Last week, TSA boss John Pistole defended the use of the highly criticized naked scanners
"They are the best possibility we have right now of detecting Christmas Day ... type explosives."
That's kind of amusing, since plenty of other reports have noted they wouldn't have actually detected the explosives used there. But, it really highlights the key point, that the TSA is always looking to stop the last attack, not the next attack.
It's as if they don't realize that terrorists can adapt. Along those lines, Rep. John Mica pointed out how silly Pistole's argument is:
"The equipment is flawed and can be subverted.... Our staff has subverted it. [TSA Administrator] Pistole said 'GAO is very clever.' Well what the hell does he think a terrorist is?"
Pistole's other suggestion was the already panned idea of letting people skip security if they give up a bunch of privacy.
Pistole made the case for a proposed "trusted traveler" program, which allow frequent flyers to provide personal information in order to avoid long airport security lines. Under the proposal, passengers would provide fingerprints, credit information and other personal data. In exchange, they would receive an ID card they could show to bypass security lines on flights.
Except, as plenty of people who actually understand security have pointed out, all this really does is change the target. Now terrorists can focus on the people in the trusted traveler program to get a bomb or other weapons through security. It amazes me that someone like Pistole can keep his job when it appears he can't think past each action to the obvious reaction. We want a chess player in charge of security, and it seems like we ended up with a checkers player.