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  • Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota

    06/24/2016 7:50:11 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 21 Jun, 2016
    You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it. The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments. "Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing...
  • EgyptAir Flight MS804: Three Air Marshals Were Aboard Crashed Jet

    05/20/2016 6:40:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | 19 May 2016 | Gemma DiCasimirro and F. Brinley Bruton
    Three air marshals were among the 66 people aboard EgyptAir Flight MS804 that crashed while flying over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday, authorities said. France's transport chief Alain Vidalies told reporters that having that many security officers on such a flight was "the usual practice." He added that the plane — which can carry up to 189 passengers — was not transporting any freight. Related: Missing EgyptAir Jet Raises Fears of 'Worst-Case Scenario' Former NTSB investigator Greg Feith told MSNBC that Egypt had boosted security recently, which could explain the number of officers on board. "The only other reason to...
  • Politics: Yay! Government's back! Air marshal charged with taking photos up women's skirts

    10/18/2013 5:53:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    cain tv ^ | Dan Calabrese
    Up, up and away! I just want you to feel better. It was so traumatic for you when the government was shut down and you were denied all the wondrous services, benefits, protection and support from the many dedicated servants who wake up each day thinking, "How can I take the tax dollars of the American citizenry and use it to enrich their lives? Oh, the privilege of serving the American people!" Just kidding. Women, you might want to wear pants when you fly: A federal air marshal has been arrested and accused of taking cell phone photographs underneath women’s...
  • More about the whistle-blowing Air Marshal who was targeted by the IRS

    06/19/2013 1:24:46 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 8 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 6/19/13 | David Freddoso
    Anderson Cooper had done a segment on an air marshal named Jeffrey Black, who was audited by the IRS almost immediately after it became public that he had participated in a documentary about the shortcomings of the agency where he once worked, the Transportation Security Administration. Here’s the CNN clip... ...The documentary in which Black participated, Please Remove Your Shoes, is currently available on Netflix. The CNN clip inaccurately describes it as a “spoof” — in fact, it’s a pretty scary documentary if you fly often, and a frustrating one if you follow the goings-on at various government agencies. Black...
  • Exclusive Interview: Passenger Aboard Grounded Flight with Phony ‘Air Marshals’ (tonight)

    09/11/2011 9:08:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-11-11
    Alert readers have reported that their flight, United Airlines 3681, from St. Louis to Washington Dulles had to make an emergency return to the gate as it prepared for take-off. According to local officials, it was found that two men who had boarded the plane as ‘federal air marshals’ didn’t have the proper credentials. Passengers were deplaned, all luggage was removed and re-scanned. All passengers were also re-screened. Passengers are now in the process of re-boarding. There is no word on the two ‘air marshals.’ BigGovernment has contacted security officials in St. Louis. Ron Meyer, of Young America Foundation, was...
  • Taxpayers have to come up with more than $100 million - TSA loses lawsuit to Federal Air Marshals

    07/15/2011 10:35:13 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies · 1+ views Bay ^ | 7/15/2011 | Mike Deeson
    Tampa, Florida--It's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when. This Federal Air Marshal is talking about another 9-11 type attack and he puts some of the blame on the Transportation Security Administration. He says it has to do with overtime. According to the Air Marshal, whose identity we have to protect to keep him from being from being fired for talking to us, problems started when upper management started scheduling the air marshal's to work in excess of 40 hours a week, but the agency refused to pay overtime and that decision is costing you millions of...
  • Air Marshals Stop 'Shoe Bomb' Attempt On United Jet to Denver (Suspect is Qatari Diplomat)

    04/07/2010 7:22:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 289 replies · 10,168+ views
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | Rhonda Schwartz, Richard Esposito, and Brian Ross
    Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to "light his shoes on fire" on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News. SNIP The suspect was identified by authorities as a diplomat in the Qatar embassy in Washington, Mohammed al Modadi. The FBI said the man had full diplomat immunity as the 3rd secretary and vice-consul.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Napolitano Failed to Get Dutch to Allow Air Marshals on US-Bound Flights!

    12/28/2009 9:55:54 AM PST · by goldstategop · 41 replies · 2,273+ views
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | 12/28/2009 | Debbie Schlussel
    I believe the terrorists must know this. They pick the flights from Amsterdam for a reason. It’s no coincidence that two different Nigerians chose to cause a ruckus on the exact same flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on two different days. Hmmm . . . did the system work? Sure doesn’t sound like it if she can’t even insist on U.S. Air Marshals on flights from Amsterdam. If they had any cojones–and even though she looks like she’s of that gender, she doesn’t–the Obama administration would have told the Dutch, “No air marshals, no flights from Amsterdam to anywhere near...
  • Obama Ends 9/11 Policy Allowing Pilots to Carry Guns (The "Messiah")

    03/17/2009 5:54:14 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 61 replies · 3,554+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | March 17, 2009 | Ace
    <p>As was asked when this issue was debated -- and resolved, we thought -- "If you don't trust a pilot to carry a gun, what the fuck are you doing allowing him at the controls of a plane carrying 300 people?"</p>
  • Air Marshals' Names Tagged on 'No-Fly' List(You just can't make this stuff up!)

    04/29/2008 4:32:30 PM PDT · by kellynla · 37 replies · 101+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2008 | Audrey Hudson
    Some federal air marshals have been denied entry to flights they are assigned to protect when their names matched those on the terrorist no-fly list, and the agency says it's now taking steps to make sure their agents are allowed to board in the future. The problem with federal air marshals (FAM) names matching those of suspected terrorists on the no-fly list has persisted for years, say air marshals familiar with the situation. One air marshal said it has been “a major problem, where guys are denied boarding by the airline.” “In some cases, planes have departed without any coverage...
  • Ex-marshal: Air marshal training 'a national disgrace'

    04/17/2008 10:44:15 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 10 replies · 334+ views
    CNN ^ | Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
    SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- Their mission is to protect airline passengers from acts of terror on U.S. flights. But in a special investigation, former and current air marshals told CNN that the number of marshals assigned to police flights is so low that the federal agency overseeing them has drastically lowered its firearms and psychological testing standards just so it can qualify new hires. More than a dozen current and former marshals told CNN that so many federal air marshals have resigned and are not being replaced that airport screeners are being employed to fill the dwindling ranks. But...
  • Nearly 10,000 US airline pilots can carry a gun

    04/04/2008 8:30:10 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 24 replies · 141+ views
    TravelBite ^ | April 4, 2008 | Staff
    Over ten per cent of airline crewmembers in the US are authorised to carry guns onboard, according to a budget document released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Federal Air Marshal Service runs a programme for armed pilots as a TSA agency and estimates that 85,000 to 90,000 pilots and crew are eligible to carry a gun on domestic passenger and cargo flights. Although the exact number remains confidential the TSA has forecasted the level of eligible pilots will increase to 16.5 per cent by 2011. The TSA reports it found 16 firearms and four concealed prohibited items at...
  • Air Marshalls Could Be On All US Planes To UK

    02/12/2008 3:06:47 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 102+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-12-2008 | David Millward and Bruno Waterfield
    Air marshals could be on all US planes to UK By David Millward and Bruno Waterfield in Brussels Last Updated: 2:36am GMT 12/02/2008 Armed air marshals could be deployed on all transatlantic flights operated by US airlines, it has emerged. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said the Government is willing to consider a request from Washington to step up security. The undercover armed guards, who are put on aircraft to stop hijackers and terrorists, are thought to have been operating on some US planes that fly to Britain for a number of years. Although this has never been confirmed, the...
  • We're all air marshals now

    12/07/2001 7:24:41 AM PST · by white trash redneck · 12 replies · 180+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 7 Dec 2001 | Chris Matthews
    <p>It's now official: Everyone boarding an American jetliner joins the front lines in the war on terrorism. It comes down to a personal test of courage between you and the hijacker.</p> <p>Those were the new rules of engagement delivered personally to me last week by the country's Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge. Put bluntly: We're all "air marshals" now.</p>
  • Pilots: Cockpits remain vulnerable to terrorist assault

    09/10/2007 9:10:57 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies · 996+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/10/2007 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- If one hardened cockpit door is good, would two barriers be even better? Many airline pilots believe the answer is "yes," and are hoping to reinvigorate efforts to require so-called "secondary barriers" on every commercial plane in the country. Pilots praise the hardened cockpit doors mandated after 9/11, saying they have done as much as anything to protect aircraft from terrorist assaults. But planes remain vulnerable for short periods of time during some flights when pilots go to the lavatory, get meals or, on long flights, change out crews. Currently, flight attendants sometimes block the aisle with...
  • U.S. Adds Marshals to Overseas Flights(Loose lips...)

    07/01/2007 9:48:15 AM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 425+ views ^ | 7/1/2007 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is adding air marshals to overseas flights because of concerns about potential terrorism threats originating in Britain and Europe, the homeland security chief said Sunday. The Bush administration said it was satisfied with its current terrorism alert level following an attack at a Scottish airport and two foiled car bombs in London. "I think given what we know now, we're comfortable that we're at the right posture," Michael Chertoff said during a round of talk show appearances. U.S. airports and mass transit systems are tightening security ahead of the Fourth of July holiday and more...
  • Training against air terror

    08/27/2006 6:18:14 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 380+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | August 27, 2006 | Michael Cousineau
    Two air marshals kneel on homely blue patterned airplane seats and fire their handguns at their targets 30 feet away. Wearing jeans and packing semi-automatic pistols, they aim at metal targets, not terrorists looking to kill passengers or bring down a jet airliner. Nearly every air marshal based in New England will spend about 10 days a year at the Sigarms Academy, taking America's battle against terrorism to New Hampshire's back yard. Tucked away on 128 acres just down the street from New England Dragway, a different race is taking shape. Trying to keep ahead of plotting terrorists, dozens of...
  • Air Marshall Dress Code Changed

    08/24/2006 5:03:54 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies · 2,430+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-25-2006 | Leslie Miller
    Air Marshal Dress Code Changed Friday August 25, 2006 12:16 AM By LESLIE MILLER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Air marshals were told Thursday they will be allowed to dress the way they want and choose their own hotels in order to protect their anonymity while on missions. Federal Air Marshal Service chief Dana Brown, who has been in the job for five months, said he was changing the rules, starting Sept. 1, after listening to air marshals' concerns. In a memo to the air marshals, Brown said the dress code was changed to ``allow you to blend in...
  • Passengers On Northwest Plane Tell Of Air Marshal Action

    08/24/2006 3:10:46 PM PDT · by saganite · 57 replies · 2,844+ views
    Airwise news/Reuters ^ | 24 Aug 06 | staff
    Passengers aboard a Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai and forced to turn back to Amsterdam said air marshals swooped after 12 people began fidgeting with mobile phones and plastic bags, Dutch media said on Thursday. The 12 were arrested on Wednesday after the plane landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Prosecution authorities said they were still holding the 12 but would not give their identities or nationalities. "I saw the air marshals run and I knew something was amiss," a 31-year-old businessman aboard the plane told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. "Some had beards, others were unshaven, one was wearing a...
  • Polish Air Marshals Return Home

    08/09/2006 10:46:01 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 180+ views
    US Embassy in Warsaw ^ | 8 August 2006
    Polish Air Marshals Return Home 8 August 2006 U.S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Kenneth Hillas, Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration, W³adys³aw Stasiak, and LtCol. Jacek Bajger, Deputy Commander in Chief of the Polish Border Guard, presided over a press conference on August 7th announcing the return of Polish Air Marshals from U.S. Government funded training at the Federal Air Marshal Training Center (FAMTC) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Poland is the first European country to receive training at the FAMTC. Chargé Hillas noted in his remarks that "Aviation security is one of the priorities of...
  • New chief targets air marshal morale

    08/06/2006 8:09:39 PM PDT · by radar101 · 4 replies · 362+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 6 AUG 2006 | Audrey Hudson
    Dana Brown, the new director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, never really thought there was a morale problem when he was promoted to the top position in March, but then again, he never asked. But now he is asking, and the Transportation Security Administration's 2006 Organizational Satisfaction Survey confirms what he is hearing from his men and women who are protecting America's skies from another terrorist attack. "The results are not good," Mr. Brown said in a five-page memo last week to all agents within the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS).
  • Air Marshals: Bullets Pack Too Much Punch

    06/13/2006 11:33:21 PM PDT · by Lurker · 74 replies · 1,714+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 13 June 2006 | Audrey Hudson
    Federal air marshals say their guns are loaded with bullets capable of running through more than one person, metal doors and thick glass -- too much firepower for an airplane. "Not only is the person getting shot in danger, but everyone on the plane is because of the distance it travels," said one air marshal who testified in a recently completed House Judiciary Committee investigation of policies marshals deemed dangerous.
  • Air Marshal Leaves Plane After Dropping Bullets Flight To Kansas City Delayed

    06/01/2006 9:18:38 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 85 replies · 1,952+ views
    cbs2chicago ^ | June 1, 2006, 9:06 pm | Staff
    (AP) CHICAGO A U.S. air marshal removed himself from a Southwest Airlines flight Thursday after dropping a clip of bullets on the floor just before the plane was to leave Midway International Airport, an airline spokeswoman said. The marshal arrived at Midway on a flight from Philadelphia and he was boarding the Southwest flight bound for Kansas City when the clip fell to the floor, scattering bullets, Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger told the Chicago Tribune for a story on its Web site. "Since he was no longer traveling incognito, he decided not to continue on the flight to Kansas City,"...
  • HotAir Vent Video: Air Marshals Mess

    05/22/2006 7:23:04 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies · 1,272+ views
    HotAir ^ | Michelle Malkin
    Check out this Vent VIDEO. Bureaucratic IDIOCY has made the air marshal's stick out like a sore thumb. Yoo-Hoo! You want the air marshals to BLEND IN with the passengers which means wearing slob clothing like the rest of us.
  • Drug sting led to arrest here of two federal air marshals

    02/13/2006 10:54:50 PM PST · by Issaquahking · 6 replies · 842+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 13, 2006, 11:56PM | HARVEY RICE
    Nguyen, 38, of Houston, began hanging out with a person he knew associated with a drug trafficker and had been involved in credit card fraud, twice giving the person thousands of dollars to invest in drug trafficking, the complaint says.His confidence turned out to be misplaced. The person, identified only as a cooperating witness, or "CW," in the complaint, recorded Nguyen's conversations and helped set up a fake cocaine deal that ended in the arrest of Nguyen and air marshal Burlie L. Sholar III, 32, of Houston, last week."I ain't greedy, I've done this ... before," he said at one...
  • Two Air Marshalls Accused Of Drug Smuggling

    02/13/2006 2:52:28 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 727+ views
    Two Air Marshals Accused of Drug Smuggling Monday February 13, 2006 10:16 PM HOUSTON (AP) - Two U.S. air marshals face federal drug charges accusing them of using their positions to smuggle narcotics through airport security and onto planes for transport, federal prosecutors said. Shawn Ray Nguyen, 38, and Burlie L. Sholar III, 32, both of Houston, were arrested Thursday after an informant delivered 33 pounds of cocaine and $15,000 in ``up front money'' to Nguyen's Houston home, authorities said.
  • Air Marshals Shoot From “Grassy Knoll”

    12/23/2005 6:59:42 AM PST · by Dr.Syn · 16 replies · 379+ views ^ | December 22, 2005 | Dan Sargis
       Air Marshals Shoot From “Grassy Knoll” December 22, 2005 The way in which the MSM plays the odds leaves me wondering why they haven’t yet reported that “at least one witness” saw Federal Air Marshals shooting at President Kennedy from the Grassy Knoll.   Almost immediately following the December 7 shooting of Rigoberto Alpizar at Miami International Airport by two U. S. Federal Air Marshals, the MSM started reporting the shocking news that some passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 924 never heard the word “bomb”.  More specifically, on December 8, Time magazine reported, “At least one passenger (John McAlhany)...maintains the...
  • Dead Man Tells No Tales - Media docility and another no-cost federal killing

    12/15/2005 9:36:58 AM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,076+ views
    Reason ^ | December 14, 2005 | James Bovard
    Two air marshals gunned down an American citizen last week in Miami, and most of the establishment media seemingly couldn't care less. Immediately after 44-year-old Rigoberto Alpizar died on December 7 in a hail of bullets from two air marshals, Dave Adams, a spokesman for the Federal Air Marshal Service told CNN that Alpizar had shouted "I have a bomb in my bag" while running up and down the aisle of an American Airlines plane as it sat on the runway. This was the version of events that the vast majority of the media repeated unquestioningly in the first days...
  • Marshals To Patrol Land, Sea Transport

    12/14/2005 2:47:49 AM PST · by Flavius · 1 replies · 260+ views
    washington post ^ | December 14, 2005 | Sara Kehaulani Goo
    Teams of undercover air marshals and uniformed law enforcement officers will fan out to bus and train stations, ferries, and mass transit facilities across the country this week in a new test program to conduct surveillance and "counter potential criminal terrorist activity in all modes of transportation," according to internal federal documents.
  • Report: Air Marshals to Guard Trains

    12/14/2005 5:35:31 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 21 replies · 480+ views ^ | Report: Air Marshals to Guard Trains
    Report: Air Marshals to Guard Trains Wednesday, December 14, 2005 WASHINGTON — Federal air marshals will expand their work beyond airplanes, launching counterterror surveillance at train stations and other mass transit facilities in a test program this week, according to a published report. Teams of undercover air marshals and uniformed law enforcement officers will fan out to bus and train stations, ferries, and mass transit facilities across the country to "counter potential criminal terrorist activity in all modes of transportation," The Washington Post reported on its Web site Tuesday night, quoting documents from the Transportation Security Administration. The Post said...
  • 'Anxious to Get Home'

    12/13/2005 7:32:22 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 1 replies · 210+ views
    NewsWeek ^ | Dec. 19, 2005 issue | By Arian Campo-Flores and Mark Hosenball
    When Rigoberto Alpizar visited his family in Rio Claro, Costa Rica, in July, he grew alarmed at his father's deteriorating heart condition. He took his father to see a doctor in San Jose; before returning home to the United States, says his brother Carlos, he taped little notes all over the house with a gentle reminder: "Please take your medication. I love you very much." But when it came to Alpizar's own condition—bipolar disorder—he apparently failed to heed that same advice, according to his wife's statements to authorities. Aboard a plane preparing to push away from the gate in Miami...
  • Air marshals add a line of defense

    12/11/2005 7:29:39 AM PST · by billorites · 11 replies · 336+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 10, 2005 | Editorial
    The shooting of a passenger on an American Airlines flight bound for Orlando is a reminder to passengers harping on frustrating lines at security checkpoints, that aviation security is a deadly serious business. Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Rigoberto Alpizar are appropriate, just as use of deadly force by any law enforcement agency is reviewed. But in an arena where split second decisions are required of air marshals trained to make them, the federal air marshal service deserves the benefit of the doubt that its agents acted reasonably in the face of Alpizar’s threatening behavior. Members of...
  • Marshals' training is under scrutiny

    12/09/2005 5:55:56 PM PST · by BigFinn · 25 replies · 483+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Dec. 09, 2005 | BY JAY WEAVER, CARA BUCKLEY AND JACOB GOLDSTEIN
    The Federal Air Marshal Service says its agents acted by the book in the shooting of an American Airlines passenger who threatened to set off a bomb, but mental health experts and others disagree. Before federal air marshals board a commercial jet, they must pass extensive training and in-flight tests -- including how to deal with all kinds of threatening passengers, from disorderly drunks to suspected terrorists. Their training has come under scrutiny following Wednesday's shooting death of Rigoberto Alpizar, 44. He was shot near the entrance of an American Airlines plane at Miami International Airport. Two marshals drew their...
  • Passengers: Alpizar Didn't Say 'Bomb'

    12/09/2005 8:55:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 438 replies · 5,414+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/05 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - The airline passenger shot to death by federal marshals who said he made a bomb threat was agitated even before boarding and later appeared to be desperate to get off the plane, some fellow travelers said. One passenger said he "absolutely never heard the word 'bomb' at all" during the uproar as the Orlando-bound flight prepared to leave Miami on Wednesday. Federal officials say Rigoberto Alpizar made the threat in the jetway, after running up the plane's aisle from his seat at the back of the jetliner. They opened fire because the 44-year-old Home Depot employee ignored their...
  • Katie 'Oakley'? Couric Suggests Air Marshals Shoot at Specific Body Parts (Clueless Katie Alert!)

    12/08/2005 8:08:10 AM PST · by skyman · 32 replies · 1,518+ views ^ | December 8, 2005 | Mark Finkelstein
    Has Katie Couric watched too many westerns? You know, the kind where the sheriff shoots the gun out of the bad guy's hand? You'd think so, given the repeated questions she posed to a former air marshal in the wake of yesterday's shooting of a frantic passenger claiming to have a bomb aboard an American Airlines flight . Katie's guest was former air marshal Tony Kuklinski, who stated that "by all accounts I've seen, what [the air marshals] did was necessary." Katie wasn't so sure: "Do they always shoot to kill, Tony? In other words, I guess the average person...
  • It's Official... MSNM Is Now Questioning Air Marshals Actions !

    12/08/2005 4:27:49 PM PST · by talkshowamerica · 37 replies · 556+ views
    The Talk Show American ^ | 12/08/2005 | J.R.
    Here we go folks...Time Magazine has published a story questioning the actions of the Air Marshals in the shooting death of the man who claimed to have a bomb at Miami Airport on 12/7/2005: At least one passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 924 maintains the federal air marshals were a little too quick on the draw when they shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar as he frantically attempted to run off the airplane shortly before take-off. "I don't think they needed to use deadly force with the guy," says John McAlhany, a 44-year-old construction worker from Sebastian, Fla. "He was getting...
  • MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:Chaos on Flight 924: threat and fatal shots

    12/08/2005 9:53:01 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 58 replies · 1,341+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/08/2005 | A. Driscoll, L. Clark and T. Daniel
    Federal air marshals kill a passenger on an Orlando-bound American Airlines jetliner after the man claims he has a bomb in his backpack, authorities say. Rigoberto Alpizar bolted down the aisle of American Airlines Flight 924 shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday. In pursuit behind him, through the narrow passageway of the Boeing 757: his female companion -- police believe it was his wife -- yelling ''stop, stop'' in English and then in Spanish, ``He's sick, he's sick.'' The chaos ended quickly. Federal agents shot the Florida man after he claimed he had a bomb in his backpack. The incident drew...
  • Officials Say Air Marshals Did Right Thing

    12/08/2005 3:15:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 611+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/05 | John Pain - ap
    MIAMI - The White House said Thursday that two federal air marshals appeared to have acted properly when they shot and killed an agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack. No bomb was found, and authorities later said Rigoberto Alpizar, the passenger killed Wednesday at the Miami airport, was not a terrorist. Witnesses said his wife had frantically tried to explain that he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication. "I don't think anyone wants to see it come to a situation like this," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "But these marshals appear...
  • I Told You So.......MSNM Already Demonizing Air Marshal

    12/08/2005 7:02:53 AM PST · by talkshowamerica · 75 replies · 1,700+ views
    The Talk Show American ^ | 12/7/2005 | J.R.
    Remember what I said yesterday on my show folks, that as soon as the dust settled they would be criticizing the Air Marshall who shot this man who stated he had a bomb ? Well it's already starting, and of course from our good friends in the main Stream News Media. Check out some of the headlines about the incident below: U.S. air marshal kills passenger In this headline the International Herald Tribune seems to suggest that the Air Marshall just KILLED a passanger in cold blood. Look at Bloomberg's headline: U.S. Air Marshal Shoots American Airlines Passenger or this...
  • Katie 'Oakley'? Couric Suggests Air Marshals Shoot at Specific Body Parts

    12/08/2005 5:01:27 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 169 replies · 3,293+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein December 8, 2005 - 07:56. Has Katie Couric watched too many westerns? You know, the kind where the sheriff shoots the gun out of the bad guy's hand? That would seem to be the case, based on the repeated questions she posed to a former air marshal in the wake of yesterday's shooting of a frantic passenger claiming to have a bomb aboard an American Airlines flight . Katie's guest was former air marshal Tony Kuklinski, who stated that "by all accounts I've seen, what [the air marshals] did was necessary." Katie wasn't so sure. "Do they...
  • Passenger killed by air marshal

    12/07/2005 2:21:03 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 73 replies · 2,077+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 12/7/05
    Passenger killed by air marshal An American Airlines passenger who claimed to be carrying a bomb was shot and killed by an air marshal while trying to flee a plane arriving from Medellin, Colombia, at Miami International Airport on Wednesday, U.S. officials said. "Shots were fired as the team attempted to subdue the subject," a U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman said. The passenger was a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, the spokesman said. A law enforcement official said "no device has been located at this time." The incident took place as American Airlines flight 924 arrived from Medellin for a stopover...
  • Man killed on American Airlines flight

    12/07/2005 1:57:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 138 replies · 2,972+ views
    Denver Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 7, 2005 | Associated Press
    MIAMI -- A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot and killed by a federal air marshal today on a jetway connected to an American Airlines plane that had arrived from Colombia, officials said. Cable News Network reported the deceased is a 44-year-old U.S. citizen. A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed shots were fired from the marshal's gun. The airline said the confrontation was on a jetway. A second federal law enforcement official, who also spoke only on condition of anonymity because the investigation still was unfolding, said the...
  • [Debbie] Schussel Columns Get Results (Conservative Chick Power Alert)

    09/23/2005 7:21:24 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 37 replies · 1,391+ views
    Debbie ^ | 09/23/05 | Debbie Schlussel
    SCHLUSSEL COLUMNS GET RESULTS!: Unions Boycott "Flight Plan"; GOP Cancels Terror Supporter By Debbie Schlussel Sometimes, even a little website, like mine, can make a difference: * As a result of my column on the outrageous Jodie Foster movie, "Flight Plan," the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)--the flight attendant's union--is boycotting the movie, APFA spokeswoman and flight attendant Lori Bassani told me. Also as a result of my column, the Federal Air Marshals Association (FAMA) also has sent out mass e-mails calling for the boycott of this irresponsible, PC-mad movie. * As a result of my column about the...
  • SCHLUSSEL: Bad "Flight Plan": Jodie Foster Film Defames Air Marshals, Flight Attendants

    09/23/2005 5:10:01 AM PDT · by Cool Chick · 101 replies · 3,016+ views ^ | Sept. 22, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    It's been four years of bad news for flight attendants. First, 9/11 happened. Then, they were laid off. With airline bankruptcies like Northwest's, they are being laid off again. Now, in another blow, the movie, "Flight Plan," is hitting theaters, tomorrow. Starring Jodie Foster, it's an outrageous piece of propaganda and incredible display of the irresponsible. I'm embarrassed to say that a very distant cousin of mine--Charles J.D. Schlissel--is executive producer of this outrage. The J.D. must stand for "Just Despicable." If you're a freedom-loving American like me, the rotten tricks of this movie will disgust you. If you want...
  • Federal Air Marshals: Heroes of New Orleans Airport Evacuation

    09/09/2005 2:09:43 AM PDT · by Arizona Carolyn · 18 replies · 873+ views ^ | 9/8/2005 | By Annie Jacobsen
    "It looked like Somalia, not the United States of America… There were dead bodies next to the baggage claim. There were guys with machetes trying to protect their families. One guy had an AR-15… People were urinating in buckets… It was like the end of the world. Federal Air Marshals are supposed to be pretty tough, but some of us were breaking down." Those are the haunting words of a Federal Air Marshal (FAM) with whom I recently spoke, a man just back from a five-day tour of duty as part of a team evacuating victims of Hurricane Katrina out...
  • Federal Air Marshals Sue DHS, TSA, DOT Over De Facto Gag Order

    06/09/2005 11:09:43 PM PDT · by Northern Alliance · 7 replies · 578+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | June 9, 2005 | Jim Kouri
    The Federal Air Marshal Association and its President Terry Babb, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Federal Air Marshal Director Thomas Quinn, challenging federal air marshal rules designed to prevent federal air marshals from speaking about any matter that pertains to the Federal Air Marshal Service, the Transportation Security Administration and the US Department of Transportation. The actions by DHS, TSA and other agencies amounts to a de facto gag order placed on air marshals. Recently, border patrol agents were also required to...
  • Armed pilots

    04/28/2005 4:13:38 PM PDT · by RKV · 18 replies · 1,099+ views
    Of Arms & the Law ^ | 28 April 2005 | David Hardy
    Time Magazine has an interesting article on armed airline pilots, noting that they are now making more flights than are air marshals! In his state of the union address, President Bush singled out federal air marshals—undercover armed agents who fly on U.S. airlines—for helping make "our homeland safer." But he neglected to mention a flying security force that has quietly grown even larger than the marshals: the nation's pilots. Two years ago, the Federal Flight Deck Officer program began training pilots who wanted to carry guns on flights to protect the cockpit. Aviation sources tell Time that more than 4,000...
  • U.S. air marshals dodge 'suit Nazis'

    12/23/2004 10:24:29 PM PST · by kattracks · 36 replies · 873+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/24/04 | Audrey Hudson
    Some federal air marshals are playing a high-tech game of hide-and-seek to dodge supervisors from inspecting their attire and ensuring compliance with a mandatory dress code.     "The 'suit Nazis' are out there, so the guys are hiding," said one senior official with the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)."It's sort of an underground operation."     The official said air marshals are turning off their government-issued cell phones so supervisors can't find them for wardrobe inspections, and instead are using personal phones and beepers to send warnings when supervisors approach.  "It's crazy, and it sounds funny, but it's scary what the guys...
  • Why do Air Marshals have a dress code?

    12/23/2004 8:11:39 AM PST · by thatdudefromphilly · 48 replies · 1,138+ views
    This post will be unusually long. That's because I've decided to use my bandwith today to combat a government agency's self-serving--and dangerous--spin campaign. The great thing about the blogosphere is that I can give over as much space as necessary to others who don't have a voice. And nobody at the Transportation Security Administration, at the Federal Air Marshals Service, or in the White House can stop me. Last week, I wrote a column on the idiotic dress code policy instituted by Thomas Quinn, head of the Federal Air Marshals Service. Quinn promptly dispatched his flack, David M. Adams, to...
  • FAMS denies dressing down

    12/21/2004 12:56:09 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 296+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | By Audrey Hudson
    A spokesman for the Federal Air Marshal Service yesterday denied reports that agents are required to wear sports coats or suits and ties in airports, a statement that contradicts two senior officials and several memos detailing the strict dress code.     Spokesman Dave Adams told the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" morning show that marshals are not required to wear "coats or ties," and called reports on the details of the dress policy "patently false."     The dispute over dress codes began when FAMS Director Thomas Quinn went to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Thanksgiving Day to greet marshals and...