The acting administrator of the TSA refuses Congressional request to answer questions about security problems.
We don’t elect the head of the TSA or any other Federal Agency or Department. They don’t run for office. No one campaigns to get votes to become a TSA boss.
But the decision-makers and managers at the TSA have the power to make decisions that massively impact our lives. They receive their paychecks from our taxes (or, at least, we are used as collateral for massive borrowing in our name that pays their salaries). They consist of minions who claim the authority to order us about, search our things, and question us.
And they demand that we trust them with our safety.
But they don’t have to answer the questions of the people we actually elect to make laws in this country.
Here’s CNS News: “Transparency? Acting TSA Chief Refuses to Discuss Airport Security Flaws With Congress.”
Melvin Carraway, the acting administrator of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), refused a request to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday to discuss persistent flaws in airport security, including passenger and baggage screening.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) indicated that ego had something to do with it: The Homeland Security Department, which oversees TSA, objected to having Carraway sit on a panel that included Rafi Ron, an ordinary citizen who runs a private security company.
Chaffetz called the excuse “absurd” and “offensive.”
“At first we heard a variety of excuses — ‘We needed more than two weeks.’ Then we had a big dust-up because, for weeks we had planned to do this; in fact, more than a month we had planned to do this — (we) felt that (Carraway), as the acting administrator, would be pivotal to this discussion. But Homeland Security objected to Mr. Ron’s presence on the panel. They felt that it was demeaning – demeaning! – to actually have the acting administrator sit on the same panel as a non-government witness.
I guess if IRS workers can get away with the kinds of lies and excuses they use when subpoenaed, we can’t expect a mere “request to appear” to get any respect at all.
Our representatives had better do something to get these departments to respect them or else they will soon find that they are required to answer to the Federal departments rather than the other way around.