Thursday, March 1, 2012

The TSA is useless

Don't take my word for it.  Ask Steve Moore, a former head of the FBI's Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force Al Queda squad, a 35 year pilot, and too many more credentials to list:
Frankly, the professional experience I have had with TSA has frightened me. Once, when approaching screening for a flight on official FBI business, I showed my badge as I had done for decades in order to bypass screening. (You can be envious, but remember, I was one less person in line.) I was asked for my form which showed that I was armed. I was unarmed on this flight because my ultimate destination was a foreign country. I was told, "Then you have to be screened." This logic startled me, so I asked, "If I tell you I have a high-powered weapon, you will let me bypass screening, but if I tell you I'm unarmed, then I have to be screened?" The answer? "Yes. Exactly." Another time, I was bypassing screening (again on official FBI business) with my .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a TSA officer noticed the clip of my pocket knife. "You can't bring a knife on board," he said. I looked at him incredulously and asked, "The semi-automatic pistol is okay, but you don't trust me with a knife?" His response was equal parts predictable and frightening, "But knives are not allowed on the planes."...


Rev. Paul said...

Just another confirmation of what we've all known or suspected.

It's theater.

Borepatch said...

Security guru Bruce Schneier said that if he was in charge of the TSA's budget, he'd give it back.

Dave H said...

"It's theater."

It's not even that. Most actors can at least ad lib something when something off-script happens.

It's more like an animatronic show.