Monday, March 26, 2012

A TSA Infographic: Licensed to Grope and Pillage

My feelings on the TSA are no secret - I think it's a horrible, useless, wasteful government agency that does nothing to increase safety but does a lot to erode civil liberties and enrich powerful government contractors.

Generally, I wouldn't feel the need to post the below infographic to reiterate my views, but the TSA is throwing around its mammoth weight again to silence its critics, this time with the help of Congress, so I figured I'd post the infographic to give some additional numbers to justify my own criticism of the TSA.

Here's the story, as told by security expert Bruce Schneier:
I was supposed to testify today about the TSA in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. I was informally invited a couple of weeks ago, and formally invited last Tuesday:
The hearing will examine the successes and challenges associated with Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program, the Transportation Worker Credential Card (TWIC), and other security initiatives administered by the TSA.
On Friday, at the request of the TSA, I was removed from the witness list. The excuse was that I am involved in a lawsuit against the TSA, trying to get them to suspend their full-body scanner program. But it's pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress. They want to control the story, and it's easier for them to do that if I'm not sitting next to them pointing out all the holes in their position. Unfortunately, the committee went along with them. (They tried to pull the same thing last year and it failed --video at the 10:50 mark.)
In honor of the TSA's cowardly tactics (and Congress's ongoing cowardice), here's an inforgraphic full of anti-TSA information (complete with fun evil-eye imagery), via Daily Infographic:


To quote myself: the TSA is so obviously and completely broken that it should simply be scrapped. I don't know whether the solution is a new government agency or to re-privatize airport security, but the current system as implemented by the TSA is beyond ridiculous - a system in which 100% of flyers, 99.999999999% of which are utterly innocent, are harassed, abused, and/or irradiated by an unaccountable government entity in the name of useless security theater. Furthermore, when thinking about how to spend government dollars, is it a better idea to spend an extra dollar on childhood education, research, or bridges, or on paying the TSA to troll Tennessee highways for non-existent threats?

End the TSA. If you work for the TSA, quit. Don't apply for TSA jobs. Don't fly, if you can avoid it. Enough is enough.

1 comment:

  1. This is one issue on which I and my right-wing sparring partners agree.

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