Can We Require the TSA to Follow the Law?

by Iain Murray

In July 2011, a federal appeals court ruled that the Transportation Security Administration had to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking on its policy of using “Advanced Imaging Technology” for primary screening at airports. TSA was supposed to publish the policy in the Federal Register, take comments from the public, and justify its policy based on public input. The court told TSA to do all this “promptly.” A year later, TSA has not even started that public process. Defying the court, the TSA has not satisfied public concerns about privacy, about costs and delays, security weaknesses, and the potential health effects of these machines.

Some of us have decided to try to do something about this. For instance, CEI has joined other groups in supporting court action to force a start to this process. Another avenue we are trying is a petition on the White House web site. If the petition reaches 25,000 signatures by a week from today, the White House is supposed to respond. We need just another 7,000 signatures. It may be folly to put any trust in this administration, but at the very least we can point out its lawlessness. Please sign the petition (which will require creating a account, I’m afraid to say) today!

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