Well, lets start with this- the hugely inept and bumbling bureaucracy called the TSA- who I'd like to remind you has NEVER stopped a terrorist in the ten years they've been active- is now on the fast track to be some kind of information clearing house.
And yes, this did clear the Republican House.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the bill's sponsor, said the legislation is a "common sense approach" to fighting terrorism. The House passed the bill May 30 and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is now considering the bill.
In an interview with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Speier said the bill creates "fusion centers," where TSA can provide intel to local law enforcement and emergency management officials.
"We have put in place through TSA a very elaborate system [in airports]. We all go through those metal detectors and those secondary searches. And we've put a lot of focus on the airlines for good reason. But we have neglected the mass transit components, generally speaking," she said.
Speier said 2 million people fly each day, compared with more than 5 million who ride the subway each day in New York City alone. She pointed out that the most recent terrorist attacks have been on mass transit. Also, when U.S. Special Forces raided Osama Bin Laden's compound last year, intelligence gathered revealed the next attack was intended for mass transit.
And when was the last time anyone tried to hijack a plane with the guns, knives and explosives the TSA let aboard airplanes?
When was the last time anyone tried to hijack or blow up an American subway?
Especially with everyone watching for something like that?
The TSA has already admitted that it's not effective and is a danger to the traveling public and the economy because of their ill-trained workers.