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TSA skips hearing on terminating TSA

(New York Times) Representative Reid Ribble fixed witnesses assembled at a House aviation subcommittee hearing last Thursday with a baleful stare.

“I am very disappointed that the T.S.A. was unwilling to come,” said Mr. Ribble, a freshman Republican from Wisconsin. “I understand how uncomfortable these hearings can be for them, especially since we’re talking about a lot of complaints today. But part of their job is to let the American people know what they’re doing.”

The director of the Transportation Security Administration, John S. Pistole, had declined to testify before this particular subcommittee on two previous occasions, despite angry criticism from some members who are longtime agency critics.