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  • america_wants_change america_wants_change Nov 19, 2010 2:02 PM Flag

    HAS TSA EVER CAUGHT A TERRORIST?

    http://www.slate.com/id/2275448/?GT1=38001

    Citing national-security concerns, the TSA will not point to any specific cases in which a screener stopped a would-be terrorist at a checkpoint. Nonaffiliated security experts, such as Bruce Schneier (who coined the term "security theater"), argue that that's because this has never happened. It's true the TSA doesn't make a habit of keeping success stories a secret. In April 2008, the TSA touted the arrest of U.S. Army veteran Kevin Brown at Orlando International Airport as a victory for its behavioral detection program. Brown was arrested after trying to check luggage containing pipe-bomb-making materials. Airline officials insisted passengers were never in danger, since Brown didn't intend to assemble the bomb on the plane. Moreover, he did not have ties to organized terrorism, and it's not apparent what he wanted to do with the hazardous materials after arriving at his destination. Brown fits into the category of troublemakers that Schneier says the TSA does catch: random nut jobs. (Not professional terrorists with thought-out plans.)

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    • Has locking your front door ever stopped a murderer ???? From now on , do NOT lock your front door at night

    • Wrong again do you think they come out and tell you everything theyve done or stopped? If you knew all the possible compromises they either stopped or diverted the public would not fly or the airlines would be bankrupt. For example while traveling between Amsterdam and Paris the word got out they were visually checking everything and the gendarmes were in attendence with dogs and machine guns the flight I was on was overbokked come boarding time there were many extra seats available. Just the pressence of the tsa causes people who may be pondering something to hesitate. I think armed pilots are worthless seeing one bullet hole can do the same damage in some cases as a small explosion. There are other ways to handle the situation if it arises. If you ask me everyone who gets on the plane to do anything should go through the machine.

 

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