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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  1. identicon
    DCX2, 14 Sep 2011 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The TSA is useless against terrorism. Why?

    Because if a TSA agent is patting down a terrorist...said terrorist is already in the United States.

    You even mention that they are using foreign airports, although you got the continent wrong; Reid flew in from Paris and Abdubmutallab flew in from Amsterdam, both of which are European airports. Oh, and the "liquid bombers" in the UK.

    Yet you seem to think that they're using foreign airports because there is no TSA there. In reality, they choose foreign airports because they aren't already in the US and they need to get here *somehow*.

    And for the record, what you're engaging in is called a straw man argument. No one who is serious about this calls for the total removal of all airport security measures, so feel free to argue against phantom opponents on that topic. Most people just want to use reasonable measures, such as metal detectors which were commonplace pre-9/11.

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