Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) on Wednesday called on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole to resign from his position immediately.
The Congressman noted that the agency had been swamped with complaints regarding its security procedures at airports, which include new body scanner machines and pat-downs.
The ACLU received over 900 complaints from travelers in November 2010 alone, not long after the new screening procedures had been implemented. Since then, travelers have continued to complain about the invasive security measures and accuse TSA agents of abusing their power.
“It is clear that the TSA has become nothing more than a bloated, broken bureaucracy which uses its extensive power to violate traveling Americans’ civil liberties while doing little to ensure their safety,” Broun wrote in a letter to Pistole.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report on Wednesday accusing the TSA of “wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by inefficiently deploying screening equipment” at the nation’s 463 airports. Much of the TSA’s state-of-the-art screening technologies have been kept in storage.
“Americans can no longer tolerate the flagrant violations of their civil rights which are occurring at airports nationwide in the name of “security,'” Broun said.
“More importantly, the corruption and continued lack of security among TSA’s own personnel puts our country at extreme risk of another terrorist attack. The time has come for serious action to be taken. As such, I request your immediate resignation from the position of TSA Administrator. The safety of our country’s travelers requires drastic change, and the time for that change is now.”