Wednesday, November 6, 2013

When You Confront the Government Directly, They Reload

Following the shootup of LAX terminal 3 by nutjob Paul Ciancia, the TSA is now considering arming its agents. The Bloomberg twitter feed actually had a decent headline to this story:
TSA shooting turns security theatre conversation from "too much" to "too little"
Bloomberg reports:
Lawmakers have chided the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for screening excesses such as pat-downs that reduced children to tears.
After an agency officer at Los Angeles International Airport was killed at a checkpoint Nov. 1, conversation turned from whether there’s too much security to whether more is needed outside the checkpoint.
“There are folks out there that want to do bad things,” TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski said at an American Association of Airport Executives conference in Arlington, Virginia, yesterday. “The problem is that front side of the airport is not as strong as it could be. So we have to look at ways to prevent that.”
Ideas for change include arming some TSA officers to enabling roaming teams of specially trained agents to monitor public areas outside checkpoints. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and TSA Administrator John Pistole have said there needs to be better coordination between the agency and law enforcement.
Direct confrontation with the government never ends well.


  1. Indirect confrontation seldom ends well.


  3. A man reacts violently to the humiliation and intrusiveness of the TSA screening process. Solution of the bureaucrats is to make the process even more overbearing. Exquisite logic.

    1. Yeah well when you confront a bully and his gang (ie a bunch of cowards) he will always escalate it by getting more oppressive. Please people, don't do something stupid like this. You'll only make it worse.

    2. Then Jesus told him, “Put your sword back in its place because all who take up a sword will perish by a sword. -- Matthew 26:52

      It cuts both ways. If the State brings the sword it will perish by the sword. It is universal, at some point people will fight instead of being attacked by the current powers. There will be blood. I do not condone what Paul Ciancia did, nor do I agree with the escalation of violence by the State. However, the Ciancia's of the world are the natural consequence of the States actions. It will only get worse unless one decides to stop