Failures

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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Sep 2011 @ 12:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It's fun to poke holes in your ignorance.

    "On Christmas Day 2009, Abdulmutallab traveled from Ghana to Amsterdam, where he boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route to Detroit. He had purchased his ticket with cash in Ghana on December 16"

    Reid actually was stopped the day before, but security in Paris failed the next day. He has all the classic signs, including checking no baggage on a transatlantic flight.

    Basically, he engaged onto a US plane by going to place with lower levels of security. Both of these bombers had the ability to enter the US (either visa or passport), but chose to start their attacks from remote locations with lower security levels than the TSA provided in the US.

    As for the "strawman" point, I am sorry, but if you get rid of the TSA, you have gotten rid of security. If he wants to say "replace the TSA with more traditional metal detector only workers", then we have something. Just abolishing them would be on par with abolishing the border guards. You can figure out what is going to happen next.

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