Start the video at the 8-minute mark. Watch until your face hurts from smiling.
If every congressional session was this gratifying, people might actually watch C-SPAN.
The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), quite possibly the most important committee in all of government today, spent well over an hour detailing their immense dissatisfaction with the Transportation Security Administration. The biggest news:
“We have learned that there have been more than 25,000 security breaches since November of 2001, and I do appreciate the TSA tracking the data, but obviously these are the ones we know about. And the deep concern is what we don’t know about and the creativity of what can happen in the future.”
-Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.)
The 25,000 breaches include:
— 14,322 breaches into secure entries, passages or other means of access to the secure side of the airport.
— Approximately 6,000 breaches involving a TSA screener failing to screen a passenger or a passenger’s carry-on property, or doing either improperly.
— 2,616 instances involving an individual getting past the checkpoint or exit lane without submitting to all screening and inspections. Some 1,388 of these have occurred at the perimeter areas of airports.
The TSA spokespeople were quick to downplay the magnitude of their failures, citing that 25,000 security breaches accounts for less than 1% of the billions of passengers they’ve handled in the past 10 years. But the committee was not convinced, especially John Mica (R-Fla.), who was actually on the committee that started the TSA. “Everywhere I turn, I see a blatant disregard for the taxpayer,” he said sternly, speaking freely and using no scripted testimony (unlike the TSA). Check out the entirety of his disgust with the Men in Blue at the 8-minute-mark.
One final quote of note, from Rep. Chaffetz:
“We will have spent nearly 500 million dollars on AIT machines by the time we get to 2013…the TSA has spent millions and millions of dollars on things that have not worked.”