TSA: yes, again (or still)

X-Ray Photo, 1896. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. )

Another week’s finds straight from TSA’s homepage (for the period between February 24th and March 1st (otherwise known as St. David’s Day), 2012:

  • Firearms: 21 loaded; 4 unloaded
  • 3 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints

Another batch of photos of their awesome work on the TSA blog accompanied by deathless prose or bad puns–I’ll leave it to you to decide, if you care to.

Jim Fallows at the Atlantic has circled back to TSA, linking to the Goldberg video that our own Blogmaster Bob posted about yesterday morning and promising more attention to the general topic later. (TSA’s response to the issue can be found here.)

He also linked to a devastating critique of TSA by former FBI Special Agent Steve Moore who has an impressive background in security. Here are two paragraphs:

I have dealt with TSA since its inception and FAA security prior to that. I have witnessed TSA operate since they became a separate organization in 2002 and seen their reaction to intelligence provided them. I have now watched them operate for a decade, and I have respect for their hard-working employees who are doing a thankless job. But I have come to the conclusion that TSA is one of the worst-run, ineffective and most unnecessarily intrusive agencies in the United States government.
Each time the TSA is publically called to account for their actions, they fight back with fear-based press releases which usually begin with “At a time like this”¦.” Or “Al Qaeda is planning—at this moment ”¦..” The tactic, of course, is to throw the spotlight off the fact that their policies are doing nothing to make America safer “at a time like this.” Sometimes doing the wrong thing is just as bad as doing nothing.

I urge you to read the whole piece.

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