Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security
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Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security

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We’re all familiar with the TSA by now—from the daunting lines to the X-ray machines to the curious three ounce rule governing liquids. But many question whether this strange assortment of regulations, meant to protect the two million people a day travelling through US airports, actually works. In this riveting exposé, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley unveils the agency...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published April 24th 2012)
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Permanent Emergency: Inside that TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security is not a book to read for pleasure. Some of it was enlightening and some entertaining but on the whole it was had too much information for about the backgrounds of the people in TSA. Also, there seemed too much coverage of the details that weren't directly relevant.

The birth of this agency does have an exciting story and the reason for the creation of this agency is very important. The role of the agency is f...more
Rob Slaven
As usual, I received this book for nothing and this time via the infinite monthly grace of LibraryThing. Despite that kind consideration I'll give my candid opinions below.

The summary of this novel is right in the subtitle. It goes into great detail to describe the people and processes that were put into place after the September 11th attacks to keep the country's air travelers from blowing things up. It is, in some ways, a response to the endless criticism that has been heaped upon this institu...more
As consumers whose lives may have been inconvenienced by this organization, hating the TSA is a popular sentiment. This book, written by a former administrator of the TSA between the years 2005 and 2009 and who was instrumental in the birth of the TSA after 9/11 as a private sector expert, is great in showing us that other side, good and bad - the mistakes the TSA made in its haphazard inception, the way the TSA attempted to resolve these issues in the midst of public criticism, the creation of...more
This book is basically a look back at the establishment of the TSA and the threats it has stopped from the point of view of one of the former heads of the organization. He explains a lot of the technical evolution of TSA airport checks and also things the TSA does that you don't necessarily think of (like security for RNC/DNC conventions or hurricane response). Also outlines some terror plots and some of the bureaucratic hoopla in trying to get affordable and reliable equipment for airport scree...more
Joshua Rigsby
This is book recounts the story of the founding of the TSA and Kip Hawley's tenure as its leader. At points it reads dramatically like an international spy thriller, at others it's closer to a stuffy memoir or a treatise on organizational theories. On the whole I enjoyed the book because of the tid bits it provided about the behind-the-curtain aspects of the organization, intelligence, and airline security as a whole. Sometimes I was a little suspicious of Kip's perspective as the narrator of th...more
The TSA( Transportation Safety Administration) was born out of the rubble of September 11 2001.
The United States desperately needed confidence restored to its transportation system and it had to be done urgently.
Kip Hawley details his time with the agency from the pressure of creating a huge agency with an enormous mandate to his time as the director and all the challenges that came along with it.
The good, the bad, Kip provides an honest assesment of what went right and wrong with the TSA
For an...more
I'd only recommend this to people who are interested in airports/airport security. Maybe that's a no-brainer. What I'm trying to say is that this isn't a Krakauer or Michael Lewis book, one of those non-fiction books so well-written you can get into it even if you weren't originally interested in the subject matter. But if you want to learn more about airport security, this is a good read. The author was head of the TSA from 2005 to 2009. Here's an editorial by him, to give you an idea of his wr...more
If you want an inside look at the creation of our government's airport security systems as well as an overall look into how our government tried to stop terrorist attacks during the Bush administration then this is the book for you. Kip Hawley was one of the principle architects of our national security and his insights and decisions are both interesting and have had a profound effect on airport security as it exists even today, The book rambles a little from topic to topic but overall should b...more
A account of the establishment of the TSA and the events and problems around it and the issues it faced. It was nice to looks a news events as i remember them and then see the TSA side of them. The book is easy to read with a decent amount of detail but is not overwhelming.
Interesting insights into TSA and terrorism. Proofreading leaves a lot to be desired!
This book was received feee of charge from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reader program

A really interesting book on how the TSA is struggling in the current environment of hightened expectations, and reduiced budgets

Very intrigueing book

Good read
Interesting behind the scenes look a the TSA in earlier times, I am unsure about how well the presentation reflects other perceptions of those times.

Interesting, but not compelling.
Just starting to read this book which I won on Goodreads. It is not a book I would have purchased but I find it luring me in. More to follow.
hmm... still deciding
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Kip Hawley left his job in Silicon Valley a month after 9/11 to help build the TSA. In mid-2005 he became the fourth administrator in the agency’s troubled three-year existence. During his tenure he facilitated a transformation of the TSA’s culture and operations, improving training, upgrading technology, and dramatically extending public outreach. Since leaving the TSA Hawley has been a regular g...more
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