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    At a moment when borders and surveillance have become sharply divisive issues at home and abroad, all Americans should object to one of the great federal security failures playing out every day. The Transportation Security Administration’s behavior detection program, designed to catch terrorists by looking out for telltale words and actions, just doesn’t work. And we know because of the TSA’s own hidden assessment of the effort.

    For years, the TSA has turned in an exceptionally poor performance. (In 2007, its failure rate on screenings hit 75 percent.) In an all-too-characteristic act of government non-transparency, the TSA itself did its level best to obscure the embarrassing details about the misbegotten project – although, in 2013, the GAO dismissed it as ineffective too. The ACLU had to file suit against the agency two years ago after the bureaucrats stonewalled its Freedom of Information Act request. Successfully prying reams of documents out of Washington’s hands, the ACLU revealed that expert studies collected by the TSA contradict the basic premise of the behavior detection program.

    Naturally, officials vow it’s been worth it to pump over a billion dollars into an undertaking that includes plainclothes officers monitoring people who seem “off” because stopping terrorism requires a variety of different approaches. But the execution doesn’t measure up to the concept. Allegations and anecdotes of racial and ethnic profiling have multiplied, but a lack of records has made investigation impossible. And those who don’t belong to singled-out minority groups have their own reasons to disapprove of weakly accountable secret snoopers with no track record of stopping attacks.

    There’s got to be a better way. Americans have largely lost patience with wasteful and invasive ineptitude from inside the Beltway, no matter how well-intentioned or initially reasonable on paper. If the TSA doesn’t want Congress to consider shuttering the behavior detection program, it had better find a way to make its operations more transparent, more cost-effective and more in tune with Americans’ basic expectations around civil liberties and political accountability. Otherwise, the whole agency could find itself on the chopping block.

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    De-fund them. HEY Donald? HERE's another 7.55 BILLION DOLLARS for

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    I've been through airport security a fair amount on international travel, and it's obvious that the people who work security in the USA are just there to do the wand-waving etc. until the end of shift. Other countries, they have an attitude, like, doing their job matters.

    Another consequence of 'diversity' attitude in the USA. International borders are for kicks and giggles but it's a job but you can make extra $$ on the side by swiping iPads out of the luggage. TSA is a waste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy 22/308 View Post
    Other countries, they have an attitude, like, doing their job matters.

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    This can be said for the better portion of Govt. workers as a whole, not just the TSA. People only seem to care about collecting their check, the unions that make it impossible to fire them but not the actual job duties.
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    The TSA is a waste of taxpayer's money and time, it has two purposes, To gives the impression that we are secure by the job they do (It has been shown this this not he case ) and to provide employment to the unemployable.

    Israel have never had one of their planes taken, maybe we, if we really want secured planes, should follow Israel system.
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    By the title of this thread. Makes it appear the TSA has had trouble detecting humans. (I wouldn't be surprised)
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    If the porous border with Mexico threatened the airline industry, the TSA would be wanding people in the desert.
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