I’ve always thought that the TSA have been looking at the wrong people all along. They claim to be concerned about American passengers’ safety and preventing terrorist attacks by assuming that everyone traveling by plane is a potential terrorist. They never really cared about the people working for them.
We already know that many TSA agents have been shown to be people of low moral character, easily bribed, and overall incompetent. It’s purely by the grace of God that we haven’t sustained another terrorist attack, because the TSA certainly has had nothing to do with security.
A smart terrorist wouldn’t operate by trying to sneak past airport security. He’d either pay off a couple TSA security agents to let him through with his explosives – which would actually be very easy to do – or he and some of his terrorist buddies would work within the TSA. They’d get jobs as security agents, and then they’d have access to aircraft.
Apparently, not only did the TSA fail to identify inert explosives and fake weapons 95% of the time during recent sting investigations, they also failed to identify that some 73 of the people the TSA employed had links to terrorism. Breitbart reported:
The Transportation Security Administration granted access to secure airport areas to 73 aviation workers with “links to terrorism,” according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
The audit, released Monday, reveals that TSA was unable to vet out 73 individuals with terror-related category codes because the agency did not have enough access to terror list information.
“According to TSA data, these individuals were employed by major airlines, airport vendors, and other employers. TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watchlisting policy,” the redacted report reads.
“TSA acknowledged that these individuals were cleared for access to secure airport areas despite representing a potential transportation security threat,” it added.
I think we’d be better of if we let the airports handle their own security, without any interference or “supervision” from a government agency. Unfortunately, I think many Americans like the security theater at airports. They want to feel safe. Going through security and being groped by an agent and/or scanned by those worthless x-ray machines don’t actually protect anyone from anything. But they might make naïve travelers feel safe, and that’s all that matters anymore.