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Security Kabuki

I was traveling over the past few days, which always puts me in a mood.  Like vile and cantankerous.

This morning I happened to read a couple of articles that reinforced for me (not that I needed the additional encouragement) just how stooopid the whole TSA performance art crap really is.  Here is the first one.   

Savannah, who is a type one diabetic and wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, says she ran into TSA agents who were not prepared to deal with her medical situation. “I went up to the lady and I said, I am a type one diabetic. I wear an insulin pump. I showed her the pump. I said, what do you want me to do? I usually do a pat down – what would you recommend?”

Savannah then showed agents a doctor’s note explaining that the sensitive insulin pump should not go through the body scanner. She says she was told to go through it anyway.

Of course, the pump malfunctioned, just like the doctor told them it would, Now, here’s the kicker:

She says TSA agents then made the situation worse when they didn’t know what to do about her juice and insulin. “She said, because we don’t have the machines to scan the juice to make sure this is not an explosive we do have to do a full body pat down and search your through your bags.” Of course, that’s what she wanted in the first place, but it was too late.

Seriously?  The girl told them she needed a hand search. If they had done that in the first place, she would not have been terrorized by the fear of dying due to TSA effing up her insulin pump. But no, they have to follow procedures, even then the procedures clearly violate common sense.

This is out of Salt Lake City, which is not that big of an airport.  I have had some personal experience with that place as well and it is a pain to get through. 

I went through Albuquerque yesterday.  Now, understand I have parts in my that I was not born with.  A natural result of breaking bones in odd ways in odder places. These scanners are real good at picking up screws in my leg.  But what about devices like the new, improved underwear bomb that was caught by intelligence, not geez-whiz gadgetry?

As federal officials learned more about the latest garment bomb, they considered its implications for airport security. Some congressional officials on Monday said the device would have been “undetectable” at a U.S. airport, but that view was questioned Tuesday.

Just so. 

Going through ABQ and watching who got pulled out for “closer examination” after the full-body scan emphasizes just how much this whole security stuff is nothing more than busy work for the sake of appearing busy.  An elderly man with an artificial hip was pulled out.  A five-year old got a pat down when the machine beeped as she passed through.  This is in addition to the parade of plain old ordinary folks subjected to being herded like cattle through the scanner. 

Pre-pubicent pig-tailed girls, and little ol’ ladies from Pasadena are not going to blow up planes.

These are not rare stories.  But I happened to see them and more in the short time it took me to go through “Security” at ABQ. 

Savannah think TSA needs more training.  I don’t think it will help.  I think we need to just get rid of it altogether.  Like Michael Totten said over at Instapundit this morning:

TSA needs to spend more time looking for terrorists and less time looking for objects.

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Hey you know that group of cuddly child molesters called TSA?  Turns out they harbor and excuse theivery too!  Howard Portney of Hot Air explains:

In 2009, a half dozen TSA agents at Miami International Airport were charged with grand theft after boosting an iPod, bottles of perfume, cameras, a GPS system, a Coach purse, and a Hewlett Packard Mini Notebook from passengers’ luggage. Travelers passing through the airport’s checkpoints reported as many as 1,500 items stolen, the majority of which were never recovered.

In May of this year alone, TSA agents were arrested on the suspicion of theft at airports in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

So what’s the TSA’s response? That the ratio of crooks to non-crooks within the agency is minuscule—less than one half of one percent. The agency’s blog even assigns concrete numbers: Out of more than 110,000 employees, 200 have been accused of stealing. Assuming (big assumption!) that 200 is the absolute number of thieves within the agency’s ranks, that’s still 200 chances to pass through airport security and come out on the other side minus your valuables. In the meantime, you can look forward to invasive pat-downs, potentially dangerous irradiation from scanners, and the knowledge that the agency has an iffy record when it comes to detecting legitimate threats. If that doesn’t make you feel all warm and cuddly when you fly, nothing will.

Rule 1 of traveling by air in the US: Never, ever check luggage.  When will the rube learn that Washington cannot solve our problems?  They ARE the problem.

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Treating every airport passenger as a potential terrorist slows the security system, is needlessly frustrating and deters some people from flying, according to a report that recommends ways to ease bottlenecks at security checkpoints.

Oh Good grief.  This belongs in the files of the effing bleeding obvious.  But you see, this was proposed by BUSH in the aftermath of 9/11 and the Demo-socialists had a conniption.  This is “profiling!”  It violates “privacy!!!!”  Like having some TSA guard “feeling your junk” isn’t?

But another of the recommendations I am not sure I agree with:

Treating every airport passenger as a potential terrorist slows the security system, is needlessly frustrating and deters some people from flying, according to a report that recommends ways to ease bottlenecks at security checkpoints.

Actually I don’t carry on bags because of the fees.  I carry them on because the airline lose my bags.  There are even trips I decide not to bother with taking any bags because a) the airlines will lose them, and b) by the time I get the bag back I will have had to buy clothes and supplies on site anyway, so why not just plan to do it.  (I fly wearing throw aways and wear new clothes back.  Works great for short jaunts.  I learned that from reading Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series of novels. )

Still, it tees me off that policies that are both sensible and needed, but are proposed by conservatives are derided as evil while the exact same policies, when proposed by progressive/socialists/Democrats are considered fantabulous. 

By all means, let’s adopt the “trusted flyer” recommendation.  Do a flipping background check.  I have my passport.  You can run it.  I have gone through more stringent background checks than anything TSA is likely to come up with… 

What’s your problem, liberal?  You like “DUDE’s” “Big Brother” act on Facebook, but not this?

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(Bumped)

Two posts linked at Instpundit have ruined my whole day.  Read them and weep.  Then when you are done weeping, get mad. 

Gangster government, HHS edition

Crushing the Critics

Alway remember that the ultimate goal of fascism is power.  Socialism is fascism.

Update:  The Pilot in the TSA story has set up a website.  Check it out.

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News You Can Use!

To get out of the TSA Grope, just ask them to get fresh gloves…

She set the detector off, was pulled aside for additional screening, and was let go without that follow up screening right after the TSA agent knew she wanted a fresh set of gloves.

Of course, now that I wrote that they might have to kill me…  Thou Shalt Not speak ill of Big Brother…

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Yeah, right.

TSA checkpoints at airports are at the front lines of preventing terrorism. When you go through security, you expect to be scanned and searched. And you expect TSA to prevent contraband from getting on planes, but as we’ve learned, that doesn’t always happen.

 Houston businessman Farid Seif says it was a startling discovery. He didn’t intend to bring a loaded gun on a flight out of Houston and can’t understand how TSA screeners didn’t catch it.TSA checkpoints at airports are at the front lines of preventing terrorism. When you go through security, you expect to be scanned and searched. And you expect TSA to prevent contraband from getting on planes, but as we’ve learned, that doesn’t always happen.

I think it’s time to scrap TSA. 

And by the way, I agree with Ben Howe.  My car is going to get a lot more mileage on it from now on.  Basically, if I can’t drive there I am not going there.  I will miss my winter ski trip to Colorado, but it is not worth the loss of personal privacy and freedom.  TSA cannot even use the excuse they are making us safe.  Not with a 70% failure rate in detecting test guns, bombs, knives and what not.

Let me ask you, why in hell are we mortgaging our grandchildren’s future for this load of residual matter from male bovines?  And these Keystone Kops want to unionize?  I don’t think so.

There is more over at Cubachi including verification that Seif is Iranian-American. (Which is it?  Is he American or Iranian?  How can you be both.  Am I the only person who is sick of this hyphenated crap?

Bumped.

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A disturbing mental picture…

I would take the scanner over having my privates patted; I pity anyone who gets jollies from seeing an outline of my dilapidated carcass on the threshold of my golden years. Are body-cavity searches next, with terrorists already emulating drug mules? Shall we deputize every screener as airport proctologist?

You know it’s coming, don’t you?

There is an answer.  Profile a la Israeli protocols.  But that would require offending libturd sensibilities so don;t expect that to happen in an Obumbler administration.

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