Target: President Obama
Goal: Abolish the Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was instated soon after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 in the hopes that increased airport security would prevent future attacks. Contrary to the image the TSA maintains, airports are no more secure than before September 11th – and are in many ways less secure – while citizens are forced to surrender their right to privacy in order to travel by plane.
Before September 11th, airport security was managed by the airlines themselves, who have a vested interest in preventing an attack on their business. The TSA, on the other hand, is a self-regulated agency whose only interest is to appear effective. Invasive procedures such as full-body scans, pat-downs, and luggage screenings have never caught a single terrorist. In fact, multiple studies and experiments have shown that it is still fairly easy to slip contraband past the TSA.
Airport security has become little more than political theater, a performance to make travelers feel safe while at the same time desensitizing the public to major invasions of personal privacy. Professional security experts have condemned the methods used by the TSA for massive gaps in the screening process, a severe lack of crisis training, and the complete unaccountability of all TSA employees. Not only does the TSA fail to protect us from anything at all, but its whole performance comes at a great cost to American citizens, including our right to privacy. Sign the petition to demand that President Obama address these issues and abolish the TSA.
Dear President Obama,
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a relic of post-9/11 panic. Their broad and unchecked power to invade personal privacy in no way protects us from terrorism. According to security industry experts, the TSA looks for threats in all the wrong places, and actually creates easier targets for attacks by causing so much congestion and pandemonium at the airport.
So far, there has not been a single reported instance of the TSA discovering or preventing a terrorist attack in its twelve year existence. Instead, the TSA has simply become a major burden on travelers and a continuous violation of Americans’ right to personal privacy. High level security does not require invasive body scans or pat downs, and does not treat every individual as an equal threat. We would be better off simply returning to the pre-9/11 system, with airlines providing their own security. Please protect the safety and privacy of American citizens by abolishing the TSA.
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