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TSA 'saving the day' by confiscating pimento cheese dip, while failing 95 percent of bomb security tests


(NaturalNews) The hapless Transportation Security Administration continues to underwhelm and underperform, but sadly – like virtually every other federal agency ever created – it is here to stay, judging by the non-effort in Congress to do away with it, despite its record of incompetence.

And what a record it is, by the way. According to a recent ABC News exclusive report, an internal investigation by the TSA's own internal investigators, the agency's rank-and-file airport workers failed to find banned weapons and mock explosives 95 percent of the time at the nation's busiest airports.

Members of the Department of Homeland Security's Red Teams posing as passengers set out to beat the passenger inspection system that TSA uses as a screening process. So while agents are feeling up wives, husbands, grandmothers and toddlers, they're failing miserably to find the real potential perpetrators of violence and terrorism.

Maybe 'more training' and 'better equipment' will help, huh?

ABC News reported further:

According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General's report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.

In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down.

Never fear, though, America (and visitors from other countries): As reported by The Daily Sheeple, at least TSA screeners managed to confiscate some potentially deadly pimento cheese from CNN on-air personality Campbell Brown recently (see the series of tweets here, with the story).

Because, you know, there is no telling just how many different types of explosives you can make, on the fly in an aircraft, with cheese-and-mayo paste with some pimentos thrown in.

Oh, and as Townhall.com noted, after the damning "95 percent failure rate" report last summer, President Obama was quick to come to the agency's defense, saying he had full confidence in its abilities.

Go the way of the dodo bird

"The President does believe the American people should feel confident in traveling airports all across the country because there are security measures in place to protect the traveling public," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The President does continue to have confidence that the officers of the TSA do very important work that continues to protect the American people and continue to protect the American aviation system.

"Now, what's also true is that there were specific concerns that were raised by this classified report that was conducted by the independent inspector general and in response to that report the Director of Homeland Security directed the TSA to undertake seven specific steps to address those concerns. That's everything from new, intensive training for supervisors across the country, to revising standard operating procedures, retesting screening equipment and even redoubling our efforts to ensure that the most up to date, modern screening equipment is being used in airports across the country to keep us safe," Earnest continued. "Our efforts to develop a multi-layered security approach means that we have effective measures in place to counter threats to our aviation system and we are always looking for ways to strengthen those efforts. Efforts to refine those security strategies are sometimes visible to the traveling public, sometimes those strategies are not obvious."

Just... wow.

It's always the same pat answers – "more training, specific steps to be taken, better equipment, new approach, more effort," yada, yada, yada. The TSA has been around since the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and its screeners still don't know what they're doing? That's a matter of training, all right, but not in the way the White House spins it.

The American people (and those who graciously visit our country from abroad) have been abused by this circus act for far too long. Enough TSA whistleblowers have come forward by now to prove, once and for all, that this bloated bureaucracy is incompetent and ineffective – and always will be.

Time for TSA to go the way of the dodo bird.





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