Well, after a prolonged period following surgery for cancer, it is time to get back on the soapbox on several events.
TSA has the most incredibly stupid management of any Federal agency--even the White House (And that is not saying much). Starting this semi-legal grope with their blue gloved veterans of the unemployment lines and giving these people nearly absolute immunity from criticism and prosecution is a bit like sending a child molester to pass out candy in an orphanage.
Let's remember that their stated purpose--so often indicated by Pistone their Director--is to ensure that no more Reeds (Could not blow up own shoe) or the arab last Christmas (Could not blow up own underwear) would not be repeated. Two acts have generated new rules designed to prevent such occurences, but will they prevent disaster?
My voice says NO THEY WON'T. While we are molesting passengers at will, please note that only about 5% of cargo is ever checked more than cursorily (Perhaps because it can't be groped) but allowed to sit in the holds of planes (maybe like ink cartridges).
I agree with safety measures, but also think two incredibly stupid things happened here:
First, the TSA propaganda ministry failed in getting out the word sufficiently ahead to get people aware of what would happen.
Second, they apparently had little if any training (Other than a chance to grope Secretary Napolitano and the TSA Director) before the system went in place. The horror stories are coming out daily, but not the list of those being fired for their over-exuberance. TSA simply rolls over everything because, after all, they are above all laws.
This foolishness needs to stop. Sane heads need to prevail here, and the White House needs to DEMAND accountability and respectability in what TSA does. for myself, i urge as many as possible to refuse screening in favor of a free grops to see for yourself what Washington has done for you lately.