Security Studies Offers Presentation on the TSA

Black and white photos of airport security checkpoint showing one person going in and the second leaving.

“Let’s Get Rid of the TSA”
with Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow Cato Institute
Fri, April 25, 2014

11:00am – 12:30pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The Department of Security Studies will host a presentation on a controversial issue in the security field, namely, abolishing the Transportation Security Administration with Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute.

“The session is designed to promote exciting conversation and spirited debate about security issues in the U.S.,” said Dr. John Payne, Assistant Professor in the Department of Security Studies. “The speaker will explore ideas for improving security without a cost to liberty. We hope our students and faculty come with lots of comments and questions.”

Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow
The presentation, entitled “Let’s Get Rid of the TSA,” will be presented by Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization and think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Bandow served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and was editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. He also is a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.

Bandow is an advocate for the privatization of airport security.
“Any American who travels deals with the Transportation Safety Administration,” said Bandow in a recent column for the Cato Institute.

An agry passenger encounters a TSA agent at the security x-ray machine.The TSA, created in 2001, spent $7.9 billion last year and employed 62,000 employees to protect more than 450 commercial airports, with two-thirds of the budget dedicated to airport screening, Bandow said. He said the agency is more “bureaucracy than safety,” and often makes the news for its poor performance and abuse of civil liberties of airline passengers.

Bandow suggests that individual airports should be responsible for airport security so they can adapt to local circumstances, similar to operations in Canada and most European airports. Privatizing airports would allow flexibility and would create security competition, he said.

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