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Regular readers know I’m not a big fan of the Transportation Security Administration, though I confess I don’t know whether the inane policies are the result of dumb laws, foolish political appointees, or home-grown bureaucratic stupidity.

Regardless, I mock the TSA (here and here). I criticize their thuggish/overbearing approach (here, here, here, here, and here). And I highlight serious proposals to make the system better (here and here).

With my biases on the table, now I have a question. Can anyone tell me why you have to go through security after landing in the United States from overseas?

I’m not asking why you have to go through customs and immigration. I’m wondering what purpose it serves (other than more jobs for bureaucrats) to make people go through security when they already went through security before boarding a flight in another country.

I hope there’s a logical reason for this. Someone please tell me that this isn’t another example of government stupidity.

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