On a recent flight from Texas’s San Antonio International Airport Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-TX) claims a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Security Office (TSO) assaulted him during a random pat down.
During the screening process Rep. Canseco claims the TSO’s screening process became too uncomfortable causing him to move the screener’s hand to the side, triggering a response from Supervisors.
Rep Canseco claims to have been selected for a random screening again, the following week, on the 22nd of April, which he believes was retaliatory rather than random.
Following the second selection for pat down in a week the Congressman released the following statement, “I believe that TSA has become an agency without restraint, and its overzealous policies threaten people’s personal dignity and freedom. There are other ways of securing airways from terrorists without forcing people to make such sacrifices, which I believe we in Congress should look into.”
Much like when Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had an incident with the TSA at Nashville International Airport, turning to the media rather than his position on the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee … Rep. Canseco should be turning to his seat on the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has oversight over the TSA.
Elected officials in the House and Senate need to use their positions of power to not only have their voices heard in the media, especially during an election cycle, but also from the elected seats which they hold the can effect a change.
There is no disagreement by the majority of ‘the people’ and elected officials in Washington D.C. that the TSA needs oversight … hopefully Rep Canseco goes back to the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, confers with fellow Texan committee member Randy Neugebaur (R-TX), the committee Chairman, and the gears of politics are set in motion to provide some oversight to the agency.