$57 Billion Security Failure

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TSA now is more concerned with human resource management and consolidating power and acting reactively instead of proactively,” the report declared. Moreover, the incorporation of TSA into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shrunk its status, making it “a tangential and inert unit within DHS’s massive structure.”

The report also addresses the inept attempt by TSA to screen airline passengers according to detection of behavior—mainly by trying to spot signs of stress or fear in a passenger. TSA has spent more than $800 million on screening passengers since 2007 by “observation techniques” and it says it needs another $1.2 billion over the next five years, according to committee data.

“Thus far, this program has been one of TSA’s largest failures,” the report maintained, citing inadequate scientific evidence that the technique works and especially the fact that known terrorists have been undetected in airports using the screening of passengers by observational technique, known as (SPOT).

The report said the Government Accountability Office (GAO)  found 17 known terrorists traveled on 24 occasions through security at eight airports. Not one terrorist had been caught by the  SPOT program, it added.

More than 25,000 security breaches have occurred in the past decade, according to the congressional report, as a result of the obviously inefficient measures taken by TSA. The report also said that although “two billion passengers had passed through airports between 2004 nd 2008, only 1,100 persons were arrested—none on terrorist charges.”

Members “are currently proposing new legislation to reform TSA,” Rep. Mica said.

“TSA must develop an expedited screening program using biometric credentials [Biometric identification uses a physical human characteristic such as a person’s fingerprint, voice pattern or retina images for identity verification] that would allow TSA to positively identify trusted passengers and crew members so that the agency can prioritize its screening resources based on risk.

TSA will never be able to function as a truly risk-based organization until the agency can differentiate between passengers based on levels of risk,” the report concluded.

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  • mlcblog

    Reform it? abolish it.

    I felt strongly from the beginning that this function would be best handled by the private sector, but no! Congress just had to create another inefficient bureaucracy. Are we stuck with it?

  • Asher

    Total collapse of our system and companies is happening. Another concern is the Legislation that was drafted behind closed doors, an amendment to a bill appropriating money for the Pentagon. The New national Defense Authorization Act would allow the US government to lock up US citizens for life at Gitmo or imprison them without charge or trial. An Anti-Congress protest, anti-TSA rant, or twitter post could land you in indefinite detention.

  • jacob

    My soon to be 85 years old wife has a metal knee-replacement and I'm admired
    at the third-degree examination she has to go through every time we board a plane.

    In fact, seems like the TSA women take her as a training model for checking
    people, the way they do it, all because of the metallic knee replacement.

    Interesting, isn't it ???

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Actually, the excessively intrusive TSA, the invasive Patriot Act, the humongous Department of Homeland Security, and the gargantuan and completely incompetent National Intelligence Directorate, all created or expanded in response to 9/11, are together the biggest federal boondoggles ever created in the history of mankind.

    Not only that but other than creating a false sense of security, the truth is the homeland today is even more vulnerable to jihad attacks than it was before the 9/11 jihad attack simply due to the fact that mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage has actually increased since then. Indeed, every Muslim our political elites allow to immigrate to the USA incrementally increases the probability of violent jihad attacks in the homeland.

    Thus, today the USA is teetering on the precipice of bankruptcy and even contemplating gutting its own military at the same time, which will inevitably open the door wide open for the forces of totalitarianism to become dominant in the world, and the biggest cause for our current financial predicament and woes today, is so we can continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. Now, if someone actually said that in public today like I just did, they would be marginalized as xenophobic bigots and an unhinged Islamophobes.

    Nevertheless, if we simply outlawed Islam and banned and reversed mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP, which would virtually overnight eliminate the possibility of violent jihad attacks on the homeland, we could easily roll back the extremely intrusive TSA, the very invasive Patriot Act, the humongous Department of Homeland Security, and the gargantuan and severely incompetent National Intelligence Directorate and at the same time get our financial house back in order.

    Not only that but non-violent jihad that relative to violent jihad takes place astronomically far more prevalently, would too also be eliminated inside the homeland virtually overnight.

    Indeed, how many politicians are today proposing a logical solution like the one above to cure our current financial woes? Isn't it funny how once the size, scope, and power of government gets expanded that it becomes absolutely impossible to ever undo, even when it is completely unnecessary? Especially in this day and age when both major political parties in this country sadly are almost virtually identical and leftwing.

    In any event, outlawing Islam and banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage is something that nevertheless will have to be done eventually sooner or later, whether people realize it right now or not.

  • Ellman

    What a monumental and disgraceful waste of our money! When the government is assigned a job that one person should be able to do, it hires 100 people to do so, and another 30 administrative types to supervise the 100. When will the taxpayers be outraged? When will they stop believing lies? Probably not until the next 911 strikes!