This week’s edition of Felony Friday involves one of the serial molesters at the Transportation Security Administration. A more fitting name would probably be the Theatrical Security Actors, since they specialize in security theater and have not caught one terrorist!
The Buffalo News has the details on the arrest of TSA employee Todd Stoddard on felony cocaine charges.
Todd Stoddard, 29, of Kingswood Drive in Cheektowaga, was arrested on felony cocaine charges at around 9 p.m. Thursday during a traffic stop on Vicksburg Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Stoddard has been working as an officer for the Transportation Security Administration at the airport for about a year and a half, sources said.
His arrest on Thursday culminated a month-long, joint investigation by the sheriff’s office, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and police from Cheektowaga and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, a sheriff’s official said.
Stoddard was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Headlines of TSA agents gone wild are fairly common, so this instance of an agent being arrested for drug charges is not very surprising. For example, a simple google search turns up a former TSA employee that has been recently charged with a bank robbery.
The arrest of Todd Stoddard becomes more disturbing when examined from the perspective of wasted resources. Just think of all the dollars confiscated from the productive sector and wasted in the employment and month-long investigation culminating in the arrest of Mr. Stoddard.
The TSA as an organization is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. The government agency enjoys a monopoly in the field of airport security. As a result, the TSA does not have to answer to market profit/loss signals. They can hire as many deadbeat employees as they choose and if they underperform, then the TSA can increase their budget and hire more employees in the name of “enhancing security”.
Additionally, the arrest of Mr. Stoddard occurred after a month-long joint investigation that involved three government agencies. The story does not say if the police or FBI used entrapment tactics in order to bring charges, but it would not be surprising if they did.
Why did they need a month-long investigation to catch a low level TSA employee using cocaine? Why not just fire Mr. Stoddard and save the resources? Why does the government attempt to regulate what substances individuals ingest in their body?
The answer is simple, the State can afford to ignore logic when they have access to unlimited resources fleeced from an unsuspecting public by way of direct taxation and indirectly through the Federal Reserves’ inflationary policies. Until the general public wakes up the authorities will continue to destroy prosperity and increase tyranny.