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November 24, 2010

Next Step For Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Boats, Metro

Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro

The Hill

The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on "Charlie Rose."

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

Napolitano’s comments, made a day before one of the nation’s busiest travel days, come in the wake of a public outcry over newly implemented airport screening measures that have been criticized for being too invasive.

The secretary has defended the new screening methods, which include advanced imaging systems and pat-downs, as necessary to stopping terrorists. During the interview with Rose, Napolitano said her agency is now looking into ways to make other popular means of travel safer for passengers and commuters.

Napolitano isn’t the only one who’s suggested that advanced scanning machines could be used in places beyond airports.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation this past September that would authorize testing of body scanners at some federal buildings.

Napolitano’s comments were in response to the question: “What will they [terrorists] be thinking in the future?” She gave no details about how soon the public could see changes in security or about what additional safety measures the DHS was entertaining.

Lawmakers from both parties have received hundreds of complaints about the new methods — some have likened the pat-downs to groping — and have called on Pistole to address the privacy concerns of their constituents, who were not informed about changes ahead of time.

Many lawmakers say the public should have been informed before the pat-downs and body-imaging techniques were put into practice. As a result, any move to implement new security screening measures for rail or water passengers is likely to be met with tough levels of scrutiny from lawmakers.

Pistole, who spent 26 years with the FBI, told reporters Monday that he rejected the advice of media aides who advised him to publicize the revised security measures before they took effect. Terrorist groups have been known to study the TSA’s screening methods in an attempt to circumvent them, he said.

Napolitano said she hoped the U.S. could get to a place in the future where Americans would not have to be as guarded against terrorist attacks as they are and that she was actively promoting research into the psychology of how a terrorist becomes radicalized.

“The long-term [question] is, how do we get out of this having to have an ever-increasing security apparatus because of terrorists and a terrorist attack?” she said. “I think having a better understanding of what causes someone to become a terrorist will be helpful."

DHS and intelligence officials are not as far along in understanding that process as they would like, Napolitano said, adding that until that goal is reached, steps need to be put in place to ensure the public’s safety.

“We don’t know much,” she said. “If you were to try and devise a template about what connects this terrorist to this terrorist and how they were raised and what schools they went to and their socioeconomic status, or this or that, it’s all over the map.

“I think there’s some important work that’s being done on that but … the Secretary of Homeland Security cannot wait for that.”


Wild Thing's comment......

“We don’t know much,” she said. “If you were to try and devise a template about what connects this terrorist to this terrorist and how they were raised and what schools they went to and their socioeconomic status, or this or that, it’s all over the map. "

How the heck does someone this stupid make it across a street!!!???

Janet....ISLAM you freaking idiot. It has nothing to do with what schools they went to, how they were raised, who came from a loving home or a bad one. OMG .........OMG can you believe this totally insane thinking she has.

I don't care about the psychology of how a terrorist becomes radicalized. I'm only curious about the physiology of how a terrorist becomes dead.

Janet Reno.... and Janet Napolitano. Where do Democrats find these women? Do they have a recruiting office in Hell? In WWII Germany they would have been matrons at women’s concentration camps.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 24, 2010 06:50 AM


she needs the hat with the skull and cross bones and an SS insignia and she'd look just like Himmler.

They are claiming this will prevent terror attacks, after last Christmas's underwear bomber, so they are patting down 5 year olds and Grandmothers just to be sure. This whold frigging administration doesn't have the slightest idea what the F*** they are doing.

Posted by: Mark at November 24, 2010 08:53 AM

How about a body scanner in each American's driveway Janet, duh! Meanwhile the borders are 90% open, we are giving visas out all over the MidEast and known terrorists are being tried in civilian courts with the same rights as Americans. We aren't winning the war.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at November 24, 2010 10:01 AM

A touch off post but it lands right a Obumbos feet.
Woman who questioned Obama’s handling of economy at town hall is laid off Back in September, at a town hall meeting broadcast nationally by CNBC, Velma Hart became the face of Americans anxious for their future. Hart stood before the microphone and gave President Obama a dressing-down about the state of the economy.

Saying that Hart had been a "good employee," King added that the move "was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive."

Posted by: gator at November 24, 2010 02:33 PM

Today, airports! Tomorrow, the whole country! Il Duce made 'em run on time, too! (Left/liberals with power is not a good thing.)

Posted by: Anonymous at November 24, 2010 02:49 PM

Don't Grope- PROFILE, you idiotic bureaucrats!

Posted by: Southern Class at November 24, 2010 06:06 PM

Thank you all so much!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 25, 2010 03:30 AM