Exposing the costly & ineffective security theater of the TSA



The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), created by Homeland Security Act of 2002, has had nearly a decade to get their job right. Ostensibly, the TSA mandate is to insure the safety and security of ┬áthe traveling public against terror threats. Instead, they’ve become a bloated bureaucracy that has absolutely no history of stopping any transportation related terror plot. Not once.

It’s not because they haven’t been given the manpower and the money. The TSA currently employs over 55,000 workers, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is asking congress to increase its 2012 budget by $459 million to a whopping $8.1 billion, which includes $98 million allocated for additional nuclear screening units.

A report issued last month by the Office of Inspector General, identified by report number OIG-11-95, “addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the Transportation Security Administration’s oversight to ensure that individuals who pose a threat are not granted access to secured airport areas.” According to this latest report, they’ve failed.

The report concluded that “individuals who pose a threat may obtain airport badges and gain access to secured airport areas.” The report adds that such problems exist as the TSA “has designed and implemented only limited oversight of the application process.” The report concluded that “the safety of airport workers, passengers, and aircraft is at risk due to the potential of inappropriate individuals obtaining airport badges.”

This finding is of particular concern considering that approximately 890,000 individuals with 1.2 million active badges have access to secured airport areas. According to the report, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a search at just one major airport and arrested 23 workers with unauthorized airport access and identified more than 100 temporary employees possessing fraudulently obtained airport security badges.

The next time you willingly subject yourself and your belongings to a TSA agent, consider that the person with their hands fondling your private parts just might be an illegal alien, a felon, or worse.

We must demand change.

Redacted OIG Report (PDF format; 2.5 MB)