Failures

by Mike Masnick


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failure, john mica, tsa



Guy Who Created The TSA Says It's Failed, And It's Time To Dismantle It

from the say-that-again dept

One of the politicians instrumental in creating the TSA, Rep. John Mica, who wrote the legislation that established the TSA, has apparently decided that the whole thing has been a failure and should be dismantled. He notes that "the whole program has been hijacked by bureaucrats."
“It mushroomed into an army,” Mica said. “It’s gone from a couple-billion-dollar enterprise to close to $9 billion.”

As for keeping the American public safe, Mica says, “They’ve failed to actually detect any threat in 10 years.”

“Everything they have done has been reactive. They take shoes off because of [shoe-bomber] Richard Reid, passengers are patted down because of the diaper bomber, and you can’t pack liquids because the British uncovered a plot using liquids,” Mica said.

“It’s an agency that is always one step out of step,” Mica said.

It cost $1 billion just to train workers, which now number more than 62,000, and “they actually trained more workers than they have on the job,” Mica said.

“The whole thing is a complete fiasco,” Mica said.
There's a lot more at that link. Now, one could (and perhaps should) note that when Mica wrote the legislation, his particular political party was in power, and now it's not. So the cynical voice might say that his words are somewhat politically motivated. And one can (and probably should) ask how it was that Mica didn't expect this kind of result. This is what the government does. It creates agencies that are then "hijacked by bureaucrats." While it's nice to see him realizing this now, it's too bad he didn't see it back then.

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    Susan, 13 Jan 2012 @ 6:40pm

    it's the handler, not the tool being used

    The Congressional review of TSA published in November was very revealing. It really shows that security was never designed and built correctly, i.e., within the framework that government exists to secure our rights, and that airport security requires a system design and engineering process like any other complex system. The implementation of DHS/TSA failed on both counts.

    Congress flat out admitted that TSA was failing its mission. Instead of a lean and mean security force driven by true intelligence, TSA has gotten weighed down and unencumbered as a labor force. It's all in the report!

    There are a number of screening tools that can be used for security but how good they are depends on the handler using them. If the tool's strengths and weaknesses are known, and the tool is handled by someone operating within the correct framework, well and good. If the tool is operated by a low-skilled pizza-box recruit in need of a paycheck, willing to sieg heil for that paycheck, well - that is the situation we have now.

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