• TSA Fails to Detect Weapons 95% of Time

    November 5, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    They also cannot find their own butt squatting over a mirror, but they sure can grope yours.


    Remember airports before 9/11? You walked through a metal detector, had a quick bag check, all done by contract employees who swung between polite, and bored. Shoes stayed on, your laptop could stay in its case, it all took minutes and no one bullied you. No one touched your junk for freedom.

    Then, because of massive intelligence failures, some Saudis with simple box cutters were able to commandeer planes and do 9/11. The paradigm then was for passengers and crew to cooperate with hijackers, presuming they wanted the plane or money. Fast forward to now: we take our shoes off because some dumbass failed to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb years ago. We pull out all our electronics because, well, nothing really. We go through scanners that display our junk on screens. The government created a massive bureaucracy of TSA bullies to harass and embarrass us for the audacity of trying to fly somewhere. We all can now enjoy watching old ladies, people in wheelchairs and soccer moms groped in public.

    But at least that all keeps us safe, right?


    Well, there’s the problem.

    U.S. lawmakers and federal watchdogs took the occasion Tuesday to deride the Transportation Security Administration’s ability, or lack thereof, to adequately detect weapons and other contraband during the passenger screening process at the nation’s airports. And TSA didn’t just miss a few things. Nope, according to auditors from the Inspector General’s Office, posing as travelers, 95 percent of contraband, like weapons and explosives, got through during clandestine testings.

    “In looking at the number of times people got through with guns or bombs in these covert testing exercises it really was pathetic. When I say that I mean pitiful,” said Representative Stephen Lynch, speaking Tuesday during a House Oversight hearing concerning classified reports from federal watchdogs. “Just thinking about the breaches there, it’s horrific,” he added.

    “The failures included failures in the technology, failures in TSA procedures, and human error,” the Inspector General told the committee. “We found layers of security simply missing.”

    The General Accounting Office piled on, adding “TSA has consistently fallen short in basic program management.”


    TSA’s answer?

    Peter Neffenger, the new TSA administrator, said the agency was undertaking a “full system review.” It is also considering using dogs to search passengers as well.




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    • John Poole said...

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      Now PlayMobile will have to add a dog to their Airport Screening package. They aren’t happy.

      11/5/15 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      ALL to keep US frightened! There is not but Bush-rot terrism (They DID 9/11)!! AND the rest of the burning BushCObama FALSE Flags!!!

      11/5/15 9:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      This will be like the poorly trained dog that sniffed at a woman (US citizen) crossing on one of the bridges in El Paso, resulting in the CBP folks taking her to the county hospital for many hours of anal and vaginal searches, enemas, etc. When they had to admit that there were no drugs they arranged for the hospital to bill HER for the cost of the procedure unless she would sign a consent form. The ACLU took up the case and that cost the hospital over a million in settlement. But the government thugs walked.

      11/5/15 3:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      And while billions has been wasted on technology we either don’t need or is too faulty to work as marketed and officers of these defense contractors reincorporate companies in the bahamas or elsewhere to avoid paying taxes to Uncle Same, this finally gets some press in mainstream media, which is what Peter has been long drawing attention to:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/06/us/politics/human-cost-rises-as-old-bridges-dams-and-roads-go-unrepaired.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-3&action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

      11/5/15 9:51 PM | Comment Link

    • Patricia said...

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      11/6/15 6:47 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ut oh. Sounds to me like it’s going to get much worse now. I can see a big change coming. Like..having to strip and put on a special “travel uniform”. Or something to that effect. Or submit to some form of biological/lie detector tests. Eventually..you’ll have to apply for “permission” to fly, whereby your entire life will be pulled up on a computer and analyzed for “behavior patterns” or something.

      I feel sorry for those who have to fly. I haven’t been on a plane since 1980 and I’ll never fly again. However, I did pick my daughter up at a small airport two years ago. I couldn’t believe the security. Now I know what the people felt like in Germany..1942. It was scary and bizarre. People were like zombies. No smiles. No laughter. Just on edge. I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there.

      I can’t imagine what a large airport is like.

      11/7/15 7:07 AM | Comment Link

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