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Senator Leading Charge To End TSA

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When you read a quote like this, “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,” you know the guy is serious.

Back in January Rand Paul was stopped by the TSA at the Nashville airport. Even though he passed through the metal detector without the alarm going off, the TSA requested he go through a secondary ‘invasive’ pat-down. Once he refused, there were reports of him being detained by the TSA. He was eventually allowed to pass back through the metal detector without the secondary screening. Off he went to catch his flight without the pat-down. I doubt that the average person would be allowed through in the same situation.

So now the tables are turned and he is leading the charge to end the TSA. His legislation would forcibly privatize the airport screening process.

We’ve already seen the Sanford International airport attempt to replace the TSA with private screeners.

So what do you think, is this the beginning of the end for the TSA’s invasive pat-downs, or maybe even the beginning of the end for the TSA? Or has the government agency already engrained themselves too much to be shut down by such a campaign?

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  • Vincent Fox May 3, 2012, 3:46 pm

    To be replaced by…..

    A local mishmash of rent-a-cops who will bend to whatever the Money Wants?

    No thanks.

    Say he wanted to just mandate a return to pre-9/11 policy, how would people feel about that? The current TSA setup is a RESPONSE to that, and his ire is misplaced. We NEED the TSA precisely because we don’t want tight security in some places, and lax in others, and have bad people target the lax places to penetrate.

  • SB May 3, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Private screeners would do it three times as well for a third of the cost, AND the could be held accountable for any mistakes.

  • WarmNuts May 3, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Private security would be my vote.

  • Slava May 3, 2012, 9:11 pm

    The question is where was he before?
    Why, irrelevant of many news we have seen over time, he has started rhis campain only AFTER HE was personally affected. Had they not touch him the would go on unnoticed.

  • Vincent Fox May 3, 2012, 11:22 pm

    @SB,

    Private security might be cheaper, but would not be accountable. You can take that to the bank.

    Witness the recent Listeria outbreak. Dozens of people died needlessly, on the altar of “self-regulation” where safety audits were paid for by the people needing the audit, you can see how that worked out. We are turning back the clock to the days of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”.

    Same with security. 37 layers of shell corporations and subcontracting would ensure that if anyone got the blame, it would be some 26-year old new hire.

  • Mark May 4, 2012, 5:36 am

    Kansas City doesn’t use the TSA at MCI. They use a private company to handle the security. It works like breeze. Any time I have to go through security elsewhere, a little piece of me dies.

  • Jeff September 15, 2012, 7:58 am

    oh, come on folks….TSA may not be perfect but private security is a whole lot worse. We had it before and it did not work and was just window dressing and BS.

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