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Secrecy News 11/14/04

"Chenoweth-Hage, an ultra-conservative former Congresswoman (R-ID), requested a copy of the regulation that authorizes such pat-downs.

'She said she wanted to see the regulation that required the additional procedure for secondary screening and she was told that she couldn't see it,' local TSA security director Julian Gonzales told the Idaho Statesman (10/10/04).

'She refused to go through additional screening [without seeing the regulation], and she was not allowed to fly,' he said. 'It's pretty simple.'

Chenoweth-Hage wasn't seeking disclosure of the internal criteria used for screening passengers, only the legal authorization for passenger pat-downs. Why couldn't they at least let her see that? asked Statesman commentator Dan Popkey.

'Because we don't have to,' Mr. Gonzales replied crisply."
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