SACRAMENTO (CBS) — A member of the Congressional panel tasked with assessing security threats to the U.S. said on Thursday that “political correctness” may be undermining the nation’s fight against Islamic terrorism.
Rep. Paul Broun, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized the Transportation Security Administration for focusing their pat-down efforts on “the general public” at airport security checkpoints.
In an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”, Broun said he watched as TSA officials bypassed a man “in Arabian dress” while selecting an elderly traveler and a young boy for secondary inspection.
“I went through the security at an airport…right behind me, there was a grandma. Little old lady, and she was patted down. Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down, and then right behind him there was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through,” said Broun.
“Why are we patting down grandma and kids?” he added.
Beyond the description of the man bypassed by security agents, Broun pointed to a politicized climate at the TSA that may be leaving our nation at risk of another terrorist attack.
“Unfortunately, I think the Department of Homeland Security has focused more on the general public and have been afraid of political correctness,” said Broun.
“We’ve got to forget political correctness, we’ve got to start focusing on those people who want to harm us as a nation,” he added.