Airport Insecurity

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Waste and abuse are key elements here. A Huffington Post report on the latest attempt by al-Qaida to get another underwear bomb aboard a jet included a rather revealing email from former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Chertoff contended that it is “too soon to tell how technically advanced [the] new device is. Imaging will pick up anomalies below clothing but [the U.S. government] has to analyze [the] device before adjusting protocols.”

Why is that email revealing? Because in 2010, Chertoff’s consulting firm, the Chertoff Group, began representing OSI Systems, one of two companies licensed to sell full-body scanners to the TSA. OSI makes a machine called Rapiscan, 300 of which were sold to the TSA in wake of Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up a jet using an underwear bomb. Shortly after that attempt, Chertoff was lobbying for stronger airport screening procedures on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” “Fox and Friends,” CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and Bloomberg TV. He also wrote an editorial in the Washington Post one week after the incident contending that the Obama administration “must stand firm against privacy ideologues, for whom every security measure is unacceptable”–even as he failed to mention he was promoting the same technology he was getting paid to promote.

Thus, it is hardly a surprise that Mr. Chertoff wants more government analysis of existing procedures before protocols are “adjusted.”

The American public? Hardly a week goes by without another outrage foisted upon Americans by an over-bearing TSA. Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the location of the latest TSA absurdity. On Tuesday an 18-month old child was ordered off a Jet Blue flight because she was tagged as a “no fly” passenger. Such over-bearing nonsense is amplified by the revelation that the latest version of an underwear bomb confiscated by a CIA double-agent in Yemen “would not have been caught by the TSA’s most conscientious human screeners or its highest-tech fullbody scanners,” according to experts who relayed that information to the NY Post. “They would not have gotten him,” added a top law-enforcement official. Another official was equally blunt. “Frankly, the caliber of the screeners is not that good. It’s kind of hit or miss,” the source said. “The equipment is wonderful–but it isn’t bulletproof.”

Apparently Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano didn’t get the proverbial memo. “There is a high likelihood that [the bomb] would have been detected had he boarded a flight in the United States,” she contended, even as she failed to address the likelihood of detection on flights that originated abroad.

The only realistic alternative to the current technology? Bomb-sniffing dogs, say the experts. Yet they are currently considered impractical to use at large, crowded airports. Compared to what? Inefficient and expensive technology? TSA employees who stealgrope genitalia, or miss detecting bombs and other weapons slipped past security by government agents testing TSA efficiency–or those taken aboard planes by actual passengers?

The entire rationale behind airport security is to stay one step ahead of the terrorists. This report reveals that the TSA, with its one-two combination of inefficient technology and a workforces besieged by the inevitable torpor that attends federal bureaucracy, is two steps behind.

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  • mrbean

    The Transportation Security Administration was created in the wake of 9/11 to protect the flying public; but now, the public may need protection from the TSA, asserts a biting new Congressional report. “Since its inception, TSA has hired over 137,000 employees, grown into a mammoth bureaucracy of 65,000 employees, spent almost $57 billion, yet has failed to detect any major terrorist threat since 9/11, including the Shoe Bomber, the Underwear Bomber, the Times Square Bomber, and the Toner Cartridge Bomb Plot,” says the report by the House Transportation Committee. Congress created TSA to be a lean organization that would analyze intelligence and set risk-based security standards for the U.S. transportation system. Today, TSA suffers from bureaucratic morass and mismanagement. The agency needs to properly refocus its resources on assessing threats and intelligence, instituting appropriate regulations, and auditing and adjusting security performance,” it said.

    • 11bravo

      We should just abolish the TSA as an on the front lines agency, and turn it over to the airlines and the free market. If I don't think United Air Lines is doing a good job I will not fly with them-it is that simple…Really, it is!!!

    • sod

      Congress in the first place shouldn't create TSA to duplicate the FBI and CIA, which is destined to create waste. What they should be doing is eliminate the wall and competition between FBI and CIA and create cooperation among the two.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Friday, 05/11/12 common era

    The TSA should do what El Al Airlines has been doing for years: profiling prospective passengers. Of course, that would implicitely admit that the "Zionist Entity" was protecting innocent people. Barack Husein Obama
    and his Administration are the most racist ever, but they pose as having transcended race.

  • H&R_ Barack

    TSA's new slogan: 'We handle more junk than eBay."

  • H&R_ Barack

    Adopt the Ben Gurion International Airport (Hebrew: נמל התעופה בן גוריון‎) security approach pattern!

  • Ronald Johnston

    Darryl Issa needs to check into who owns the companies selling all this junk to the tsa!!! I would bet my social security check that they are osama obama supporters!!!!

  • What_Shiite

    Obama and the TSA, – – – it's our business to touch yours, cracker.

  • Ann


  • sod

    "the TSA is taking its time in order to keep as many unnecessary workers on the government payroll as long as possible." In order to get the employment rate high, this is a must-to-do.

    Government does not have money, what they have is what we gave them. It's lot easier to waste other people's money while don't need to be hold account for. J.P. Morgan is the latest example. We have lost accountability in the government from top to down and it's very dangerous.

  • SoCalMike

    Government money poisons whomever it touches.
    That's why cops are a-holes; that's why the military breaks things and kills people really well and why you don't want to go to court.
    When you spread poison to things like health, education and welfare, don't be surprised when people die prematurely and become indoctrinated and stupefied. So-called "social security" (neither social nor secure) runs unfunded liabilities over 100 trillion dollars.
    These self-serving TSA parasites are just the latest example of government money poisoning those who receive it.
    They deliver security Kabuki, groping and sexual harassment in the name of security. TSA themselves stupefied and mentally conformed, each and every passenger is treated with equal risk except those who fit the jihadi profile are whisked through so the TSA parasites can demonstrate they aren't "prejudiced."
    What perfect trash!.

  • Fred Dawes

    people who fly must like that butt looked at, most guys in the old days would beat the hell out of some other guy looking at his balls or butt today most guys want that butt being looked at by some fat ass TSA Guy. If 20 percent say no to being raped at a airport how much longer would the rape go on? and if each jew shot only one nazi the war would have never happend by the way i am on the no fly list, thank you God.

  • sedoanman

    All this groping and feeling millions of innocent just to keep from profiling the favored few. And still we aren't being "fair".