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The bureaucrats aren't in charge either - Input Junkie
April 15th, 2012
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The bureaucrats aren't in charge either
Ex-head of TSA explains why its procedures are a mess, blames congress mostly.

Link thanks to nhwhyte.

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From:madfilkentist
Date:April 15th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
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It's very interesting that even an ex-head of the TSA would admit the TSA is a failure, but on some points he sounds as if he's still being led around by the nose. Does it really make sense that Al Qaeda would focus on shoe-bomb research right after a failed shoe-bomb attempt, and on liquid-bomb research right after an inept attempt at liquid bombing? I'm inclined to think that Al Qaeda is good at misleading researchers, especially when they can look good by reporting the things they're expected to report.

He says, "And TSA's leaders must be prepared to support initiative even when officers make mistakes. Currently, independence on the ground is more likely to lead to discipline than reward." That sounds good on the surface, but in practice it would mean letting the TSA screeners get away with all kinds of abuse.
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