Earlier this month, a special needs teenager returning home from a brain tumor treatment at St. Jude Hospital was left battered, bloodied and in jail after an encounter with Transportation Security Administration agents at a security checkpoint.
Seventy-two TSA agents are on the DHS terrorist watch list. The blue-gloved bandits have been caught in every crime from smuggling cocaine to sexually assaulting passengers in the bathroom to groping children — yet the American public is forced to keep funding them.
Aside from being a criminal gang of sexual predators and thieves, the TSA is entirely incompetent in their ostensible position of keeping airlines safe. Multiple reports and incidents have pointed out the sheer inability of the TSA to protect anyone.
This facade of protection also comes with a hefty price tag, outside of the forced taxation — long lines. According to CNTraveler.com:
It’s time to face the facts — the police state monstrosity known as the TSA is an utter rights-violating disaster.
Nothing highlights this notion quite like a recent study conducted by the Department of Homeland security.
According to the report from the House Homeland Security Commission entitled “Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public,” nearly half of the TSA’s 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years.
In their 29 page report, the word misconduct appears a whopping 237 times!
According to the report:
Almost half of TSA’s entire workforce allegedly committed misconduct, and almost half of that number allegedly did so repeatedly. According to TSA data, from fiscal year 2013 through 2015, almost 27,000 unique employees had an allegation of misconduct filed against them. Moreover, about half of those employees had two or more misconduct allegations filed against them, with some employees having 14, 16, and 18 allegations. In fact, 1,270 employees had five or more misconduct allegations filed against them (see Table 2).
In a similar fashion to the police in America, when TSA agents are accused of and investigated for misconduct, they are awarded with a paid vacation.
In addition, TSA provided data showing that 781 employees received paid administrative leave while under investigation for alleged misconduct from fiscal years 2013 through 2015, with 20 of these employees receiving such leave for six months or more. Five employees received paid administrative leave for 1 year or more. In total, TSA spent almost $5.9 million paying these 781 employees while they were being investigated for alleged misconduct.
Up until this comprehensive report, Americans had no idea how corrupt the TSA was because the TSA, just like the police, reports no data on allegations of their misconduct.
As Techdirt notes, if the agency is unwilling to do even the minimum to curb misconduct, it should come as no surprise that it’s become host to a large number of misbehaving employees. Fifteen years of mismanagement has turned a response to a horrific attack into a playground for people who like lots of power and zero accountability.