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Two Simple Solutions to the TSA Screening Mess

By Wayne Allyn Root   |   Monday, 22 Nov 2010 02:28 PM

Usually creeps go to prison for feeling up women and young children. It’s called sexual assault. But now our own government calls it legal if done by TSA agents in the name of national security.

Just more proof that virtually everything government does, they fail at miserably.

Make no mistake, the TSA is exhibit A for how to muck up both national security and the privacy and civil liberties of American citizens.

The TSA can’t stop suicide bombers, or underwear bombers, or shoe bombers, but give them the award for awkward, strange, creepy, bumbling idiots of the year.

Americans don’t want overpaid government goons and perverts with far too much authority, touching their junk. Something has got to give unless our government wants mass chaos, massive citizen protests, more economic carnage, higher unemployment, and the bankruptcy of the airline industry.

There are two simple solutions to this TSA mess. First and most importantly, hand airline security over to the private sector. Let airlines manage their own security, with their own private security forces. Get government out of the way. Government isn’t the solution, it is the problem.

American business usually gets it right. Businesses will weigh the right amount of security versus customer privacy, civil rights, and satisfaction. And if they fail, we as consumers can simply stop using that airline and choose another. The ones who get it right will succeed. That’s called free markets.

Perhaps the U.S. government should allow for it sometime.

Privatizing airline security will automatically save taxpayers a bundle.

All of these TSA agents are costing America billions of dollars we cannot afford. Are you aware the U.S. Postal Service is bankrupt? And that reduced service and incompetence by this government agency still loses $8 billion per year? Or that we have TRILLIONS in unfunded liabilities for U.S. Postal Service pensions and healthcare liabilities?

Well it didn’t start out this way. Once upon a time, postal employees were young. Today postal service retirees are helping to bankrupt America. TSA will become another government employee nightmare 20 years down the road.

It will lead to an unstoppable “too big to fail” bureaucracy and the fleecing of American taxpayers with more unaffordable pension obligations. We must end it now, before it becomes another bureaucracy too big to kill. Turn it all over to the private sector.

The second part of this solution is to end political correctness. Private airlines can best prevent terrorism by adopting the Israeli model of profiling.

No need to argue — it works to perfection.

Israel has the safest airports and the safest airline (El Al) in the world. There has never been a successful terrorist attack at an Israeli airport or airline.


They ask a series of rapid-fire questions of all passengers. There is no time to lie. If you try to lie, it is easy to detect inconsistencies in your story.

At that point you are pulled aside for a more detailed screening or body search. But everyone does not need to endure the health threat of major radiation, or the privacy violation of intrusive cavity searches.

This is a simple two-step solution that ends this national nightmare immediately. Result? No more trauma for children and Grandma, no more violation of privacy and civil liberties for average law-abiding Americans, and no more successful terrorist attacks.

This is a powerful one-two national security punch. But hey, why listen to me? Let’s keep listening to government. You know, those guys who ran gambling into bankruptcy in New York. Ronald Reagan once reminded us of the nine worst words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

I’m beginning to think the new mantra might be, the three worst letters in the English language: TSA.

Wayne Allyn Root, is the author of, "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold, and Tax Cuts.” He is a Las Vegas small businessman, homeschool dad, and citizen politician turned vice presidential nominee. His website is: ROOTforAmerica.com.

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