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POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 5:40pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 7:29am

For some time the the TSA has been the point of controversy.

Invested after the 9/11 attacks, the agency has been under the microscope many times and rightly so for strong-arm tactics at airports attempting to increased security.

Well, in a new article, the man who wrote the legislation creating the TSA says the entire outfit needs to be blown up and re-done.

And I could not agree more.

Now don't get me wrong, the people guilty of this mess are not the people here at our airport or the folks at DFW. They are working people like you and me who needed a job.

But the higher-ups who thought this one up need to be looked at closely.

Human events reports "The whole program has been hijacked by bureaucrats," said Rep. John Mica (R. -Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee. "It mushroomed into an army," Mica said. "It's gone from a couple-billion-dollar enterprise to close to $9 billion."

As for keeping the American public safe, Mica says, "They've failed to actually detect any threat in 10 years."

"Everything they have done has been reactive. They take shoes off because of [shoe-bomber] Richard Reid, passengers are patted down because of the diaper bomber, and you can't pack liquids because the British uncovered a plot using liquids," Mica said.

"It's an agency that is always one step out of step," Mica said.

This is a time to use some sanity and maybe find another way to screen passengers like Israel.

And maybe granny and the rest of us can keep our shoes on.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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The TSA became obama's method for pacifying the public and humiliating them into acquiescence of a controlling state; the necessary first step to get them ready to be loaded into railroad cars for their trip to the gulag!!
The evil being perpetuated by this man and the no-soul,rubber-stamping zombies that are the democRATS is monumental! Pray that this nation survives as a republic!!

Thank you for this! My point of view is that the TSA is abusing innocent people in its neverending quest for more power, more money, and more make-work jobs pretending at security. The word for this is security theater - but what the TSA did to me is a sexual assault. My body is my own. I won't pose nude for strange men to examine me in a private pornography booth, and I won't let complete strangers rub my genitals and breasts. TSA, no means no! Get your filthy hands out of our pants!

Neal, you are correct a return to common sense is overdue. Better flight deck doors, arm the pilots and we have done 90% cost perhaps a million. The collective loss of time, money, property, dignity, rights, privacy is staggering. What does not get much attention is the heath risk? This has turned into a huge radiation experiment on tens of millions unprecedented in medical history.

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