The Body Scanner Lobby
November 28, 2010 · Posted in Government
When I say again and again that the government is a group of people that steals your money and then transfers it to bureaucrats, friends, and investors (aka lobbyists), then that is a testable theory.
With all the fake outrage about new TSA body scanners these days, I would like to remind people of this article from last year:
Let’s look at those expensive, hi-tech body screeners our congressmen are now thinking about buying.
One manufacturer, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is American Science & Engineering, Inc. AS&E has retained the K Street firm Wexler & Walker to lobby for “federal deployment of security technology by DHS and DOD.” Individual lobbyists on this account include former TSA deputy administration Tom Blank, who also worked under House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Chad Wolf — former assistant administrator for policy at TSA, and a former aide to Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., a top Senate appropriator and the ranking Republican on the transportation committee — is also lobbying on AS&E’s behalf.
Smiths Detection, another screening manufacturer, employs top transportation lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates, including Kevin Patrick Kelly, a former top staffer to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who sits on the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee. Smiths also retains former congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md.
This kind of stuff is so predictable and unsurprising that it’s really not worth getting upset about it …