At times like this, I’m reminded of former senator Tom Daschle’s remarks during the debates surrounding the formation of the TSA: “You can’t professionalize unless you federalize.”
Headline of the decade: MISCONDUCT AT TSA THREATENS THE SECURITY OF THE FLYING PUBLIC.
The Transportation Security Administration’s woes continue.
The no-fly list is inherently flawed beyond any practical application. It also stands in contempt of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. If we, as a nation, value freedom and liberty as we so claim this weekend, then we must eliminate this obscene and dangerous practice of secret lists and warrantless prosecution.
We need to fix the list before tying it to the gun control debate.
A seven-month-old baby was flagged quad-S by DHS. The TSA was compelled to search his diapers for chemical weapons. Surprisingly, none were found. Now the four-year-old child is suing the diapers off the federal government.
“Craziness of the case is proportional to the craziness of the government’s conduct.”
Government programs are only “voluntary” until the bureaucracy administering them decide otherwise. Never trust a bureaucrat. Also, interesting to note that states that pride themselves on subverting federal authority (I’m looking at you, Georgia, and The South in general) have signed up for this glaring security hole when so-called “liberal nutcase” states (California) are fighting for the citizens’ right to privacy.
When Congress passed the 2005 Real ID act — mandating easy sharing (and intrinsic insecurity) — of driver’s license data, they insisted compliance by states with the rules would be voluntary.
Three screening employees of a private TSA subcontrator are alleged in using their positions to allow passengers to smuggle cocaine through airport security. Yet another example of the incompetence of TSA and its ilk. Let’s drop this asinine security theater in favour of techniques and practices that really work.
Security measures under “full system review.” Agency considering using dogs.