- In the wake of the LAX shooting of TSA officers, should TSA officers be armed?
Shots Fired at LAX … TSA Agent Killed … People Run for their Lives, Gunman Shot and Down, but Alive … (Update: Gunman ID’d as Paul Anthony Ciancia) (Update: Ciancia Charged with Murder)
SHOTS FIRED AT LAX …
Shots were fired at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning at 9:20 am local time at terminal 3. The gunman took a semi-automatic rifle with a reported 150 rounds of ammunition from out of a bag and starting firing in the area just before the TSA screening area. At the TSA check point, unarmed TSA officers were shot. It is reported that one TSA officer has been killed. The gunman then pursued past the TSA check point down into the secured area of the airport as terrified airport travelers ran for their lives. There was complete panic as people were screaming as they ran to get away and hide from the gunman. Passengers actually ran onto the airport tarmac to protect themselves and get away.
After making it hundreds of feet into the terminal, the gunman is shot multiple times. Gunman down, but alive. The suspect has been arrsted and is in police custody. It is not known what the gunman’s motive was. Of course we will most likely later find out that insanity and mental issues don’t have a motive. In all, six other people were injured, including three TSA officers, and taken to nearby hospitals. However, one TSA officer was killed during the mass shooting. He has been identified as 39 year old Gerardo I. Hernandez, who has been with the TSA since 2010. Our heart felt condolences to his family. According to the TSA, Hernandez is the first officer to have been killed in the line of duty in the agency’s 12-year history.
UPDATE I: The gunman has been identified as 23 year old Paul Anthony Ciancia.
Ciancia, 23, is believed to be from Pennsville, N.J., however authorities said he has a residence in Los Angeles.
Witnesses described Ciancia as a short, young, white man, carrying a long-rifle.
One of the shooting victims was a TSA officer who died of his wounds. The officer was a behavioral detection officer, assigned to identify passengers acting strangely, said J. David Cox, president of the AFGE, the officers’ union.
The TSA confirmed the identity of the officer killed as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, who has been with the TSA since 2010.
23 year old Paul Anthony Ciancia
UPDATE II: LAX shooting spree: TSA worker dead after assault-type rifle rampage inside Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3.
UPDATE III: From CBS News, Ciancia had anti-government views & AP reporting gunman had a hand-written note with him that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs.”
CBS2′s David Goldstein reports that Ciancia sent a text message to a family member in New Jersey early Friday in which he threatened to kill himself. His father called local police in New Jersey, who called Los Angeles police. According to the local police chief, the LAPD sent a car to his apartment. His two roommates said they hadn’t seen him since Thursday and that he was fine
The man suspected of killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and injuring at least six people in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport apparently had suicidal thoughts before the attack, authorities said.
The family of Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, told Pennsville, N.J. Police Chief Allen Cummings early Friday afternoon that Ciancia had mentioned taking his own life in a text message to his younger brother, the chief told The Associated Press.
UPDATE V: Paul Anthony Ciancia Charged with Murder …
The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” authorities said Saturday.
Paul Ciancia was so determined to take lives that, after shooting a TSA officer and going up an escalator, he turned back to see the officer move and returned to finish him off, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators.
Federal prosecutors filed charges of first-degree murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. The charges could qualify him for the death penalty.
Air Marshal Adam Bartsch Arrested for Taking Pictures Up Woman’s Skirts at Nashville International Airport
TSA gets another black eye …
Adam Bartsch, a 28 year old federal air marshal was taken off a Southwest plane and arrested at Nashville International Airport for taking cell phone pictures up woman’s skirts as they boarded the plane. According to court records Bartsch took his pervy pics while on duty and armed. Bartsch was charged with disorderly conduct. Bartsch is due in court Nov. 14.
Video – ABC7 WJLA
A federal air marshal has been arrested and accused of taking cellphone photographs underneath women’s skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge Michael Pascarella told The Associated Press that Adam Bartsch was immediately removed from duty and is in the process of being suspended or fired.
Nashville police say Bartsch was on duty on Southwest Airline Flight 3132 on Thursday when a witness noticed he was taking the photos and grabbed his cellphone. Police say the witness notified a flight attendant and Bartsch was taken off the flight and charged with disorderly conduct.
Daily Commentary – Monday, October 7, 2013 – 9 Year Old Minneapolis Runaway Slips Through Airport Security
- 9 year old boy boards a Delta flight without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas where he was met by Las Vegas police … TSA blames the federal government shutdown.
David Alexander Díaz-Torres, a TSA agent has been arrested and charged in a 13-count indictment for bringing, transporting, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens within the United States. In a statement, the Justice Department stated their commitment to preventing human smuggling, bringing smugglers to justice and assisting victims has never been stronger.
Really, why would the DOJ care about smuggling of illegals into the United States, but think it perfectly fine for California to give drivers licenses to other illegals? What, were they not smuggled in as well?
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent was arrested Friday for conspiring to smuggle illegal aliens into the country.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers arrested David Alexander Díaz-Torres in Orlando, Fla., according to the Justice Department. Díaz-Torres and five others were charged in a 13-count indictment for bringing, transporting, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.
According to a Justice Department press release, a group of Brazilian nationals were smuggled through the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Díaz-Torres allegedly allowed the Brazilians through a TSA security checkpoint without questioning them.
Former Newark Airport TSA Screener Says the Job Does Little to Keep Fliers Safe … “I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog”
A former Newark International Airport TSA screener comes out and says what many of us have thought for years, the job does little to keep fliers safe.
In a revealing interview with the New York Post, the former TSA screener slammed the TSA’s efforts to keep the airways safe following September 11th and their focus on patty down small children and the elderly. The screener went on to say that you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to be the first line of defense in the war on terror. Also for former screener went on to say, most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke and their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency. Straight from the horses mouth … “I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog”.
No truer words were probably ever stated as just last week an undercover investigator with a fake bomb hidden on his body passed through a metal detector, went through a pat-down at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport, and was never caught. I feel safe.
A LOT of what we do is make-believe.
I’ve had to screen small children and explain to their parents I had no choice but to “check” them. I would only place my hands on their arms and bottom half of their legs, and the entire “pat-down” lasted 10 seconds. This goes completely against TSA procedure. Because the cameras are recording our every move, we have to do something. If someone isn’t checked or even screened properly, the entire terminal would shut down, as this constitutes a security breach.
But since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy to do.
Did you know you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener? These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror.
These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog.
What is Wrong With These People … TSA Traumatized 3 Year Old, Wheelchair-bound Girl at Missouri’s Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Update: TSA Apologizes Again)
Once again TSA agents use “ZERO” common sense and torment a 3 year old. If it’s the TSA, it’s another mistreatment of a child or disabled individual. This time it was both.
The TSA has screwed up again while protecting us from so-called terrorists. Yup, this time is was 3 year old disabled and wheelchair bound Lucy, who was the victim of the TSA’s incompetence and lies. Lucy and her parents were on their way to Disney World when the TSA Gestapo targeted her for a pat down. Obviously the 3 year old looked like a terrorist to these brain surgeons. Not only did the TSA completely over-react and screw up in handling this matter, the TSA agents lied to the family and stated that in telling the parents that they could not film the pat down. The little girl’s mom stated, “The problem is, I don’t allow anyone to touch my little daughter.”It just seems ominous for you guys to suggest that you have to do this in the dark. That in and of itself seems very inappropriate.” KUDOS to the parents for protecting their child and holding their ground to the ridiculous tactics of the TSA.
Lucy isn’t a fussy child, according to her dad. But she was deeply upset by what was happening. In the YouTube video, the sound of her cries pierced through her parents’ back-and-forth with the TSA.
The agent explained that she needed to check Lucy’s wheelchair for any kind of explosives.
She tried to get Annie to stop filming, telling her, “It is illegal to do that.”
“The problem is, I don’t allow anyone to touch my little daughter,” Annie said on the video. “It just seems ominous for you guys to suggest that you have to do this in the dark. That in and of itself seems very inappropriate.”
Maybe these TSA individuals will be the ones that are furloughed or laid off due to the impending sequester where Barack Obama whines that TSA agents will be affected by the budget cuts.
Another TSA Fiasco … Confrontation with Florida TSA Agent Leaves Grandfather’s Ashes on Ground … TSA Website Says Human Remains Not to be Opened Under, “No Circumstances”
Hey TSA, NO, MEANS NO!!! If its a TSA story, its must be yet another TSA/airplane passenger nightmare … Ashes, Ashes, the TSA always seems to fall down.
When does the madness end when it comes to the behavior and actions of TSA agents? John Gross was leaving Florida to return to Indianapolis, ID with his grandfathers ashes. He had the ashes in a tightly sealed jar marked “Human Remains.” Even though on the TSA’s own website that states, it states human remains are to be opened under, “no circumstances,” that did not stop the agent from doing exactly just that. TSA rules say a crematory container in carry-on baggage must pass through the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint. But no, the TSA agent had to open the container and about 1/3 of the contents spilled out on to the ground. GOOD GRIEF.
A man’s attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.
John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis’ south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather — Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana — in a tightly sealed jar marked “Human Remains.” [...]
Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.
“She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn’t pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me.”
How is it that the TSA has agents who do not even seem to be aware of the TSA policies and procedures? It appears that TSA agents don’t even understand the basic knowledge of how to do their jobs and they might want to take a course on “humanity” as well. At what point do TSA apologies mean pretty much nothing?
More TSA Insecurity … JFK International Airport’s Terminal 7 Shut Down & Evacuated After Unplugged Metal Detector Causes Mass Chaos
UNREAL, I feel safe that the TSA can protect us from terrorism when they cannot even figure out that a metal detector was unplugged.
Chaos ensued yesterday at New York City’s JFK International Airport when Terminal 7 was shut down and evacuated after it was determined that a metal detector was unplugged. Hundreds of passengers were forced to redo the security screenings as well as two airplanes were called back from the runway as they were preparing to take off. WTF!!! Can you imagine what the hostility must have been like all caused by complete incompetence from the TSA and one of their agents.
From Airplane, looks like the TSA picked the wrong week to quit checking unplugged metal detectors
The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The Post.
The stunning error led to hours of delays, two planes called back from the runway and infinite frustration for furious passengers.
“The truth is, this is the failure of the most basic level of diligence,” a law-enforcement source said.
“How can you expect the public to feel confident of the mission of the TSA if they don’t even know if the lights are turned on?”
This incident is simply beyond comprehension. Its one think to fondle little boys and girls and frisk granny like a common perp all in the name of national security … but to be so incompetent that you do not realize that the friggin “on” light was, um, on? Seriously! The TSA agent actually had no idea that the metal detector was not plugged in as hundreds of passengers went thru the machine with not one light flashing. At what point does common sense take over and one think that something might be wrong? Good grief!
The chaos at Terminal 7 was caused by screener Alija Abdul Majed, who had manned Lane No. 1 during the morning shift with no idea his metal detector had no juice, sources said.
Amazingly, he failed to realize that alert lights never flashed once as streams of passengers filed through the dead detector, the sources said.
Majed was so clueless that he couldn’t even tell police how long the machine had been shut off or how it happened, the sources said.
Senate Democrats Want to Increase Air Travel Fees So that the TSA Can Continue to Grope Granny & Little Children
Because the Democrats never met a tax or fee increase the did not like …
The TSA is such a broken and inflated department with a failed groping policy that even the individual who created it thinks it should be scrapped; however, Senate Democrats want now want to increase the travel fee. Presently the fee is $2.50. Democrats want to double the fee to $5.00. Are you serious? Why would such a failed agency more known for groping and fondling little girls, considering disabled 7 year old’s terrorists, humiliating cancer patients and strip searching granny be provided more money?
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday moved forward with legislation to increase airline passenger security fees, beating back a GOP attempt to keep them at current levels.
The 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill would increase one-way fees for passengers from $2.50 to $5 in order to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said the $315 million in funding would otherwise come from taxpayers and argued it is better to stick passengers who rely on TSA with the bill.
Geraldo Rivera was unavailable for comment whether he thought there should be an increase in fees to be manually raped.