Saturday, July 05, 2008

TSA to start employing "behavior monitors"

From , by Walter E. Williams:

"James Bovard has an article titled “Federal Attitude Policy” that appears in Freedom Daily (June 2008), a publication of the Fairfax, Va.-based Future of Freedom Foundation. According to the February 2002 Federal Register, people can be arrested if they act in a way that “might distract or inhibit a screener from effectively performing his or her duties … A screener encountering such a situation must turn away from his or her normal duties to deal with the disruptive individual, which may affect the screening of other individuals.' That means it is a federal offense, and a fine of up to $1,500, for any alleged “nonphysical interference” that makes a TSA screener “turn away” from whatever he was doing.

What's nonphysical interference is solely up to the discretion of a TSA screener since it isn't defined in the regulations. TSA agents can levy fines for a passenger disagreeing with the behavior or arrogance of a screener. The TSA has made little effort to control screener behavior. Bovard reports that in March 2004, airline passengers filed almost 3,000 formal complaints with the federal government over the conduct of TSA screeners. Hundreds have complained about the rudeness of TSA screeners. And yet, none of these passenger complaints resulted in disciplinary measures. In fact, passengers filed four times more complaints against the TSA than against airlines."

My experience with TSA screeners is that they're ignorant mouth breathers who's main qualification for the job is flag worship and an ability to be assholes to folks who they deem not patriotic enough.

But that's nothing compared to the rednecks employed on the U.S. side of the I-5 crossing into Canada at Blaine, Washington. These folks take the cake. Although one is fairly nice, most are stupid hicks who don't know about the world out of small town, rural, Washington State. In particular, there's one guy who's paranoid to the point of almost being schizophrenic, who's racist, and who's IQ is low to the ground to boot. This fucker I've seen harass racial minorities like it's nobody's business, making accusations about perfectly legitimate stories that would make border guards in third world dictatorships proud. But of course you can't label them racist since they're supposedly just doing their jobs.

TSA is a monstrosity that deserves to be dismantled. TSA, Homeland Security, the whole sweep of agencies that came online after 9/11. But in the meantime they provide useful employment to sadists everywhere.

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