TSA drops the ball again

Government intrusion works like taxes: any time a new tax is added, the government begins spending that money and then will never want to lower taxes or else it will have to cut its budget.  And once you give the government some control over this or that, they don’t want to give it up.  Perhaps this is why I find it alarming that people approve of the TSA naked body scanners in a 2 to 1 ration.  I guess most of you feel safer even though you have to give up some of your personal security.

But what if you found out that you were not gaining any security with these invasive naked body scanners and intrusive searches wherein TSA agents “feel you up?”  The Federal Government’s motivation for using these scanners has more to do with politics and influence than safety and research shows that the scanners are not even effective at stopping bombs.

But what is even worse is that while the TSA is spending so much of its time and energy looking at everyone’s genitalia, there are huge gaps in security.  Recently, a young man climbed a fence and gained access to a parked plane, Ph.D. researches have found the scanners don’t work and now it is revealed that TSA agents miss bombs and guns on 20 out of 22 x-ray screenings

ABC news reports that an Iranian-American business man recently boarded a flight in houston with a loaded Glock handgun.  He forgot to remove it from his bag and the TSA x-ray operators didn’t even see it.  How do you miss a Glock handgun?  It is a full sized weaon that weights over 2 pounds!

Think about that, this means that while they’re staring at your bits and pieces, the bomb in the suitcase is sliding right past the TSA agent at the x-ray machine.

The ABC report also says:

Experts tell ABC News that every year since the September 11 terror attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert “red team tests,” where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major U.S. airports. And while the Department of Homeland Security closely guards the results as classified, those that have leaked in media reports have been shocking.

According to one report, undercover TSA agents testing security at a Newark airport terminal on one day in 2006 found that TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times. A 2007 government audit leaked to USA Today revealed that undercover agents were successful slipping simulated explosives and bomb parts through Los Angeles’s LAX airport in 50 out of 70 attempts, and at Chicago’s O’Hare airport agents made 75 attempts and succeeded in getting through undetected 45 times.

Meanwhile, TSA agents are harassing our returning war heroes and elderly war veterans.  Am I the only one who thinks that we spending our energy and attention looking at the wrong things?  Why on earth would you stare at someone’s groin as a bomb passes by in the suitcase?

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