Embar Angylwrath wrote:
I notice Tora dodged the questions about the APC purchases and the 1.5 billion rounds of ammo purchased by DHS. To put that in perspective, that's the same amount of ammo needed to wage an Iraq-style war, for 20 years.
I am pretty sure DHS did not buy any MRAPs (not APC), check your source. DHS has a contract with a company to install new chassis on 2700 MRAPs that would otherwise be among the 12,000 or so that the Army is putting into storage and eventually scrapping for the JTLV in 3 years. DHS / FEMA have been using MRAPS for several years now and since they are essentially down armoring them from their current mine resistant state with a lighter chassis, I am at a loss to what you conspiracy nuts are worried about. They are essentially a cheap SWAT truck for DHS. God forbid we save some fucking money on the deal.
DHS as an agency is responsible for procurement of ammunition for duty and training for over 45,000 CBP agents and officers, 15,000+ ICE agents, the entire U.S. Coast Guard, the Secret Service, TSA, Federal Air Marshalls, Federal Protective Service officers, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Nor is this a one year procurement. It is a multi-year procurement. I think the yearly total on the contract comes in at about 320 million rounds, or something like 2,500ish rounds for both training and duty for all of the armed officers, agents and puddle pirates. It is actually quite a little less when you consider the DHS FLETC and ranges that train LEOs from all federal branches and some state and local as well, all pulling from that same pool of ammunition.
Also you might want to fact check that 20 year Iraq-style war claim. That would mean that the Army was only expending around 6,000,000 rounds per month at the height of the war. That then begs the question why the U.S. Army small arms ammo orders topped 1.5 billion in 2006 (having risen steadily to that point since 2000 levels of just under 500,000,000 per year).
Embar Angylwrath wrote:The external pressures it faces are funding-related. They have to keep up the fallacy in order to get funding. They have to pretend they are effective, when their own metrcis show they aren't. (There's a reason why they quit publishing failure rates on challenges... they were't getting any better and the failure rate was terrible).
TSA doesn't have funding issues. TSA's budget over the last 10 years is less than what we spend on the Food Stamps program EVERY year. The reason for not publishing failure rates has jack shit to do with funding. TSA doesn't post them because they don't want to encourage would be terrorists. "Look Achmed, you have a 2 in 10 chance of getting your shoe bomb through the WTMD. Come on, all the cool terrorists are trying it!". The failure rate 5 years ago was terrible. A great deal has changed in those five years in detection training and technology.
Freecare Spiritwise wrote:I may routinely question whether our senators are competent, but treating them like terrorists is a stretch.
So you think we should treat them differently because they are politicians? Fuck that. I am not required to go through screening every time I go to an airport to do my job, but I do it anyway. She wasn't being treated like a terrorist she was receiving the required screening for her hands alarming for nitrates.
Freecare Spiritwise wrote:I still can't forget the TSA threatening to arrest my extremely disabled stepdaughter
I don't know when this happened, but TSA cannot arrest anyone. TSA does not have law enforcement powers. If they are unable to control a passenger they are required to call local law enforcement. In larger airports TSA pays the local police department for the presence of uniformed LEOs, in smaller airports that isn't always possible.
Freecare Spiritwise wrote:We didn't say a word over any of it until they went to put her in cuffs, which I hope no one here is suggesting was appropriate.
As I said TSA does not have law enforcement powers and no TSA screeners even have handcuffs. A TSA screener isn't even allowed to detain you if you decide to just walk through screening and tell them to shove it up their ass. The LEO who tackles you 30 seconds later and hauls you off to jail does though. It is quite possible that you were mistaken as to who handcuffed her as was the case when a woman at Fort Lauderdale claimed that TSA cuffed her to a chair. This happens quite a bit and is a good reason that screeners shouldn't wear badges and police style uniforms.
Freecare Spiritwise wrote: I say fire the bottom half of their screeners and spend that money on more sky marshals.
They are actually called Federal Air Marshals not sky marshals, but that would be a hell of a budget jump and you still wouldn't be able to put a Marshal on all 30,000 domestic flights each day, forget putting them on all flights, and then when would they get a day off. Besides what do the other 26,000 screeners do? Wait times already suck at some airports, take away half the screeners and see if it gets better.