RON HART: Government keeps fear alive to grow its agencies

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM.

When put on suspension, TSA agents squeeze cantaloupes to stay current. Soon they will be allowed to ask passengers their names, destinations, turn-offs and turn-ons.

It is an agency accountable to no one.

If it is not about money, why did the TSA recently introduce a program to let "trusted travelers" undergo reduced security screening for an $85 fee (or, as al-Qaida would call it, “a good investment”)?

The TSA, which had that brilliantly understandable color scheme of terror threat levels (orange, mauve, and tangerine), also said we could bring knives “no longer than 6 centimeters” onto planes. First, what knife-toting American knows how long 6 centimeters is? And second, they confiscate 2,000 of these knives a day, and they have all they need now. So this was not about us; again it was about them. Maybe they thought whittling would calm the nerves of folks stuck in their long lines.

If authorities really want to assist the flying public, they should Taser seat-kickers. Flying is hard enough. I don't like being around kids on airplanes. With all the whining, drooling, fidgeting and childishness, I worry that I am setting a bad example for them.

Why are we so afraid to challenge the TSA? The high-handed, Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Bush “It's for your own good” attitude of the TSA somehow discourages inquiry into what the heck it is really doing. Ditto for the NSA. Such is the nature of a government bureaucracy or a corrupt church. Rule No. 1: Always advance your moral justification and superiority and let no one question what you do. Rule No. 2: Whenever what you do is questioned, refer your critics to Rule No. 1.

The TSA handled more packages this summer than FedEx and Anthony Weiner combined. Now it wants to unionize further, like the SEIU (Service Employees International Union). I suggest that TSA agents form a new union called the Service Hierarchy International Fraternity of Transportation Legion Employees Security Service, or SHIFTLESS, to replace its long-held nickname of “Thousands Standing Around.”

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