Seriously, I thought the Republicans were supposed to be protecting us from terrorists, cost what it may. And I thought the Dhimmicrat Party was the place for people like this:
Did you know that the nation’s airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice.
Mica, one of the authors of the original TSA bill, has recently written to the heads of more than 150 airports nationwide suggesting they opt out of TSA screening. “When the TSA was established, it was never envisioned that it would become a huge, unwieldy bureaucracy which was soon to grow to 67,000 employees,” Mica writes. “As TSA has grown larger, more impersonal, and administratively top-heavy, I believe it is important that airports across the country consider utilizing the opt-out provision provided by law.”
In addition to being large, impersonal, and top-heavy, what really worries critics is that the TSA has become dangerously ineffective. Its specialty is what those critics call “security theater” — that is, a show of what appear to be stringent security measures designed to make passengers feel more secure without providing real security.
I don’t think we can ever be safe until I’ve been thoroughly frisked by several uniformed, muscular TSA guards, each of whom is over 6′ tall, under 30 years old, and, if possible, redheaded. I’ve been counting on the Republicans at least not to get this one wrong. But it looks like here, too, they’re going to disappoint me.
On a more serious note, my faith that private companies will be any better than the government at respecting travelers’ personal dignity is precisely zero. There’s no right way, in or out of the free market, to seize a harmless bottle of shampoo, much less to harass a three-year-old or grope a rape survivor.
Privatizing this stuff doesn’t help at all. It would be terrible for all this outrage against the TSA to find its end in turning over vital rape-survivor groping work to the likes of Blackwater, or the folks who brought us Arizona’s private prisons, or any other outfit looking to make a quick buck by violating our liberty and dignity. Fix the TSA, or just get rid of it. Don’t privatize.