Washington. His office said he goes through the security line like other passengers.
Look, I am not suggesting that members of the cabinet or congress are going to “lose it” and start shooting up the joint (with the exception of maybe Al Franken), but then again neither is the Nun who’s picture made headlines last week. The point is our government is not supposed to be royalty, they are supposed to be equals. And once they start getting treated like royalty they forget how to listen, which has been the issue with our government for a long time.