It’s hard to see “TSA” anywhere near the word “cares.” But there you go.
Venom boils up when I read about this latest TSA foil, called “TSA Cares.”
How thoughtful that the TSA will hire even more people whose entire job will be to tell you exactly what assault you should expect at the airport. I am endlessly amazed that the TSA, and everyone who supports this agency and its procedures, comes from a perspective of “we have to.”
Excuse me? You have to? You mean you have no other information upon which to base a risk assessment?
You believe a stooped-over US citizen with a carry-on full of various medications and a round-trip ticket purchased with a credit card presents more risk due to an ostomy bag than anyone else?
Are you really that senseless?
I have a hard time believing anyone is quite that stupid.
But I know I have to accept reality and work from there, so let me make this easy.
TSA, you really don’t “have to.” You can actually triangulate within that vast array of data that you already possess (no, I don’t need to give you more).
Case in point: What does the government already know about me? They know where I’ve lived for the past 60 years, they know for whom I have worked and my occupation, they know I have no arrests and they know they don’t even have my fingerprints.
Ask anyone — anyone — with a working background in criminal risk the probability that I would present a risk. The answer would come back zero. Heck, ask the sheriffs that staff the checkpoint at my local courthouse. They take one look at me and wave me through without asking me to even take off my winter coat. Those guys actually engage their grey matter when assessing criminal risk.
The TSA cares about self-perpetuation.
The TSA cares about mission creep.
The TSA cares about maintaining its bloat.
The TSA cares about money and more money.
The TSA cares nothing about you, me, its own employees who are not allowed to wear dosimeters, or the Constitution. All this for procedures that the TSA has no legal justification for doing.
Now the disclaimer: I have medical assistive devices and have been poked, prodded, strip-searched, and been the unfortunate recipient of every TSA outrage I have seen in print from others.
I was the first person ever to sue the TSA in Federal District Court (2005) and have the case dismissed without prejudice due TSA’s jurisdictional ploy that these cases can be heard only by an Appellate Court.
How the hell can anyone appeal a non-ruling? I never found out.
(Photo: Marsh Ed/Flickr)