Sunday, August 12, 2012

White House cuts short time for petition requiring TSA to follow the law

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The White house has pulled the plug on a petition requiring TSA to follow the law.
At approximately 11:30 am EDT, the White House removed a petition about the TSA airport screening procedures from the White House "We the People" website. About 22,500 of the 25,000 signatures necessary for a response from the Administration were obtained when the White House unexpectedly cut short the time period for the petition.
A year ago, a federal court ordered TSA to hold public hearings on their nude body scanners and screening methods. TSA has failed to comply. 
A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered the Transportation Security Administration to explain why it hasn’t complied with the court’s year-old decision demanding the agency hold public hearings concerning the rules and regulations pertaining to the so-called nude body scanners installed in U.S. airport security checkpoints.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s brief order came in response to the third request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center for the court to enforce its order.
The petition would have required the White House to respond. It was very close to the required number.

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