We Don’t Need To Reform The TSA, We Need To Get Rid Of The TSA

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According to Politico, political ire aimed at the rubber-gloved freedom fondlers at the TSA runs the gamut from libertarian-leaning Republicans to liberal Democrats. It seems like just about everybody is upset with the TSA, and political ideology has nothing to do with it.

So in an environment like that you’d think the TSA would be headed for the chopping block, but you’d be wrong. There are a lot of plans to reform the TSa. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn wants to stop the TSA from wearing uniforms that make them look like police officers. Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer wants to fund “passenger advocates” who would act as liaisons between travelers and TSA agents. Republican Rep. Paul Broun wants the head of the TSA to resign. And there are a myriad of calls for studies into how the TSA does its job, not to mention the health hazards of the scanners used by the agency.

But one thing nobody is talking about is eliminating the agency altogether. Why? Probably because after a decade in existence, there are simply too many special interests making a good living from the TSA. Whether it’s labor unions gaining many dues-paying members from among the ranks of the federal TSA employees or contractors raking in big bucks to supply the TSA with their security equipment, it all adds up to a lot of political clout.

There never was a good case for the TSA. It was created in the security hysteria following the 9/11 attacks under the assumption that a single federal bureaucracy would do a better job of airport security than the private contractors who were doing it previously.

Yet since its inception, all the TSA seems to have accomplished is the irritation of a vast swath of the American public.

We have a cavalcade of domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies whose job it is to detect and thwart terror attacks. The TSA’s job, really, is just to provide a baseline of security at the airports to catch the obvious things and the crazy lone actors who are almost impossible for intelligence/law enforcement types to preempt.

And the private sector can do that job adequately, and without needing to violate the privacy rights of every citizen boarding an airplane.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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