For all of the easily visible foibles of the federal government in America, perhaps none is more irritating to law abiding citizens than the Transportation Security Administration.
These blue-shirted goons have been handling our shoes and belts ever since the TSA was installed in airports and train stations around the nation after the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001. The peculiar thing, however, is that the TSA has never once caught a terrorist. In fact, experts tend to be in agreement that the TSA isn’t even active security, but rather a form of passive, security theater.
In either case, our government is spending millions upon millions of dollars to staff the agency full of poorly-trained, hands-y gropers who help to keep up the appearance of safety.
Now, having grown in scope and absurdity over the last decade and a half, the TSA is now defending their shady antics in earnest.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske said a surveillance program known as “Quiet Skies,” which has beennot suspected of any crimes, “makes an awful lot of sense.”
“Our job overall as an agency, and the air marshals in particular, in flight, are working to make sure that we mitigate any risks that could occur in aircraft at 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 feet,” Pekoske told CBS News in his first TV interview since the “Quiet Skies” program was disclosed to the public. “If an agency responsible for security has some information that might indicate that there may be — emphasis on may be — more risk with a particular passenger, providing some mitigation or some risk management on the flight is a very important and very reassuring thing to me.”
“Quiet Skies,” first reported by The Boston Globe, dates back to 2011. It uses computer software to flag travelers, including U.S. citizens, who could pose a threat but may not have been accused of a crime and are not on the No Fly List.
In March, the program expanded to include assigning teams of air marshals to observe certain flyers’ behavior while at airports and on flights.
Now, TSA has eyes on up to 50 flyers a day on domestic carriers nationwide under the program, according to leaked documents and sources who spoke to CBS News.
We The People pay the salaries of the TSA, and it is beyond time to consider axing the entire agency altogether.