Well, this is good news, right? TSA fired five workers and suspended 38 more. Surely, they were fired for groping grannies or threatening kids or assaulting bloggers or … aww, batshit:
The workers were terminated and suspended because a secret, internal investigation showed that they “failed to perform random screenings last year.”
According to News-press, Castelveter said that the undercover internal surveillance of the airport’s security checkpoints lasted for two months. The investigators found that about 400 passengers were let through without random checks. Castelveter didn’t disclose what the typical percentage of passengers that must get random screening on top of the routine searches.
The message from TSA is loud and clear: they will not punish people for going too far. But they will definitely punish people for not going far enough. So expect air travel to get even worse.
Oh, come on. You’re not surprised at this, are you?
As part of the TSA’s request for FY 2012 funding, TSA Administrator John Pistole told Congress last week that the TSA conducts 8,000 unannounced security screenings every year. These screenings, conducted with local law enforcement agencies as well as immigration, can be as simple as checking out cargo at a busy seaport. But more and more, they seem to involve giving airport-style pat-downs and screenings of unsuspecting passengers at bus terminals, ferries, and even subways.
You really should read the whole thing. TSA has already searched children getting off of trains, passengers on a bus in Tampa and a trolley in San Diego. They are trying to increase the number of VIPR teams to 37.
This is what a police state looks like. Gangs of armed federal officials wandering around demanding to search people and, while they’re at it, busting them for drugs, contraband, immigration status, outstanding warrants or whatever they can get on them.
Someone needs to reign in the TSA. Now.