Tuesday, June 01, 2004

title alone says it all 

Incredulous. The title says it -- "antiterrorism Terror Agency shrinking in size" -- and some want to dismantle it completely saying it's too big and not living up to expectations. As the refrain from the wingnut crowd goes "uh, remember 9/11"? This has more to do with keeping us safe than Iraq does.

The second refrain is that they want to privatize the agency. Bad idea. We all know what it's like to get a rent-a-cop high school graduate who straps on a gun and suddenly feels empowered -- all those damn bullies better watch out.

"Mica and other Republicans, who were never entirely comfortable with creating a new bureaucracy, want to return all airport security screener jobs to the private sector, where they were before September 11, 2001."

That is not a typo folks. That's like Hillary Clinton hiring Monica to be Bill's personal secretary on his book tour. That's like ABC sports hiring Rush Limbaugh to do color commentary on the NBA. That's like sending Negraponte over to Iraq -- oh wait. I would think there isn't a second chance, there isn't a do-over, and just because a bunch of securityompanies are lobbying like mad to get those sweet deals that they had with the airports back, they shouldn't be handed to them on a silver platter.

Let's fix it. Let's get it right. Let's keep it out of the private sector where profit may dictate what's invested in and what's cut, because what's cut may just lead to disaster.

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