Flying the friendly skies….with terrorists?

America’s airports vulnerable

Last week ABC News confirmed that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests —- or 96 percent —- carried out by special Department of Homeland Security investigators known as “red teams.”  The vulnerabilities tests were conducted as part of a DHS Inspector General review.  The acting head of the agency was reassigned after the deplorable findings were made public.

As an example of the failures, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to his back set off a magnetometer —- but the screener still neglected to find it. The watchdog report revealed undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through checkpoints as part of an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America’s airports.

Following that alarming disclosure, Fox News reports that the TSA failed to flag 73 airport workers “linked to terrorism.”  According to TSA data, the people in question were “working for major airlines, airport venders and other employers.”

The agency acknowledged that individuals in these categories “represented a potential transportation security threat,” according to the report. 

At a White House briefing following the disclosures, press secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama continues to believe that Americans should feel confident traveling in airports across the country.

Which raised the question, when was the last time anyone in the Obama family traveled in a commercial airliner?

A search of the Inspector General’s reports turned up nothing relating to these mammoth security breaches. However we did find one relating to an investigation of a U.S. Marshal based on an anonymous letter alleging the Marshal had engaged in intimate personal relationships with subordinate employees in violation of U.S. Marshals Service policy.

Which set of circumstances most imperil the security of American travelers —- deserving of information regarding their safety rather than gossipy innuendo?


6 Responses to Flying the friendly skies….with terrorists?

  1. PV PC says:

    How damn cavalier!! “Other employers” could be cleaning crews with access to the plane’s empty interiors, where they could do real damage. “Other employees” could be working in food service in the terminals or in the planes. Consider the possibilities. Other employees” could be baggage handlers who could plant explosive devices in the cargo area. I travel frequently for business and this makes my head swim.

  2. Clementine says:

    The missing report is telling. I also looked and found nothing. As to the Marshal’s hanky-panky, If they are doing their jobs, who cares? They are not endangering passenger’s lives.

  3. Kimball says:

    Barack Obama and those running his administration’s agencies are out to destroy America. On every level from the TSA failures, thru his refusal to address the global threat of Islamic terrorism to undermining our sovereignty by allowing an unrestricted flood of illegal aliens, and lying about and then taking over and ruining our personal health care. America has been had by this deceiver. Low information Americans purposely undereducated in government schools have allowed this to happen.
    I’ve seen this brief ad here before but think it’s worth repeating. The last seconds feature the former legal counsel of the National Education Association, being truthful about the NEA’s mission.

    • Kent says:

      I recall bumper stickers that said, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.”

      Today someone could make a killing producing bumper stickers that say, “Conservative Parents: If your child is a liberal, thank a teacher.”

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    If it weren’t so serious, it would be funny:

    Mark Stein said today that this has never happened at 10 Downing Street. I’m afraid this country is asking for it.

  5. azgary says:

    off topic, but too funny to miss:

    Obama-Stamps For Obamatrade Delivered To House Republicans
    An anti-Obamatrade group is having a bit of fun with some House Republicans’ apparent eagerness to give President Obama Congressional authority over U.S. trade policy.

    The group, Fight for The Future, on Tuesday morning delivered letters to each of the 246 Republican House members. The missives pretended to come from President Obama, and request that each member rubber stamp the president’s highly secretive trade deal as the final vote nears.

    The mock letters read:

    Dear Representative,

    Please rubberstamp my secret trade agenda. I have included a stamp for your convenience.

 Barack Obama.

    With the letters, they included rubber stamps that provide, alongside a photo of the president, the words: “I approve President Obama’s secret trade deal.”

    The group took the letters to each GOP member’s office and shot video of many of the deliveries, mockingly saying to the front-desk staff in some that they were delivering a package from the White House.