HOW CAN ANY AGENCY CONTINUE TO OPERATE WITH A 95% FAILURE RATE?
What a joke, The TSA is a complete and total farce. According to an internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration, it revealed TSA security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials. 95%!!! It really makes one wonder how we have not been hit by terrorism. But don’t worry, those TSA agents can sure harass granny and little kids. With a failure rate like this of detecting bombs and weapons being attempted to carry on a plane, it is just “plane” $hit luck that a commercial aircraft has not been blown out of the sky. This is just simply unacceptable.
And what happened to the man at the head of this colossal failure … why he was reassigned to another position to screw that up as well. Reassigned???!!! How can anyone have a 5% success rate and retain employment? Be a government employee of course.
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down.
Officials would not divulge the exact time period of the testing other than to say it concluded recently.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was apparently so frustrated by the findings he sought a detailed briefing on them last week at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to sources. U.S. officials insisted changes have already been made at airports to address vulnerabilities identified by the latest tests.
“Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of Inspector General’s report, Secretary Johnson immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report,” the DHS said in a written statement to ABC News.
San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith Arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday … Stated “He Was in Possession of a Bomb”
49ers LB Aldon Smith in trouble again …
San Francisco 49er linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after making the comment that he had a bomb during a security screening. Smith was going through Terminal 1 as LAX screeneing when he was randomly selected for secondary screening. Smith then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and then made the cardinal sins of all sins at an airport and said, he was in possession of a bomb. Smith was then detained and taken into custody by airport police. Aldon Smith was transported to the Los Angeles Police Department where he was booked for felony false report of a bomb threat. The arrest was the latest in a string of arrests including the most recent on September 20 on a charge of driving under the influence. He was arrested on the same charge in January 2012.
It has been quite the busy week for the San Francisco 49ers and none of it has to do with football. First the allegations regarding QB Colin Kaepernick and now this.
Niners linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after claiming he had a bomb during a security screening, airport police said.
Smith, 24, made the threat after he was randomly selected for a second screening at about 2 p.m. as he went through the Transportation Security Agency checkpoint for Terminal 1.
“The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding toward the gate area,” Sgt. Karla Ortiz said in a statement.
UPDATE I: Statement from 49ers.
“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” said Trent Baalke, 49ers general manager. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”
GOOD GRIEF, ARE YOU KIDDING ME … I FEEL SO MUCH SAFER … WAR ON
TERRORISM SOCK MONKEYS!!!
A TSA agent confiscated “Rooster Monkburn’s” six shooter and threaten to call the police on Phyllis May of Redmond, Washington at the St. Louis, Missouri airport. Just one small, actually very small detail, Rooster Monkburn is a sock monkey and the pistol confiscated might be about 2 inches in size. REALLY, you can’t make this stuff up. So much for common sense these days. The TSA agent actually said, she was confiscating the tiny toy because “it looks like a gun.” Wow, so does that mean if I pointed my fore finger and thumb like a gun, they would cut my fingers off because they looked like a gun as well?
So instead of racially profiling terrorists, we disarm sock monkeys instead. You know, there is stupid, there is frigging stupid and then there is TSA stupid. When exactly did we lose all semblance of common sense in America?
“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film “True Grit”. May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”
May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.
“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.
The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.
“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”
“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.
No terrorist groups, including the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah or the Muslim Brotherhood, have taken credit for “Rooster Monkburn” and his pistol who we all know his real name is Abdul.
- 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.