TSA allows man with Tuberculosis to board a plane...

@missybal (4490)
United States
January 12, 2010 1:38pm CST
The focus in Washington is on reforming healthcare and here we have a vital agency within the Department of Homeland Security who's mistake that could of spread this illness to the rest of the plane. With the recent Christmas Attack also I just find it so incredible that a mistake like this happened... at least this guy was on the do not fly list. I'm very concerned that our federal government is turning it's head from the main job that it was meant to do... that is keep us safe. The DHS creation in my opinion was long overdue. My husband is working on him BA in Homeland Security and I just find his textbooks fasinating. However I worry that without proper support that the DHS is hindered in hits ability to keep this country secure. It takes time to full develop any system and we have come a long way but I think the people in Washington are taking their eye off the ball and their real job. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail as I want to see where does everyone else stand on the issue of Homeland Security and the Agencies within the DHS. Are you familiar with the agencies and what they do? Are you seeking a career within the DHS?
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@xfahctor (14118)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
12 Jan 10
"I want to see where does everyone else stand on the issue of Homeland Security and the Agencies within the DHS" My stance is simple...I think the DHS should be abolished. It is just another department created with the excuse of "our national" security. One can only trade off so much liberty in the name of security before they are living in a police state.
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@missybal (4490)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Normally I would agree with you. I don't agree with everything the Department of Homeland Security does however the security services now done under TSA use to be performed by minimum wage employees with little to no training. I agree with your statement on liberty traded off in the "name of" security. A great deal that really has little to do with making us more secure is done in the name of making Americans secure and it's a fine line to walk. I do not agree at all with how the government likes to think they can save us from ourselves in their own mine. We as Americans should have the freedom to make our own decisions however protection from foreign enemies with no respect for human life I feel a great deal could have been avoided. Question is are they really doing what they were meant to do? Slip ups happen but why so many lately? Thanks for your response xfahctor. Although at times I disagree with you, you are very intelligent and I respect your opinions.
@missybal (4490)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Serious question though xfahctor... do you feel we should go back to the private security companies to handle all the security at airports?
@xfahctor (14118)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Jan 10
At one point I advocated the return of securety to the private firms, I have modified it to the city in which the airport lies though, perhaps through their port authorities. Immingration would still be handled by the U.S. immigration and customs at the points of arrival of international flights. Don't believe for one minute that a lot of the securety measures and police poewers created are in the name of "security". It is more about maintaining an infastructure of control over citizenry. Things like war and terrorism are just great oportunity to them to usher these measures in. You are probably far more likely to die by being hit by lightning than you are to die in a terrorist attack. Should we secure our nation, our ports, our poitns of entery, our borders? Of course we should. But do we do this with endless layers of invasive and liberty stretching measures, border patrol stopping every day american citizens traveling in their own states? Do we allow near limitless wiretapping of nearly anyone they choose at any time? Do we allow the indefinate detention, uncharged, of american citizens? Do we allow international police agenices total diplomatic immunity? Do we grant permission to foriegn troops to operate on our soil in times of civil disturbance? Do we allow the suspension of posse commitatus when there is a shooting spree in a small alabama town? These are but a tiny fraction of the things that have been implimented and happening in the name of "security". These are things both authoritarian parties have supported and impliments, in the name of "security".
@AmbiePam (85328)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I probably know about as much as the average American citizen. Which isn't all that much if we're going by only what we see or read in the news.
@missybal (4490)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Don't feel bad I didn't know much until recently. Now I just can't stop trying to learn everything I can. I've been sick again lately so it leaves me with more time to study... plus business is bad, so I have time to read. I think of myself as lucky in that aspect as most people do not have the luxury.
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