It’s Time to Overhaul the Transportation Security Administration by John W. Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute


It’s Time to Overhaul the Transportation Security Administration

By John W. Whitehead 
November 19, 2012

“The TSA has grown into a top-heavy, unmanageable agency, evidenced by its 400% increase in workforce since its founding. The agency’s flaws are not the fault of TSA employees working everyday on the front lines, but instead that of a bloated leadership structure in Washington, DC. When attempting to conduct oversight, instead of cooperation from TSA the committees have been met with obfuscation, excuses and attempts to mislead.”—House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

If there is any absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off. Indeed, one of the greatest culprits when it comes to swindling taxpayers is the Transportation Security Administration, one of the most corrupt, ineffective, and downright abusive of the government’s many agencies (which is saying a lot) and a massive waste of taxpayer money.

Nowhere has the TSA’s skullduggery been more evident than in its questionable deployment of and complete mismanagement of millions of dollars’ worth of airport full-body, X-ray scanners—equipment which was funded by the Obama administration’s stimulus tax dollars and is now being pulled from airports and left to molder in a storage facility in Texas.

For almost two years, ever since the Underwear Bomber’s Christmas 2009 attempt at blowing up a Northwest Airlines flight was thwarted, Americans have been told that the TSA’s full-body, X-ray scanners—more than 700 of which have been deployed to airports across the country—are safe, effective and necessary for preventing another terrorist attack.

Buoyed by corporate lobbyists, Congress and the courts, the TSA continued to impose these full-body scanners on travelers at a tremendous cost of $140 million to taxpayers, despite mounting concerns from scientists, physicians and civil liberties advocates that backscatter scanners pose significant threats to health and privacy, while doing little to protect against a terrorist plot. In fact, according to a 2011 investigative report by ProPublica/PBS NewsHour, anywhere from six to 100 U.S. airline passengers each year could get cancer from the backscatter machines.



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