Former head says TSA is 'national embarrassment'Submitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 02:15
(NaturalNews) When former president George W. Bush signed into law the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which established the existence of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), America was told flying would become a safer and more secure experience for everyone. But more than a decade later, the TSA has shown itself to be an abusive and ineffective "national embarrassment," to quote the words of former TSA head Kip Hawley, who says the agency is in desperate need of reform.
First confirmed in July 2005, Hawley served as head of the TSA until January 2009, during which time he witnessed the agency spiral into the shameless, bureaucratic nightmare that it is today. From frivolous "security" measures like banning all liquids and forcing the removal of travelers' shoes, to full-body pat downs and pointless "witch hunt" protocols for ubiquitous objects like lighters, the TSA's security theater has evolved into a gross abuse of power, and one that is now the laughing stock of the world.