Sunday, January 09, 2011

TSA and Gabrielle Giffords: Continuing Mission Creep

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several other people were shot at a supermarket where Giffords was hosting a talk-to-your-representative public event. This has absolutely nothing to do with airports or transportation, yet assistant House minority leader James Clyburn is using it as an excuse to say congresspersons should get special treatment from the TSA:
Clyburn called for the Transportation Security Administration, which administers airport security checkpoints, to interact “a little better” with the Capitol Hill Police.

“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” he said. “Well, the fact of the matter is, we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas, and I think we need to take a hard look at exactly how the TSA interact with members of Congress.”
The reporter did not ask him to explain the logic of how the problem "lunatic shoots people in a supermarket" has the solution "make Congress exempt from the humiliating and degrading treatment TSA inflicts on innocent Americans."


Blogger rhhardin said...

I'd recommend John Gall's Systemantics (the earlier the edition the better, starting in 1975), for some pithy observations on the dynamics of organizations.

The law in question here is "Laws of Growth: Systems tend to grow, and as they grow, they encroach."

3:24 PM  

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