If anything, the sciences and welfare should be the bulk of our budget.>>282129
the TSA work, though? Is there any evidence we're actually safer because of it?
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There wasn't ever a problem in the first place. Let's put away talk of 911 inside conspiracy for a second, and look at the actual history of American airplane hijacking.>>282130>Only for the US. Most of the rest of the world benefits greatly for it
It is now 2019... the last incident WAS 9-11 of 2001. We will count that as 4. What did security miss? Box cutters.
1987: threat by lighter and "mystery chem packet", contents never confirmed by FBI, dogs did hit on his luggage. Casualties 0.
1983. Rifle and a molotov. Casualties 0.
1983. Claim of bomb in shoebox. No bomb. Casualties 0.
1979. Actually had a homemade bomb. Casualties 0.
So last 40 years. 4 on 9-11 and 4 others. The only day with casualties is 9-11. What got through security to hijack the planes? Nothing, a cigarette lighter, 19 box cutters, one homemade bomb, and in one case a rifle and a molotov cocktail.
Special points for creativity to the shoe bomber. And special thanks that we all have to take off our shoes in security now.
So had TSA existed we *may* have prevented what? 6 of the 8? I think the lighter and mystery "chem packet" may have slipped through as would the false claim of bomb as that guy didnt actually have anything.
Extrapolating the FAA website numbers posted 2018, over 40 years, let's assume we've ramped up over time and cut all totals by say a full 25% for a lower, more conservative estimate to fight AGAINST my point:
I estimate 474 Million domestic flights, carrying over 28.4 Billion passengers. Of those 474,000,000 flights and 28,400,000,000 passengers there were 24 men who hijacked 8 flights. Only on 9-11 was anyone hurt. But let's include all of it. That means on average one in every 59,250,000 domestic flights (ones american TSA can handle) has been hijacked. INCLUDING the imaginary bomb and guys with cigarette lighters... that means roughly 1 in every 1,183,333,334 (over a billion) passengers will hijack a plane.
And only one one day, one coordinated attack by a paramilitary intelligence was there actually any casualties: 2996. While tragic, (and we are still discounting conspiracy theories) over the 40 years I'm proposing, there averaged 75 deaths per year from airplane terrorism/hijackings in the US. (Reminder, 0 outside of 9-11)
That puts annual average airline based terrorism fatalities at the same danger level as a lawnmower (75 fatalities per year) less dangerous than death by ladder-related incidents(113), and much safer than bathtubs (300), beds (450), and staircases (1600). If we discount 9-11, statically, latex party balloons kill more people annually (2-5).
So why am I being a poopypants and downplaying airline terrorism? Because there are 420,000 TSA agents who statistically don't make flying safer, soaking up tax dollars when they ARE working, and are suffering when they're suddenly told they have to work for free for weeks when the president has a tantrum.
If we need a jobs program, consider the 1935 second new deal, at least when they hired people then it was to be useful, to build great things, and to improve infrastructure... what has this done except perpetuate fear, sell guns, and stoke blind patriotism.
There are certainly better ways to spend the money.
Really? It seems like we destabilize pretty much every region we fuck with.