How much TSA can I get for $4 billion? TSA is just one tentacle of the behemoth national security apparatus. I will assume more responsibility for my security. Homeland defense needs a hiring freeze today followed by attrition layoffs. There is no other solution. Big picture? The growing size of our federal government poses an equal threat to our greatness as the odd/occasional terrorist attack.
I respect your opinion/assertion. You should realize that you have decided to accept the government's premise with regard to what is fair game. Perhaps the time has come to demand more from law enforcement at all levels. I have many years experience in l.e. and too many l.e.o.'s are pushing the limits of fairness. House didn't have controlled substance. House didn't have dangerous material. House did not have warrants outstanding. These federal agents wanted private information. They could have requested a search warrant. Hey, guess what? They didn't have reasonable suspicion and they didn't have probable cause. We are federal agents so we will just take what we want. It is time to restrict the intrusion under some circumstance. We could write a book here. A U.S. citizen? No contraband? No outstanding warrants? Leave us the hell alone!
And what about keeping the personal items 19 days beyond policy and saying "we're under-staffed". We, as citizens don't have to accept the behavior. This is like sentencing someone to one year in jail and keeping them 18 months because "there weren't enough guards to open the cell door". So, again, your assertion is reasonable, if we accept the premise that federal agents can invade your privacy for one reason and pretend they are doing it for another.
So you fly into the country. You deplaned and walk about in search of food or whatever. You are no where near any actual border. The FBI DETAINS YOU AND A FRIEND FOR 3 HOURS. YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT. They ask question They keep your laptop for 44 days.DHS only returns the laptop after the ACLU sends a letter of demand. These are the fact in case HOUSE V. BIG SIS.
I am ready to trade some personal safety to increase our freedom to move about the country unencumbered. The special FBI unit authorized to listen to our communication has filed reports showing they have improperly spied on thousands of people. Most of them Americans and most in country. Their only justification is they have a warm fuzzy to do good for our country. They filed their reports two and three years downstream and face no retribution. It has fallen from the news.