by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
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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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Sep 2011 @ 9:42am

    I have always wondered just what "service" was being provided by the TSA.

    Obviously, it was in response to the events of 9/11, though it is useful to note that screening of airline passengers was being done well before them. Since the formation of TSA, it has taken what was being done before and morphed it into screening on streroids, and the steroids are getting stronger by the day.

    What has always troubled me about the post-9/11 response is the pre-9/11 all of the perpetrators of those horrific acts were already on the radar of numerous agencies. What was missing was agency cooperation in real time to share information, so all of the warning signs were never combined to provide decision makers with a comprehensive data set.

    It has also troubled me that security measures at airports have spilled over into numerous other venues such as government buiidings, courthouses, and others at all level of government, i.e., federal, state, counties, cities, townships...the list goes on). Only the Good Lord knows where else these intrusive procedures will be implemented.

    In all candor, however, perhaps the most troubling thing of all it the apparent willingness of the travelling public to simply go with the flow. At times it seems as if most of the public have turned into lemmings, and now shun the role of independent thinkers who are more than willing to trade the illusion of security for basic constitutional rights.

    Then again, what else is new? Deferring to government has apparently turned into the rule, and not the exception.

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