Had enough of the Transportation Security Administration's virtual strip-search technology? Or the invasive "grope searches" of women's breasts and men's and women's crotches?

Well, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Humble Rep. Ted Poe have.

This morning, Hutchison joined the growing chorus of Americans concerned about the potential invasions of personal privacy enacted by the Obama administration in the name of national security.

"We have been hearing the outcry about the invasive use of pat-downs now in the airports," the Dallas Republican told TSA Administrator John Pistole during an oversight hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. "There has to be a way to improve the airport security screening process to address the legitimate privacy concerns of the traveling public."

Hutchison, the top Republican on the committee, told Pistole that Americans' privacy concerns about aggressive body searches that involve touching intimate body parts and the X-Ray machines that show the naked human body on a scanner manned by TSA personnel "are legitimate."

"The security process should be a partnership between the screeners and the traveling public to protect security and privacy," she said.

Pistole defended the aggressive "pat-downs" and see-through-the-clothing technology as necessary tools to counteract international terrorist threats. He said the TSA has the power to fine would-be passengers who do not cooperate with security officials.

"I'm hoping we don't go overboard if someone decides that they have their right to privacy and therefore they walk about without injury to anyone," Hutchison responded.

Pistole said he didn't anticipate fining passengers who declined the "grope" search but said he did not want to prejudge such a situation.

A few hours later, Poe took to the House floor (and later Twitter) to denounce the ramped-up screening process.

"A trip to the airport these days leaves Americans with embarrassing choices," Poe told House colleagues. "Law-abiding citizens can bare it all through a peek-a-boo body scanner, or they can get groped in a pat-down search by a federal employee. Now that's a real choice."

Poe argued that "there's no evidence these new body scanners make us more secure," but he said the government's actions violated Fourth Amendment rights to protection against unreasonable searches.

"The populace is giving up more rights in the name of alleged security," he argued.

In recent days, YouTube has been flooded with videos of TSA screeners touching the bodies of children, nuns and others. Conservative commentators and civil libertarians have been critical of the Obama administration for what they call violations of Americans' expectations of privacy.

The administration says that air travelers implicitly agree to any form of reasonable security screening when they enter the security lines at airports.

Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer weighed in this afternoon to defend TSA practices.

"I don't like taking off my shoes, body scans or metal detectors," he tweeted. "I also don't like getting blown up. Thank you TSA for doing your job."