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View Poll Results: How do you feel about TSA?
TSA Provides for our security, we should expand the services they provide 2 2.67%
TSA makes me feel safer, I don't mind trading a little inconvenience for the security they provide. 5 6.67%
I don't really have an opinion either way. 4 5.33%
TSA is ineffective and costs too much money for the benefits it provides, we should consider scaling it back. 19 25.33%
TSA is unconstitutional and a violation of our rights, dismantle it immediately. 45 60.00%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-08-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Currently I physically reside on the 3rd planet from the sun
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I hear many criticisms of TSA and very little about what it has accomplished. Now TSA is looking to expand it's activities to Subways, Train Stations, Ferrys and Vehicle Check Points under the VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention & Response) program.

VIPR Teams to Enhance Security at Major Local Transporation Facilities (the good spin)

Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane (the bad spin)


Is it a common misconception that a large percentage of Americans do not support TSA? Is there a silent majority out there who support and appreciate the security TSA provides?

Please vote the Poll below and add a comment with a general idea of who you are (frequent traveller, international traveller, non-frequent traveller etc.) and why you voted as you did.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I think both the TSA and the Homeland Security that spawned it should be eliminated. We do not need either.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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We need to get rid of the TSA and Homeland Security. Every organizations goal is to get bigger and if we let these fools stay around long enough we will have ourselves a nice new KGB style agency.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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Non frequent user of multi-modal transportation; that is, I drive my own truck.

The DHS is tooting their own horn in this link, but is any of this false? And did any of these accomplishments result in better national security? Just asking...

DHS: Fact Sheet: Select Homeland Security Accomplishments For 2006 (http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1167404984182.shtm - broken link)
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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Is it time we have a pool that is in the travel forum? This is not a political matter. What I find kind of funny is that most of the people who whine the most about the TSA don't even travel much. I guess it's either get mad at the TSA this morning or hit the kitchen to make another tin foil hat.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Currently I physically reside on the 3rd planet from the sun
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Is it time we have a pool that is in the travel forum? This is not a political matter. What I find kind of funny is that most of the people who whine the most about the TSA don't even travel much. I guess it's either get mad at the TSA this morning or hit the kitchen to make another tin foil hat.
I meant to post this in the debate forum but believe it is appropriate for the politics forum. We are not discussing the merits or disadvantages of TSA in regards to travel, we are discussing the political merits, disadvantages and legality of TSA's existence.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Is it time we have a pool that is in the travel forum? This is not a political matter. What I find kind of funny is that most of the people who whine the most about the TSA don't even travel much. I guess it's either get mad at the TSA this morning or hit the kitchen to make another tin foil hat.
Guess what, if it's run by the government, it's political.
And doesn't matter if you travel or not, since the tax dollars from everyone go to fund it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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I travel a lot by air. In my experience, the TSA do a decent job at the security points of airports. I have always found them to be courteous, friendly and reasonably efficient. It tends to be clueless passengers that slow the lines down, not the TSA.

That said, I have reservations about the growth of the TSA as a bureaucracy and about how effective they are outside of airport security points. I think that much of the "enhanced security" and "scope creep" in their role is more about budget protection than about really protecting the public. I know for a fact that their "watch" database is hopeless with several hundred thousand citizens who should not be on it.

So, to summarize. I think the TSA has a role in airport security but we need much better oversight, accountability and constructive criticism where they are concerned.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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Get rid of it!
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:28 AM
 
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Is it time we have a pool that is in the travel forum? This is not a political matter. What I find kind of funny is that most of the people who whine the most about the TSA don't even travel much. I guess it's either get mad at the TSA this morning or hit the kitchen to make another tin foil hat.
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