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TSA: The agency Americans love to hate

How did an agency created to protect the public become the target of so much public scorn? After nine years of funneling travelers into ever longer lines with orders to have shoes off, sippy cups empty and laptops out for inspection, the most surprising thing about increasingly heated frustration with the federal Transportation Security Administration may be that it took so long to boil over. Even Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is not subjected to security pat-downs when she travels, understands the public’s irritation. She, for one, wouldn’t want to go through such scrutiny. “Not if I could
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Robert Slayton: California Republicans

California’s Republican Party is going to lose statewide elections for a long time. And it’s not just because of the leaders and candidates; it’s their electorate that is preserving this fate. Let’s start with the people who should head the ticket. The Golden State’s Grand Old Party has professional politicians with both charisma and issues that will appeal to many voters. Positions like a stress on individual responsibility and cutting the deficit. Conventional pols advocating these values could easily be winners. I am exempting from the above statement amateurs like the current governor. Arnie actually helped the Dems defeat Meg
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Richard Greener: Why Not Try This: Establishing Principles for Evaluating Measures Designed to Protect the Homeland From Terrorism?

The name “Homeland Security” speaks for itself. If the homeland wasn’t in danger, perhaps even in jeopardy, the agency known as Homeland Security would not exist. There would be no reason for it. And there would be no sub-group of more than 50,000 agents called the TSA and they would not be spending in excess of $7 billion a year to “protect” commercial air passengers and those living on the ground below some nearly 80,000 aircraft in US skies everyday from terrorists. The attacks of 9/11 generated this type of national hyper-response. The objective was, of course, to prevent another
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