Yet another study shows that the ritual the federal government makes you go through before you step onto an airplane does little if anything to prevent any sort of terrorist attack.
But note the TSA’s reaction: “That’s not true. We’ve taken 13 million things away from people trying to board planes!”
Which is about par for the course with government agencies. They tend to measure their success based on how much “stuff” they’re doing, not on whether they’re actually reducing the problem they were created to solve. The DEA and ONDCP, for example, measure drug prohibition’s effectiveness not by whether or not their efforts are reducing any real harm caused by illicit drugs, but simply by how many people are no longer getting high. Those two things aren’t at all the same. In fact, you could greatly reduce the number of people who get high, and cause a hell of a lot of real harm in the process.