Pistole calls TSA “gold standard” for aviation security


In what is surely the howler of the week, TSA Administrator John Pistole has declared the TSA “the gold standard of aviation security.”

It gets better:

“We know from intelligence that terrorists see the U.S. as the gold standard of aviation security, because of all the layers,” Pistole said.

Oh, yes, those layers! Gotta love the layers.

You don’t know about the layers, you say? Well, step right up. The TSA has a nifty diagram to show you all the way cool things they’re doing to Keep You Safe. And the colors are so pretty!

But funny, I don’t see confiscating cupcakes on the list. Or theft. Or sexual assault. Or harassing children in wheelchairs. Or harassing people who are ill, even dying. Or squeezing cancer survivors’ breast prostheses. Or dabbling in child porn. Or saving us from terroristy purses and terroristy watches and terroristy belt buckles and terroristy insulin pumps.

How come those things aren’t on the diagram of layers? Surely these actions have prevented disaster countless times.

The linked article where Pistole makes his usual blundering statements is also full of other misinformation: for instance, about Pre-Check, about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, about the scanners. But then, we’re used to snow jobs from Pistole and the credulous American media.

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