On top of toddlers’ diapers, women’s brassieres, and the wheelchair-bound elderly, the TSA is focused on foiling a new terror threat: paperweights.
Last month, TSA agents at the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, protected America’s infrastructure by preventing an air traveler from bringing aboard a novelty “F bomb,” cleverly disguised as a desktop paperweight.
Oblivious to the inanity of their bust, the TSA then bragged about how they had confiscated someone’s office supplies on their blog, posting a photo of the novelty paperweight alongside other repossessed items, such as a live stun grenade and an inert replica hand grenade.
The TSA explained away agents’ lack of common sense by stating, “We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited.” [emphasis theirs]
“’Looks like a real bomb.’ Yeah, about that… This looks about as real as any bomb ordered by Wile E. Coyote from ACME Products,” comments Tech Dirt’s Tim Cushing. “The ‘fuse’ appears to be recycled power lines, something no one could actually light.”
Of course, staging a massive, multi-billion dollar security theater and violating citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights in order to net mundane items like paperweights is just business as usual for the TSA.
The big bust is commensurate with other trivial airport security actions witnessed in the past, such as arbitrary drink testing of beverages purchased beyond security checkpoints, the disarming of a Toy Story Woody doll and an absurd policy involving TSA agents ordering travelers to “freeze” in place like statues.
Despite the agency’s own internal documents revealing “it is aware of no one who is currently plotting a terror attack against our aviation system using explosives,” the Homeland Security subsidiary continues to insist on the dire public need for their fleecing.
Worse still is that the public shakedown fails to catch actual weaponry nearly 70 percent of the time, as pointed out by Cushing, allowing guns, bomb parts and knives to pass screeners undetected.
Others have also demonstrated how easy it is to build an arsenal of weapons solely using items found beyond TSA airport checkpoints, further bringing the agency’s legitimacy into question.
At the same time it is busy blocking abstract handmade, recycled goods, the TSA has been caught lying about allowing illegal immigrants to board flights sans screening, in an overt illustration of how the federal government maintains the rights of law-breaking “refugees” from other countries, while harassing innocent Americans over things like breast milk.