As the article (below) shows, the TSA needs to be radically overhauled or possibly eliminated altogether. It has turned into an arrogant, corrupt, costly, abusive, unaccountable mini police state, that is not even good at doing what it was chartered to do, which is to provide real security in our airports. While I do believe that there needs to be a reasonable level of security at airports, I also think it’s important to recognize that there needs to be limits to everything, and that we should not turn our airports into a version of North Korea in the quixotic quest to achieve some kind of unattainable “total security”.
The fact is that there are thousand ways that a determined terrorist can bypass security, and if we want to try to plug every possible security vulnerability, we are going to turn our airports into a version of North Korea. Say goodbye to civil liberties, and all other freedoms and protections that we are supposed to have. It’s already bad enough, but total security would make it even worse.
The whole approach of the TSA is wrong. The most intelligent way to deal with things like terrorism is to use intelligence agencies to monitor dangerous groups and intervene before they can do any wrong. Not only is this approach less costly, and usually a lot more effective, but it does not force millions and millions of innocent people to have to go through the massive dragnet of some kind of total security. The whole TSA approach to security incredibly inconvenient, intrusive, denies our civil liberties, and endangers passengers with radiation from the scanners, provides endless opportunities for dishonest employees to steal from passengers, and costs a whole lot of money, both in direct costs and in time wasted going through the security sieve.
The reason why we do not rely more upon intelligent intelligence, but instead rely on just randomly checking people, and pushing everyone through the scanners, is because intelligent intelligence surveillance relies on a dirty word-profiling. You see, in order to find out the authorities are supposed to be monitoring, the have to first come up with a profile of individuals and groups who are much more likely to engage in crimes and terrorism. For instance, the senior citizens knitting circle does not fit a profile of a high-risk group. However, young Muslim men from a problematic country, and who also happen to be associated with radical Islam, is considered to be much more dangerous, and worthy of surveillance. This kind of approach, if done correctly, tends to be very effective. What, since it’s based on using profiles, that is verboten in our politically correct world.
We have stated many times that, we do not profile. So, if we do not profile, the only other option is to drag everyone through the security rigmarole, and to randomly stop passengers based on nothing more than chance. Not only does this create all the problems I mentioned above, but we did all kinds of cases of 95-year-old sick people being searched up and down. Any person with any common sense says that this is just crazy, which is. But, to the mind of the politically correct official this way of doing things is not only right, but actually smarter and more effective. Numerous times officials have blatantly lied to us by stating that, avoiding profiling, and using the random, hoping for some luck approach, is actually more effective than using profiles in terms of identifying individuals or groups who need to be checked out more. This, of course, is total nonsense, and we all know it. But, due to the pressures of political correctness, are government officials refuse to acknowledge reality. So, we all have to suffer through this never ending stupidity.
TSA failure: 25,000 airport security breaches since 2001, says report
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) If you think the establishment of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after 9/11 has really helped to make the skies safer, think again. A new report issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, says that since November 2001, there have been more than 25,000 airport security breaches, ranging from minor incidents like baggage accidentally being left behind, to major breaches like travelers bypassing security lines and bringing various weapons onto airplanes.
The report explains that there have been more than 14,000 incidents of individuals getting into secure areas, including into the secure side of airports, without going through TSA screening.
TSA screeners have also personally failed to properly screen travelers about 6,000 times, while more than 2,600 travelers somehow successfully got through the security line without undergoing the normal screening procedures.
If that is not bad enough, NaturalNews has been tracking some of the worst TSA security failures throughout the past year, many of which are utterly shocking in light of the agency’s aggressive new procedures.
These include subjecting flight crews to naked body scanners and molesting pat downs while ground crews freely move back and forth between secure and insecure areas with a simple card swipe (http://www.naturalnews.com/030844_a…), as well as undercover agents slipping through the security line on multiple occasions with loaded weapons (http://www.naturalnews.com/031529_T…).
And while all this is taking place, the TSA continues to aggressively screen and pat down special needs individuals, the elderly, young children, young girls on their way to prom, and many others who are the least threatening in society (http://www.naturalnews.com/TSA.html). Clearly there is something majorly wrong with this picture.
Confirming the overall failure of the TSA as a security agency, T.J. Orr, director of aviation at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, testified before Congress that the TSA operates with ” a rigid attitude of arrogance and bureaucracy.” Add ignorance and ineptitude to that equation and you have pretty much summed up the TSA to a tee.
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