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Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the things-we-knew dept.

The Almighty Buck 199

TheGift73 writes with a Techdirt story about a House Oversight Committee report that is very critical of the TSA's handling of money. "The House Oversight Committee has come out with a report slamming the TSA for tremendous amounts of waste, specifically in the 'deployment and storage' of its scanning equipment. Basically, it sounds like the TSA likes to go on giant spending sprees, buying up security equipment and then never, ever using it." Earlier this month Rand Paul laid out his plan for dealing with the TSA.

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199 comments

That was Rand Paul. (5, Informative)

InvisibleClergy (1430277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947283)

That was Rand Paul in that article you linked, by the way. They are not the same person.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (0, Troll)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947351)

It's cute that you think samzenpus is actually literate.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (-1, Troll)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948533)

Samzenpus was scared by Ayn Rand as a small child (who wasn't, really), and so has a mental block there. He had to put down Ron Paul instead, or it would have just been 'fnord' all over the place.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947363)

Yeah, great job with that whole "editing" thing...

Re:That was Rand Paul. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947367)

Cue the "they might as well be" crowd.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (0)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947545)

Hell, you even email the guy and the issue doesn't get fixed.

I certainly hope they don't pay him.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (2)

PuckSR (1073464) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948053)

Given that Rand Paul frequently lumps so many things that are disconnected together(i.e Fed employees make more than the average American)....I don't think it is too bad that they got him confused with his Dad.

Note: The error with the Federal Employee comparison is that it would be more apt to compare Federal employment to a large company like 3M(with a large number of professional employees) than to compare it with the entire population of the country which has a high number of minimum wage employees and retirees.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948093)

Yeah, except that both the link he posted and the title of the article clearly say "Rand" instead of "Ron". Anyone with 1/10th a brain would have gotten it right. The Slashdot editors seem to be lacking even that much mental prowess.

Re:That was Rand Paul. (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948145)

All politicians are the same.

..Again. (4, Informative)

rykin (836525) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947285)

Yet another reason why the TSA is useless.

Re:..Again. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948103)

No. See, they're job creators for all the TSA inspectors, baggage handlers, factory workers creating the dvices, and the engineers who designed them. Of course, I can't say if the failings of the aviation industry outweight those or not. But it made some people a lot of money. It must be good!

Re:..Again. (3, Funny)

Entropius (188861) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948815)

We could achieve the same economic effect with much less fuss if we'd just pay all the TSA inspectors to stay home and dress up as Barney Fife while we groped ourselves. Probably be a better economic stimulus in other ways, too, if y'know what I mean.

Re:..Again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948287)

Yet another reason why the TSA is useless.

Well, it is highly useful to lots of contractors who benefit from this shopping spree. The discussion/reports seem to assume that the goal is to not waste money.

Rand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947287)

Paul...

Of course (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947295)

The purpose of the body scanners was to make Michael Chertoff very rich.

And in that goal they have been a smashing success. And they still are.

Re:Of course (5, Insightful)

smchris (464899) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948309)

Indeed. "Waste" is a polite, or innocent, synonym for corruption rotten to the core.

I feel better. (5, Funny)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947317)

I assumed they were wasting billions in taxpayer dollars.

Hundreds of millions is an improvement.

Re:I feel better. (1)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947375)

This is just unused capital costs. I'm sure the total loss is far worse.

Re:I feel better. (1)

folderol (1965326) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947475)

Clearly that is precisely the problem. They are failing because they aren't wasting... um... spending anything like enough money.

We need to solve this like a congressperson would (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948113)

What we clearly need is an office of oversight and management for the TSA. The brand new department would have a branch office in every major city airport. Employees would work 2 hours a day and get paid 6 figure salaries through retirement [mandatory at ripe old age of 35 and which would be inherited by their children after they died]. The overseers would observe the gropings and the periodically make sure the screener's rubber glove was clean. They would also occasionally glance at the TSA books occasionally before rubber stamping them and approving them their annual 20% budget increase request.
Problem solved!
Clearly this is the only way to promote fiscal discipline while maintaining public safety (for the children of course).

Re:I feel better. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947401)

I've developed a handy guide to determining how much taxpayer money the TSA is wasting.

Step 1: Determine the total budget of the TSA.

You are now done.

Re:I feel better. (5, Insightful)

tato (and tato only) (525054) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947833)

You forgot to include the value of the items stolen by TSA employees, and items confiscated because they are alleged security hazards. Also, if you value the time of travelers as anything greater than zero, the needless delays imposed by TSA practices should be included.

Re:I feel better. (5, Insightful)

atriusofbricia (686672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948059)

You forgot to include the value of the items stolen by TSA employees, and items confiscated because they are alleged security hazards. Also, if you value the time of travelers as anything greater than zero, the needless delays imposed by TSA practices should be included.

Don't forget:
1. Lost value from people who no longer fly due to the TSA
2. Lost value from International tourism which no longer happens because of the TSA
3. Lost jobs from damage to the tourism industry
4. Projects canceled because of all of the above

And on and on and on and on...
End the TSA!

Re:I feel better. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948127)

Lost lives as a result of cancer from being subjected to the scanners...

Re:I feel better. (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948811)

Another BIG one!

All the gasoline burned by those who choose to drive (where possible) instead of fly because of the whole TSA mess in airports.

Not only a huge additional cost which should enrage those on the Right, for those on the Left concerned about AGW, it's also a huge amount of additional CO2 dumped into the air.

One would think there should be broad bipartisan support for ending the TSA based on just those two factors alone, never mind that the TSA does almost nothing to actually increase security.

But, we all know this isn't about logic or principles, nor any concern for protecting anyone but themselves. It's about paying off political cronies and labor unions while all but wiping out what's left of the poor, abused, Bill of Rights and the rest of the Amendments.

They've stopped even pretending to hide it. Now, they're just looking right at us with their arms spread, and saying; "What? Yeah, and what're YOU gonna do about it, punk bitches? Go make us a sammich!...Err...an income tax payment, and quit yer whining before we black-bag yer ass!".

Strat

Re:I feel better. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948079)

Oh, and don't forget reduced tourism as people stop dealing with airports, and reduced airline revenue (and thus reduced corporate tax receipts from same) and...

Re:I feel better. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948339)

You'd also have to calculate the efficiency loss of all those tax dollars going to the TSA versus how much economic activity and wealth they'd generate by staying in the private sector (E.G. your wallet). Just imagine how much of the current recession could be wiped out if we eliminated the TSA!

Re:I feel better. (1)

ExploHD (888637) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947939)

Joking or serious, you are right

Re:I feel better. (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947957)

In addition to what tato said, you're also missing opportunity cost.
Imagine what great and wonderful things could be accomplished if that capital stayed in the hands of its rightful owners (i.e. the taxpayers) where it could be invested or used to buy innovative products and services. Or if the thousands of people, who have died because they'd rather risk the higher fatality rates of the highways than get sexually assaulted at the airport, had lived to be creative and productive.

Re:I feel better. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947441)

They are just being job creators. If they stop buying so much stuff, the factories & sales staff for security companies will have to lay off staff !
Why does Rand Paul hate job creation?

I'm ok with them not using the equipment.... (5, Insightful)

schlachter (862210) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947481)

...it's the buying it part that's problematic.

Re:I feel better. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947591)

You don't seem to realize that one is a subset of the other.

They still could be wasting billions!

It's worth the expense (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947335)

The TSA's whole job is to keep radical idiots from blowing me and my family up in mid air. If the government has to spend a bunch of money to make sure that doesn't happen, I'm perfectly okay with that. Seriously, $200M. How many millionaires can't afford to pay a few extra bucks in taxes every year to make sure 300 million plus people can fly safely?

Re:It's worth the expense (3, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947381)

Too bad they so far have failed to do that. Why not just light 100 million dollars on fire and call it the same thing?

Re:It's worth the expense (1)

DanTheStone (1212500) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947407)

I'm going to guess "trolling" on this one. He's too literate (and too anonymous) to be serious, and no astroturfer would word it that way.

Re:It's worth the expense (3, Insightful)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947893)

not all cynical irony is trolling. some people are just facetious because it makes the frustration hurt less.

Re:It's worth the expense (4, Interesting)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947435)

If the government has to spend a bunch of money to make sure that doesn't happen, I'm perfectly okay with that.

What happens when they spend the money and it still happens? Is that cool, too? These guys are fucking criminals, I proctored the TSA testing for 3 years. Believe me, half of them looked like they were either under the influence of narcotics or had more than a passing familiarity with them. You are absolutely no safer with them then you were with the security you had before 9/11.

Re:It's worth the expense (2)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947533)

1/10 on the troll scale there buddy. The TSA have caught exactly ZERO terrorists since their creation. They refuse to provide any statistics under the guise of "security".

Re:It's worth the expense (5, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947795)

>>>The TSA's whole job is to keep radical idiots from blowing me and my family up in mid air.

You're worried about the 1 in 700 million odds of death-by-terrorist. And yet you stuff your face with fat & sugar, which WILL kill you through artery blockage. Way to totally invalidate your original argument.

Stop being afraid of unlikely events like death-by-terrorist, death-by-tsunami, or death-by-meteorite, and focus on the REAL killers like heart attack, brain stroke, cancer, or driving to work in your car. Those are the things that kill 99.999% of Americans.

Re:It's worth the expense (2)

steelfood (895457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948209)

Those are the things that kill 99.999% of Americans.

DHMO is also a prolific killer. And, it's everywhere.

We're working on that (1)

bigtrike (904535) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948535)

We're all pooling together to rid this world of pure DHMO.

Re:It's worth the expense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948455)

if TSA wanted to save lifes in transportation the should look at cars, +30000 die on the road in the US every year

Re:It's worth the expense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948611)

Don't forget ManBearPig

Re:It's worth the expense (5, Funny)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948055)

Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
Lisa: That's specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
[Lisa refuses at first, then takes the exchange]

Oh the same circus again and again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947337)

The only good TSA is a dead TSA.

Well ... yeah (4, Informative)

jxander (2605655) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947359)

Anyone with a functioning brain should realize that TSA is a giant waste of money, unless you have stock in a nail-clipper supply company.

Every terror plot that has been averted since 9/11, was averted by passengers. Underwear bomber, shoe bomber, etc... all thwarted by civilians who won't tolerate that shit anymore.

Re:Well ... yeah (2)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947925)

bic. bic lighters are making a fucking fortune as a result of the TSA. more disposable and ubiquitous at airports than nail clippers. there are more people who smoke daily than people who happen to need a nail clipper that week.

Re:Well ... yeah (2)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948137)

But imagine how bad it would have been if we didn't have the US government protecting us from terrorists...by helping the underwear bomber get on the plane, ignoring that he was on the watch list, and giving him a dud bomb?

Re:Well ... yeah (2)

Mitreya (579078) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948345)

TSA is a giant waste of money, unless you have stock in a nail-clipper supply company.

Oh, the list goes on! The whole industry formed around the idea of providing
3-oz plastic bottles (took years until something convenient came to the market, btw)
TSA-approved locks on the luggage
The water/soda vendors in the airport almost doubled their prices.
TSA-approved laptop bags that make it easier to flip them open
All we need now is self-removing shoes.

Thank Goodness! (5, Insightful)

firewrought (36952) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947403)

Imagine what a pain travel would be if they used their funding to full efficiency. :O

Huh. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947429)

Harassing me, making me miss my flights, rifling through my belongings, grabbing by genitals, bombarding me with carcinogenic rays, infringing upon my human rights, AND wasting my tax dollars? Now that's where I draw the line!

Re:Huh. (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947943)

yep. cuz if they would just use all that security equipment they paid for then all the groping and cancer that we pay for would be justified...

Re:Huh. (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948207)

I wouldn't say justified, but there might just be a bit less sexual harassment of commuters.

Re:Huh. (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948595)

or maybe they harass us because they're underpaid and trained to intimidate. and not well educated. and so many other things that have nothing to do with the number of scanners available for use.

typo (2)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947467)

RuePaul Rand Paul, they are the same ;)

Re:typo (1)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947783)

no, RuPaul was at least briefly entertaining

Re:typo (2)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947945)

Wait, I thought RuPaul, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul were the same guy.

Oh man, I thought for a while the republicans were going to run a drag queen for the presidential candidate.

Re:typo (2)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948261)

It might be more entertaining if it was RuPaul running for president.

Re:typo (2)

meerling (1487879) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948277)

Not even close! Just look at the ears. Besides, Rupaul wears better dresses. :)

Well finally (4, Insightful)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947485)

Looks like at least someone in Congress has two brain cells to rub together. Or did they just realize that the prevailing political wind was strongly turning against the TSA and that supporting it would look bad come election time? Actually, come to think of it, I don't care: either way, lets hope it goes past "slamming" and turns into "slamming their doors shut".

Re:Well finally (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947685)

Unfortunately, "wasting" in this case doesn't refer to security theatre. The "wasting" that the oversight committee is complaining about here is that the TSA is lots of props for their theatre, but not putting on a performance.

If the TSA actually used what they bought, regardless of whether that actually made anyone any safer or not, that would entirely satisfy the oversight committee.

Re:Well finally (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948661)

Unfortunately, "wasting" in this case doesn't refer to security theatre.

Actually, it does. Buying stuff on the premise that buying and using it will create security and not using it is a form of security theater. (Its a form of security theater directed mostly at Congress rather than travelers, but it is theater nonetheless.)

If the TSA actually used what they bought, regardless of whether that actually made anyone any safer or not, that would entirely satisfy the oversight committee.

I don't think the evidence is sufficient to support that. That the oversight committee recognizes that it is impossible for the equipment to be doing any good in storage does not imply that the oversight committee putting it to use with no actual effect would "entirely satisfy" the committee.

Re:Well finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947989)

The money is being wasted only because it is being spent on the wrong corporations. The new wave of congresscritters has completely different loyalties to completely different corporations, so whenever they see huge chunks of money going to the wrong corporations (in this case those to whom the old guard of congresscritters were loyal) they pronounce the expenditures wasteful so they can get buy-in to diverting those funds to the new set of corporations.

Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947501)

Because after this latest underwear-related threat to our national security, I predict searches will get a LOT more annoying.

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947555)

Now, now. We aren't there yet. But, now all underwear must be checked.

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948157)

Try it [gizmodo.com] , and they'll arrest you anyway.

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (2)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947561)

Nope. DHS is now worried about body bombs. Basically, surgically implanted bombs where the scar heals. The terrorist waits a year or so before boarding a plane.

You can't stop something like that unless you X-Ray every man, woman, and child. And they will do it too. Don't doubt me on this!

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (3, Funny)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947963)

my friend's mom's fake tits are the bomb, and there's no scar there either.

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948149)

They'll be cavity-searching you up to their elbows pretty soon, too.

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948401)

There are so many ways to get weapons in past that so called 'security' it's insane. Part of the method of doing it is by not walking in with something that has ACME EXPLOSIVES printed on it in large red letters. But seriously, there are many ways for someone good at social engineering, chemistry, long term planning, weapon design, slight of hand, or a few other things to get a potentially lethal weapon in. And by the way, you really only need one of those skills.
If you have a group of suicide willing suckers, it becomes even easier. You can just feed them through till one makes it and pulls off the attack. After all, they were all going off to die, what do you care if 2 or 3 out of a dozen get caught. Hell, 19 out of 20 is probably good enough for that kind of insanity.

Before anybody is dumb enough to make the accusations, no I have no plans to do anything crazy like that.
Then why do I have ideas on doing it? Because it's an interesting puzzle, and there has been a lot of talk about it lately. I also firmly believe you can't fix an issue, until you can find it, and only a complete moron doesn't believe there are issues.
(Even as a gradeschooler I was pointing out security flaws to local businesses. Bad news, they ignored the kid that pointed out the problems. Good news, the only crime around there was the occasional traffic or fish & game violations. We didn't even have graffiti to worry about. Yes, that town was boring unless you were the fishing/hunting nut.)

Re:Fly naked! It's the only way to be sure. (4, Funny)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948155)

Now what I propose is that I (70) and all other over 65 show up at the airport in a bathrobe and slippers (nothing else) send your belongings ahead via FedEx or UPS, and before entering the screening area, kick off the slippers and take off the bathrobe, REMEMBER, OVER 65 ONLY! Insist on a hand search (I've got some hiding places I want explored)!

Speaking of waste money (2)

arbiter1 (1204146) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947507)

Congress really should look at themselves on this matter, hundreds of millions is pocket change compared to how much congress has wasted over last 30 years.

and this is news? (2)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947521)

"the tsa is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars"

thank you captain obvious.

O rly? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947523)

Congress: The Government Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

FTFY

Re:O rly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947605)

The money isn't wasted, it is merely spent to enrich certain well-connected government contractors and create jobs for the companies that they own...
On the other hand, they probably could have spent the money more wisely (or given it back to the US treasury), but that's not the way that government works.
At least they didn't throw a party in las vegas...

Re:O rly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947629)

The Government Is Wasting Hundreds of Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Every Year

FTFY

Re:O rly? (1)

user32.ExitWindowsEx (250475) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948091)

The Government Is Wasting Trillions In Taxpayer Dollars Every Year

FTFY

FTFY

A hefty price (2)

Fishbulb (32296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947579)

The price for freedom is safety and security.

The catch, of course, is that safety and security are just illusions anyway. They can be promised to you but never delivered.

Re:A hefty price (1)

wonderboss (952111) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947691)

As in we will sell our freedom for safety and security? Or at least for the illusion of safety and security.

Re:A hefty price (2)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947725)

I thought the price for freedom was a buck-o-five?

Re:A hefty price (2)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948051)

No, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance (--Thomas Jefferson [quotedb.com] ). In that regard, we citizens of America have failed horrendously.

This is but an interesting sideline, however, since I believe what you were trying to say is that the price of safety and security (or at least, "the appearance of...") is freedom, since we seem to have offered our freedom up wholesale for TSA's security theater.

Re:A hefty price (1)

lightknight (213164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948763)

Can we do a reverse transaction then? I'd like to trade my illusory security for my real freedom.

Perspective (1)

Livius (318358) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947603)

Can it really be considered 'wasting' money given that the function of the TSA is to spend money without constructive purpose?

(Of course it also inconveniences travellers and violates rights, but nothing beats a large government budget for making something look more important than it really is.)

TSA: I know you are but what am I (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947641)

News Flash!!! [Insert wasteful government entity]: [Insert another wasteful government entity] Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions in Taxpayer Dollars

Isn't the operating budget for congress in the hundreds of millions. Who creates and votes on the budget?

Re:TSA: I know you are but what am I (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948227)

The operating budget for Congress is in the billions. $5.5Billion actually.

Sewer-cide bombers? (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947665)

...when the bomb is swallowed and explodes while in the large intestine.

And yes, as a matter of fact, I *do* think that's funny.

TSA lines: the next terror frontier (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948445)

You wanna make an absolute terror scene? Roll a carryon sized bag full of explosives into the middle of a TSA line on the day before Thanksgiving in a major airport. It's likely that you will kill a thousand or more people, will be on the news for weeks, and will absolutely freak out anyone who is going to fly somewhere. It's the soft spot of the target. Coordinate a dozen of these one-man wrecking balls to go off within a minute of so of each other, and you can take out not just 4X as many people as on 9/11 with the same number of "hijackers" but shut down the entire air traffic system of the US on the busiest travel day of the year.

All made possible by the TSA policies and the screening intensity escalation.

TSA wastes money? (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947695)

Wasn't the whole POINT of the TSA to waste taxpayer money doing nothing?

I heard through the grape vine that Homeland Security sends dump-trucks with their offices supplies into the desert at night. You can only use so many post-it notes to write; "#2 in Al Qaeda caught / blowed up!"

Quick -- someone look busy!

How much do you wanna bet... (1)

Ryanrule (1657199) | more than 2 years ago | (#39947855)

...that the contractors making bank here are controlled by republicans?

Re:How much do you wanna bet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39947937)

...then why haven't the Democrats taken a stand against the TSA instead of telling us to tolerate it?

More than likely, everyone in the federal government is just trying to find an angle to work here in order to gain money at the cost of civil rights.

Re:How much do you wanna bet... (1)

atriusofbricia (686672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948139)

...that the contractors making bank here are controlled by republicans?

Of course they are. We all know that democrats are saints and only Evil Republicans like Obama would trample all over the Constitution and run up huge deficits. Only Evil Republicans would ever run guns into another country like that evil Republican AG Holder.

Oh.... wait....

Please sign this petition at whitehouse.gov (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39948195)

Reading this made my blood boil - please support this petition to wind down the TSA

http://wh.gov/mMW

Re:Please sign this petition at whitehouse.gov (1)

fartrader (323244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948393)

Let's not.

Not a problem (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948375)

The TSA figures that if they can slip a few dollars out of each piece of luggage, they can make up that shortfall in no time. Heck, they might even turn a profit.

wasted may be the wrong word (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948523)

I suspect that the money is more accurately going from taxpayer's pockets into certain individual's pockets, not blindly wasted.

Sign petition to wind down the TSA (0)

pr1m35 (2635721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948527)

Let your opinion be heard http://wh.gov/mMW [wh.gov] Thanks

What's the Current TSA Approval Rating? (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 2 years ago | (#39948729)

I bet it's still higher than Congress'.
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