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The Transportation and Security Administration is, without a doubt, the Gomer Pyle of our nation’s security forces, and should be shamed out of existence.

I say this with no reserves, mind you.  I am fully convinced that this ridiculous and inefficient agency is down nothing but wasting tax payer money, and we are getting very little, it not nothing in return for the fortune that we’re spending on it.

Installed in a knee jerk fashion in the wake of the September 11th terror attacks in American, the Transportation Security Administration consists of nothing more than a series of hotel bag-boys in blue shirts who were trained how to operate x ray machines in order to make the airport appear safer.

We definitely can’t forget that the TSA does very little in the way of security, instead opting for something experts call security theater.

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A tell-all in Politico from a former Transportation Security Agency worker confirms pretty much every awful thing you’ve suspected of those annoying and invasive airport pat downs. But that doesn’t mean the TSA is ineffective at its job. That’s because the TSA’s main purpose isn’t security so much as “Security Theater,” or the appearance of safety. Let us explain.

Jason Harrington, a former TSA agent, explained in Politico the everyday ridiculousness of the job, a fact that all agents simply accepted as a fact of life. Yes, TSA agents are ogling or making fun of your naked physique in the full-body scans. Yes, they are racially and politically profiling certain people for extra screening (“So it was mostly the Middle Easterners who got the special screening,” he writes.) Yes, the body scans are ineffective and can be easily manipulated. (“They’re shit,” a scan instructor said.) So despite being invasive and annoying, the TSA still has some major problems in its security.

But Harrington recognizes the job’s clearer purpose — to create the illusion of security. “It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show,” he writes. Later, he points to his frustration with “the theatrical quality of nearly all airport security.”

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Given how little the TSA actually does to keep us safe, we have to wonder what they spend all of their time on.  According to one NFL player, those activities include bobbling dead loved ones behind closed doors.

Caution, justifiably strong language ahead.

NFL player A.J. Francis accused the TSA this week of spilling his mother’s ashes during a baggage inspection.

The New York Giants defensive lineman posted to Twitter Monday a stark rebuke of the agency alongside a photograph of his luggage.

“Hey you pieces of shit at @TSA next time you assholes feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes… the least you pieces of garbage can do is your fucking job,” Francis said.

The TSA responded, saying that “under no circumstances” should an agent have tampered or opened this bag of remains.

Francis responded with “under all circumstances, [expletive] yourselves”.

As rightly they should, A.J.

 

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