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Mica Wants To Privatize Pornoscans, Not End Them

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 22, 2010

David Dayen has the scoop, discussing how John Mica’s (R-Florida) sudden opposition to Opt-Out Day reveals the true aims of Mica and of Republicans in general:

Now, Mica’s long-term goal is to get the TSA out of the transportation screening business. He wants to leverage public anger against “gate-rape” (h/t Marcy) to basically privatize the operation. I haven’t met anyone who thinks that would lead to a kinder and gentler security procedure, however. Mica and his cadres don’t really want to end the security state – they want to profit from it. Some of the civil libertarians in their midst may have different ideas, but when push comes to shove, their principles are being used by establishment Republicans to 1) hurt President Obama’s TSA and 2) legislate it out of existence, with private security taking over at airports.

Hell, the only reason TSA exists is because Bush’s brain Karl Rove and his fellow Republicans thought it would be a good way to try and break the Federal unions, using “national security” as the pretext. It must really burn their butts that TSA workers are now allowed to unionize. The fact that TSA employees now can join unions, just like their Customs and Border Patrol and DC Capitol Police brethren and cistern, is likely a big reason why Republicans who just loved TSA when Bush was in charge are now using the pornoscan controversy as a reason to dump TSA (but not the pornoscans).

By the way, if you’re looking for more effective and less costly ways to do screening than don’t involve repeated doses of radiation along with loss of dignity, this Mother Jones article has a few suggestions.

Posted in 2010, abuse of power, big money, privatization, Republicans, security theater, TSA, unions | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

A Victory for Sanity

Posted by MEC on January 27, 2010

Secretary of State Clinton has reversed the Bush regime’s decision to deny visas to Adam Habib, the deputy vice chancellor of research, innovation and advancement at the University of Johannesburg, and Tariq Ramadan, a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at the University of Oxford.

Both of these emininent scholars had been banned from entering the U.S. because officials equated criticism of Bushevik policies with terrorism.

They must now reapply for visas, but the past excuses for rejecting them can no longer be used, so they are expected to receive quick approval.

Posted in Hillary Clinton, security theater | 1 Comment »

But But But There’s No Such Thing As Right-Wing Extremism!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 20, 2009

I find it amusing that the same right-wing newspaper that saw fit to publish Jonah (son of Lucianne) Goldberg’s attack on DHS for a Bush-ordered probe of domestic (and right-wing) terrorism, also published the story of a guy from Jacksonville, North Carolina caught at Logan International Airport with bombmaking materials:

A U.S. Marine was arrested yesterday morning at Logan International Airport for allegedly trying to slip a 9 mm gun, several hundred rounds of military ammunition and bomb-making materials onto a U.S. Airways flight, according to federal and state authorities.

Cpl. Justin W. Reed of Jacksonville, N.C., arrived on a flight from Las Vegas and was bound for Charlotte, N.C., on US Airways flight 877 yesterday morning, said Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis.

Reed is currently being held at the Logan airport police barracks on $50,000 bail pending a court appearance on Tuesday. They wouldn’t be doing that if they thought this was just a simple “oopsie!” on his part.

UPDATE: John Cole shows Special Ed getting it wrong, as usual.

Posted in DHS, security theater, terrorism | 1 Comment »

Security Theater

Posted by MEC on December 18, 2008

Security expert Bruce Schneier coined the term “security theater” to describe the things the government does to make people feel that the government is keeping them safe, even though those things are pretty much pointless. (Making us take our shoes off to get through airport security checkpoints is a prime example.)

Schneier will be talking about security theater on 60 Minutes this Sunday. You want to see it.

Posted in Bruce Schneier, security theater, TSA | 3 Comments »

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