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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  • Anonymous

    TSA was never even allowed to be voted on. Good ole Bush rammed it thru Congress. *Yes I was being sarcastic*

    Obviously the Republicans gave in to the Globalism and you can’t trust them. I think they are actually controlling Obama to make him look evil because he is black and Obama is surrounded on all sides by evil people so no matter what he does it will get blocked unless it involves making America a police state hence his executive orders..

    The first Bush signed a contract that would allow our infrastructure to be bought by private controls thru NAFTA and Obama simply extended it with his executive orders.

  • Anonymous

    I know nobody will see this bu what was wrong with security before 9/11 again? I mean what could they have done to stop terrorist if they are not alert to look for them?

    Heck in the year 2000 a man walked past security just by waving his loaded pistol at them and going around the metal detector which happened to be right next to the gangway to the plane.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/07/29/nyregion/news-summary-433535.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3As

    If the airports were on high alert before 9/11 then they would most likely report the ‘Muslims’ for looking suspicious due to shaving their beards off *A BIG sin* and be brought to the ‘back room’ for further questioning which as they dig deeper they find more and more clues.

    However it wouldn’t be able to be done unless they were issued an alert.

    In fact I think the 9/11 airplanes were loaded with bombs which acellerated the destruction as in one of the supposed interviews if you believe the official stories says that the crew didn’t fight back due to the suspect yelling about a bomb on board.

    Interestingly that little detail got overlooked and the fact the airplanes just *vanished* into the buildings before exploding if you see the videos in slow motion without any pieces falling off or any special repercussion effects from slamming into a stationary building that is designed to sway.

  • Anonymous

    If the dollar wasn’t worthless almost every American would be able to afford their own airplane like when Henry Ford produced the car and commercial airports would be all but obsolete and most likely converted to private use.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the dollar wasn’t worthless and almost every American could afford their own private airplanes even if it’s just by renting?
    That would make commercial airports go obsolete or be converted to private usage.

  • Anonymous

    The Union has gone WAY left and wants special treatment.

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