Reps Slam “Arrogant” TSA For “Stonewalling” Congress
Transport Committee says it cannot carry out oversight duties when “Maginot Line” agency is on a “path of non-transparency”
Nov 30, 2012
House members, gathered at a hearing Thursday to discuss the role of the TSA in airport security screening, directed stern words toward the agency after it followed through on a pledge to boycott the meeting and declare itself outside of the jurisdiction of Congress.
Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, John Mica, described TSA head John Pistole’s decision to ignore an invitation to the hearing as “very sad.”
“Sadly the TSA Administrator is stonewalling this committee and refuses to work with us, and that’s part of the problem with this agency,” Mica said. “He and other agency officials are protecting one the biggest government bureaucracies, which has grown now to more than 66,000 employees.”
“Unfortunately, as this mushrooming agency has spun out of control, passengers have not been well served. We’ve had numerous security meltdowns, including in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Newark, Fort Myers, Charlotte and elsewhere.” Mica added.
“When I helped establish this agency, Congress intended it to operate a risk-based system, but the TSA is best known for shaking down little old ladies and others who pose no security risk.” urged the Committee chairman, who has railed against the TSA for some time now.