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    Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Most TSA officers I talked to told me they felt the agency’s day-to-day operations represented an abuse of public trust and funds.

    Officers who were dating often conspired to get assigned to the I.O. room at the same time, where they analyzed the nude images with one eye apiece, at best.

    Read more: TSA Agent Confession - POLITICO Magazine
    Im sure the govt will deny everything, but this is a pretty damning article from an insider, confirming everyone fears and criticisms. Will it change anything? Of course not. Change requires voting libertarian.

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    TSA is a joke, but so are libertarians.

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    TSA is a joke, but so are libertarians.
    Because we all know we need a big, powerful government looking after us and spying on us.
    "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud... [he's] playing the American public for suckers." Mitt Romney

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Because we all know we need a big, powerful government looking after us and spying on us.
    Hyperbole and straw man arguments are jokes too

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Hyperbole and straw man arguments are jokes too
    That's not a straw man when you post that Libertarians are jokes.
    and it's not hype when we have two parties, both of which favor big brother.
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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    That's not a straw man when you post that Libertarians are jokes.
    and it's not hype when we have two parties, both of which favor big brother.
    Well I never said we need a big powerful government looking after us and spying on us, that's a straw man and the hyperbole is the obvious ridiculous exaggeration. Anyway sorry I feel libertarianism is a joke, its unrealistic, has no historical background, seems to be based purely off ideology rather than pragmatism. And that's really the sticker for me, ideology is probably one of the most dangerous things that people can follow as if there's some magical set of rules that if you follow everything will turn out well in the end. I'm a pragmatist, I'm about solving problems, getting things done, and doing things that make sense without worrying about whether they pass some ideological litmus test.

    For example in that other topic about seat belts we have people arguing that seat belt laws are just government tyranny despite the fact that there's no benefit to not having these laws and every benefit in having them. But it doesn't pass the ideological litmus test so throw out the common sense and march lock step with what the ideology says.

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Because we all know we need a big, powerful government looking after us and spying on us.
    You should know better than to feed the trolls.

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    TSA is a joke, but so are libertarians.
    Didn't make it far into this thread before the first bait/troll post eh. So much for actual debate I suppose.
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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    I like how the guy works in a single airport and extrapolates certain things across all of TSA. I can't say in the 6 months I previously worked in the airport that I ever once heard one of the "definitions" he gave of "inside" lingo.

    What I see is a self loathing guy who disagreed with what the TSA was doing but kept doing it because he had to pay the bills, becoming increasingly bitter about it and projecting his bitterness and opinion onto agency employees at large based on....well, no tangable evidence other than the words of a guy who admittedly came to work with a negative view as to what was going on since day one. What I see is him indicating instances of people acting outside of what is trained and what are the established codes of conduct and presenting that, based nothing but his own opinion which is clearly prejudiced, across all of TSA as some kind of unofficial or official SOP.

    I enjoyed his attempt to confirm the accusations of racial profiling, despite pointing out countries or origins were targetted and not race. At one turn he says "middle easterners" were targetted, at the next moment he's pointing out Saudi Arabian and Pakistani passports didn't make the list...so which was it, was it targetting those of "middle eastern race" or was it targetting those of particular countries?

    I also like how he full on admitted to fraudulently presenting his employee status on his blog, claiming to be a former employee while still employed and posting things that would likely be legitimate grounds for termination. And just like all the other "whistleblowers" lately, he "Saw" his blog as a "whistleblowing" thing...ignoring that there's an actual protocol for being a whistleblower and bitching about things online and justifying it by believing really really hard that you're "whistleblowing" isn't it. For how much he likes to try and put in little quips to make himself sound smart, he seems pretty dumb regarding some facets of law.

    Is everything TSA done honkey dorey and works wonderful and is exactly as they say? No. Some of the stuff he says I can understand and agree with. But far to much of his random rantings are attempts to extrapolate his own individual experience across the entire country, and presenting things that are clearly against TSA rules and regulations as standard run of the mill happenings by all.

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    Re: Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Well I never said we need a big powerful government looking after us and spying on us, that's a straw man and the hyperbole is the obvious ridiculous exaggeration. Anyway sorry I feel libertarianism is a joke, its unrealistic, has no historical background, seems to be based purely off ideology rather than pragmatism. And that's really the sticker for me, ideology is probably one of the most dangerous things that people can follow as if there's some magical set of rules that if you follow everything will turn out well in the end. I'm a pragmatist, I'm about solving problems, getting things done, and doing things that make sense without worrying about whether they pass some ideological litmus test.

    For example in that other topic about seat belts we have people arguing that seat belt laws are just government tyranny despite the fact that there's no benefit to not having these laws and every benefit in having them. But it doesn't pass the ideological litmus test so throw out the common sense and march lock step with what the ideology says.
    Sounds like an ideology to me.

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