Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration
The following was written in April 2014, as part of a response to the Campaign for Liberty's 2012 survey questionnaire for candidates running for federal office.
9. Will you support legislation to shut down the Transportation Security Administration and place airport security back into private hands?
Yes, I will support legislation to shut down the Transportation Security Administration, and support legislation to transition the T.S.A.'s administration to non-public hands, including private hands.
I will urge commercial airports to apply to the T.S.A.'s Screening Partnership Program in order to transition to private screening while maintaining T.S.A. oversight. Also, I will sponsor constitutional amendments to strengthen the 4th Amendment, and legislation to prohibit any and all activities of the T.S.A. and its Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (V.I.P.R.) teams which violate the civil liberties enumerated therein. I will also oppose efforts to expand the jurisdiction of the T.S.A. to additional and new forms of transportation.
I will additionally support legislation to transition the responsibility to collect funds and to provide for the administration of transportation security at the state and local levels of government, as well as to private hands. Local and market-based alternatives should be free to compete against the federal government to provide better transportation security services – and policy thereof - leaving consumers and taxpayers more free to convey their preferences about local airports' security measures.
It is for this reason that I will support legislation to introduce even more alternatives to private and local authority, including egalitarian enterprises and non-governmental and quasi-governmental entities. I will sponsor amendments to T.S.A. legislation providing for the options of transitioning of the administration of transportation security to a wider set of alternatives than simply public governmental departments and bureaus, private enterprises, or public-private partnerships; namely, worker-consumer-cooperatives, social purpose enterprises, and non-ministerial quasi-governmental departments.
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