Civil Liberties

Brickbat: He Fits Right In


In 2002, the Roman Catholic Church defrocked Thomas Harkins because of allegations he molested two grade-school girls. Harkins was never criminally charged, but the church paid $195,000 to settle civil lawsuits. Four months after he was removed from the priesthood, Harkins was hired by the Transportation Security Administration to screen airline passengers at Philadelphia International Airport. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he is still employed by the TSA, but he has been promoted and no longer pats down passengers.