Cool as McCumber: Is This Freedom?

Ahh, the July 4th holiday weekend: a rich American tradition personally proposed by the Founding Fathers, although there has been historical debate over the actual date. On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote from Philadelphia to his wife Abigail back in...


It is not this petty thievery and abuse of trust that bothers me the most — it is the fact these items are being pilfered by people called “officers” wearing federal badges whose mission it is to protect the traveling public. It is no longer just the few “bad apples” — this is institutional rot. Where is the security in transportation security if there is not enough training and oversight to identify and weed out those who abuse their government credentials? What am I supposed to learn from this new 4th of July lesson? Is putting up with theft of our possessions — even an energy drink — now necessary for us to have “security”?

When I tell my grandson of the sacrifices of his forefathers at America’s times of great need, will I be able to point with pride at those who are called upon to defend us in this new era? What lessons is he learning today? What would John Adams say now?

 

John McCumber is a security and risk professional, and author of “Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: A Structured Methodology,” from Auerbach Publications. If you have a comment or question for him, e-mail Cool_as_McCumber@cygnus.com.