Becky Akers @ Lew Rockwell: Mica the Moron Plays Us for Imbeciles

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This potato's just a bit too hot to hold on to ....

    Becky Akers @ Lew Rockwell: Mica the Moron Plays Us for Imbeciles

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Exactly what I've been saying. Privatization won't help.
  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    From what I've seen and read, the private screeners will be just as bad and possibly worse, if TSA still is in charge of them. TSA can force them to follow any arbitrary protocol and the private firms will get the heat. Then the abuse will be by proxy and could conceivably escalate further.

    Couple that with even lower hiring standards and higher turnover and the things could get much worse. The problem is a policy and accountability issue more so than the drones carrying out he abuse, although that is a contributing factor.

    The scariest aspect of this is that some pervert like Pistole wakes up one morning and decides to start digitally strip searching and groping 700 million men, women and children a yer and actually gets away with it. What if he or the next pervert decides random cavity searches are in order?

    Allowing bureaucrats to set national policy by fiat poses a huge danger to our rights and way of government.
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    And again, SFO has had private screeners for a long time. There are just as many abuses going on there as anywhere else. The ones I've found out about are in the Master List.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think returning airport security to private firms will be a move in the right direction. Federal employees have to many protections which should be corrected with contract screeners. Doing anything to reduce the size of Pistole's Perverts will be helpful.

    I thought the Becky Akers piece was extremly weak and having to use personal attackes against Mica didn't help make her case. I did like her tag for TSA, Thieves and Sexual Assailants.
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  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Boggie, I agree that unionizing them was a guaranteed nightmare -- and as you know I've said this before and also said that I'm a union member and supporter of the concept of unions in general -- because now we'll never get rid of them. But again, getting groped by a private-sector thug is no better than getting groped by a public-sector thug. And please don't come back with, "but you can sue them!"

    Lawsuits are their own special brand of nightmare. Most people can't afford to pursue lawsuits.

    Nobody should be getting groped at all, period. Privatizing isn't going to end the groping.
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I agree on the point that nobody should be getting groped for the crime of trying to fly commercial aviation.

    TSA is an unmitigated disaster and I don't think many would argue that point. I don't see how going private will make the situation any worse than it already is and doing so opens the door to improvements.
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Boggie Dog is right on the money here.

    TSA is simply incorrigible. There will be no improvement with TSA, period.

    With local screening comes local accountability. If local airport authorities won't hold their private screeners accountable, then there will be no net gain, but that is a local problem that can be addressed locally. In the case of SFO, this needs to be addressed by Bay area authorities and perhaps in the California legislature. At least one San Francisco prosecutor expressed an interest in pursuing the sexual assault cases -- are any cases being referred to his office?

    At present private screeners are the only available option that offers any potential for improvement.
  9. Affection

    Affection Original Member

    I got more (expletive deleted) about coming out in favor of privatization than I did about anything else regarding my video. ;) From my FAQ:

  10. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I wish I could agree with you, but I can't. SFO is occasionally my home airport and it is just as bad as any other airport. Better food sometimes, but otherwise just as bad.

    When I was flying I'd endure the pre-podium guys with the bullhorns yelling at people to take out their IDs, watch as people had their carry-on bags ripped apart by screeners, try to avoid being put in a glass cage, the whole thing. As soon as I cleared the checkpoint I'd flee to the Alaska Airlines frequent flyer lounge where I'd stay until boarding. Then I'd hope to evade the gate parasites.

    Private screeners are just as bad as gov't screeners, at least at SFO. As far as I know nothing has happened with that law firm who threatened to prosecute sexual assault cases. I haven't heard of a single case. The law firm is in San Mateo, btw.
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  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yeah, it's Steve Wagstaffe of San Mateo County. He's the D.A. who said he'd prosecute for sexual assault/battery. I just did a quick Google search to see if anything new has come up. Nada.
  12. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Unfortunately I don't think much is going to happen legally with the sexual assaults... If there is going to be significant change, it has to be an activist campaign on the same level as the protests against SOPA (imo).
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