You can't claim someone knows who you are when you ask them 'Don't you know who
I am??' Oh, yeah. And that 'big, bad TSA agent' who lied about
Chaffetz? He served in Iraq. The TSA are doing they're job. What is
this congressman doing? Who votes for this fool?
The BIGGER BADDER TSA with bigger badder tools brought to you by......The "SMALLER" government REPUBLICANS and GEORGE W BUSH!Along with
a huge expansion of the federal government in forming the Homeland Security
Re:Funny;You are correct to a point. DHS was the brainchild of V.P. Al Gore and
Attorney General Janet Reno, which just happened to be ready, for the Republican
controlled Congress to enact, afterthe attack on 911. Of course, just
about lody dody, and everybody voted for it!
I'm happy to stand up and say, I didn't vote for this moron. You're right
Chaffetz, additional security in airports is a bad thing. I've been through one
of those scanners and it didn't bother me one bit. And anyone who doesn't have
anything to hide while travelling shouldn't be bothered by them either.
Chaffetz is just another idiot who thinks he's more important than he really is.
Hey Chaffetz, do Utah a favor and either wake up, grow up and move on, or just
resign. We really don't need immature and pathetic dullards like yourself
giving the rest of Utahans a bad name.
I'm a conservative and usually vote for Republicans, but Jason Chaffetz is an
idiot. I've been pulled randomly out of line to go through the search, and I am
an absolute nobody. He wasn't targeted and needs to let this go.
It was the Republican Party who fought for and initiated the monstrosity known
as Department of Homeland Security. Jason Chaffetz is fighting a battle against
his own political party on this one.
That Chaffetz is a jerk is not news. He didn't win election on charisma. And the
concerns about the ITM aren't new, either, though steps have supposedly been
taken to ensure that the image is not "naked."This whole incident
smacks of the same "above the law" mentality that got the mayor of Stockton
kicked (by the voters) out of office because his son got a traffic ticket and he
suspended the officer.The TSA officers are doing their job. It
doesn't matter who you are: you're selected for screening. It could happen to
anyone, because, as the events in the last day support, anyone could be a
threat.Being belligerent doesn't make you less of a threat, either.
Dave | 10:12 a.m. Nov. 6, 2009 I do not believe that any elected official
is above the law, nor should they be exempt from compliance with lawful rules
and rgulations. However, I am not in agreement with the TSA hiring of inspectors
from Taco Bell and Burger King, especially those who have "Small Man" Syndrome.
Not all airports have TSA Agents who are on a power trip. Sea-Tac in Seattle has
had some of the most efficient, courteous, and professional agents I've seen anywhere.What law did Jason break??? Oh that's right none,
because it isn't a lwa that you have to go through that machine and people do
have the right to object to what the tsa do
We just recently traveled by air and deliberately chose to use this new
millimeter wave scanner. My wife has had a knee replacement and this scanner is
far less privacy invasive than having to go through the regular scanner, and
then endure an extensive time consuming wand and pat-down process. It was great
and we have no worries about mmw pictures that will be viewed by one or two TSA
agents in another room who have no idea who you are. These images are then
erased automatically when the next scan commences. No big deal - those who want
to make it a big deal need to get a life or quit flying.
I find it interesting that the tsa agents have only been at the airports since
9/11 and they say it is for the safety of Americans but yet a lot of the people
who are doing these searches DO NOT SPEAK english
If one arm of Big Government (TSA) mistreats another arm of Big Government
(Congressman) like this, and vice versa, imagine what Big Government can do to
ordinary citizens like me.
I really appreciate Chaffetz standing up for my rights not to have
government agents prodding all my private parts or seeing me naked!
Wake up, folks! In England those under age 18 are not allowed to go through the
naked machines at the airport because the courts have ruled that creates child
pornography! Why does my government expect me to participate in adult
pornography - or a feely fest - if I want to fly somewhere?
I would vote for him if he was running for PresidentTSA needs to
I do not believe that any elected official is above the law, nor should they be
exempt from compliance with lawful rules and rgulations. However, I am not in
agreement with the TSA hiring of inspectors from Taco Bell and Burger King,
especially those who have "Small Man" Syndrome. Not all airports have TSA
Agents who are on a power trip. Sea-Tac in Seattle has had some of the most
efficient, courteous, and professional agents I've seen anywhere. Chaffetz, has been able in spite of media and TSA manipulation been able to
convince me that he was, like many others, a victim of abuse of power and
authority. That is one reason he and others are elected, to correct unjust
laws, and to serve their constituency.I am for following the Israeli
model for airport security. They are thorough, professional, effective and they
do not worry about accusations of profiling etc.
Don't be a bunch of Sheeple! Want to get rid of the TSA Nazis? Don't fly! No
fly, no money. No money, no TSA! You have the power to control them, they are
just a bunch of low minded goons, the same mindset that worked at special camps,
and wore funny uniforms. They don't protect you from anything, they are there to
pretend to protect you, but really control you. If you know anyone that is one ,
ostricize them, they will rat you out anyway, that is part or their job. The
Homeland Security is really, "Der Fatherland National Police", look at the
organization chart, and how it is structured into the government power
I agree that sometimes we all act inappropriately, but I must tell you that the
last time I went through airport security, I felt violated! I am not a
congressman, nor anyone of importance, yet I was "randomly" pulled aside and
patted down. I must tell you that I believe they enjoyed patting me down a
little too much. It was embarrassing to me and felt that everyone was watching
me. I felt like I was a criminal and I am not! We are quickly allowing our
rights to be taking away, and we are doing nothing about it!
They don't call Jason Chaffetz a "freshman congressman" for nothing. He
certainly acts like one!!!!
would have been ticked if it was them. They made him wait forever after the patt
down, and it looked like they had several people do it to Chaffetz.TSA promised, initially, that the full body scanner would not be used for
primary scanning, and the bill, then the amendment was passed by 300 in congress
to make TSA use the device for secondary screening only.Lets have
the senate sign the bill and get over it.TSA is out of control.
Airport security has become an intrusive and excessive bunch of overkill and not
really as secure as some are led to believe. If anyone had any real intent to
hijack or put passengers at risk, there are many ways around this invasive
search.Foreigners can easily subvert and avoid these searches just
by claiming diplomatic immunity. If foreign nationals can avoid the search
process then why should our Senators and Congressmen be forced to a search? Our
government officials should be allowed some respect and the same generous
exceptions as are the foreign government heads of state.Chaffetz has
been the best thing to happen for Utah and our government in Washington. He has
done much to expose the criminal graft and corruption in Washington and there is
a highly organized campaign among some peers to discredit him. His efforts on
our behalf should warrant praise and thanks. He is the only one of our
representatives from Utah that is for open and honest government.
I like his spunk....we are being led down crooked paths as sheep in theis
country. We need leaders with some spunk...thanks Jason for your service.
This guy has an attitude, and an attitude that a congressman should not have.
with him. I was utterly baffled that this report said that they didn't know who
he was... WHY... I will repeat this if you didn't get that through clearly..
WHY!?!? Would that even matter!? WOW, that is just crazy. I can hardly believe
that they actually said that.
AMEN frequent traveler.Thankyou for saying how it is.
Too funny, the people defending Jason are attacking and calling names. Like
Representative like follower.Steve H, if you say that is your real
name then H must be the shortest last name there is. Strange, I don;t see you in
the phone book.Profanity is unbecoming Jason.
I travel by air all the time. When I get pulled out for a more detailed search
I am thankful that TSA is doing their job. How would you feel if you were
sending a family member on a flight and the TSA agents did not do their job?
How would you feel if you went home from the airport, turned on your TV only to
find out that your family member's flight was highjacked by someone who breezed
through security and wasn't search closely enough? Does 9-11 ring a bell? We
live in a dark and dangerous world (Fort Hood today). To assume that a middle
age man dressed in a suit with a really bad attitude isn't a threat to security
probably isn't a good idea. I am glad that TSA is doing their job. Our elected
officials should know more than anyone how important airport security is. Why
would he ever want less security at the airport? I really don't understand this
guy. Please don't re-elect this person. He is an embarrassment to our great
My 84 year old husband with white skin and white hair was patted and then patted
again while being called "Bud" over and over again. I watched with disbelief.
My husband has had a knee replacement and a heart problem which he told the TSA.
They could have been respectful to my husband.
you said that what was released to the media is not what these things are
capable of? How do you know what they are capable of? What they showed the
media (the outline of your body) is how they are used. How does that invade
your privacy. Do you feel that way when they need to take an xray? The xray is
put on a screen for all to see while this is only being seen by two maybe three
people. Do you want our safety to be ignored as well? The terrorists keep
coming up with new ways to make life hell for us. Hence no more lotions shampoo
or conditioner all of those items need to be checked now. Please tell me
Chaffetz for Senator!!!I hate the TSA; they are jerks. Look at how
they have made flying so miserable with their petty rude creepy behavior. They
are rude and shout and abuse without reason. They treat people like animals.
The US is the WORST place in the world to fly. You should try flying in other
parts of the world. It is much more humane--they treat you like a human and not
like a dog.I can't wait to see how putting the Feds in charge of
healthcare will make that "as friendly as the post office and the TSA."
We elected you because we were so sick of Cannon, not because we want you to act
as stupid as him.
It is shocking that a representative to Congress from the State of Utah would
consider himself above the policies that apply to other travelers in this
fashion.It is shocking that the same person would use such
language.It is shocking that the same person would use his position
for personal betterment and bullying.Wow--can't believe it.
Who's attacking who? You haven't argued anything, but instead have resorted to
name calling. You called people that disagree with you "fools and idiots",
"cowards" and "gutless wonders." Nice argument!
TSA employees are average blue collar workers trying to keep America safe. It
is sad that a government leader would try to abuse his power and make an already
difficult job more difficult. PSI am not a TSA employee
nor do I know any.
You try and claim the liberals are for the little people,but all the
LIBERALS do is look down on them,tell them they need some linberal
elite person to do theor thinking for them,treat them like cattle
when going through security.IT that what liberalism is all
about?Jason is the only utah congressman who is TRULY fighting for
the "little" people.
No Chris P. It's not about agreement. It's about those who attack a person
because they don't agree with him and can't argue the question.
I bet this will make all of his future security checks for flights merry and
bright!Mr. Chaffetz- just remember the golden rule- treat others as
you would like to be treated.
"Steve H. | 4:37 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009I am amazed the Deseret News would allow
comments like those from anonymous and pagan... oh sorry, 1st amendment for
fools and idiots also. At least put you name up instead of hiding like a
coward.Gutless wonders."So, "Steve H" please tell me how
your incomplete name is any better than anonymous?Quite hypocritical
but somehow not putting your full name gives you some kind of superiority?Chaffetz needs to apologize for his childish behavior. Swearing does
not invite the Spirit.
Why is everyone against the passenger--from the video it is obvious that TSA
told a falsehood about one part of the story, so what makes you think they are
telling the truth correctly about any other part of this story? "Absolute power corrupts absolutely", and TSA has absolute power; it's obvious
Chaffetz had no power. I genuinely wonder if TSA people aren't some of the
commenters on this board who would like to silence the voice of anyone who
opposes their power.I know I haven't been pleased with the "police
state" treatment I've received at the airport.
From their own mouths they first said they chose Chaffetz because he was next in
line. Then they changed their story and said it was random.So we
get two different stories regarding Chaffetz behavior which is really
irrevelent. Who wouldn't be upset. The bigger story is Chaffetz chose not to
go through the machine which is his right and he was forced to do so and then a
pat down in addition. TSA clearly in the wrong on the bigger issue.
Hey Steve H., what horrible things has anyone said on this board that the D-News
would not allow their comments to be heard? You think they shouldn't be allowed
on here simply because they don't agree with you.
Oops you go to the shortest line not realizing what it is. The next thing you
know you are either a porn show or being violated.I chose neither
but I didn't have a choice at that point.
"BTW, being a veteran is noble but does not entail special privileges in the
workplace."No, but it doesn't mean people on this board should
savage them as though they are worthless scum. People should be ashamed of
I am amazed the Deseret News would allow comments like those from anonymous and
pagan... oh sorry, 1st amendment for fools and idiots also. At least put you
name up instead of hiding like a coward.Gutless wonders.
Yup, a freshman congressman who is spending most of his time embarrassing his
constituency and the state of Utah by acting like a spoiled brat!"We know
exactly who you are."
The self-centered, self-promotng, video-blogger, cot-user (cheap) is
unfortunately the congressman I DIDN'T vote for. I'm glad that those who voted
for him just because he was Republican have a taste of what's accomplished by
just voting party rather than individual. Chaffetz with his populist-red-neck
approach antagonizes every minority and now pretends to be treated in a special
manner offending and dimining a war veteran. I wonder if he understand what's a
"public SERVANT" or he simply thinks the public has to serve him? I think the
later! Only one year left to this populist redneck.
TSA claim:Chaffetz entered scanner line on his own.Truth:
video shows TSA pulled him from regular line.Now TSA claims:Chaffetz cursed and yelled, "Do you know who I am?"Truth: no audio
to prove TSA wrong this time.
This is the top story for D-News??? On a day when a military base is attacked
by a terrorist and we have to go against TSA for doing their job. I think that
Chaffetz needs to get out and sell magazine subscriptions. It is this kind of
thinking that makes me KNOW that our politicians are NOT in our best interest.
You're on your way out Chaffetz. It was fun while it lasted.
I am appalled by the sniping of so many people over the civil rights of a U.S.
Congressman. I would have been angry if I was in the place of Rep. Chaffetz. He
has been one of the most vocal opponents of the TSA imaging system, and out of
hundreds of people going through screening he was picked out. Even if it was
random, it is something I would have seen as suspicious. Someone mentioned that
he had a right to say "No", which he did, and then was told he would receive a
full Pat down instead. Then he accepted the TSA screening (involuntarily), and
officials forced the full pat down as well. There was lying and betrayal on the
part of the officials. the imaging may produce an outline of the body, but it
is a detailed outline, and I for one believe it is indecent to force it on the
public. Chaffetz has led out in opposing this aspect of government invasion of
privacy, and I cheer him on for his efforts.
Profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures, as well as immoral jokes, are
offensive to the Lord and to others.Foul language is both degrading
and harmful to the spirit. We should not let others influence us to use foul
language. Instead, we should use clean language that uplifts and
edifies others, and we should choose friends who use good language. Setting an
example will encourage those around us to use clean language. If
friends and acquaintances use profanity, we can good-naturedly encourage them to
choose other words. If they persist, we can politely walk away or change the
"anonymous you need are stupid iraq are as dumb as you they are not so special
just looser!!!!!!"Hey Dan Tripp, was that a real comment? I don't
know how to react to that because I can't understand what you are TRYING to
So, all this arguing about what words he said...the issue here is this - If it
is a CHOICE to go through the machine, why is anyone, congressman or not, being
forced to either go through it or submit to a full pat down?? A person should be
able to go through normal security like everyone else. Sounds like the
"choice" we'll supposedly have with health care, hmmmm...
shocked to see what the outline of your own body?
Judging by many of the comments thus far, it looks like there must have been a
memo on the bulletin board in the TSA break room encouraging them to get online
to comment on the story...BTW, being a veteran is noble but does not
entail special privileges in the workplace.
I'm wary of anyone who has to pull the "Do you know who I am?" out of his
sleeve. That, to me, just makes it seem like they're on a power trip.
Only in the DNEWS, Mostly. Common on, he is an embarassment.
Apparently you haven't seen the images these things can produce. The images
released to the media are not what this thing is really capable of. You can
distinguish hair follicles in the pictures it generates. It's not just an
I have always felt like those TSA guys should be called TNA...great options if
you are a women...you can choose to pose nude or get groped...I
agree with Chaffetz......
I'm confused. The report says Chaffetz used "profanity," but refers only to the
"s-word," which doesn't really qualify as "profanity." People commenting here
are all aghast at his "foul mouth." Really? Are you that prudish? He lost his
temper and used "the s-word." Wow. That ought to bring on Armageddon. It's
never cool to disrespect a public servant, which is what TSA employees are, but
some people put on uniforms and think they're too important to be polite or
reasonable. Is there a statistician out there who can figure the odds of
finding one terrorist out of millions of passengers via random body scanning?
Such practices just give us the illusion of increased safety.
If you really saw what shows up on these scans and how anatomically correct they
are you would be shocked.
How does Utah end up with such volatile people for Congress from that District?
There was Chris "loose" Cannon; there is Rob "no clue" Bishop, and now we have
freshman Chaffetz making a fool of himself on CNN, demanding instant respect
because the loons of Utah County elected him, and now claiming he is a victim.
An epiphany! Utah County is the countries victim. When we want some one to
blame, it's in our own backyard.We can market that to the rest of
the country. Upsent with the economy, don't blame the President, blame Provo,
the wars in Iraq and Afganastan, just look right there in Alpine; High
unemployement in California? it's BYU's fault. Representative
Chaffetz, thanks for being our little whipping boy :) It feels so righteous to
cast the rod so close to home.
The machine you are all talking about does not show a naked body. Just the
outline of your body. ALL of you crying over the TSA would be crying more if
their was another attack on US soil. I would choose that line any time its much
shorter thanks to all of you that don't know what your talking about.
'...he stands for his constituents and doesn't fit in with the liberal
agenda...' Liberals vs conservatives? I thought this was
about Chaffetz refusing the 'strip machine' and the pat down, and the....
"Chaffetz contends that people essentially appear naked through the imaging, and
that it is an unnecessary invasion of privacy."What a lame ending to
a supposed "news" article. Gee, Mr. Davidson, do you think you could, uh, do
some, you know, REPORTING or something and maybe tell us the FACTS rather than
only what Congressman Chaffetz "contends"?
Republican lawmakers stepping all over people including veterans of our
military? Nothing new here. Move along commoners, you are not like King
"I am glad someone is standing up to these airport thugs."Interesting how people feel it is ok to dehumanize people trying to keep the
skied safe after people flew planes into buildings on 9/11.Keep
demeaning the people including the officer that served in our military.
The media is going to do what they can to make this guy look bad by painfully
prolonging a story that is yesterday news. They are scared because
he doesn't really support any party, he stands for his constituents and doesn't
fit in with the liberal agenda that is supported by the media. Don't
believe me that he is being attacked? I know. I went to that town hall meeting
with him, and I later watched it on the news. They doctored that tape to look
like we hated him, but we did nothing but cheer him on. I feel bad,
because we finally have a guy who could do some good and he didn't get the
support of the media so he's toast.
"DAN TRIPP | 2:58 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009anonymous you need are stupid iraq are
as dumb as you they are not so special just looser!!!!!!"You
can say what you want about me but for heaven's sake, make some sense.One of the TSA officers is an Iraq war vet and Jason deems it fit to act like
a jerk to all of them.
To Dan Tripp...sorry are you speaking english?
We should all learn to do what we're told, just like the good little sheep we've
been raised to be. Law enforcement and military are only one notch below deity.
Do what you're told and nobody gets hurt.
The TSA is a big joke. Now not only do they get to go though everything I
travel with, and through away my water and lip balm, but now they get to see me
naked. When are we going to wake up? I like what Benjamin Franklin
said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."I am glad someone is
standing up to these airport thugs.
The report backs up Chaffetz? No, it just confirms how high and mighty he
thinks he is. He can't even control his temper or his mouth. "Do
you know who I am?"Seriously? You have done nothing for the people
of Utah but be an embarrassment.
I certainly know who this foul-mouthed liar is and will not be voting for him in
the next election.
Apparently sleeping on a cot in your office causes weight gain. Who knew.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Steven Bierfeldt case, the TSA often plays
Barney Fife, without the comedy.The TSA previously claimed the House
Rep voluntarily entered the body scan line voluntarily but is now acknowledging
that he was taken out of a regular line by a TSA agent. Interesting--this is
the only thing that can be verified without audio. We need more
airline travelers to be jerks to the screeners when they barrel over the line of
anonymous you need are stupid iraq are as dumb as you they are not so special
You know what I see? I see a congressman who does not feel he should adhere to
the laws everyone else does. He's against the 'strip down' machine?
Fine. Submit to the pat-down. (By the way, the 'strip down'
machine? It xrays your body to enough detail so you apear almost nude. You don't
have to take off any clothing and the TSA agents only see it. And it's
optional.) But, oh no! I'm Chaffetz. I'm special! Sounds
like the mayor who didn't want his son ticketed by a cop. Lot's of
Utah people in power seem to be abusing it. Who votes for this
Some people don't know the definition of the word option. Going through that
machine is an option. Even if they ask you to go though it you can say no
Yes Jason, we know who you are, someone that likes to swear and throw a fit
until he gets his way.
Looks like Jason deems it fit to swear at these people and treat them like non
humans. One of the officers is an Iraq war vet but I guess it is ok
to treat veterans of our wars like garbage Jason?
So Mr. Morals Chaffetz was swearing and acting like a jerk, no surprise.So many people believe and praise this foul mouth politician.
Wow Jas.... the years have not been kind! I am sure he is too busy to hit the
gym, but dang!As far as the 'incident' I am not surprised the report
backs him up. Also not surprised he used the S-bomb on them.
So now that the tape shows the original TSA account is a complete lie, they back
off and describe s story that cannot be contradicted by video evidence.How rare to see a politician being the more honest party in an argument!
Somehow I believe 2 people over one congressman. This guy sounds like a jerk.
You are the loser for not recognizing that Chaffetz is standing up for all of
our freedoms by opposing this type of invasive search. You might as well be
saying, "Go ahead, abuse me!" This procedure is frankly too much.
Can we let this die? Let go Jason. This story is hearsay. Can you get back to
LOSER with a capital L!