National security at risk with TSA privatization

National security at risk with TSA privatization

Orlando : FL : USA | Nov 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM PST
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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) volunteer demonstrates a full-body scanner

When it comes to government administration, the republican solution to just about every issue is, ‘turn it over to private industry.' On CNN Sunday, Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) suggested that the new Congress should push their ‘privatize the government' policy on the TSA.

Private industry security screeners are already preparing for a takeover in Orlando, Florida, and if the GOP has their way more airports will follow. However, to some, letting a sub-contractor, who may be more interested in profits than safety, is the equivalent of letting a privately run, for-profit company take over the military.

What a private company is likely to do, is what they have done in the past; hire people at $8.00 an hour and make them work 10 hour days under the threat of firing them if they don't like it.

How much do you think an underpaid, over worked employee will really care about what someone brings on a plane? And now many of them will only take the job because it's the only work they can find?

Putting national security in the hands of private industry not only increases the threat to America, but also to the world.

In our new austere America, cost cutting by way of giving the United States government to Wall Street, is not new. Nor is the concept of prioritizing the bottom line over all else. Just ask the families of the eleven men who were killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Safety comes in second to profits in America. Now the GOP is making their pitch to sell our national security for what amounts to $8.00 an hour. Something is wrong with this picture.

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A US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent walks through a terminal
A US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent walks through a terminal
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