Thursday, January 29, 2004

Dominate. Intimidate. Control.

OK, I'll admit it, James Bovard is my hero. He just penned another scathing critique of the TSA in Reason magazine. I'll leave you with just a taste. It's brutal, but they deserve it.

Here’s a more sobering measure of the agency’s effectiveness: The New York Daily News celebrated the first anniversary of 9/11 by sending two reporters around the country, taking 14 flights on six airlines, and passing through 11 major airports during Labor Day weekend 2002. The reporters carried box cutters, razors, knives, and pepper spray in their luggage. They took their contraband through the checkpoints at all four of the airports used by the hijackers on 9/11. "Not a single airport security checkpoint spotted or confiscated any of the dangerous items, all of which have been banned from airports and planes by federal authorities," the paper revealed. The reporters were selected for hand searches several times, but even then nothing was found. There were more security personnel and searches than a year before, "but it amounted to nothing more than a big show."

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