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Pablo Eisenberg

A Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Pablo Eisenberg served for 23 years as Executive Director of the Center for Community Change.

Not the time to backtrack

Question: It's now obvious that Homeland Security officials misjudged the public reaction to new airport security measures. What should leaders do when confronted with widespread backlash against a decision they still believe to be sound and in which they have invested considerable money and reputation? Should the TSA try to weather the storm or plot a strategic retreat?

Homeland Security, charged with protecting American citizens against terrorist attacks, has installed body scans in most of our major airports to detect any bombs or dangerous materials that might endanger those who fly our airlines. It is an appropriate decision that should not be reversed by outcries from the public. The agency should exercise courage in maintaining its important decision.

The administration and the Congress should strongly support the policy of full-body scans and not be deterred by complaints of some fliers. If people refuse these scans, they should not be allowed to fly. After all, it is in the interest of national security and that of our citizens that we take adequate protective measures.

This is no time for our political leaders to backtrack, no matter what the initial public response is.

By Pablo Eisenberg

 |  November 22, 2010; 3:36 PM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Congressional leadership , Crisis leadership , Government leadership , Managing Crises , Political leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Get serious! Nothing TSA is doing has anything to do with stopping terrorism! It is politics and money; BS and Money; creating petty bureacrats and money, avoiding responsibility and money; having power and money! With cockpit doors sealed, another 911 debacle can not occur; so the danger is less than before 911... so give up the stupidty already! Baaaaa!

Posted by: CHAOTICIAN101 | November 24, 2010 11:10 AM
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I have heard that this is supposedly an issue of national security and I would like to know how? Why is a single plane all of the sudden "national security"? Is a single bus national security? Is a single train national security? How about a single car? Where are the limits for what is "national security" and what are not?

The government must demonstrate that these are indeed issue of "national security" before violating 4th Amendment Rights. The executive branch does not trump the Constitution. The Constitution trumps the executive branch (TSA).

Posted by: theartistpoet | November 24, 2010 12:18 AM
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