The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was in the news during the recent government shutdown because workers had to work with their pay deferred until the government was opened again. James Corbett gives us reasons to just shut down the TSA permanently.
The TSA was established in November 2001 under the pretext of fixing the system that had somehow allowed 19 men with box cutters to allegedly commit the deadliest act of terrorism in history, aided in no small part by the simultaneous failure of the entire American intelligence establishment and the most sophisticated air defense in the world.
Since it’s founding and tens of billions of dollars later, the TSA has never stopped a single act of terrorism. Meanwhile, hundreds of cases have come to light of illegal weapons and drugs having slipped past the TSA and shipped on domestic airplanes.
James Corbett says, “If we attack the TSA on grounds of incompetence, we risk falling into a carefully-laid trap. Proponents of this governmental monstrosity will argue that what is needed is more money to help the valiant guardians of the sky do their job properly. They will point to the shutdown and the resulting mess at the airports as an example of how vital the administration really is and how important it is to continue increasing its budget so we can add ever more expensive weaponry to its arsenal of harassment.
“No, it is not because of incompetence that we must condemn the Orwellian nightmare unfolding at the airports every single day. It is because the security theater was never meant to keep us safe in the first place. The TSA is not a well-intentioned agency in need of better management or more funding or more highly-trained agents. On the contrary, it is doing precisely what it was created to do.
“…they are not there to keep us safe from the scary turban-wearing al Qaeda goblins but they are running a giant society-wide real-world experiment in obedience training [where] real people are really being tortured, molested, degraded and subjected to the most demeaning public humiliation at the hands of badge-wearing authority figures.”
And this obedience-training experiment has been remarkably successful. Corbett says that the same way we’ve been trained to accept this, we can retrain to openly reject it and shut it down.