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Do away with the T.S.A.

August 10, 2012

(Guns Save Life) – Led by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, more and more Americans are questioning the role of the Transportation Safety Administration in its role in America’s airports and more recently on highways and train stations, and calling for the elimination of the entire TSA organization.

“The American people shouldn’t be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane,” Rand Paul wrote recently, submitting a plan to eliminate the TSA altogether, returning airline security to private industry.  Paul continued, “It’s time to END the TSA and get the government’s hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers.”

Recent incidents have angered many Americans and reinforced their reservations about TSA and its practices beyond the TSA’s naked body scanner machines.

In the last few weeks in particular, the TSA has stooped to new lows.

TSA angered many by declaring a four-year-old girl in Wichita, Kansas as a “high security threat” after she hugged her grandmother.  After being accused to trying to smuggle a gun into the secure area of the Witchita airport,  the distraught four-year-old was then subjected to a full-body patdown.  The TSA staff threatened to shut down the entire airport as part of that incident.

Days later, in Salt Lake City, a 16-year-old Colorado girl reported that TSA agents were rude and responsible for breaking her insulin pump during a clumsily-handled screening process.  The pump was a $10,000 medical device she needs to survive.

How much intrusion should Americans tolerate in the name of security theater?

Also in May 2012, TSA officials again defied common sense and pulled an 18-month-old baby off a plane, claiming the child was on the potential terrorist threat “no fly” list.

In another case in San Diego, a 95-year-old Michigan man and retired Air Force Major found $300 missing after undergoing multiple gropings from TSA agents conducting searches.

Another case in recent days saw a 7-year-old little girl with cerebral palsy was singled out for more “intensive” pat down searches because of her leg braces and canes.  The girl, who is also mentally disabled, finds the pat-downs frightening, further complicating the process.  In the end, the entire family missed their flight because TSA’s searches.

And then there’s the three-year-old boy at O’Hare airport in Chicago in a body cast.

We don’t have space to detail the countless cases of TSA agents stealing cash and valuables from travelers, or the ones who allow drugs through their checkpoints or the ones arrested for child porn collections.

But there is good news!  TSA agents aren’t limited to airports anymore!  They are branching out!

A new program in Houston has TSA agents teaming up with local authorities to “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior,” according to a press release issued at behest of Texas Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Let’s do away with the TSA before it’s too late.  Americans deserve better than this security theater when travelling.