Congress to Smack Down TSA?Submitted by Marc Clair on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 13:20
I would guess that somewhere around 99.9% of legislation passed by the United States Congress is detrimental to individual liberty. But today the Senate will have the rare opportunity to vote on a measure that actually increases our liberty, at least when it comes to travel. In what would surely be a blow to the TSA monopoly on airport "security" (security theater would be the more appropriate term), the meaure would allow U.S. airports to replace TSA workers with screeners from private companies. And while this would not automatically remove the TSA from airports, it would certainly be a move in the right direction towards ridding ourselves of the TSA, an agency currently tied with the IRS in the battle for least popular federal agency. Which is sorta like ranking the least popular serial killers. My pick? John Wayne Gacy. Because it's a known fact that everyone is afraid of clowns.
The law that created the TSA put it in charge of security while requiring five airports to have private screeners under a two-year pilot program. The number later grew to 16. Pistole halted new participation in January 2011. Pistole had said he wouldn’t allow more airports to convert to private screeners unless there was a “clear and substantial advantage to the federal government,” said Greg Soule, a TSA spokesman.
Well that about sums it up! The only thing the TSA is concerned with is an advantage to the federal government, not the individual citizens that reside within it's boundaries. Federal government control of aviation security is about just that - federal government control. Not about what keeps us the most safe or the most logical and efficient methods of security, and certainly not about our 4th amendment rights that are violated every time someone is patted down or shuttled through a radiation-spewing "body scanner".