Huckabee to First Family: Go Try the TSA Pat-Downs

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a task for the first family.  If President Obama thinks the TSA pat-downs are an appropriate security measure, Huckabee said this morning in an interview with Fox and Friends, "Then I've said, 'OK, Mr. Obama, take your wife, your two daughters and your mother-in-law to Washington Reagan National Airport and have them publicly go through both the body scanner and the full enhanced pat-down in front of others."

He continued: "If it's OK for your wife, your daughters, and your mother-in-law, then  maybe the rest of us won't feel so bad when our wives, our daughters and our mothers are being put through this humiliating and degrading, totally unconstitutional, intrusion of their privacy."

National Journal's Clifford Marks reports:

Huckabee instead suggested TSA officials adopt "profiling" as a less costly and intrusive alternative.

The one-time Arkansas governor also said he believed that financial motives were at the heart of the new procedures: "This is more about people making millions and millions of dollars off the machines that they manufactured and then lobbied to sell to the government," he said.

The White House has had to contend with a media furor over the new Transportation Security Administration measures in recent days. Some Republicans like Huckabee have seized on the issue as evidence of government overreach, while White House and Homeland Security officials have pushed back, saying the measures help prevent terrorism.

"I understand people's frustrations," Obama said at a press conference in Lisbon this weekend. "But at this point, TSA, in consultation with our counterterrorism experts, have indicated to me that the procedures that they've been putting in place are the only ones right now that they consider to be effective against the kind of threat that we saw in the Christmas Day bombing."

Read the full story at National Journal.



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Elizabeth Weingarten is an editorial assistant at the New America Foundation. A former Slate editorial assistant, she also previously wrote for and produced the Atlantic's International Channel.

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