Blackwater Alert: Fox News Calls for the Privatization of the TSA

Blackwater GropeFest!
Blackwater GropeFest!

The same people who like to natter on about how water boarding is not torture have been busy screaming “rape!” over the TSA scanners and gropers, because you know, when it’s them that’s being touched, it’s…well…different. But in case you were confused about their agenda, it’s not just the profiling, honey, it’s the privatization! Win win.

Yes, as we all suspected, the right had a stake in echoing the TSA outrage and now they’ve come out with it on Fox. Their solution? Private security corporations should take over for the TSA and also, too, aggressive profiling is necessary (but only of the Muslims, not of the blond whites- FYI).

Here you go via Media Matters:

Interesting that the Foxians mock the liberal idea that the TSA agents might need to be paid more, because it was just months ago that high bonuses for Wall Street executives were being justified as the cost of attracting good talent. Hmmm.

And never mind that private security corporations will be subjected to the same rules as the TSA, which by the way was created on November 19, 2001. You know, back when Americans were happy to subject themselves to random search and seizure of their home and property just in case they might be a terrorist. Yes, the TSA was Bush’s way to create standards for airport security in an attempt to avoid another 9/11.

The TSA was moved to the Department of Homeland Security in March of 2003, and then in 2005 we got the scanner push, courtesy of Chertoff.

“Michael Chertoff’s advocacy for the technology dates to his time in the Bush administration. In 2005, Homeland Security ordered the government’s first batch of the scanners – five from California-based Rapiscan Systems. Rapiscan is one of only two companies that make full-body scanners in accordance with current contract specifications required by the federal government.” Of course, by now you’ve guessed who owns Rapiscan.

Now, after the Christmas bomber (and remember, we still didn’t have a TSA chief then thanks to the GOP’s secret holds on Obama’s two nominees), the TSA decided to order 300 more machines from the Bush administration hold-over Chertoff. Too bad we didn’t have a TSA chief in place, but the Republicans were more concerned that Obama’s picks might push for a union (decent pay for the unwashed simply can’t tolerated) than they were about national security. And so we languished with no one at the helm, even after the Christmas underwear bomber until just months ago, when the current chief took over, and he clearly suffers from a lack of public relations management skills.

Conveniently, with cries for privatization, Republicans like Representative John Mica (R-FL) are in the cat bird’s seat:

“This month, Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida wrote letters to 100 of the nation’s busiest airports asking that they request private security guards instead.

“I think we could use half the personnel and streamline the system,” Mica said Wednesday, calling the TSA a bloated bureaucracy.

Mica, who is the ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (and, once the new Republican majority takes control in January, its expected chair), counts among his campaign contributors some of the companies who might take the TSA’s place….. Mica spokesman Justin Harclerode said the contributions never improperly influenced the congressman, who said he was unaware Raytheon or Lockheed were in the screening business.” Yes, we are all clueless about what Lockheed does.

You might be interested to note that Mica was an author of the original TSA law. Yes, that bloated big government agency that currently employs over 60,000 people, he now thinks should be taken over by the private sector. Apparently Republicans are embarrassed by the mushroom of big government they created with the TSA and would like very much, thank you, if you would forget how this all started.

Picture Blackwater frisking you down (remember, contractors must follow all TSA-mandated security procedures, including hand pat-downs when necessary). See? I knew you’d like that more than an untrained TSA worker. Mica claims they will be better at customer service….because nothing says accountable like a private contractor working for the Department of Homeland Security. Yes, this is so much better than training the TSA agents and attracting better talent through union benefits.

On the positive side, if the Right is successful with this rather clever scheme, we can kiss more of our civil liberties good-bye but the federal employment levels will lessen and the Right won’t like that idea one bit, if Obama’s going to take credit for it.

It remains unclear how private contractors will dish out the nasty any nicer than the TSA, but what is clear is that when there’s money to be made and political hay to be had, Republicans will put the media-regressive Democrats to shame with their ability to craft a narrative and sell us their baloney before we know what hit us.

Have fun, patriots. Personally I was OK with the gropings I’ve gotten by the federal government, it’s Blackwater (Xe) I worry about. I hear those boys are rather aggressive sexually.

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20 Replies to “Blackwater Alert: Fox News Calls for the Privatization of the TSA”

  1. Then they can not only pat down the girls but they can rape them too, plus profit from it. Sounds utterly and reprehensibly Republican to me.

  2. You’re still ignoring the policy issue which he brought up to you and obviously you think there’s no difference between the policy discussion and supporting something. As for condescension, your posts are dripping with it. Pot kettle.

  3. And avoid litigation by claiming that while contracting for DHS they are protected under same laws as the government.

  4. I don’t see any difference between the TSA or a private company doing the job. It’s all going to be people. Not a different breed of people, but people. Going for privatization does not preclude union’s been in place.

    companies like Blackwater should be absolutely outlawed from this government given their past history. Yet they continue to get new contracts. That’s disgusting

    how ridiculous is it when you have a congressman writing to airports saying that he thinks they could get the job done with half the people. Anyone who’s ever been an airport and went through security knows this is simply BS. And with that I will just append to this my response to Jason’s post

    “privatization does not preclude the fact that these companies or peoples within these companies that would take the TSA’s place would not unionize. These people will have to live up to standards that have to be “standardized” across any company that works in this field. This is a field that is just dying to be unionized. Why you ask? I’m certainly glad you asked. Because in bidding for these jobs what’s the one thing that has to be as low as possible? The security people’s wages. The security people’s benefits. If the people in Chicago have healthcare from their company, and the people in Detroit don’t what’s going to happen?

    Competitive bidding does one thing. It drives wages down. It can’t help but do that, because if you want the contract you have to be the lowest bidder. And what you usually get from the lowest bidder? The lowest trained people. Do the brightest people work for the lowest paying companies? No,”

  5. He wants them to lower the bar of expectations for him, allow him to insult people at will but no one should ever call him out over his failure to stay on topic and or have a debate. He thinks by screaming civil liberties, he has the right to be a terrorist:-)

    Who’s gonna tell him that Jason is only a Nazi on Sundays?

  6. You made the entire point of the Republican agenda with TSA. No union. That’s what the nomination hold up was over and now this. How would their people be better? Even mainstream news outlets point out that they were the ones behind 9.11! Incompetent and rude. Great.

  7. Guess who’s advertising for the TSA op out?

    Liberty Guard! Who are they? They’re the ones suing against “ObamaCare.” in Virginia. Yeah. Tell me again about how this is about your civil liberties…..Teabaggers.

  8. Steve, you assume that the author is referring to your friend (after all, the world must center around you and your colleague -it’s not as if tens of thousands of people don’t read here every day) which is kind of weird. It’s like your friend couldn’t debate so he sent you here and both of you still can’t understand what was written. No one can talk to people like you. I don’t care what side you’re on. And it’s not anyone else’s fault that you can’t make an argument. It’s not that they can’t handle dissent, but in claiming that, you sound an awful lot like Sarah Palin and the Right. The only dissent allowed is that which comes from you.

  9. @Steve Who are you? Have I ever spoken to you before? Why would you think that my comment was directed at you? I hate to burst your self centered egotistical bubble, but I had no idea that you even existed.

  10. Steve, you assume that the author is referring to your friend (after all, the world must center around you and your colleague -it’s not as if tens of thousands of people don’t read here every day) which is kind of weird. (reposted from above)

  11. I agree with you re use of national security as justification for abuse of our rights, but I see no evidence that the US military is being deployed against us.

  12. Wow, who is this guy? Does anybody have any idea? I hope he gets the help that he so desperately needs in order to get over his Easley obsession. Happy Holidays, Steve. It is nice to meet you, I guess.

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