It’s incidents like these when I am tempted to use the popular WT*! acronym simply because it seems oh so appropriate and descriptive of my thoughts regarding the TSA. I mean, what in the world do they teach the TSA screeners in TSA Screener School? Do they not know how to find the terrorists the agency was created to find? Apparently not. Perhaps I can help.
Okay, all TSA agents should pay close attention here. The individuals seen in the first image are terrorists. The individuals shown in the second image are NOT terrorists. It’s pretty simple really.
Has the TSA’s practice of “reverse profiling” managed to successfully stop terrorist attacks in the United States? No, actually, it has not. In fact, since 9/11 there have been 30 reported jihad attacks within the United States leaving over 100 dead and injured Americans. (Source) The GAO (Government Accountibility Office) has discovered that since 2004, twenty-three individuals that have been involved in terrorist plots have boarded airplanes and flown about the United States, and not once were they detected by the TSA. (Source) There have been at least 45 islamic terrorist attacks against Americans that have been prevented since 9/11. These attacks were prevented through a combined effort of intelligence agencies, local police and citizen involvement. The TSA was not involved in the prevention of any of the foiled terrorist attacks. (Source). In fact, there is not one documented case where the TSA have ever prevented even one terrorist attack anywhere! And, there are over 20 different islamic terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and Islamic Jihad known to be in 28 different cities within the United States.
Meanwhile, back at the TSA, they have published their list of the “TSA Top 10 Good Catches of 2011,” and included on this list are such devastatingly dangerous items as snakes, turtles, birds, and a school science project. Falling just outside of their top ten list were invisible space aliens (at #13) and fish (at #11). (Source) And of course, let’s not forget about the cup cakes, breast milk, adult diapers, colostomy bags, and diabetic medication that the TSA has fearlessly confiscated all in the name of national security. Now, aren’t sleeping more soundly just knowing that selfless TSA agents are bravely stepping into the breach and laying their lives on the line just to keep you safe?
Welcome my friends, to the TSA Theater of the Absurd.