The TSA has taken the saying “any publicity is good publicity” a little too far, or they’re just an embarrassing, incompetent waste that violates innocent Americans everyday.
It is exactly what it sounds like. An 18 month year old girl and her family were removed from the airplane because the baby was shockingly on the list by mistake (note sarcasm) . Getting a TSA apology is extremely rare, and even then, they are usually backhanded, and when the controversy forces them to change procedure, they still don’t acknowledge they are “modifying” their abuse because they went too far. They admit they are inefficient instead, which is supported by the latest congressional report covered in this post. However, if you want to carry gun parts through security, the parts will be confiscated, but you won’t be arrested and you’ll be allowed to fly. FUN FACT: I just accidentally entered “inneffected” into the search engine when making a copy and paste error. The FIRST item listed was RT News: TSA Security: Inneffective and violating. That is so sad.
I find it odd when they start laughing. Are they just so ridiculously pious that the word “junk” and the very real daily molestation of Americans makes them giggle like school girls, or do they not take it seriously? “You gotta make sure.” My gay cousin Bubba, a former prison guard AND inmate, would be more than happy to “make sure” Mr. FauxNews man isn’t a terrorist.
This is the second massive spanking given to the TSA by congress in six months, this time citing intentional lying and delay of congressional oversight. The other report published in November of 2011 gave them an all around failing grade. I’m disappointed to see once again they didn’t mention that the AIT visual strip search machines are completely worthless, have cost one BILLION dollars, and ex-TSA head Michael Chertoff and other government officials profited from the sales, but the report was still not complimentary at all.
Congressional Report excerpts
Airport Insecurity: TSA’s Failure to Cost-Effectively Procure, Deploy and Warehouse its Screening Technologies
“The report makes recommendations emphasizing TSA’s need to more effectively develop its deployment strategy prior to the procurement of screening technologies.”
TSA Procurement, Deployment, and Storage of Security Technology and Equipment at its Transportation Logistics Center”
“TSA is wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by inefficiently deploying screening equipment and technology to commercial airports. As of February 15, 2012, TSA stored approximately 5,700 pieces of security equipment in warehouses at TSA’s Transportation Logistics Center (TLC) in Dallas, Texas.”
- As of February 15, 2012, the total value of TSA’s equipment in storage was, according to TSA officials, estimated at $184 million. However, when questioned by Committee staff, TSA’s warehouse staff and procurement officials were unable to provide the total value of equipment in storage.
- TSA’s annual costs for leasing and managing the TLC are more than $3.5 million.
- Committee staff discovered that 85% of the approximately 5,700 major transportation security equipment currently warehoused at the TLC had been stored for longer than six months; 35% of the equipment had been stored for more than one year. One piece of equipment had been in storage more than six years – 60% of its useful life.