Video Presentation by Jim Harper from Cato.

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Sunny Goth, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    It's 15 minutes long, so it's a commitment, but he does say some good things. He talks about risk management, the public and private role in security, and calls for private security to replace the TSA.

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    It's a little libertarian-y for me (but hey, it's Cato :)), but he makes some good points about risk management and the need for the TSA to actually think about security in a more strategic way rather than rolling out the latest tech because it's the latest tech.
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  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    thanks for posting this it was a very reasoned presentation. He did leave a teaser in there about future developments that would allow TSA to get even more intimate with us than the strip search machines--but he didn't want to get into those....
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I saw/heard him speak at a panel on civil liberties at UDC back in April. That's also where former FBI agent James Wedick spoke. I talked to Wedick's wife -- a current FBI agent -- and we traded TSA stories. She had, on her flight out from California, also been harassed by the TSA, because -- get this -- you can't make this (expletive deleted) up -- the blue brilliance, in ripping her bag apart to "search" it, came upon her FBI ID in a laminated holder. His worried remark about this scary law enforcement thingie: "These edges are sharp. This could be used as a weapon."

    I kid you not.

    Mrs. Wedick said she was seething, while her husband, who had already passed through the bozo carnival, kept sending her meaningful looks and hand gestures urging her not to get impatient, because he knew that even she, a frigging FBI agent, was at the mercy of these morons.

    Needless to say, James Wedick, when he spoke at that panel discussion, was also on our side.
  4. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'm sure the FBI is going to get right on that.
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I'm watching the video you posted, Sunny Goth, right now. So far, it's exactly what he said at that symposium I attended. He's very good.

    AND he also uses the term "strip-search" machines, which I have used from the beginning, and which know-nothing so-called journalists like Michael Dresser at the Baltimore Sun scoff at and say just "shuts down discussion." But then Dresser also uses the term "enhanced patdown." That's what we're dealing with in the media. Maybe when the Sun goes under he can get a job helping Bloghdad Bob.
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    A quote from Jim Harper's video: "The TSA has not done a risk management study. And it doesn't do risk management studies or cost-benefit studies of most of its programs, at least, to be precise, it doesn't do anything that it publishes."

    Remember that the next time that lying s.o.b. Pistole or any of his underlings spout off about their "scientific" "studies."
  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    ". . . And the TSA may not want to do it. Because it's a public institution. It's responsive to politics more than actual security . . . politics . . . mis-directed security."

    I think I may just do a complete verbatim transcript of this and post it tomorrow, so we can have more facts at our fingertips (not that it matters to the fact-immune).
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  8. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Jim Harper is very good on this subject. A transcript is a great idea. Let me know if you need any help.

    As I'm thinking about this, he may have been on a DHS advisory committee discussing this issue. I'm also pretty sure that when DHS issued their final report, he didn't sign on.
  9. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    John Mueller from OSU has been saying the same thing for several years now.
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  10. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    Yes, he was on the advisory committee.

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