Because the same stories of TSA abuse, corruption, and stupidity keep accumulating, and because it seems increasingly pointless to highlight them one by one, here’s a round-up of such stories from the past week or so, courtesy of Freedom to Travel USA. From FTTUSA’s weekly newsletter, quote:
The TSA is at the airports, the football field and at local transit locations. Can we say “everywhere”?
“More than 100 additional officers and specialists are being deployed to assist in security operations at Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) for the influx of fans traveling for the game. In addition to transportation security officers, TSA is deploying more than two dozen passenger screening canine teams, behavior detection and analysis officers, transportation security specialists, explosives and transportation security inspectors.”
“The goal is to provide a visible presence to detect and deter terrorism because the Super Bowl on Sunday is a national security event, TSA officials said at a news conference in San Francisco today.”
Additionally, the TSA is now on the campaign trail! “. . . the presence of the TSA at a political event is extremely concerning, considering the fact that such an event has absolutely nothing to do with transportation.”
More taxpayer losses at the hands of the TSA. Take a look at the data:
Having employees going through security should have been the first line/layer of defense. Neffenger said that his agency, “is also working more closely with the FBI to put airport workers and vendors through recurring criminal background checks.” He added that those who hold credentials to enter sterile areas of airline terminals will also be subject to stepped up physical screening as well.
TSA is “taking suggestions on how to improve security lines”.
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Freedom to Travel USA
Renee Beeker, Jeff Pierce, and Wendy Thomson
Co-Founders, Freedom to Travel USA