In the wake of (yet another) recent barrage of news stories reporting the TSA groping children and elderly couples, smuggling drugs, assaulting Congressmen, and causing their own security breaches, a related story on TSA background checks — or lack thereof — went relatively unnoticed. Continue reading “TSA incompetence at nation’s busiest airport”
As I wrote in my op-ed on the absurdity of unskilled workers who get their jobs off pizza boxes being the ones we supposedly count on to root out terrorists: Continue reading “How to catch a terrorist: don’t rely on TSA”
If you’re upset by the TSA’s clumsy efforts to protect us from airborne terrorists — and let’s face it, who isn’t? — then you may have missed the good news last week.
Big changes could be coming to America’s least favorite federal agency.
Continue reading “Is the TSA worth saving?”
British theorist Stafford Beer coined the phrase, “the purpose of a system is what it does.”
Recently, one Barry Saunders opined in the Kansas City Star that the TSA was correct in rescreening a terrified 4-year-old who had the temerity to hug her grandmother while said grandmother was waiting to be molested by a TSA screener. Mr. Saunders justified his position by recounting an incident he had had in a strip club. Continue reading “The lost art of logic”
Recently, I have been watching passengers moving through TSA lines. They shuffle along, don’t make eye contact, obey all instructions, submit to full-body scanners, have their luggage pawed through, and watch others get called out for additional screening. All the while, most hope that they can move through TSA inspections quickly and quietly, without being noticed. Continue reading “What kind of children are we (is TSA) raising?”
John Brennan, the man who stripped naked at a TSA checkpoint in Portland last month to prove he had no contraband, is declining to admit guilt for anything and wants a trial to plead his case. Continue reading “UPDATE: TSA stripper John Brennan wants trial”
Yesterday I wrote about two cases where passengers who had been assaulted by the TSA were themselves charged with assault. Today comes news of yet another woman who, in trying to protect herself, has been charged with assault and battery. Continue reading “Another passenger charged after being assaulted by TSA”