Arlington, VA March 16, 2013
The historic quote from "A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, "These are the best of times; these are the worst of times", certainly appears to be true for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). over the past weeks, Pistole, the Director, and his staff of incompetants, and political syncophants, have been busy making incredible decisions, such as those below.
What TSA should be doing... Even the usually ultra-left wing Huffington Post, that darling of the Administration's media horde, is starting to publish criticism of the agency. One recent article by their would-be writer, Christopher Elliott, provided an interesting list, which I exerpt here for you:
"Decommission all full-body scanners. The technology is unproven and potentially dangerous. The expense can't be justified to the American taxpayer."
"Fix the screening process. Every airline passenger should be checked in a way that is non-invasive, doesn't involve harmful radiation and respects their civil rights and the U.S. Constitution. We know the current system doesn't do that. Let's find something that does."
"Kill VIPR.The TSA's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team, which patrols roads, NFL gamesand political conventions, needs to be shuttered now. No one asked for these ad hoc teams of TSA agents and no one will miss them."
"Restructure the agency.The TSA needs to trim its $8-billion-a-year budget by eliminating a vast layer of ineffective middle management and reducing the size of its force, which is often referred to as "Thousands Standing Around.""
"Retrain TSA's workforce.Frontline TSA agents like to see themselves as the last line of defense against terrorism. They aren't. Rather, they are the face of the federal government, and at the moment, it's not a good one. Agents need basic customer-service training, and they need to be aware of the civil rights and disabilities concerns of passengers."
That's some list for a news organization that normally supports the heavy hand of obama socialism. Read this list well, you will probably see it again and again.
The 'Knife' Issue
Nothing has caused more controversy than the 'historic decision' by TSA management and its Director, John Pistole, to allow small knives on planes, so the TSA gestapo can concentrate on too-large bottles of shampoo and deodorant. Everybody knows that shampoo kills, not knives, even small ones. It is possible, of course, that Pistole has been working secretly with some national organization of devoted knife-owners, and needed to make a statement about something as important as guarding the skies against killer deodorant.
What resulted was a serious knife fight (no pun intended). Everyone with logical thinking that has access to the media has called Pistole an idiot. The pilots, flight attendants, security personnel, passengers, travel associations, etc. have all made major statements supporting the continuation of the knife ban. Unfortunately, so also did several Republic Congressmen and Senators; that was all Pistole and the rest of the administration needed to go to the wall to defend his (Pistole's) otherwise idiotic decision.
Getting a bomb through Newark Airport
Perhaps the most egregious example of why the TSA is incompetant is Newark International Airport, where, on February 25th, an undercover inspector not only brought a bomb to the airport, but got it through multiple layers of inspections by TSA's finest, successfully, to include a body search and frisking. Virtually every major news media covered the story; some burying it in inner pages, or on the late news, and others putting it out in front where it belonged. Pistole and his administration at Newark shrugged their shoulders and basically said, 'so what else is new? It can't happen again.'
Sure, it might not happen again, if those on duty at the airport that day are disciplined (read that FIRED), to include the managers and supervisors that day on the shift. It won't happen, of course, although there will probably be some form of sarcrificial lamb given up to cover up the report. Most likely, the inspector who brought the bomb in as a insepction test will be the one to go.
I agree with what Chriustopher Elliot of HuffPost said above, "The TSA needs to trim its $8-billion-a-year budget by eliminating a vast layer of ineffective middle management and reducing the size of its force, which is often referred to as "Thousands Standing Around."