Hmmm. The TSA blog had a proud post up about their successes in 2011. Let’s go through the list and see how many involve terrorists, shall we?
#10 was live animals caught in MIA and LAX. These were, um, not even weapons. And the smugglers were not terrorists.
#9 was a science project that looked like an explosive. So, um, not weapons. And not a terrorist.
#8 was a metallic martial arms spike. It was a weapon — they find lots of knives and guns apparently. But he was not a terrorist, just a martial arts twerp. People forget knives easily. I know people who’ve accidentally (and successfully) taken knives through TSA. And I almost did it myself recently, only remembering I had it while I was walking into the terminal.
#7 was a few inert land mines. Definitely a weapon and stupid to bring on a plane. Still not a terrorist.
#6 was a stun gun disguised as a phone. I’ll be generous and give TSA credit for finding this one. Still not a terrorist.
#5 was a flare gun with active flares. Christ, how stupid can you get? This was a dangerous item and I’m glad they found it. But … still not a terrorist.
#4 were two knives concealed in a book. The passenger had forgotten about them and voluntarily surrendered them. Still not a terrorist.
#3 is a broad collection of 1200 weapons, most of which passegers forgot they had packed. If they found 1200, let’s not think about how many they missed. None of these people were terrorists; we’d have heard about it from the gun grabbers.
#2 was a loaded .380 attached to a passenger’s leg that he forgot he had. He’s either a liar or a dumbass; still not a terrorist.
And #1 is the reason I wrote this post. It was small chunks of explosive a passenger was bringing home to show off to his family. What’s funny is that TSA is boasting about finding this .. on his return trip. That is, they missed the explosives the first time he went through. This suggests a new motto for TSA: Finding Maybe Half the Explosives.
Not mentioned? TSA has failed almost all covert tests of their security. Government authorities and media are routinely able to sneak guns, drugs, explosives and bomb parts past these guys. And the list of their “finds”, to be fair, should really include cupcakes, colostomy bags, urine bags and Amy Alkon’s vagina (to be fair, vaginas have been known to talk men into really stupid things).
The blog I linked is devoted to defending TSA. And all they can do is make them look stupider. What does that tell you?