(NaturalNews) As the federal Leviathan grows ever larger, so, too, does the arrogance of the statists who run it.
Enter the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration, an ad hoc monster created out of whole cloth by emotional, spur-of-the-moment legislation following the worst terrorist attacks ever committed on U.S. soil. So dismissive of our system of checks and balances are those who manage this giant agency that they no longer feel compelled to even pay attention to court orders. Worse, those above them obviously feel the same way, else they would have ordered the rogue bureaucracy to comply.
A year ago, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the TSA to conduct a public commentary period regarding the agency’s planned use of full-body scanners at certain airports around the country.
More than a year later, the agency still has not complied, and now the court is demanding to know why.
The court has given DHS until Aug. 30 to give a reason as to why it has not yet held public hearings on procedures involving use of the scanners, even as the agency has robotically deployed them.
In July 2011, the court ruled TSA violated the law when it began installing the radiation-emitting scanners without first holding a public commentary period, almost as if the agency doesn’t really want to hear what travelers have to tell them.
In a case brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the advocacy group challenged TSA’s rule-making in relation to installation and use of the advanced imaging scanners, “saying the agency failed to provide notice and allow for comment before the TSA adopted what critics call an invasive and unconstitutional scan of a person’s body,” the Legal Times reported.