Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

National Security Roulette

Another Normal Sinus Rhythm post. Read the rest, too. NSR Week 6.

In a recent post by Too Old To Work, Too Young To Retire, Airport Security Again, he comments about the arbitrary and unrestrained power trips taken by the people who never want to leave the airport. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) have suddenly been taken from thoughtless and meaningless jobs, to the epitome of appearance over function jobs.

In his comments he states the following.

You have a point there, Rogue Medic. It’s the policies, especially the one that refuses to admit that some groups might, must might, present a higher threat than 89 year old ladies in wheelchairs.

Can’t say that though, because political correctness trumps actually making flying safer.

This is part of the problem with the TSA. They have a bunch of rules that revel in their arbitrariness. Their strict, unthinking obedience is something that should be criminalized. We are having the transportation system destroyed by people who are forbidden independent thought.

The PC (Politically Correct), better not offend anyone, approach is dangerous. We are so afraid that a person might think something that is mistaken that we discourage people from thinking, because “What if . . .?” What ifs happen. They cannot be prevented by prohibiting thinking. They are encouraged by prohibiting thinking.

What is the group that might be a bigger risk than the “89 year old ladies in wheelchairs?”

Yes, there is a group, but if you watch this you might doubt it.

Is there any particular reason for thinking that old ladies in wheel chairs are a threat?

No, but we have to make things random, we cannot select anyone based on judgment.

Judgment might be wrong. The only thing worse than an ineffective laughing stock of a government agency is allowing someone to make a decision without going through a bunch of committees. None of us is as dumb as all of us.

Of course, there is not much chance of a repeat of September 11, 2001, because the passengers would not cooperate. There might be some fools who believe that they might survive, if they cooperate. There may be a future in government service for people who think like this.

We need to have people anticipating the next move of terrorists, not defending against the last move. Idiocy is not to be encouraged, just for the peace of mind of the paranoid.

There is an amusing article about the silliness of TSA in Salon.com in the Ask the pilot category.

Propped up by a culture of fear, TSA has become a bureaucracy with too much power and little accountability. Where will the lunacy stop?

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Comments

  1. Rogue said…”The only thing worse than an ineffective laughing stock of a government agency is allowing someone to make a decision without going through a bunch of committees.”Well, one thing I can say that IS worse is calling someones MANDOLIN a UKULELE. ;)I’ll give you a second chance this…one…time…lol

  2. HEY WOAH! What is with the sudden comment moderation??? I am an instant gratification emerge girl!!You’re KILLING me here…why why why!? Do you have a crazy blog stalker or something??

  3. Sarcasm Wars! :-)I occasionally mention pieces of music, but I am not likely to mention anything about the way that music is made, since I am not capable of producing anything worth listening to. The FBI could have come to me for something to play to the Branch Davidians, but they settled for some second rate cacophony.OTOH, there are probably some excellent ukulele players, who could impress you with the way they make the instrument sing. Not that you don’t know that. You’re just teasing me for my public demonstration of ignorance. It is the first time that has ever happened. Ever. 🙂 uncrossing fingers, now the other hand, now the toes, . . . .

  4. “The FBI could have come to me for something to play to the Branch Davidians, but they settled for some second rate cacophony.”LOLOL–nice one. Pretty sharp for 0351h! I thought you were taking pot shots at my instrument of choice. So I was just trying to raise myself up from being seen as a 2-bit luau hack to inbred moonshine swiller instead. Friends? 🙂

  5. Now you may be referring to a banjo. :-)Friends? Of course. Anyone who can put up with me AND entertains me – very limiting qualifications – I consider a friend.You don’t use an IP in China, do you? 🙂

  6. Heck I wish I could disguise my IP as being from China!!:)Or maybe I am writing from China!mwahahahahahaahah!(cue maniacal laughter)

  7. And 40 minutes later, more spam from China. Maybe that was histrionic maniacal laughter. 🙂

  8. A friend of mine recently returned from a week long trip to Israel. The short story is that airline security, by necessity, is much more serious a matter in Israel than it is in the US. Not only is the questioning more intense and appropriate, but they actually *gasp* profile. Quite successfully to as it happens.

  9. TOTWTYTR,Since I was having brevity problems, I expanded my response to a post. National Security Roulette Follow Up.

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