The TSA incompetently posts its secrets on the Internet.

What a sad fucking joke the Transportation Security Administration has turned out to be. Not only they do engage in security theater that does little to nothing in preventing actual threats, not only have they removed any desire I might have had to fly anywhere anytime soon, but now they’ve gone and posted their entire screening manual online:

Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets – ABC News

In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers.

The most sensitive parts of the 93-page Standard Operating Procedures were apparently redacted in a way that computer savvy individuals easily overcame.

The document shows sample CIA, Congressional and law enforcement credentials which experts say would make it easy for terrorists to duplicate.

Here you go, terrorists! Everything you need to bypass our shitty security system! It includes a detailed listing of the limitations of our x-ray machines and the fact that we only check 20% of checked bags by hand. Those two bits of information alone should make smuggling a bomb into the luggage compartment a lot easier to do. You’re welcome!

“This is an appalling and astounding breach of security that terrorists could easily exploit,” said Clark Kent Ervin, the former inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “The TSA should immediately convene an internal investigation and discipline those responsible.”

Gee, ya think?

“This shocking breach undercuts the public’s confidence in the security procedures at our airports,” said Senator Susan Collins, R-Me., ranking Republican member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “On the day before the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s hearing on terrorist travel, it is alarming to learn that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted its own security manual on the Internet.”

I hate to be the one to tell the good Senator this, but most folks already have little confidence in the security procedures at our airports.

OK, perhaps “most” is an overstatement, but there’s a lot of us who have little confidence in the TSA and this certainly justifies that lack of faith.

“This manual provides a road map to those who would do us harm,” said Collins. “The detailed information could help terrorists evade airport security measures.” Collins said she intended to ask the Department of Homeland Security how the breach happened, and “how it will remedy the damage that has already been done.”

My guess is they’ll come up with even more annoying and pointless procedures that’ll further depress airline profitability causing more of them to go belly up. Soon you won’t be able to take anything onto the plane and everyone will have to fly 90% naked wearing only loincloths which will have to be inspected by TSA agents with very cold hands.

The TSA claims the manual is old and outdated, but I’d be claiming that too if I had caused such a massive fuck up. They’ve asked for the original version to be taken offline, but it’s too late to put that genie back in the bottle. Once it hit the net it was all over the world in short order and there are plenty of places you can read it. Wanna read it for yourself? Even ABC News has a copy of it online for your planning convenience.

No need to thank the TSA. They’re not listening to you anyway.

Defense Department can’t account for $15 billion in tax payer money.

We’re spending trillions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so you’d think the least the government could do is tell us how that many is being spent. Alas it appears they largely haven’t a clue:

The lack of accountability of the funds, intended for purchases of weapons, vehicles, construction equipment and security services, amounted to a 95 percent failure rate in basic accounting standards, according to the report.

“We estimated that the army made 1.4 billion dollars in commercial payments that lacked the minimum documentation for a valid payment, such as properly prepared receiving reports, invoices, and certified vouchers,” Deputy Inspector General Mary Ugone told a Congressional committee Thursday.

“We also estimated that the army made an additional 6.3 billion dollars of commercial payments that met the 27 criteria for payments but did not comply with other statutory and regulatory requirements.”

The Pentagon also was found to have given away another 1.8 billion in Iraqi assets “with absolutely no accountability,” said Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“Investigators examined 53 payment vouchers and couldn’t find even one that adequately explained where the money went.”

Another five billion dollars spent on supporting the Iraqi security forces could not be properly traced, according to a November 2007 inspector general report.

“Taken together, the inspector general found that the Defense Department did not properly account for almost 15 billion dollars,” Waxman said.

Someone is making a lot of money off those wars and it ain’t you and me. Our children’s children will probably be paying this fiasco off.

$6 billion later the No Child Left Behind reading program doesn’t accomplish jack shit.

No Child Left Behind reading program is failing – Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON—The $6-billion reading program at the center of President Bush’s signature education law has failed to make a difference in how well children understand what they read, according to a study by the program’s own champion, the Department of Education.

Reading First was designed to help boost student performance in low-income elementary schools, but failed to improve reading comprehension, says the study from the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the Department of Education.

There was no difference in comprehension scores between students who participated in Reading First and those who did not, the study found.

Your tax dollars at work in the hands of an incompetent Bush Administration where political lackies are put in positions of power instead of people who actually know what they’re doing.

Bush submits record breaking $3 TRILLION budget plan.

Man, it’s a good thing we don’t have a tax-and-spend Democrat in the White House. Who knows what kind of an outrageous budget proposal they’d submit to Congress? Certainly nothing as restrained as what President Bush has submitted:

WASHINGTON – President Bush sent the nation’s first-ever $3 trillion budget proposal to Congress on Monday, contending that the spending blueprint will fulfill his chief responsibility to keep America safe.

The $3.1 trillion proposed budget projects sizable increases in national security but forces the rest of government to pinch pennies. It seeks $196 billion in savings over five years in the government’s giant health care programs – Medicare and Medicaid.

But even with those restraints, the budget projects the deficits will soar to near-record levels of $410 billion this year and $407 billion in 2009, driven higher in part by efforts to revive the sagging economy with a $145 billion stimulus package.

So let’s get this straight: He wants to cut funding to Medicare and Medicaid, programs that help the most vulnerable in our society, and yet that won’t stop the deficits from soaring to new highs that will impact our children’s children in the long run. This so he can protect the tax cuts he put in place that benefit the wealthiest folks least in need of a helping hand and then he has the audacity to call it a “a good, solid budget.”

Democrats called Bush’s final spending plan a continuation of this administration’s failed policies which wiped out a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion and replaced it with a record buildup in debt.

“Today’s budget bears all the hallmarks of the Bush legacy – it leads to more deficits, more debt, more tax cuts, more cutbacks in critical services,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C.

“This budget is fiscally irresponsible and highly deceptive, hiding the costs of the war in Iraq while increasing the skyrocketing debt,’ said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“The president proposes more of the same failed policies he has embraced throughout his time in office – more deficit-financed war spending, more deficit-financed tax cuts tilted to benefit the wealthiest and more borrowing from foreign nations like China and Japan,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

Yeah, well, no surprise there. Once an idiot always an idiot.

President Bush went on to reveal just how truly delusional he really is:

Bush defended his record, saying it supported a strong defense and, if his policies are followed, will produce a budget surplus of $48 billion in 2012.

“Two key principles guided the development of my budget – keeping America safe and ensuring our continued prosperity,” Bush said in his budget message to Congress.

Reviewing the budget with his Cabinet, Bush said it would keep the economy growing and protect the U.S. militarily. He called it “innovative” because it was dispatched to Congress electronically.

The only way that Bush’s policies will produce a budget surplus of $48 billion is if the next President finds some way of undoing the damage Bush’s time if office has caused to our economy. In which case it won’t actually be Bush’s policies that produce the surplus.

And if he thinks he’s ensuring our continued prosperity then, please, stop trying to ensure our continued prosperity cause it looks a lot like a recession to those of us in the reality-based community.