New York Times Gives TSA a Big Kiss

It is nice to see the love affair with power and torture so freely demonstrated in our Establishment rag.

The Transportation Security Administration refused to testify at a congressional hearing.

“The reason, the agency later explained, is that oversight for the T.S.A. resides in the House Homeland Security Committee — not the aviation subcommittee, which is a part of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.”

And the Times “story” (which reads more like an editorial) was quick to tell us that the hearing had an agenda—to replace the TSA with private companies, “you know, like the ones that were accused of hiring poorly trained, underpaid screeners at airports before Sept. 11 brought a somewhat more intense focus to checkpoint security.”

There was total government failure on 9-11 yet no one in the government ever got punished, fired, docked pay, or a negative job performance review. The TSA has been tested and found to miss weapons plenty of times. They don’t keep us secure.

Why have the skies become “safer” since 9-11? That is the easiest question to answer. They are safer because passengers will no longer allow their planes to be hijacked. There was a time when a hijacker could expect passengers to cooperate so that he could get flown to Cuba or negotiate for ransom demands. 9-11 changed that forever. From now on, the only way a hijacker can expect to take over a plane is if he brings a submachine gun on board with multiple clips. Not only will there be no more suicide missions, but because of suicide missions all other potential hijackers no their plans cannot work.

Furthermore, private companies are just as capable of evaluating risk and increasing security as any “public” group. There is no logic to pretending that a uniform Federalized program is more competent at providing security.

The Times story gives the last word to a TSA defender: ““We believe that any return to a bottom-line-driven system that puts security second to profits would be a reckless and unjustified regression from T.S.A.’s mission to protect our skies.” What nonsense! No airline can afford to lose passengers, a plane, or the market share that a hijacking would cost them. There is no conflict between profits and security. Government absolutists just insist on projecting a fantasy world in which their power and prestige are indispensable.

Reality is different. George Orwell’s 1984 explained what the TSA is for by putting words in the mouth of a villain:

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”

And the reason the TSA molests and takes nude pictures of passengers is not to keep them safe, to prevent another 9-11, or to catch terrorists. The reason the TSA molests and takes nude pictures of passengers is to molest and take nude pictures of passengers. They are the sharp end of the spear. They get to humiliate and denigrate members of the American public who have never done anything wrong or even done anything to arouse suspicion of wrongdoing. They get to punish people simply for being people at the mercy of the United States government.

They are evil. They need to be removed. Not fixed. Not reformed. Eliminated.

We were told the terrorists “hate us for our freedoms.” Let’s give them reasons to hate us again. Get rid of the TSA.

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