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Petition to Abolish the TSA is Doomed to Fail

If you take a little gander at the White House website today, you'll notice a petition regarding the TSA. Specifically, regarding the possible abolition of the TSA, which is very unlikely to happen. The petition is titled "Abolish the TSA, and use its monstrous budget to fund more sophisticated, less intrusive counter-terrorism intelligence," and nearly all the signatures seem to be coming from Reddit.

The Transportation Security Administration has been one of the largest, most expensive and most visible blunders of the post-9-11 homeland security reformation. It has violated countless constitutional rights of average Americans, caused miserable and expensive delays in an already-overburdened air travel system, and allowed multiple known instances of harassment, theft, extortion and sexual abuse by its employees. It has failed approximately 70% of undercover efficacy tests, and for all its excesses, has been unable to catch even a single terrorist since its creation. In our current economic situation, we can no longer afford to continue wasting taxpayer dollars on this kafkaesque embarrassment. Let us instead invest in saner, more effective solutions.

Good luck, Reddit. Any petition with "kafkaesque" in it is not going to have wide popular appeal. Also, what do you propose replacing the TSA with? It's not that we like the TSA -- they're always groping people -- but, you know, you'd need to replace them with some other kind of security system otherwise people would get very, very upset. And it's going to take more than 6,000 signatures, though we commend the signatories for surpassing their goal of 5,000. But anyway! Godspeed.

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