Will TSA Officer's Death Allow The State To Grow TSA Powers To Lethal Levels?Submitted by McWilly on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 16:03
As many readers are already aware, the first TSA agent was officially killed in the “line of duty” last week when Paul Ciancia brought a semi-automatic rifle into the Los Angeles International Airport and began firing at TSA agents. This killing has sparked a debate among lawmakers as to what powers the TSA should have and, more importantly to you and me, if they should be armed. From Politico:
Both lawmakers and the Obama administration have called for reviewing airport security procedures after the shooting spree. But union officials are already offering a concrete proposal: create a new category of TSA agent in addition to the 45,000 existing screeners. People in the new positions would be law enforcement officers, who could carry handcuffs and firearms as well as make arrests.
Union leaders say the enhanced status would help protect an unfairly demonized workforce, as well as security checkpoints like the one where Friday’s mayhem began.
This is an obvious, tragic, yet tried and true government response. A solitary incident which will now be posterized and plastered everywhere as the danger to us all that must be addressed. The State will use this instance to further oppress the public, with armament of the TSA the obvious solution to those who seek only to subdue us. Meanwhile, it makes no sense on any level.
Airports are rife with police – police that are dedicated to that airport specifically. There is no need to arm TSA agents, who have no official standing as law enforcement (nor should they), nor no training past the 120 hours of classroom and “on the job” training that they receive at the start of their tenure. I don’t know about you, but about 75% of the TSA agents I have encountered could barely hold a job at McDonalds, let alone be trusted with a firearm in a busy airport.
Of course, the TSA agents we’re all so fond of wouldn’t be the ones to be armed though. Because that isn’t how government works. No, instead a brand NEW layer of TSA will be laid down on the American populace, and one that has the power to arrest, detain and kill.