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Homeland security including the TSA

Updated on January 24, 2018

The one good thing about the Department of Homeland Security never sees the light of day.

November 25, 2002 Homeland Security Act

  • President Bush signed the bill into law.
  • largest U.S. government reorganization since the United States Department of Defense was created 50 years ago.

Changes under Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff, a federal judge was nominated by President On January 11, 2005,GW Bush to succeed Tom Ridge.On February 15, 2005, he was confirmed by without any opposition by the US Senate.

The original plan for the Department of Homeland Security was to take away the union rules for 180,000 government employees. This was introduced to allow the Homeland Security to be able to avoid the union being able to stop the department from getting rid of security risks, incompetence, and other deadwood.


  • In February 2005, DHS issued rules relating to employee pay and discipline for a new personnel system. These rules allowed the DHS "to override any provision in a union contract by issuing a department-wide directive" and make it "difficult, if not impossible, for unions to negotiate over arrangements for staffing, deployments, technology and other workplace matters.
  • August 2005, U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer blocked the plan on the grounds that it did not ensure collective-bargaining rights for DHS employees.

2007

DHS, it was retooling its pay and performance system.

2008

DHS said would abide by the existing civil service labor-management procedures.

Note: The one good thing that came from the Homeland Security Act of being able to control the government employees for the purposes of national security, was overturned because these employees have a Right to Collective Bargaining.

  • It is one thing in the private sector for companies to take advantage of the their employees. And that collective bargaining may be a reasonable protection for the employees.
  • But, when the employer is the Unites States government, why is there a need for collective bargaining?
  • What these government public unions have done is to increase the cost of having government employees. They have given these employees perks and benefits that are outside of those being even being available in the private sector.
  • While the private sector has some unions, most of the people there work without unions. And many of them work under an "At Will Employment Contract" that basically says that they are working at the Will of the Employer.
  • Technically, it is the will of either party, but the employee has always been able to leave the company. It is the employer that was constrained by having to give grounds for termination.

This allows the government employees to be in control, and efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to best utilize their employees can be overruled by the union.

  • This takes away from the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security and allows the over inflated, tired and old way of how government works to find new life in Homeland Security.
  • This one result makes the Department of Homeland Security just another cause for enriching the government employee while increasing the cost of the department, but more importantly the effective running of the department.
  • eliminating certain union-friendly civil service and labor protections for department employees.
  • Without these protections, employees could be
  • expeditiously reassigned or
  • dismissed on grounds of
  • security,
  • incompetence or
  • insubordination, and
  • DHS would not be required to notify their union representatives.



Department of Homeland Security and TSA

This article is not about the history or the structure of the department of Homeland Security but whether or not it is necessary, and most importantly is it effective.

TSA and Airports

In 2015,

  • TSA intercepted 2,653 firearms in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints across the US compared to 2,212 firearms in the previous yr. 82.7% of these were loaded.
  • In addition, TSA continued to enhance its security protocols in 2015
  • through using state-of-the-art technologies,
  • improved passenger id techniques, and other practices leading to the following accomplishments including:
  1. Screened over 708 million passengers in 2015 compared to 668 million in the previous year.
  2. Screened over 432 million checked bags,
  3. More than 1.6 billion carry-on bags and
  4. 12.9 million airport employees.
  5. Federal Air Marshals flew over a billion miles to keep travelers safe.
  6. Nationwide, 98 percent of passengers waited in line less than 20 minutes and more than 99 percent of TSA passengers waited less than five minutes.
  7. TSA Pre application program, began Dec 2013, enrolled over 1 million travelers in 2015 reaching of 2 million enrollees Jan 2016.
  8. CBP trusted travelers — those enrolled in other trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI — are also automatically eligible for TSA Pre. 44% of screened passengers in 2015 received some form of expedited screening.


What the TSA and Homeland Security Can Protect

Airport Security

The large crowds of waiting people on before they get to the security checkpoints are weakness in Homeland Security and the TSA.

  • As it was noted above over 2000 weapons were detected in carry on bags.
  • And 82.7% of them were loaded.

What protection is given to the passenger and employees at the airport that congregate in long lines and terminals filled with people?

  • Take any one of these loaded guns, remember they weren't detected until the security check point. That leaves all those people before the checkpoint vulnerable to these weapons.

One only has to search the Internet for stories showing how many people have gotten loaded guns past the security checkpoint.

  • Here is just one such incident.
  • Big security failure at one of America’s busiest airports.

    Blake Alford says he brought a loaded gun through security at Atlanta’s airport and boarded a Southwest flight without anyone stopping him. He said that he didn't know the gun was in his bag until he reached his destination.


Like the NASA space program the TSA goes to the lowest bidder, and not the best bidder.

This is only part of the problem, as these are holes in the TSA Terrorist defense.

  • There is yet an even bigger undetected problem
  • That as I mentioned is the area outside the airport security check point.
  • And into the Airport Terminal itself.
  • The airport terminal waiting and check in area.
  • The airport employees, that have access to the areas beyond the checkpoint, and even the airplanes themselves. A terrorist doesn't have to board a plane to blow up something that can kill and injure hundreds of people.
  • How about blowing up an A380 or 747 while it is loaded and still at the terminal?
  • How about putting a bomb in the baggage that will get inside of an airliner that is loaded and getting ready to leave the terminal.
  • You may say that can't happen, but just look at all the baggage that the airlines lose every year.

The Airport Perimeter

Have you seen some of the flimsy fences around the airports.

  • How difficult do you think it would be to get a vehicle loaded with bombs into the airport?
  • And once inside, who is going to stop it. All the TSA is where at the airport?
  • What about terrorist's sneaking across the porous US southern Border load with shoulder to air missiles? How many planes and terminals could they blow up before they would be stopped? And how would they be stopped.
  • There are any number of scenarios that can circumvent Homeland Security and the TSA.

Outside the Airport

Going outside the airport and the home of the TSA.

There are so many soft targets in this country, and we pretty much put most if not all of our eggs in a flimsy basket.

  • Consider that very successful 19 terrorist attack on US soil.
  • Consider also the explanation of why it was successful from our government. It went something like this; No one considered that the terrorists would use airliners to fly into our buildings.

The problem with our Homeland Security and its predecessors is that their plans are based on being ReActive and not ProActive.

  • The terrorists plans appear to be ProActive.

  • This results in the US defense trying to fill the holes of a previous method of attack by the terrorists. While the terrorists are hard at work developing a whole new method of attack.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image
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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Israel is a good place to learn as they have decades of experience with Terrorists and Terrorism.

      Thanks

      Eric

      I agree, McDonald's employees and TSA employees can be interchangeable.

      Thanks

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      To me it is an end of story kind of thing -- most TSA agents are paid minimum wage. So the get guys and gals who have trouble at McDonalds.

      No one gives a damn.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      I agree with you. The TSA has a long way to go if they are going to really protect us. I think we should look to Israel and learn from the Israelis.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image
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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Thanks for your comment. And your point was my point in that the US government hasn't been proactive, they have been reactive. I guess they believe that old adage, the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime.

      We are given a false sense of security because of the TSA, but google how many things have gotten past the TSA, like that gun that went through security in a carry on and all the way to the destination without being detected.

      Anticipating what the Terrorist might do and how they might do it. Not a strong point for our government.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Sadly, there is only so much we can do to protect ourselves given all the ways terrorists can harm us. Having said that, we must anticipate these ways and do everything possible to protect ourselves.

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