“It mushroomed into an army,” Mica said. “It’s gone from a couple-billion-dollar enterprise to close to $9 billion.”
As for keeping the American public safe, Mica says, “They’ve failed to actually detect any threat in 10 years.”
Yep. But they've groped the crotches of millions, squeezed lots of*****, stolen laptops, dealt drugs and a few of them have even been accused of committing serious felonies against people - like******and child molestation.
In a wide-ranging interview with HUMAN EVENTS just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Mica said screeners should be privatized and the agency dismantled.
Instead, the agency should number no more than 5,000, and carry out his original intent, which was to monitor terrorist threats and collect intelligence.
Ah, but you see the purpose was never to actually keep people safe.
The intent of the TSA was to:
Those two goals have been met admirably. Oh yeah, they waste money and funnel it to friends too:
Other over-the-top expenditures included nearly $2,000 for 20 gallons of Starbucks Coffee, $8,000 for elevator operators at a Manhattan hotel, and $1,500 to rent more than a dozen extension cords for the Colorado recruiting fair.
Your tax dollars at work.
Dismantle the agency and return not only to the rule of law (you know, the 4th Amendment) but also return the airlines to being responsible for their own screw-ups, as they should have been held to account (if proven responsible) on 9/11.
The best solution to security risks is a free market one - companies that blow it are punished and those that do a good job are rewarded, with each free to set its own model and the consumer deciding which model they would like to choose by patronizing - or not - the business(es) in question.
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