Forbes: The TSA Is Coming To a Highway Near You [op/ed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by jtodd, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/02/29/the-tsa-is-coming-to-a-highway-near-you/

    "Each soldier who calls Ft. Campbell home has gone through some of the most intensive training on the planet which pushed their minds and bodies to their physical limits. In the end, those who make the cut have earned the right to be part of our United States military, are honored to wear its uniform, and are serving on the frontlines in the fight against global terrorism.
    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our nation’s Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s) who Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano contends are our nation’s last line of defense in fighting domestic terrorism. Unlike “(expletive deleted) week” which faces potential Navy SEALs, becoming a TSO requires a basic level of classroom and on the job training. In many cases this rigorous training is less severe than the requirements of becoming a security guard in most states.
    In the dead of night, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administratively reclassified airport security screeners as Transportation Security Officers. The TSA then moved to administratively upgrade TSO’s uniforms to resemble those of a federal law enforcement officer. They further completed the makeover with metal law enforcement badges. Not surprisingly, government bureaucrats at the TSA left out one crucial component during the artificial makeover – actual federal law enforcement training as is required of Federal Air Marshalls."
     
  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    She really ripped them in this article. I'd love to see the STRIP Act get passed. Maybe taking their tin badges will help bring them back to reality.
     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Was reading that piece and thinking at least a few MOC are waking up to the monster they created.
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Unlikely. As has been repeatedly demonstrated by TSA employees posting in this forum (and others) they're utterly lacking in fundamental understandings of how the universe works.

    Reincarnation might do it, though.
     
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    On Drudge today, an op/ed by By Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) ...

    Forbes: The TSA Is Coming To a Highway Near You

     
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  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This was reprinted in the Beaufort Observer under the heading "Nazi American in the making". I keep getting a gateway timeout at the Beaufort Observer , but you can view it in Google cache.

    Nothing special, really, only thing interesting was the heading above the article. People are catching on. ^
     
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  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Opened right up for me.
     
  8. Holycowjenny

    Holycowjenny Original Member

    Don't know if anyone has seen this so I will post a link from 2/29/12 http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/02/29/the-tsa-is-coming-to-a-highway-near-you/

    Interestingly enough, as TSA officials like to routinely point out, their agency’s acronym stands for Transportation Security Administration, not the Airport Security Administration. This fact has extended the TSA’s reach has far beyond the confines of our nation’s airports. Many of my constituents discovered this first hand this past fall as those familiar blue uniforms and badges appeared on Tennessee highways. In October Tennessee became the first state to conduct a statewide Department of Homeland Security Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team operation which randomly inspected Tennessee truck drivers and cars.

    VIPR teams which count TSOs among their ranks, conduct searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and every other mass transit location around the country. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times has detailed, VIPR teams conducted 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year alone. The very thought of federal employees with zero law enforcement training roaming across our nation’s transportation infrastructure with the hope of randomly thwarting a domestic terrorist attack makes about as much sense as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Environmental Justice tour.

    Jenny
     
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  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Let's try corporal punishment before we take them out of the game.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Or simple disincarnation. I don't see any need for them to return.
     
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    But if they're reincarnated, maybe they'll come back as a higher life form than a TSA employee.

    Like Fuligo septica? Or maybe Polycelis felina?
     
  12. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    To be clear, I was NOT advocating accelerating the process.
     
  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I merged this with the other two merged threads on Marsha Blackburn's article.

    Frank's was the original post, but I kept my title. :D

    This is one of the best articles/op-eds ever on TSA, and it's cropping up all over the place. ^
     
  14. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Interesting comment:

    I'll have to go back and re-read the bill. I wrote about it when it was first proposed, but I can't remember all the ins and outs. Am wondering if this comment is accurate.
     
  15. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Unless the bill has been significantly changed, "Karen" is wrong. The bill states:

    Perhaps "Karen" is reading this as Blackburn wanting to give screeners such training.
     
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Isn't there a provision in the CFR that lays out TSA's authority that the Administrator can designate TSA employees as LEO at will?
     
  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    CFR can only implement what is authorized by statute.
     

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