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Holiday security campaign announced

By Derek Kravitz

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it was expanding its national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign to the Washington region, as the agency continued to weather criticism over its intensified airport screening measures.

The "See Something, Say Something" campaign, first started in New York City, is a marketing program designed to encourage holiday travelers and hotel workers to report potential dangers and acts of terrorism to law enforcement authorities. New advertisements will be posted in D.C.-area airports, Metro stations, movie theaters and gas stations.

At a press conference at Reagan National Airport, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also defended her agency's use of full-body X-ray scanners and pat-down searches at airports as essential to "match the changing threat environment that we inhabit."

Critics, including civil liberties groups, airline pilot and flight attendant unions and passengers, have complained that the X-ray machines could equate to a "virtual strip search" and that the new pat-downs are too invasive.

Napolitano said she "regrets" calls to boycott such screening measures, including one group's plans for the day before Thanksgiving, but that "if people don't want to play that role, if they want to travel by some other means, of course that's their right."

"This is all being done as a process to make sure that the traveling public is safe," she said, adding officials would "have an open ear" if adjustments to the new rules needed to be made.

By Derek Kravitz  | November 15, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Getaways, Metro, Transportation Politics  
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The Department of Homeland Security is the same thing as the KGB was in Russia, spying on American citizens. It is a disgrace, and I don't remember any one voting for it. We are breeding Nazis within our own government, with all of these new laws and organizations designed to eavesdrop on the citizenry, and throw us in jail if we don't like it. This government takes our money through taxation of every sort, and treats us like garbage. The more they tax us the weaker we become, and the stronger they become. We need to revolt and destroy this corrupt system before we become slaves to it, and its politically correct agenda. We don't have to live in a future with big brother breathing down our necks, taking our money, and forcing us to conform to their agenda and their system, but we need to act fast because it is getting out of hand.

Posted by: davideconnollyjr | November 16, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

The Department of Homeland Security is the same thing as the KGB was in Russia, spying on American citizens. It is a disgrace, and I don't remember any one voting for it. We are breeding Nazis within our own government, with all of these new laws and organizations designed to eavesdrop on the citizenry, and throw us in jail if we don't like it. This government takes our money through taxation of every sort, and treats us like garbage. The more they tax us the weaker we become, and the stronger they become. We need to revolt and destroy this corrupt system before we become slaves to it, and its politically correct agenda. We don't have to live in a future with big brother breathing down our necks, taking our money, and forcing us to conform to their agenda and their system, but we need to act fast because it is getting out of hand.

Posted by: davideconnollyjr | November 16, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

The Department of Homeland Security is the same thing as the KGB was in Russia, spying on American citizens. It is a disgrace, and I don't remember any one voting for it. We are breeding Nazis within our own government, with all of these new laws and organizations designed to eavesdrop on the citizenry, and throw us in jail if we don't like it. This government takes our money through taxation of every sort, and treats us like garbage. The more they tax us the weaker we become, and the stronger they become. We need to revolt and destroy this corrupt system before we become slaves to it, and its politically correct agenda. We don't have to live in a future with big brother breathing down our necks, taking our money, and forcing us to conform to their agenda and their system, but we need to act fast because it is getting out of hand.

Posted by: davideconnollyjr | November 16, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

The Department of Homeland Security is the same thing as the KGB was in Russia, spying on American citizens. It is a disgrace, and I don't remember any one voting for it. We are breeding Nazis within our own government, with all of these new laws and organizations designed to eavesdrop on the citizenry, and throw us in jail if we don't like it. This government takes our money through taxation of every sort, and treats us like garbage. The more they tax us the weaker we become, and the stronger they become. We need to revolt and destroy this corrupt system before we become slaves to it, and its politically correct agenda. We don't have to live in a future with big brother breathing down our necks, taking our money, and forcing us to conform to their agenda and their system, but we need to act fast because it is getting out of hand.

Posted by: davideconnollyjr | November 16, 2010 2:47 AM | Report abuse

The Department of Homeland Insecurity has clearly overstepped reasonable bounds with its latest push. They need a total overhaul in their entire operation, starting at the top.
They missed the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber and who knows what else. The technology that has been ordered is nothing more than welfare for connected government contractors. The low wage employees on the inspection line charged with keeping us safe probably could not even get a job at a fast food counter, let alone insure our safety as we travel.
One only need study Israel for a successful terrorist deterrent operation. The use of intelligence, multiple personal interviews, and a show of force outshines all the technology the US has brought to bear, but since there is a lot of money to be made supplying airlines with tools of the trade we will never see a change.
The day before Thanksgiving is going to be interesting as passengers unite to shut down airport security. Hopefully a few politicians not traveling on their friends' corporate jets this holiday will be sufficiently inconvenienced to demand changes, both in technology and in management.

Posted by: tigerpilot | November 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I think the TSA employees will be doing most of the seeing and of course feeling!

My suggestion to TSA is to make sure they screen their staff properly. Perhaps a “pervert” scanner is needed to ensure no perverts are viewing and probing passengers.

As an added check, I think all TSA employees should be subject to periodic pat downs to remind them of how it feels. This will ensure they remain sensitive to the traveling public’s reaction to being probed.

I myself will be going “commando” whenever I travel in order to help the TSA staff. It’s the least I can do (wear).

Posted by: richord | November 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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