October 6, 2006, - 6:09 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Someone please remind me again why the Transportation Security Administration expanded after 9/11 and took over airport screening functions, etc.
Every day is a new non-excellent adventure with the TSA. Liquids, no liquids, 3 oz. of liquids, baggage screeners who support Al-Qaeda (here and here). Just what is right with this agency? Hard to tell.
Richard Skinner, Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a scathing 42-page report, yesterday, saying that more than 5 years after the 9/11 attacks, the TSA cannot secure the nation’s airports, transit systems, and other vital operations.
Skinner reported that the TSA has inadequate plans to keep itself runing in a terror attack, disaster, or emergency, and that the TSA’s ability to perform “essential functions” during and attack or other emergency is “at risk” and “could be impaired or fail.”
And this is the agency that is supposed to oversea airport and flight security. Don’t bet on it. Why is this still the case more than 5 years after the terrorist attacks using planes?
Read the DHS Inspector General’s report on the TSA’s unpreparedness (portions have been redacted from public view–though probably the whole thing should have been).
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