Sunday, March 10, 2013

Security theater, redux

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about TSA thugs at work, and pointed out that the entire organization was basically 'security theater' and completely ineffective.  This is borne out by a New York Post article about TSA screeners at Newark airport.  Here's an excerpt.

Because the cameras are recording our every move, we have to do something. If someone isn’t checked or even screened properly, the entire terminal would shut down, as this constitutes a security breach.

But since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy to do.

Did you know you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener? These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror.

These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog.

An agent got through Newark last week with an improvised explosive device? That’s not even news to anyone who works there. It happens all the time. The failure rate is pretty high, especially with federal investigators, and the pat-down itself is ridiculous.

. . .

What are the chances of you being on a flight where something happens? We always said it’s not a question of if terrorists get through — it’s a question of when. Our feeling is nothing’s happened because they haven’t wanted it to happen. We’re not any big deterrent. It’s all for show.

There's more at the link.

Want to save money to avoid sequestration?  How about abolishing the TSA altogether?


1 comment:

Rev. Paul said...

"How about abolishing the TSA altogether?"

Works for me.