Who's running the TSA? No one, thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint

An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.

The post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has held up President Barack Obama's nominee in opposition to the prospect of TSA workers joining a labor union. (more)

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Yeah, I'm sure the absence of one figurehead administrator is the reason for the security lapse.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

What happened to the old one?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip_Hawley

"...Hawley held the post from July 27, 2005 to January 20, 2009"

I wonder what happened on January 20, 2009?

THERE NEEDS TO BE AN INVESTIGATION! THIS IS WORSE THAN DOJ LAWYERS BEING FIRED!

Why did Barry Obama FIRE THE TSA ADMINISTRATOR?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Hawley wasn't fired. He planned on leaving all by himself.

Pink Slip

How many of you know we have two 'devout' Muslims in appointed positions at The Department of Homeland Security??!! Both with very interesting pasts, associations, and associates. Arif Alikhan and Kareem Shora. Barack Obama appointed them. One from Pakistan/India and one from Damascus. Am I the only one that thinks this is unusual/OR EVEN OUTRAGEOUS??? Please research these guys...you won't believe their associations. Think of that henhouse saying........Maybe America really will be destroyed from within. A security lapse is more related to DHS than TSA..IMHO. I have to join in those voices calling for the firing of the very inept JaNapo. Maybe Obama and Company can find some Bush people for the job!

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

Maybe you can shed some light on these shady "Muslims" tombrown?

How many Christians has he appointed? You know, there have been instances of domestic terrorism in the US this year committed by Christians. Successful attempts--not failed ones like this.

(just to be clear--I think all religions are the same)

Pink Slip

"I think all religions are the same"

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Pink slip got owned on this post.

Jason, are you even paying attention? What are your thoughts on DeMint holding up confirmation of the TSA administration chief because of his disdain for the working man?

Pink Slip

Eroll Southers, censured by FBI for abuse of power, to head TSA. What could go wrong? Hey, never let a Dutch-citizen-thwarted-crisis go to waste.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

Pretty interesting and a fair read IMO:
http://www.heritage.org/Research/labor/wm2689.cfm

I didn't realize so many government "desk jobs" were union. Wonder if the jobs over at the DHS, CIA, FBI, are also union jobs? Just got me to thinking..

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

Other federal law enforcement officers can unionize and adapt quickly. There's no reason the TSA can't do the same. Tell the crew of the Alabama that they can't handle terrorism:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/30242549#30242549

Pink Slip

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2009/12/man-do-i-hate-holiday-trave...

Pretty Funny,
an excerpt..
".........Lemme ask you: have you ever tried to inject a glycerin detonator syringe into some plastic explosives glued under your nutsack, while you were stoned out of your gourd, in an airplane bathroom, during Lake Erie turbulence, while some stupid hippie is pounding on the door? Take my word for this, it. is. a. mofo. I must have stabbed myself in the junk eight or ten times before I finally got it smoldering. So I stroll out of the loo, real casual-like, with my nuts on fire, and headed back to my seat to blow out the fuselage. ........."

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

One senator, a Christopher Dodd, D-Conn, just happened to strip funds that were designated for airport security. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Sen...
Plenty of blame to go around here...

Dodd took $4.5 million meant for bomb screening? Well GOP voted against $1.1 billion for funding for explosives detection systems.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1209/GOP_blame_at_TSA.html#


epublicans have cast votes against the key TSA funding measure that the 2010 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security contained, which included funding for the TSA, including for explosives detection systems and other aviation security measures. In the June 24 vote in the House, leading Republicans including John Boehner, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan voted against the bill, amid a procedural dispute over the appropriations process, a Democrat points out. A full 108 Republicans voted against the conference version, including Boehner, Hoekstra, Pence, Michelle Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Darrell Issa and Joe Wilson.

The conference bill included more than $4 billion for "screening operations," including $1.1 billion in funding for explosives detection systems, with $778 million for buying and installing the systems.

Bush let the masterminds of the tempted Detroit attack go...

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/men-believed-northwest-airlines-plot-set-f...

Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans.


Terror suspect released from Guantanamo now fronts Yemen al-Qaeda group.
American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia, where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials. ABC News described their enrollment in the art therapy program in a January report.

Obama wants to try the terrorist in US courts and Bush sent them to Saudi Arabia for Art Therapy.

here comes the river of tears.

I'd rather have the TSA not have a director than to have the screeners unionized.

One person not working and not getting paid for itis better than thousands of people not working and getting paid for it.

MikeyA

Oh, this is not good either:

"Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans.

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia, where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials. ABC News described their enrollment in the art therapy program in a January report."

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/men-believed-northwest-airlines-plot-set-f...

Pink Slip

Wasn't it the liberals and 0bama supporters that criticized keeping those guys at Gitmo all along?

Come on, you can't have it both ways.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Cant have it both ways?....LMAO...that is the CORE of being a liberal...

Sure they demanded reease of GITMO "innocents".....and now that they are tied to Al Q?

It's Bush's fault...

Forget the ACLU....Forget the adam's project...nope...

It wasnt liberals screeching for release that is the problem...it was Bush giving into their wishes ..

Yes yes...threw a tantrum until they got the keys to the car....and when they wreck it... they blame dad for giving them the keys in the first place....

Those guys wouldnt BE OUT if it wasnt for LIBERALS fighting for their release...fighting TOOTH and NAIL...

Same old story...they fight to get a murderer released...then gape in wonder when the murderer goes on to murder again....

The kind of person that gives a convicted child molester a "second chance"...then cant figure out why more kids got molested...yes this applies to church liberals as well...

Gee...I didnt think he would do it again.....not my fault..

And the Oduma administration is STILL trying to send more GITMO detainees to yemen:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BH0PA20091218

U.S. to send 6 Guantanamo detainees to Yemen: report
WASHINGTON
Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:15am ESTWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to transfer six Yemenis held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba back to their home country in coming days, a move that could lead to repatriating dozens more, The Washington Post reported in its Friday edition.

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YEA!...do the same thing again...I'm sure there will be a different result this time....

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Always count on right-wing gasbags to play politics over national security.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/31049.html

http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2009/12/hoekstra_fundr...

Conservatives...the pretend 'patriots'.

Jeepmaker--No one advocated for letting them go. Liberals said to charge them with a crime. Don't have government act outside it's boundaries. That Nigerian...they charged him and put him in jail in Michigan. What a novel idea...

Pink Slip

Well they seem to be doing well without a director.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091231/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_airliner_attack...

I wonder if this was the transparency Obama was talking about during the campaign... finding out bloggers sources.

MikeyA

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