Tuesday, 16 November 2010

In Passing

Bad joke(?) of the day

Golly, who’d-a thunk it?  Dept
Rep. John Mica (R-FL), one of the authors of the 2001 law that created the Transportation Security Administration (and likely new chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure), demonstrates an astounding lack of imagination for someone who has been a member of congress since 1992:
When the TSA was established, it was never envisioned that it would become a huge, unwieldy bureaucracy which was soon to grow to 67,000 employees.
Bwahahahahahaha!  Stop it, yerkillinme!

Of course, as Ace notes, a return to private security would be no solution because:
1. Private companies will not impose Israeli-type security provisions either; they will immediately be sued out of existence by CAIR
...aided and abetted by various federal agencies...
for taking special notice of Muslim passengers.  The government is the only organization big enough to withstand such suits, but of course it never would do anything [link added- o.g.] that is so politically incorrect.
...certainly not as long as we have a government that won’t even name the enemy.
2, therefore, the choice isn’t really between strong security and weak and/or invasive security; it’s a choice between weak and/or invasive security and... well, there is no choice.  Whatever happens we will have weak and/or invasive security.

Meanwhile, Michael Aguilar, director of the TSA’s San Diego facility, has gotten all huffy over one citizen’s contempt-of-wannabe-cop. [HT: Patrick]:
The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
...
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe.  He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.
...
According to Aguilar, Tyner is under investigation for leaving the security area without permission.  That’s prohibited, among other reasons, to prevent potential terrorists from entering security, gaining information, and leaving.
And remember, our taxes pay for all of this.

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