Please Remove Your Shoes
In response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, President Bush quickly signed into law a bill creating the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), a new federal bureaucracy entrusted with the task of preventing further hijackings. This ill-advised move was ostensibly a knee jerk reaction to the failure of the FAA to avert the tragedy. However, anybody who follows national news knows that the TSA has had a pretty spotty record.
Consider the underwear and shoe bombers who both subsequently made it past screeners and no-fly lists to board planes where their suicide attempts were only aborted by the heroic efforts of alert passengers. How could such close calls still be occurring when this much-heralded division of Homeland Security is spending billions of dollars annually on everything from x-ray machines to surveillance cameras to air marshals?