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.

Comments (5)
  1. profile says:

    So…..TSA can profile but police cant? Give the same leway to police and let them do thier job.

  2. El Chepo says:

    Makes sense from TSA’s point of view. They are playing it safe because if it was the other way around where they by pass the old lady and kid and pat down the arab then they might be sued. This way they justify their salary by going through the motions of pating down the safest passengers and thus, saving their jobs.

  3. El Chepo says:

    Politial Correctness is what is killing America. Slowly we are being stifled and our rights taken away from us without even realizing it. Wake up America!

  4. Talega says:

    The FBI uses profiles to eliminate suspects. Why? Because it works. We should do the same when eliminating security threats. If little old ladies and young kids are found to be used to carry explosives, then check them out more thoroughly. Until then, focus on those people who we’ve found to be anxious to carry out the plans of the terrorists.

    1. James says:

      In Los Angeles, the true terrorists don’t have names like Ahmed or Wahib, but rather, names such as El Chepo and Talega. I’m much more frightened of 18th Street, Mara Salvatrucha, and a host of other Latino gangs, than I am of Al Qaeda.

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