Monday, September 12, 2011

TSA creator says agency should be dismantled

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation Committee, authored the legislation that created the Transportation Security Administration. But he now admits that the agency has become “a complete fiasco.”
In an interview with conservative blog Human Events, Mica says the agency “has been hijacked by bureaucrats” and is costly, ineffective and should be dismantled and privatized.
The public’s disgust with the TSA has become a hot political issue. Politicians are slowly getting the message that travelers don’t like the TSA and its invasive searches and bullying of the public.
They are starting to see that the TSA is simply “security theater” that goes through the motions of screening passengers, but doesn’t effectively look for real security threats.
People have had enough of TSA demands to take off their shoes and belts, remove their laptops, limit their liquids to 3-1-1 (3-ounce or less bottles in one quart-sized clear plastic bag, one bag per passenger) and submit to aggressive pat-downs or potentially harmful radiation scanning.
Mica’s fellow elected officials should listen to him.

Related articles:

“Airline Passengers Wade Through Airport Security on 9/11” (Fox Chicago News; Sept. 11, 2011)

“Chris Wallace On TSA Screening Procedures: ‘There Are Obviously People Who Are Greater Threats’” (Mediaite; Sept. 11, 2011)

“Spotlight: The changing face of the TSA” (Fox Toledo; Sept. 11, 2011)

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