TSA Propaganda: Sometimes We Do Something Right!

So here’s the story: “TSA screeners confiscated 19 firearms at Indianapolis International Airport in 2012.”

“More than 1,500 firearms were confiscated at airport checkpoints in 2012, according to a new report from the Transportation Security Administration. TSA spokesman David Castelveter told CNN  TSA screeners found an average of four weapons per day last year. A TSA spokesperson told RTV6 19 firearms were found at Indianapolis International Airport checkpoints in 2012. Fifteen of the 19 were loaded.”

I guess this proves that the Transportation Security Administration has saved many lives.

But let’s return to reality. In the first place, passenger firearms have been illegal on planes for many decades before the TSA was invented. The only way this information can be helpful to vindicating the TSA is if it showed that the groups was doing a better job than had been done previously. Otherwise, reporting that they are doing their job in some cases is simply cherry-picking your data. As one astute commenter asked:

“Is this news because these incompetents actually managed to do their job and find contraband or is it just TSA propaganda so they can continue to waste our money and molest our children? The media doesn’t report every successful pizza delivery by Dominos so why is TSA any different?”

We can get more specific. The technology to detect and intercept firearms on passengers or in their luggage has never required the unique tools of the TSA: sexual molestation and nude scanning. Quite the contrary, the technology for finding guns has, again, been used for decades. It doesn’t require an invasive groping and it doesn’t require indecent radiated images.

It is important to remember that none of the hijackers on September 11, 2001 had a gun. None of them dodged or evaded airplane security in that way. In fact, we got the nude scanners after the underwear bomber, but that was a fraud. The nude scanners cannot detect chemicals soaked in underwear. The underwear bomber would not have been stopped.

So this entire story isn’t about the success of the TSA in providing a service. Rather, it is a story about how American airline passengers are being held hostage and denied basic services—services that used to be provided for them—unless they agree to submit to the indignity of the grope and the radiation scan. The TSA didn’t invent the metal detector to find guns on passengers. And they didn’t pioneer the process of x-raying passenger carry-ons. Rather, they took over these functions, by government decree, and mandated that no one could benefit from this basic airline security unless they also agreed to be the subjects of groping and voyeurism.

This is compelling evidence that we aren’t getting protection from the terrorists. Aside from one fluke of a failure, we already had that protection. Rather we are getting robbed of that protection. We are getting protection from the TSA who threaten to charged us, fine us, and even jail us for “disorderly conduct” if we don’t submit to them.