Writes Allen Nightingale (I've added some links):
I am a retired law enforcement officer who has "patted down" scores of individuals. "Pat downs" are conducted on individuals an investigating officer has reason to believe pose an immediate potential threat. The procedures currently utilized by TSA thugs are in fact pre-custodial searches of suspects under arrest. This is how euphemisms become embedded in the lexicon of a society well down the road to tyranny.