TSA Abuses and Failures
The press reports are horrifying: 95 year-old women humiliated; children molested; disabled people abused; men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas; involuntary radiation exposure. If the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be raided by SWAT teams and armed federal agents. Unfortunately, in this case the perpetrators are armed federal agents. This is the sorry situation ten years after the creation of the Transportation Security Administration.
The requirement that Americans be forced to undergo this appalling treatment simply for the "privilege" of traveling in their own country reveals much about how the federal government feels about our liberties. The unfortunate fact that we put up with this does not speak well for our willingness to stand up to an abusive government.
Many Americans continue to fool themselves into accepting TSA abuse by saying "I don't mind giving up my freedoms for security." In fact, they are giving up their liberties and not receiving security in return. Last week, for example, just days after an elderly cancer victim was forced to submit to a cruel and pointless TSA search, including removal of an adult diaper, a Nigerian immigrant somehow managed to stroll through TSA security checks and board a flight from New York to LA – with a stolen, expired boarding pass and an out-of-date student ID as his sole identification! He was detained and questioned, only to be released to do it again 5 days later! We should not be surprised to find government ineptitude and indifference at the TSA.
At the time the TSA was being created I strongly opposed federalization of airline security. As I wrote in an article back in 2001:
"Congress should be privatizing rather than nationalizing airport security. The free market can and does produce excellent security in many industries. Many security-intensive industries do an outstanding job of maintaining safety without depending on federal agencies. Nuclear power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries, and armored money transport companies all employ private security forces that operate very effectively. No government agency will ever care about the bottom-line security and profitability of the airlines more than the airlines themselves. Airlines cannot make money if travelers and flight crews are afraid to fly, and in a free market they would drastically change security measures to prevent future tragedies. In the current regulatory environment, however, the airlines prefer to relinquish all responsibility for security to the government, so that they cannot be held accountable for lapses in the future."
What we need is real privatization of security, but not phony privatization with the same TSA screeners in private security firm uniforms still operating under the "guidance" of the federal government. Real security will be achieved when the airlines are once again in charge of protecting their property and their passengers.
In the meantime, this week I am introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act, which establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person. It means they are not above laws the rest of us must obey. As we continue to see more and more outrageous stories of TSA abuses and failures, I hope that my colleagues in the House will listen to their constituents and join with me to support this legislation.
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/12/11 02:27 AM
"I submitted a reply to this before my post to Zenmillionaire"
Billionaire. It's "Zenbillioniare". I used to be a millionaire before the Fed started printing money. Now I'm a billionaire. Soon I hope to be a trillionaire. Inflation is so difficult to keep up with...
(That was all in fun Dotti, I just couldn't resist)
Posted by JCC on 07/11/11 11:55 PM
Ron Paul for President of The United States!
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/10/11 01:15 AM
I wasn't really helpless but I was completely ineffectual. I had maybe 4 other pros and a few volunteers, he still didn't make it.
I'm just a small town cop and sometimes its important for me to remember that :) I really appreciate your compassion. Thanks.
Posted by amanfromMars on 07/07/11 08:07 AM
Oops, that last link in Posted by amanfromMars on 07/07/11 08:00 AM, which didn't render properly for whatever reason, can be read here .... Click to view link
Bloody gremlins, ... they get everywhere :-)
Posted by amanfromMars on 07/07/11 08:00 AM
Hi, Dr Paul,
One thing is most certain, you do not have your sorrows to seek, as this crazy tale tells. Is there something in the water over there, or is it a congenital abnormality in a certain group of intellectually challenged muppets who would have everyone else act as their puppets?
[quote]"There are events in history known as false flag events. These are staged by a government usually to distress the public, so the government can do something that the public would otherwise disapprove."
And here is one of the latest mad notions dreamt up by some sad, rad idiot in the pay of the status quo machine which is stalled and failing to deliver the reality it expected the world to swallow without a second thought, or any thinking at all ...... Click to view link
The world however has changed, and no longer accepts the folly of fools and media tools as a legitimate cause for concern, or of remote control, which is what everything is really about in the virtual domain which pits new intelligence and ancient knowledge against relatively recently established power brokerages and/or pathetic dynasties into inequitable practices for personal profit at the expense of the masses?
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Posted by dotti on 07/07/11 07:05 AM
Re: By the way, a much more interesting issue is a "no fly list". People were arbitrarily and without any due process declared dangerous enemies. WOW. This is now the real democracy. Even in the Soviet Union, there was not shit like this. At least, everyone had his day in court (even it did not change anything).
I submitted a reply to this before my post to Zenmillionaire, but it hasn't appeared. If it comes up I'll have a repost, same message.
What can you tell me about the 'no fly list'. Is it in place now. It seems like I remember hearing of it, but I thought it was only somebody's "bright idea."
I guess if your name is on the no-fly list you are not eligible to get the chip implant that will make it so much easier for the rest of us to travel freely.
Posted by dotti on 07/07/11 06:57 AM
I can't even imagine how it would feel to see someone so happy and full of life one moment and then helplessly watch them die the next.
Posted by bob on 07/06/11 11:48 PM
I read the article and the replies.
I have just one stupid question: what else do you expect from a present government "enforcement" agency and its people?
There are no much differences between mob-mafia enforcers and government enforcers. What they do have in common is a total disrespect for both people and the Law.
But of course, we can talk endlessly about it without changing anything.
By the way, a much more interesting issue is a "no fly list". People were arbitrarily and without any due process declared dangerous enemies. WOW. This is now the real democracy. Even in the Soviet Union, there was not shit like this. At least, everyone had his day in court (even it did not change anything).
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/06/11 11:10 PM
That wasn't fair. I'm in a bad mood.
Yesterday I watched a man die. He had been dancing in the park a few minutes before. He was an older man of Asian heritage, possibly Chinese. I'd guess he might have been 65? His name was Don. Before he died he had a few lucid moments and managed to get that out. For a short time he was the most important person in the world for me and now he's gone.
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/06/11 10:44 PM
What. "What" say...
So dudes; sometimes keyboards miss a beat. Sometimes fingers think they're feet. An "edit" button would make your site complete.
"No more rhyming!" -- Vizzini, "The Princess Bride"
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/06/11 10:40 PM
"It will gain speed and power as it continues"
Hey Dottie? Wat say we all just curl up in a small ball and die? Wouldn't THAT be special?
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/06/11 09:20 PM
an. You're "an" idiot. Idiot.
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 07/06/11 09:17 PM
"The unfortunate fact that we put up with this does not speak well for our willingness to stand up to an abusive government."
Ron? You're am idiot. Hey! I love ya guy! I really do! I Sent large amounts of money to benefit your campaign. But you are a stone cold freaking moron if you think ANYONE with half a brain is going to stand up against the TSA. THEY HAVE GUNS!! LOTS OF THEM!! HAVE YOU BEEN SLEEPING FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS!
Posted by dotti on 07/06/11 04:08 PM
I'm afraid you are so very right about more regulation and more lost freedoms. It will gain speed and power as it continues.
Posted by dotti on 07/06/11 04:05 PM
Re: However, despite all of that, there is no way for me to be identified or certified as fit to ride an airplane without intrusive searches.
This is almost more scarey to me. Then we get a list of approved and not approved would-be passengers. Then blacklisting.
This is just unreal. It will never be rolled back--all "progress" will be in the forward direction--toward more infringements on our freedoms.
Posted by dotti on 07/06/11 04:01 PM
Pascendi, What a lovely idea!!
But that era--where the co. sheriff has so much power--was before we needed the federal government to keep us safe from terrorists that lurk behind every tree.
It makes me sad that the Power Elite's plan has worked so well.
Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 07/06/11 03:51 PM
@Joelg - Agreed. And you know what will be the reaction if the TSA fails to stop the next "act of terror" .... Indeed, more control. Nobody will scratch their head to check if the action taken made sense. Nope. It will imply MORE of the ineffective and irritable same, MORE regulations, MORE individual freedom reduction, MORE costs. That's how it works.
Posted by dotti on 07/06/11 03:50 PM
Airline travel is far safer mile/per mile than travel by auto.
Maybe instead of just giving you back your boarding pass, you should be given a little jolt of tranquilizer. Or maybe a big jolt.
Posted by dotti on 07/06/11 03:48 PM
What is the quote?
He who gives up liberty to gain security is not worthy of either.
Posted by Joelg on 07/06/11 02:49 PM
I agree with DB, that it would be better to do away with TSA and have a private security system. Free market economists like von Mises have made the case about government bureaucracies in their books. My fear is that more legislation will require TSA to hire more staff and spend more money for interpretation, rule writing, and enforcement. The unintended consequence, in my opinion, might be a bigger TSA bureaucracy.