On the "man bites dog" front, and in the spirit of fairness, here are two items on behalf of the TSA. Or at least in opposition to some lines of criticism (like this recent one
First: I can't believe that I've learned only now that the TSA has its own chatty blog
, which takes up various criticisms, especially from web sites, and gives the TSA's answer. For instance, if you want to know their response to this famed
cartoon from XKCD.com
, check here
The wonderful headline on another item
at the blog: "Response to 'TSA Agents Took My Son.'"
I won't say that I
am tremendously convinced by their rebuttals, but I do (seriously)
admire the effort, and the flair. (I learned about the blog via Bob Collins
, below and after the jump, a reader's message in response to the recent GAO critique of TSA, mentioned here
"While agreeing with the spirt of your attack on TSA, I'm not sure the jab is well centered.
"The GAO report is about TSA funding new technology. Clearly that is a botched job -- the withdrawal of the "puffer" machines is a demonstration that TSA is not good at funding R&D. But it has nothing to do with TSA screening tactics -- which I agree are not "risk based". And on the larger level, I'm not sure a blanket risk analysis is an effective tool for deciding where to put R&D dollars.
"I could fault TSA for placing too much value on screening
passengers rather than looking at airport security and/or baggage
security. They have to keep up the security theatre. But making TSA
less intrusive, stupid and customer friendly would seem to be better
strategic guidance than making it analyze "risk."
"For example, what if better baggage screening led to RFID tags
that would lead to less lost luggage? Or TSA screening was better
integrated into checkin saving passengers time?
"In terms of risk, I thought this discussion was more helpful, http://www.hlswatch.com/2009/10/15/"do-i-have-the-right-to-refuse-this-search"/ which [I found at] Bruce Schneier's blog here."
As always, judge for yourself, especially after checking out the TSA blog.
Read the complete post at http://www.pheedcontent.com/click.phdo?i=1003268e737322e8f6137a6b182ee2b7
7 Nov 2009 11:25