In response to the agency’s record of incompetence, TSA groping has been further weaponized.
If one wanted to establish the systematic abuse and humiliation of the American people, empowering TSA groping makes sense.
NBC News reports,
The Transportation Security Administration has rolled out changes to pat-downs at airports, which some travelers said resulted in more invasive screenings at airports.
The pat-downs don”t involve any additional areas of the body, and will still be performed by agents of the same gender as passengers, the agency said.
The story highlights one passenger’s experience with the new TSA groping procedure:
Seasoned traveler Joel Stratte-McClure said when he was catching a flight from Redding Municipal Airport to Egypt on Thursday the agent warned him the new procedure “would involve a more intense horizontal and vertical pat down” to look for concealed weapons that people typically hide in their pants.
“This was the most intriguing, intense and invasive pat down I’ve had by the TSA since they came into existence,” Stratte-MCClure said in an email to NBC News. “Usually it’s comparatively perfunctory (the gold bracelet on my right wrist sets off every security alarm in the US).”
Stratte-McClure said he is curious why it took the TSA fifteen years to understand that people conceal weapons in their pants, and doubted that the new pat-downs would be much more effective than the old ones, which he said didn’t work in the first place.
“Seasoned travelers might take it in stride but infrequent travelers will be embarrassed and shocked,” he said.
No one should “take it in stride.” The idea that the Federal government was going to “fix” what went wrong on 9/11 by nationalizing airport security was always a statist superstition. Where was the evidence of reasoning? Can any security system expect to never fail? Obviously not. So Congress dealt with a failure by gratuitously asserting that a new Federal agency would do a better job.
Because big tax-fed bureaucracies are always more reliable than local airports.
Why is this happening with Republicans in charge of the Presidency and with a majority in Congress? The Democrats have always wanted to grant the TSA more power. But all that does is hurt people for the sake of “security theater.” It doesn’t provide real security.
The TSA is a microcosm of how the “deep state” enhances their own power at the expense of the American people. The response to government failure is never to let society take care of itself. No, the government always assumes that they didn’t have sufficient tax revenue and arbitrary power before. If we just give them enhanced authority and more money, we will never be hurt by terrorists again.
Surely the White House and Congress realize that Americans hate the TSA. Why don’t they abolish it?
I suspect that they fear there will be a terrorist attack or some other crime. Then the media will be able to blame then for leaving Americans at risk.
That reasoning will lead to nothing but the transformation of America to a giant prison. We need to stop being afraid and make our politicians start unraveling the net in which they have entangled us.