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TSA Fail (Again) by grassroothawaii
December 20, 2010, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Economy, Security | Tags: , , ,

By Frances Nuar

If it wasn’t so utterly pathetic, it might be funny. But the TSA has once again utterly failed in its one job description, to keep us travelers safe, especially in the busy holiday season. A man at Bush Intercontinental Airport somehow waltzed through security with a loaded .40 caliber gun. Thankfully for everyone on his flight, it was an honest mistake and he was an upstanding citizen, not a terrorist. But a loaded gun?! I just feel like that’s something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

And that’s not a random incidence, but the norm it seems. “The failure rate approaches 70 percent at some major airports.” Which means the TSA continues to violate our Constitution and our bodies, all for only a 30% success rate. Such incompetance wouldn’t be accepted anywhere in the business world, yet somehow we allow our government to provide us with the worst service and results possible, at the highest possible price. The TSA will cost taxpayers $8.2 billion in 2011– based on the statistics so far, that translates into $2.46 billion of “successful” spending–and an additional $5.74 billion that pays for failure.

“The number of terrorists nabbed by the TSA remains at zero and the number of outrageous incompetency claims by the TSA grow almost daily.” And these statistics don’t look like they are getting better anytime soon. An extensive report from two professors indicates how frighteningly easy it would be to sneak dangerous objects–like guns and knives–through the new invasive full body scanners.

We all want to be safe, of course. A 30% success rate at a cost of $8.2 billion doesn’t exactly make me feel safe. Guess it’s time to fire the TSA.


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