Fresh off of the political fallout from sequestration, the Obama Administration shocked America with a deranged policy development: “The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats. The agency will permit knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch.”
First of all, what is the point of this policy? Al-Qaeda is NOT “on the run”— Americans were recently killed by terrorists in Libya and Algeria, and terrorists in Afghanistan have not diminished their attacks on U.S. soldiers. The infamous “underwear bomber” successfully smuggled explosive liquid past TSA onto a jet almost 1 year into Obama’s first term. Allowing knives, baseball bats, and golf clubs onto airplanes is helpful to terrorists and dangerous for Americans. In response to this idiotic policy, the Flight Attendants Union Coalition has launched “a nationwide legislative and public campaign” (including petitioning the White House) to prevent another national security disaster.
The TSA’s new policy is even more disturbing in light of the report that “Some of the September 11 hijackers may have been armed with a high-strength, folding, metal utility knife rather than the more easily concealed box-cutter with a plastic handle, according to an independent commission investigating the terrorist attacks.”
Update: Even more disturbing is a new report from a former TSA screener at Newark airport: “Did you know you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener? These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror. These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog. An agent got through Newark last week with an improvised explosive device? That’s not even news to anyone who works there. It happens all the time… We’re not any big deterrent. It’s all for show.” And regarding the unconstitutional tactics of TSA? This whistleblower says “Every time you read about a TSA horror story, it’s usually about a screener doing what he or she is instructed to do.”