Thursday, October 24, 2013

TSA admits its own irrelevance


According to Frequent Business Traveler, the leaders of the TSA knows perfectly well they are just carrying out a massive charade in order to keep the public properly cowed.

While air travelers continue to be told that they must remove their shoes and go through a body scanner to combat the threat of terrorism in the skies, it turns out that the Transportation Safety Administration has gone on record stating that the threat and risk of terrorist attacks on aviation is very small.

In an accidentally leaked, unredacted court document that was published online October 7, the TSA said that “terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports.”

... In the brief, the government also concedes that, since September 11, 2001 there have been “no attempted domestic hijackings of any kind.”

As "The Pilot," Patrick Smith explains, there is good reason to hope that a repeat of the 9/11 hijackings could not happen -- and this has little to do with the activities of the Heimat Security bureaucracy. Cockpit doors have been hardened, probably the most significant safety improvement that could be made. The rest is invasive, humiliating, mandatory participatory security theater.

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