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The TSA is Inept
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 22 April 2012 | Debra Burlingame

Posted on 04/22/2012 12:12:19 PM PDT by LSUfan

We Must Assure Our Skies Are Both Safe and Friendly

Kip Hawley, the Transportation Security Administration's former administrator, fails to acknowledge a November 2011 congressional report documenting that the TSA has become a bloated, 65,000-person bureaucracy larger than the departments of Labor, Energy, Education, Housing and Urban Development, and State, combined ("Why Airport Security Is Broken—And How to Fix It," Review, April 14). It has spent $57 billion since 2002, $2.7 billion of which was spent on training. Yet half of the people it has hired and trained have left the agency. With the highest attrition rate among the federal work force, the TSA has resorted to placing employment ads in the Washington, D.C., area on pizza boxes and over the pumps at discount gas stations.

The report notes that 25,000 security breaches have taken place at U.S. airports since 9/11. According to the Government Accountability Office, 17 known terrorists have flown on U.S. carriers on 24 occasions, including traveling through eight airports where behavior-detection officers are deployed—a program that has spent $800 million since 2007 and will cost $1.2 billion more over the next five years. While not one terrorist has been spotted, the TSA has justified the expense by citing the discovery of passengers involved in common crimes, such as credit-card fraud or drug smuggling, resulting in mission creep and the pervasive sense that anyone who approaches the check point is a potential suspect.

Ms. Burlingame is a co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America and the sister of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines Flight 77.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airportsecurity; dhs; terrorism; tsa; tsapervs; tsasecuritybreeches; tsasecurityfailures

1 posted on 04/22/2012 12:12:23 PM PDT by LSUfan
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To: LSUfan

Inept + power over the Great Unwashed + automatic weapons = not a real good combination....


2 posted on 04/22/2012 12:18:01 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: LSUfan

I hope someone is able to dig up the video of Senator Schumer (Demagogue, NY), advocating the federalizing of airport security because they would then be much more professional.

I lay all the civil and human rights outrages perpetuated by
the TSA at Senator Schumer’s feet.


3 posted on 04/22/2012 12:18:09 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: LSUfan
With the highest attrition rate among the federal work force...

I can understand this. Normal people really don't feel right molesting toddlers and little old ladies in wheel chairs while at the same time, waving ragheads through. It just isn't right. Political correctness isn't right.

4 posted on 04/22/2012 12:19:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the 47% to start paying their "fair share" of income taxes.)
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To: LSUfan

I once saw some former TSA bigwheel on tv say that this screening hell we are subjected to does not improve safety, and actually, these procedures were designed only to make us FEEL SAFE.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t feel safe. More like annoyed.


5 posted on 04/22/2012 12:29:58 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: LSUfan

How much longer can America last?


6 posted on 04/22/2012 12:30:28 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: fatnotlazy

I was randomly selected for the swipe test last week, and apparently tested positive for explosives.

Apparently it was my “beauty aids” in TSA speak. They also said that it wouldn’t detect gunpowder residue (a lie) and that many IEDs could be made with household products and beauty aids.

I didn’t feel safer based on their response.


7 posted on 04/22/2012 12:33:36 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

The first Tuesday in November will answer your question one way or the other.


8 posted on 04/22/2012 12:35:56 PM PDT by sport
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To: sport

“The first Tuesday in November will answer your question one way or the other.”

I’m sure not putting my hope in that day.


9 posted on 04/22/2012 12:42:14 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: LSUfan

TSA is a criminal organization.


10 posted on 04/22/2012 12:42:47 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: sport

I fly several times a year. The TSA (with few exceptions) are average to low IQ drones and worse. I always “opt out” of the xray thingee. It irritates the drones no end. I smile when they feel me up and give me the bad massage. LOL.


11 posted on 04/22/2012 12:44:22 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: LSUfan

And this coming from the government that wants to run your health care system.


12 posted on 04/22/2012 12:47:34 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: driftdiver

Oh yes, beauty aids.

Close friend and I went through security. My friend’s bag was put aside and hand searched because “something didn’t look right on the screen.” They couldn’t identify some cylindrical shape in her bag. So the agent rooted around the bag and pulled out this dangerous object — a mascara wand! LOL.


13 posted on 04/22/2012 12:48:55 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: theBuckwheat

Now taht weiner is gone you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger a hole in office than schumer.


14 posted on 04/22/2012 12:57:50 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: hal ogen

I did the same thing. The high school dropout who told me I’d been selected for random screening wasn’t pleased when I told him “no x-ray, go ahead and grope my junk if thats what you want to do.”

I posted it here repeatedly. The TSA is designed to de-senstitze Americans to being treated like cattle. Today airports. Tomorrow, shopping malls and eventually private office buildings. The Government needs to get the slaves used to be groped and prodded without resistance.

We cannot solve America’s problems at the ballot box. We are too far gone. We all know what the real solution is.


15 posted on 04/22/2012 1:03:41 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: LSUfan

Airport security at Heathrow in 1991 was a lot better than Logan in 2006, and the British did it humanely, sensibly, with a touch of humo(u)r and courtesy. The TSA is boorish, stoopid and overreaching.


16 posted on 04/22/2012 2:19:24 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: LSUfan

The TSA has detected more breast implants than terrorists.


17 posted on 04/22/2012 2:57:37 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: LSUfan

Have you ever met a TSA employee that didn’t look like he was turned down at Walmart and McDonalds?


18 posted on 04/22/2012 3:11:52 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: LSUfan

Last month I flew from Newark to London wearing a foot brace. The brace had metal stays on both sides, along the back and front. I went thru the machine and it did not go off. As I was waved through, I said I was surprised my foot brace did not set off any alarm. They security guy said “oh you’re wearing a brace, stop right there” and motioned for a women with a wand to check me. I said to him “I should have just kept my mouth shut about the brace, huh?” his reply was “yea, you should have. We would have never known”. I was wanded, had my foot felt up and was allowed through security.

Real secure, aren’t we?


19 posted on 04/22/2012 3:20:28 PM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

I don’t believe that I will like the answer. Too many wjsh to see obama re-elected. To wit: The Democrat Party, the Republican Party, Wall Street,Hollywood, American haters, parasites, degenerates, perverts, freeloaders, the Communist Party, Globalists, etal.


20 posted on 04/22/2012 4:24:21 PM PDT by sport
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To: LSUfan
Of course they are. Anyone who can look at this diagram and think that completely random screening is helpful is a moron.
21 posted on 04/22/2012 5:06:56 PM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: LSUfan

bump


22 posted on 04/22/2012 6:54:36 PM PDT by gibsosa
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