By Lance Winslow
With all the scandals going on in law enforcement from the Secret Service, FBI, and on down the line to local police departments, and even neighborhood watch personnel, one has to ask if those are interested in protecting us from crime, terrorism, and fraud are even worth the money, and pensions they receive in compensation for their duty and service. I’ve always stated, and still believe today that 33% of all of the police officers and those in law enforcement would be on the criminal side if they didn’t have a badge, uniform, paycheck, and a gun.
It’s hard to say if my estimates are on the money, but I believe they are. In fact, it seems statistically to be at least close to accurate based on the media reports we get from time to time. It seems unfortunate for instance at the TSA that some of these individuals who were hired in mass at a moment’s notice, and later became a union have been caught stealing from people’s luggage, misconduct, or even in a rare few cases taking bribes to let drugs through.
There have been many high-profile cases with the border patrol where they look the other way to allow drug shipments and trucks to go past, in trade for a cash some in the form of a bribe. The same thing is happening at the TSA; there was an alarming news report on ABC TV Los Angeles titled; “TSA screeners at LAX arrested for narcotics trafficking, accepting bribes,” which ran on April 25, 2012. The article stated;
“Four TSA screeners at LAX have been arrested on federal narcotics trafficking and bribery charges for allegedly taking cash payments in exchange for looking the other way while large shipments of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana passed through X-ray machines at the airport, says US Attorney’s Office.”
Now then, I ask where else is this happening; is it happening at all levels of law enforcement – and how can we trust anyone? It seems people don’t trust the U.S. Congress, the police, federal law enforcement, our judicial system, or even the dog catcher. We have some serious trust issues going on. Perhaps the problem is really with our society.
Maybe the problem starts at home, in our schools, and the level of ethics is not what used to be, or maybe there isn’t a problem at all, it’s just that things are being reported more often, as there are more whistleblowers, and more people running around with cellular phones with digital cameras and video catching people in the act. Either way one has to ask; who is watching the watchers, and who is it that we can really trust.
In his most recent TSA case, it was a suitcase or a few suitcases full of drugs, but in the future who is to say that it won’t be a terrorist, or some other dastardly individual with horrific criminal intent. Indeed idea or to ask the question. I hope you will please consider all this and think on it, maybe we should just hire robots instead?