I’ve had a migraine (still do) the past few days, and I’m just catching up with some news. So in my travels around the Manufactured Right and Left blog worlds, I caught this story from my favorite Federal Government Thugs Bureaucracy. The oh so joyful folks from the T.S.A.
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has collected records on thousands of passengers who went to airport checkpoints without identification, adding them to a database of people who violated security laws or were questioned for suspicious behavior.
Now, first and fore most, it’s a good idea to have an I.D. on you. Common sense dictates that. But, getting you name added to a “Government List” is not common sense. That’s what we call Big Brother.
The database has 16,500 records of such people and is open to law enforcement agencies, according to the TSA.
I wonder how many of the 16,500 people even know their name is on a “Government List”. I’m going to take a guess and say none of them. And don’t give me the “it’s for our safety” crap either. When I hear a Government Thug say that saying, I immediately think “Wonderful, More Government Power”.
But according to the article, head thug Kip Hawley called USA Today back, and had this to say.
Later Tuesday, Hawley called the newspaper to say the agency is changing its policy effective today and will stop keeping records of people who don’t have ID if a screener can determine their identity. Hawley said he had been considering the change for a month. The names of people who did not have identification will soon be expunged, he said.
Yeah. Okay, Mr. Hawley. As my father would say to me, if he knew I was fibbing, “Son, tell me another one”. And you are fibbing Sir. You get a Government paycheck. So that automatically means “not to be trusted”, in my world.
As soon as this story hit, the wonderful folks who run the TSA’s blog, had this to say……
TSA collects real-time information from airports across the country so that our operation center can look for patterns and data points of significant security value. The information is only shared with other law enforcement partners on a need-to-know basis. The ability to “connect the dots” on emerging situations can not be underestimated. In the post 9/11 world, such analysis is so fundamental to protecting the American public that it was a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission.
So you see there’s a contradiction here.Chief Hawley said they were stopping the programs of collection names, then we have the folks who run the TSA’s blog saying another. Who do you believe? I pick none of the above.