We Deserve a Refund from the TSA

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The annual budget for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a little shy of $8 billion. By government standards this is chicken feed. It is approximately 2000th of one percent of the overall federal budget. Yet it is still greater than the entire budgets of New Hampshire, Vermont, Alaska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Idaho and Delaware.

Just what are we who are footing the bill getting for our $8 billion?

The TSA is supposed to be responsible for overseeing security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines and ports. However, the overwhelming majority of its budget and attention goes to airport/aviation security. The TSA is responsible for screening passengers and baggage at more than 450 U.S. airports.

Therefore, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect that the more attention that is paid to one aspect of any given task would directly correlate with greater success.

You would think so, but this the federal government we’re talking about…so, not so much.

In fact in any other endeavor in life, one would have to make a real effort to fail as badly as what appears to come naturally to the TSA. read more

Podcast – We’ve Been Nudged Into A Cashless Society – The TSA Isn’t Screening Employees – Bruce Springsteen Cancels Concert

In this episode I discuss how we have been nudged, ala Cass Sunstein, into a virtual cashless society. Sunstein argued that this is a good thing in that it caused crime to decrease in welfare communities. But a cashless society may also be used by the government to confiscate our money for use in a bail-in.

In segment two I discuss a recent revelation uncovered by a Senate Committee that the TSA is not screening employees before work in virtually all major U.S. airports. But fear not for, a decade and half after 9/11, the TSA claims it is working on it.

In segment three I declare Bruce Springsteen a leftist jerk. Big news I know. He has cancelled a concert in solidarity with the Transgender movement. Hooray for Bruce! read more

Greedy Governments Seize Money and Property

by: the Common Constitutionalist

You may have heard that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is pimping out the TSA. I think that’s an accurate assessment.

It seems a watchdog organization has discovered at least one instance (so far) of the DEA “working with a Transportation Security Administration security screener to flag bags containing large sums of cash, which the drug agency could then take.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General found that the TSA employee was actually registered as a paid source. And just how was the TSA agent to be paid? That was easy – the agent was to get a percentage of the confiscated cash.

I’m no expert, but is this not the same as the pimp/prostitute relationship? The prostitute does the dirty work (so to speak) of collecting the cash and the pimp gives her a cut. I think that how it works – at least on TV cop shows.

The legal term of this governmental theft is civil asset forfeiture. read more

The TSA Has a 95% Failure Rate

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Homeland Security recently completed an internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to see if they were performing proper airport security screenings.

DHS Red teams were dispatched to various airports to attempt to smuggle banned substances through security checkpoints. These substances included mockups of bombs and other weapons, such as fake plastics explosives laden with ball bearings, pipe bombs and a fully assembled, scoped M-4 assault rifle.

Of the 70 smuggling tests conducted, 67 made it passed the TSA screeners. That’s a failure rate of 95%. DHS issued a statement to MailOnline
saying: “The numbers and these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security. Today, all air travelers are subject to a robust security system that employs multiple layers of protection, both seen and unseen, including: intelligence gathering and analysis, cross checking passenger manifests against watch lists, screening at checkpoints, random canine teams screening at airports, reinforced cockpit doors, Federal Air Marshals, armed pilots and a vigilant public.”

Really! Someone actually had the stones to write that after such an abysmal performance. read more