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The no-grope list: Look who gets a junk-touching exemption

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 23, 2010 04:34 PM


Don’t squeeze the J-Nap.

You’ve heard of the “no-fly” list.

Now get a load of the no-grope list — a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don’t have to be subjected to TSA’s grabby hands.

Lucky them, huh?

Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

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.

The heightened new security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which involve either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush.

But while passengers have no choice but to submit to either the detector or what some complain is an intrusive pat-down, senior government officials can opt out if they fly accompanied by government security guards approved by the TSA.

DHS Secretary Clownitano regularly bypasses security since she travels almost exclusively on government or military planes. Same with AG Eric Holder. ICE head John Morton travels commercial with a security detail and skips the screenings and pat-downs, AP also reports.

DHS motto: Homeland security waivers for we, but not for thee. Now, submit or pay up!

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Commenter Spare Change says below that this is a step in the right direction of common-sense profiling.

But commenter johnsteele counters: “Does this mean that all of us who went through fingerprinting and FBI criminal background checks to get a Florida Concealed Weapons Permit are now exempt? Didn’t think so, groping is for the little people.”

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