You've all probably read the news yesterday. About TSA's 95% failure rates to detect hostile security threats. The government reacted by firing the TSA Chief, which was probably the right thing to do. But the problem with TSA is in it's founding. Back in November 2001, just weeks after 9/11, Congress and Bush decided they needed to create a whole new government bureaucracy to deal with the terrorism threat. So TSA was established.
And when I went to see what the requirements were for the job, I shuddered. Basically, they were, and are none. So I'm not terribly surprised that we've had airport shootings and Americans have poked and probed, had their groin's groped, women have had their breasts fondled, little children have been profiled as security threats...and now we learn we haven't been a damn bit safer than before TSA was formed.
While in Hawaii, I moonlighted from my military job, working airport security at Honolulu Airport. I worked for a firm called HPA. HPA had the private contract to provide security for airports throughout the islands. HPA was very rigid about who they'd hire; we were all either retired Honolulu Police Department guys and military guys who had years of experience in providing for security for our nation's highest priority assets. HPA employed closed circuit monitoring and our security folks were good at handling the public in a calm and friendly manner...and never let a threatening incident become disruptive or threatening to airline passengers. In the six years I worked airport security we never had a major incident.
So, when I saw how they were pulling any old Tom and Dick and Mary off the street, and putting them into high tension jobs, when I saw they were hiring people off the street with little experience, I knew they were doomed to failure. My estimate proved right. TSA is now one of the most hated government bureaucracies and we are no better off than we were before 9/11. That's the typical, long sad story about government bureaucracies.
Sad. Damned Sad.