The TSA's True Focus Isn't 'Safety' - It's Self-Preservation

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Tech Dirt: The TSA's True Focus Isn't 'Safety' - It's Self-Preservation

    from the give-'em-a-inch-and-they'll-take-a-mile-(and-your-plastic-sword) dept

    Despite its own worst efforts, the TSA doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Year after year, horror story after horror story surfaces, detailing abuse of American citizens at the hands (very often literally) of TSA agents. If they're not poking, prodding, fondling or carelessly tossing supposed explosives into a trash can five feet away, they're confiscating harmless plastic swords while allowing loaded handguns on board. If they're not digging around in someone's laptop searching for who knows what, they're "diverting" iPads into their personal collections.

    A report by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) suggests that the TSA's main focus isn't safety, it's self-preservation. As yearly budget reviews loom, the TSA suddenly needs to "look busy" and justify its continued existence. Anything that might cut back its funding is briefly humored and then discarded.

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  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Jerry Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy: " any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions."
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  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    "Other full-body scanner lobbyists with Government connections include Kevin Patrick Kelly, 'a former top staffer to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who sits on the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee'", and now to be Chair.

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