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The article about Homeland Security and TSA is poorly done, I think. The author states that the departments make us less safe but proves nothing.
There's a world of difference between not needing DHS/TSA and wanting DHS/TSA to work effectively. We need an agency like DHS to operate well and we need screening at airports, even if the current screening is more theater than safety. This author, in noting inefficiencies and other problems, then seems to conclude that the functions are not needed or even valid. I'd say he was wrong about that.
I agree with you, Geoff that we need some kind of security screening at airports. Just not what we've got. Nevertheless, eighty year old ladies from Davenport Iowa, who are native born citizens and have no criminal arrest records, should need only superficial screening. As an 82 year old lady myself, I can tell you that we are most basically concerned with not falling down, and finding the right gate to get on the right plane to visit our grandchildren, who, it is devoutly hoped, will meet us at the plane, if it ever gets there.
The current TSA is so busy being politically correct that it wastes enormous amounts of time and money questioning and harassing obviously innocent passengers, and not protecting the public from a rather distinct and fairly small group of obvious terrorists.
That's really dumb. The folks who have prevented terrorist attacks are the passengers who are on board the airplanes on which the terrorists are traveling.
If we would stop taking naked pictures of innocent travelers, and patting them down rudely and obtrusively, we could take that money and pay air marshals to travel on commercial flights. They can carry guns. They know how to use them.
True story. I was flying back to Boise this weekend and wanted my Latte behind the security check point as I could not get get coffee there. I joked with a TSA agent that I would give him $2 to bring it to me on the other side. He did it. How safe is any of this making us?