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  • Ex-Army Intel Officer Tapped For TSA (Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding)

    03/08/2010 7:12:56 AM PST · by maggief · 30 replies · 229+ views
    Official Wire ^ | March 08, 2010
    WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. President Barack Obama has selected Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding to lead the Transportation Security Administration, officials said. An administration official said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would announce Harding's nomination Monday, CNN reported. "The TSA administrator is the most important unfilled post in the Obama administration," the official told CNN. "Mr. Harding has the experience and perspective to make a real difference in carrying out the mission of the agency. If there was ever a nominee that warranted expedited, but detailed, consideration in the Senate, this is it." If confirmed by the Senate, Harding would be...
  • Obama’s TSA Nominee Worries About Those Who Are ‘Christian Identity Oriented’ (video)

    01/11/2010 7:31:22 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 1,127+ views
    YouTube ^ | Jan. 11, 2010
    Errol Southers: "Groups that claim to be extremely anti-government."
  • Obama TSA Nominee Erroll Southers Calls Pro-Life Advocates Terrorists in Video

    01/11/2010 3:51:41 PM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 761+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/11/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama's nominee to head the agency charged with keeping American travelers safe from terrorism thinks pro-life advocates are terrorists. A new video shows Transportation Security Administration nominee Erroll Southers including pro-life advocates in a list of terrorist groups.The new video from 2008 shows Southers responding to a documentary-style interview question about terrorist organizations.The documentary asked Southers, "Which home-grown terrorist groups pose the greatest danger to the U.S."Southers explained, "Most of the domestic groups that we pay attention to here are white supremacist groups. They're anti-government, in most cases anti-abortion, they are usually survivalist type...
  • Obama's latest homeland security fiasco (Byron York on the case)

    01/07/2010 9:47:37 PM PST · by pissant · 6 replies · 1,037+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/8/10 | Byron York
    For a while, it seemed the nomination and confirmation of Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration would be a routine affair. Southers' resume included time at the FBI, the California Office of Homeland Security, and the Los Angeles airport security force. Qualified nominee, quick confirmation -- right? Wrong. As the new year begins, the Southers nomination has become the latest Obama confirmation mess, raising questions not only about the nominee but the White House's selection process. And despite Democrats' daunting 60-vote majority, quick confirmation might not be in the cards. The reason: a growing feeling among Republican senators...
  • Drudge: Big Sis Wants to See Under Your Clothes

    01/07/2010 7:13:06 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 26 replies · 1,935+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | Drudge
  • Michael Yon Handcuffed by TSA at SeaTac (Updated)("refusing to say how much money I make")

    01/05/2010 2:19:39 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 215 replies · 4,236+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | January 05, 2010 | Dr. Rusty Shackleford
    This from Michael Yon on Facebook: http://ww.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPageGot arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eve...eventually came -- they were professionals -- and rescued me from the border bullies. h/t tip North Shore JournalInstead of going after those that are suspected terrorists, this happens? I was reading a post at JWF, where Joan Rivers was booted...
  • Breaking: Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport

    01/05/2010 10:39:04 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 56 replies · 3,152+ views
    Hot AirPundit ^ | January 05, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from...
  • Deadlock Persists Over TSA Nominee

    01/04/2010 4:41:48 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies · 368+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-04-10 | YOCHI J. DREAZEN
    WASHINGTON -- The White House on Sunday urged senators to quickly hold a vote on its nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, but the battle showed little signs of easing as a Republican reiterated his concerns about the pick. The White House's appointment of Erroll Southers, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, has been held up by Sen. Jim DeMint, who has raised questions about Mr. Southers's position on worker unionization. The South Carolina Republican wants Mr. Southers to promise that he would oppose granting collective-bargaining rights to the TSA's tens of thousands of employees. TSA appointments rarely...
  • Exclusive: TSA agent's notebook discovered in public place

    01/04/2010 6:29:39 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 10 replies · 891+ views
    Flight Global Blogs/Runway Girl ^ | 4 Jan 2010 | Mary Kirby
    What would you say if I told you that one of the federal agents who ventured to travel writer Steven Frischling's house to issue a subpoena and search his electronic equipment for the source of the agency's leaked security directive (SD) also happened to leave his notebook lying in a public place? Would you define such a misstep as complete ineptitude? Would you wonder how the agency protects the information it gleans from other - more important - investigations (you know, ones involving threats against our nation)? A source with knowledge of the situation tells me that one of the...
  • 'Nonsense, Ridiculous': NBCer Blasts DeMint For Opposing TSA Unionization

    01/04/2010 1:30:20 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 930+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine it being as hard to fire an incompetent airport screener as it is to fire an incompetent teacher. Think that might have any implications for our safety and security? Evan Kohlmann apparently doesn't. In fact, the NBC terrorism consultant thinks opposition to unionizing the employees of the Transportation Safety Administration is "nonsense" and "ridiculous." Kohlmann made his comments on MSNBC this afternoon in the course of condemning Sen. Jim DeMint for opposing TSA unionization. The Republican senator from South Carolina has put a hold on Pres. Obama's nomination of Erroll Southers to head the TSA because of the nominee's...
  • Lauer Presses DeMint To 'Come Around' On Obama's TSA Nominee

    01/04/2010 10:13:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 728+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/4/10 | Geoffrey Dickens
    NBC's Matt Lauer, on Monday's Today show, used the occasion of the bombing attempt of Northwest Flight 253, to press Republican Senator Jim DeMint to stop being the last "hold-out" and "come around," on approving Obama's pick for TSA director Errol Southers. However Lauer failed to mention Obama took eight months to make his choice as well as the fact that DeMint is concerned that Southers' choice could lead to collective bargaining that would "bring the security concerns of TSA under the authority of union bosses
  • Newark Liberty Airport Reportedly in Lockdown Over Security Breach

    01/03/2010 5:38:02 PM PST · by tsmith130 · 147 replies · 9,452+ views
    Fox Breaking News and via E-mail ^ | January 03, 2010 | Fox News
    Newark Liberty Airport Reportedly in Lockdown Over Security Breach
  • What to Expect as T.S.A. Tightens Airport Security

    01/02/2010 8:03:27 PM PST · by TankerKC · 49 replies · 1,458+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 1, 2010 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    The best way to prepare for the new security measures at the airport? Pretty much as you did for the old rules, experts say. That means becoming familiar with the Transportation Security Administration rules on what is allowed in carry-on and checked bags. A detailed list of the rules for items like liquids, holiday foods and gifts — don’t wrap them — is available at www.tsa.gov. And then, when waiting in line at the security checkpoint, use the time to prepare.
  • TSA nominee misled Congress about accessing confidential records

    01/02/2010 6:02:41 AM PST · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 486+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 31, 2009 | Robert O'Harrow Jr.
    The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show. The disclosure comes as pressure builds from Democrats on Capitol Hill for quick January confirmation of Erroll Southers.... Southers, a former FBI agent, has described inconsistencies in his accounts to Congress as "inadvertent" and the result of poor memory of an incident that dates back 20 years. He said in a Nov. 20 letter to key senators that he had accepted full responsibility...
  • WaPo: TSA nominee misled Congress, violated security protocols

    01/02/2010 9:32:49 AM PST · by maggief · 23 replies · 840+ views
    Hot Air ^ | January 2, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    After the EunuchBomber attack fizzled on Christmas Day, both Republicans and Democrats wasted no time in pointing fingers, primarily battling over the Department of Homeland Security, even though DHS had little if anything to do with the security issues involved in that attempt. Republicans called for the resignation of Janet Napolitano after her ridiculous insistence two days later that “the system worked.” Democrats blamed the attack on Senator Jim DeMint for placing a hold on Barack Obama’s nominee to head TSA, Erroll Southers, even though Obama hadn’t even bothered to nominate Southers until late September, and TSA had nothing to...
  • Erroll Southers Lies to Congress: Congress Knew Southers Lied

    01/02/2010 10:05:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies · 829+ views
    Travelling Tech ^ | Jan 2, 2009 | Maggie M. Thornton
    January 2nd, 2010 Maggie M. Thornton President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lied to Congress. His confirmation to the office has been moved-up to tomorrow (just kidding – but probably). Not only did he lie, but some in Congress knew he lied before advancing his nomination in November 2009. See video below.
  • Napolitano wants to unionize TSA employees despite safety concerns

    01/01/2010 7:59:24 AM PST · by PoliticalEthics · 27 replies · 1,000+ views
    CUAT & Washington Examiner ^ | 01/01/2010 | CUAT & Mark Hemingway
    Why politics shouldn't trump terror. Washington Examiner calls for her resignation
  • DeMint: TSA nominee isn't qualified, shouldn't be confirmed

    01/01/2010 12:56:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 552+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/1/10 | Byron York
    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has been the target of much Democratic criticism for his efforts to slow down Senate confirmation of Erroll Southers, the Obama White House's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, now says Southers should not be confirmed.
  • TSA backs off subpoenas in search for leaker of widely known security directive

    12/31/2009 6:18:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,103+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped its subpoenas it had issued to two Internet writers in its effort to find the leaker of an airline security directive. The subpoenas were criticized by a leading journalism organization. The TSA said the investigation is "nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect."
  • TSA nominee misled Congress about accessing confidential records

    12/31/2009 11:55:06 PM PST · by FTJM · 22 replies · 1,073+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | Robert O'Harrow Jr.
    The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show. The disclosure comes as pressure builds from Democrats on Capitol Hill for quick January confirmation of Erroll Southers, whose nomination has been held up by GOP opponents. In the aftermath of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, calls have intensified for lawmakers to install permanent leadership at the TSA, a critical agency in enforcing airline security. Southers, a former FBI agent, has...
  • TSA nominee gave misleading info to Congress (He should fit right in to an Obama administration)

    12/31/2009 7:03:35 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 897+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/31/2009 | Robert O'Harrow Jr./WP
    The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show. The disclosure comes as pressure builds from Democrats on Capitol Hill for quick January confirmation of Erroll Southers, whose nomination has been held up by GOP opponents. In the aftermath of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, calls have intensified for lawmakers to install permanent leadership at the TSA, a critical agency in enforcing airline security. Southers, a former FBI agent, has...
  • TSA Subpoena Lifted (Against Bloggers)

    12/31/2009 6:06:38 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies · 1,191+ views
    Politico.com ^ | Dec. 31, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    The TSA announced Thursday evening that subpoenas issued against bloggers for information they published are no longer in effect. From the TSA: "TSA takes any breach in security very seriously. In light of the posting of sensitive security information on the web, TSA sought to identify where the information came from. The investigation is nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect." Earlier: A Florida based travel-writer, Chris Elliott, is readying a legal challenge to the Transportation Security Administration's efforts to force him to disclose his source for a TSA directive he published on his blog....
  • TSA To Get Picky About Airline Passenger Names

    06/01/2009 7:30:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,306+ views
    TheDenverChannel ^ | May 31, 2009
    The next time you book a flight, make sure your name on the ticket is exactly the same as your ID. Otherwise it could take some time to get on the plane. The federal Transportation Security Administration is introducing a requirement that passenger names on tickets be exactly the same as the name on a government issued ID... The move is designed to reduce the amount of travelers incorrectly identified with names similar to those on terrorist watch lists. "We're doing some testing now, but we won't roll out the first phase until August," . About 58,000 travelers have filed...
  • MO: TSA detains official from Ron Paul group [harassed for carrying cash]

    04/08/2009 4:32:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,370+ views
    The Transportation Security Administration is investigating the detention and harassment of a Ron Paul organization official by airport screeners, an incident that was caught on tape at a St. Louis airport. Steve Bierfeldt, director of development for Campaign for Liberty, was selected for additional screening after officials spotted a metal box in his luggage that contained a large amount of cash and checks made out to the campaign. Mr. Bierfeldt was attending his organization's regional conference in St. Louis and said he was keenly aware, as the situation unfolded March 29, of a controversial report issued to Missouri law enforcement...
  • Campaign for Liberty Worker Detained by TSA.

    04/07/2009 4:12:47 PM PDT · by mad_as_he$$ · 4 replies · 866+ views
    e-mail ^ | April 6, 2009 | John Tate
    April 6, 2009 Dear Friend of Liberty, Campaign for Liberty’s very own Steve Bierfeldt has become an unexpected Internet sensation -- and the latest target of over-reaching federal government agents. You see, Steve was detained by Airport Police and TSA officials shortly after the Campaign for Liberty regional conference in St. Louis. The officials rudely berated and harassed Steve for 30 minutes in a secluded room at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Fortunately, Steve was able to record nearly all of the interrogation with his cell phone. Steve’s alleged “crime”? Carrying $4,700 in checks and cash from Campaign for Liberty, along...
  • Armed Uniformed TSA Agents Interrogate Liberty Activist Steven Bierfeldt (Bierfeldt Audio and Links)

    04/05/2009 6:07:06 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 16 replies · 1,371+ views
    JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary ^ | 04/06/09 | JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary
    TSA agents claim having a large sum of money( which could be any amount over $50.00) is cause to be detained
  • Obama shutting-down flight training in the U.S.

    03/29/2009 2:37:53 PM PDT · by pabianice · 64 replies · 3,397+ views
    Transportation Security Administration | 3/29/09
    Got hit between the eyes with this this morning. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent visited my flight school today to check on "security." To the dismay of all, he said that no students may receive any flight instruction unless they first give the flight school either a copy of their passport or a copy of their birth certificate with both "certified, raised seal and a government issued and certified photograph." Since no one has a duplicate passport or a birth certificate with a "government issued and certified photo," there can be no further flight instruction. We already knew Obama...
  • TSA Adds a New Twist to Passenger Screening

    03/21/2009 8:32:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 65 replies · 2,609+ views
    Just when you thought you had the Transportation Security Administration rules all figured out, here comes a new procedure. Starting sometime in the next few months, you'll have to provide your birth date and gender whenever you buy an airplane ticket. The TSA is giving the airlines some time to change their websites and retrain their phone-reservations agents to be able to implement the agency's new Secure Flight program. Expect the changes on domestic flights by this summer. The change is supposed to help reduce the number of Americans who are misidentified as individuals on the agency's no-fly and "selectee-for-further-inspection"...
  • New TSA rule irks state legislators

    03/02/2009 4:06:36 AM PST · by radar101 · 5 replies · 849+ views
    Newsminer ^ | March 2, 2009 | Rena Delbridge
    JUNEAU — Frustration at the prospect of new federal aviation rules that make little sense in Alaska prompted two Interior lawmakers to push for resolutions that passed this week. Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks and a former commercial airline pilot, sponsored resolutions cementing Alaska’s opposition to proposed rules by the federal Transportation Security Administration. “This just doesn’t fit with the state of Alaska,” Therriault said. He collected signatures from nearly every state legislator on a letter detailing Alaska’s opposition. The resolutions easily passed both legislative bodies and are before Gov. Sarah Palin. The TSA proposal...
  • Charlie Dent to homeland chief: Hugh Moore mules are not terrorists (Feds r idjuts)

    02/26/2009 12:43:05 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 18 replies · 615+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 2/25/2009 | Michael Duck and Josh Drobnyk
    To most people, George and Hank are just mules that pull a canal boat. But to Transportation Security Administration officials, they're a matter of national security. The people who dress up in 19th century garb and lead George and Hank along the Lehigh Canal towpath in Easton's Hugh Moore Park are now required, under federal law, to secure biometric Transportation Worker Identification Credentials from the TSA -- just like every other Coast Guard-certified boat operator. And so far, despite efforts from U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, TSA officials aren't budging on that requirement. "It's probably a very good step for operators...
  • Aviation security plans make waves in Kansas

    02/24/2009 12:38:59 PM PST · by pabianice · 16 replies · 671+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/24/09 | Cooper
    The federal government wants to slap new security rules on private jets, prompting an outcry from Kansas lawmakers and the general-aviation industry. The rules, proposed by the Transportation Security Administration, would apply post-9/11 security measures to larger private planes used by the nation’s corporate elite. Affected would be dozens of planes used by some of Kansas City’s biggest employers. Among other things, the rules would ban certain carry-on items and require aircraft operators to match passengers to terrorist watch lists. Critics say the hassle could very well take the comfort and expediency out of flying in a corporate jet and...
  • Dear President Obama

    02/10/2009 2:14:29 PM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 4 replies · 566+ views
    Independent Individualist ^ | 2/9/09 | Reginald Firehammer
    Dear Bambi,I do hope you will not be offended by my familiar term of address. After all, it is the office of president we honor, not the likes of you. (Please excuse my awkward English, I was educated in an American government school.)I know that you are valiantly attempting to impose the blessings of socialism on America, and I think you are right, if that is your goal, to look at the models of other countries that have gone much further down the road of socialism than America has, such as the UK. The idea of foisting (is that the...