TSA oversees the security of highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines and ports. THE BULK OF THE TSA’S EFFORTS ARE IN AVIATION SECURITY.
Transportation Security Officers: TSA EMPLOYS NEARLY 60,000 TSOs who screen more than 1.7 million passengers a day at more than 450 airports nationwide. More than 1,000 firearms were detected during security screening this year.
Behavior Detections Officers: BDOs are officers whose primary responsibility is to observe the behavior of passengers going through the security checkpoint. The TSA deploys approximately 2,800 of these officers at airports across the country, leading to more than 2,200 arrests to date.
Federal Air Marshals: A FAM blends in with passengers to detect, deter, and defeat terrorists and other criminals targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers, crews, and other transportation modes. Thousands of federal Air Marshalls are deployed every day on domestic and international flights.
Transportation Security Inspectors: Inspect, assess, and investigate passenger and cargo transportation systems. TSA employs roughly 1,000 aviation inspectors, 450 cargo inspectors, and 100 surface inspectors.
National Explosives Detection Canine Teams: Trainers prepare dogs and handlers to serve as mobile teams that can quickly find dangerous materials. The TSA has trained and deployed approximately 800 of these teams to airports and mass transit systems nationwide.
Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams: VIPR teams started in 2005 and involves Federal Air Marshals and other TSA crews working outside of the airport environment, at train stations, ports, truck weigh stations, special events, and other places. As of 2011, VIPR team operations were being conducted at a rate of 8,000 per year.
Think of the billions of dollars spent to employ these people. For the 2011 fiscal year, the TSA had a budget of roughly $8.1 billion. Now think of the extra billions spent for the support team of these on-line workers.
WHO SAYS OSAMA BIN LADEN DIDN’T WIN THE WAR? JUST LOOK AT THE FALLOUT FROM HIS SPENDING NO MORE THAN $20,000 TO HIJACK THREE PLANES AND CRASH TWO OF THEM INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON 9-11-01.