November 29 2010
We had a lot of hits on my views on TSA (You know them--the TOUCH, SEARCH and ARREST agency). Things calmed down a bit after the initial onslaught of complaints, and that is probably normal around here in the USA. First, people tend to be excited about the cause de jour rather than be really concerned about any one issue. Second, those in the wrong, especially the Feds, have virtually unlimited funding to blanket a proble with PR to makle it seem like nothing. Third, the incidents themselves did not happen to congressmen, senators, or their staffs so no really important damage occured in the minds of those with purstrings.
TSA gets a bit like the FBI at this time of year--create a lot of spurious threats of violence to get your budget passed, and then calm things down. The FBI has done it successfully for years, and the TSA is quickly learning.
The biggest shame of this whole mess, other than those that were egregiously insulted by the TSA gestapo was the total lack of concern about the issues by Pistole, their Director. He casually admitted that it was his decision not to publicize the new screening procedures ahead of their introduction--after all they had the RIGHT to do it--even though advance notice may have diffused the situation. What was the most telling part of the mess was his complete lack of concern for the travelling public--and the abject defense of him by King Obama and his other minions. People don't matter anymore--only the potentates of Washington.
When is the next election?