There’s an interesting little tidbit today on the TSA website. Here’s an article about it. Here’s the deal in a nutshell. The Aviation Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called TSA administrator John Pistole to participate in a hearing on “How Best to Improve our Nation’s Airport Passenger Security Systems through Common Sense Solutions”. Mr. Pistole, in his statement on the TSA website, claims that the House rules state that the Committee has no jurisdiction over the TSA.
Are you freaking kidding me?! The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the US House of Representatives has no jurisdiction over the Transportation Security Agency?!?! Congress created the TSA. Congress allocates funds for the TSA. And John Pistole refuses to attend the hearing?
Is John Pistole afraid of something? Does he fear that he may be called out on some of the TSA’s more questionable practices? Aren’t people in positions of power, such as John Pistole, paid more money because they’re supposed to answer the tough questions? Shouldn’t Agency administrators be compelled to participate in House hearings designed to make said Agency more effective and efficient in performing its responsibilities? If not, why don’t we just declare John Pistole to be the dictator of Transportation Security?
Sure, John, it’s perfectly OK for your agency to put people through X-ray body scanners. And it’s perfectly OK for some of your agents to be so poorly trained that they can’t conduct a proper pat down without violating a passenger’s personal areas. And of course it’s acceptable to violate the 4th Amendment Rights of American citizens!
John Pistole should be subject to Congressional oversight, and, more importantly, subject to oversight by the American people who pay his salary, and the salaries of every employee of the TSA! It’s sickening to know that government bureaucrats consider themselves to be above any oversight and above any reproach. We pay their salaries, DAMN IT!!!!