Picking on the TSA is almost too easy, but this story made my jaw drop. From the article:
At San Diego International Airport, tests are run by passengers whom local TSA managers ask to carry a fake bomb, said screener Cris Soulia, an official in a screeners union. “It’s nobody we would ever expect,” Soulia said.
“That seems perfectly reasonable, Pat, what’s your problem with *that*???” someone may say. Read these stories and posts and you may get some idea. Imagine you’re a normal citizen, and a pair of official looking types come up to you and flash badges. Then they say, “We’re with the Transportation Security Administration, and we’re testing our screeners today. You’ve been chosen because you don’t look suspicious, we’ve had trouble with some screeners at some airports not adequately screening people with children. We’d like you to carry this fake bomb through the screening station, to see if they catch it. Can you assist us?”
Except you’re a normal citizen, you have no idea what a real TSA badge looks like, and you have no idea what a real bomb looks like. Guess what? You may have just volunteered to carry a real explosive through a security checkpoint! The best part about this from the terrorist point of view is that with a remote detonator, they can even remove the risk that you can identify them – if the screeners actually appear like they’re going to catch the bomb, they can detonate it from afar, blowing up their involuntary suicide bomber and causing a messy affair of minor terrorism to boot.
— edited to add —
More on this story over at Bruce’s blog. Beat him to the punch for a change 🙂