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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    Vincent Clement (profile), 14 Sep 2011 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I am sorry, but if you get rid of the TSA, you have gotten rid of security

    That assumes that TSA actually provided something that resembled security.

    Just abolishing them would be on par with abolishing the border guards. You can figure out what is going to happen next.

    What will happen? Tell us. On the US-Canada border you mean that people would smuggle via real border crossings instead of at the thousands of miles of undefended border? Or are you worried that thousands more Canadians will go shopping in the US, knowing that they won't have to wait 30 to 120 minutes to answer silly questions along a man-made line?

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