Thursday, January 26, 2012

Barbieri Doesn't Want TSA Searches, But Also Refuses to Go Through X-Rays

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Dalton Gardens Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri, who a year ago labeled the Affordable Care Act "socialism," and sponsored a nullification bill of what he called "Obamacare," this year has another federal behemoth in his crosshairs: the Transportation Security Administration.

In an interview with the Idaho Reporter, Barbieri said he hadn't consulted with the TSA about a measure that would outlaw unwanted searches at Idaho airports, and he wasn't "even sure that the state has the authority to end the pat-downs," but he still was ready to introduce a bill that would amend Idaho Code preventing TSA personnel from touching a person without consent.

But in a real head-scratcher, Barbieri, in the same interview, said he also opposed full-body scans of passengers.

"I will not go through the machine," Barbieri told the Idaho Reporter. "I'm always patted down."

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