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Quit Assaulting Kids, TSA Told
Citing a “pat-down” by Transportation Security Administration officials that effectively was an assault on a 13-year-old girl that left her in tears, officials with the Rutherford Institute have written the TSA asking officials to change their procedures.
“No American should be subjected to a virtual strip search or excessive groping of the body, or have their underage children touched intimately by strangers as a matter of course in boarding an airplane when there is no suspicion of wrongdoing,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “In both word and deed, the TSA operates as if members of the public and their children have no rights and no defense against the agency and its employees even if an agent assaults them, wrongfully detains them, or fabricates criminal charges against them. However, parents do not forfeit their rights when they travel by air with their children.