May 23, 2012
23 MAY 2012
Congressman John Mica has called for “most” of the nation’s busiest airports to evict TSA screeners and replace them with private security, as Orlando International Airport considers doing precisely that in the aftermath of a deluge of scandals to plague the federal agency.
Despite helping create the TSA a decade ago, Mica, head of the House transportation committee, has become one of the agency’s most prominent critics, being instrumental in the passage of a recent bill which allows airports to opt out of using TSA screeners in favor of their own privately hired personnel.
Mica’s goal is set about, “eliminating the roughly 52,000 TSA screeners nationwide,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“Hopefully we can get most of the airports into that model,” said Mica.
Although progress has been slow, Orlando International Airport, the 13th busiest in the United States, could be the first large domino to fall, setting off a chain reaction that could cause a wave of opt-outs.
“Officials at Orlando International Airport, the region’s largest, said the facility is considering a change to private screeners — though no decision has been made,” states the report. The smaller Orlando Sanford International Airport has already replaced TSA agents with private security.
Mica has produced a study which estimates that over $1 billion dollars would be saved if the nation’s 35 busiest airports switched from TSA to private screeners.
“It’s a bloated bureaucracy that is mostly security theater,” said the Florida Republican.
While the TSA boasts that its screeners have helped protect America against another 9/11-style attack, the agency has set about accomplishing the kind of evisceration of freedoms that terrorists could only dream of.
Not only are TSA goons now situated in other transport hubs such as subways, bus terminals and ferry ports, they are also out on the highways. It all adds up to over 9,000 checkpoints a year where Americans routinely have their 4th Amendment rights violated.
TSA workers are also routinely caught engaged in criminal and abusive behavior, with a new scandal hitting the agency on an almost weekly basis.
written by Paul Joseph Watson