According to this article, the TSA is dealing with its ineptitude by intimidating pilots:

An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.

Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.

At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot’s gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A follow-up letter from the sheriff’s department said the CCW permit would be reevaluated following the outcome of the federal investigation.

The YouTube videos, posted Nov. 28, show what the pilot calls the irony of flight crews being forced to go through TSA screening while ground crew who service the aircraft are able to access secure areas simply by swiping a card.

“As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It’s only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here,” the pilot narrates.

Rather than correcting their mistakes, the TSA chose to intimidate this pilot. Frankly, the TSA people who confiscated this pilot’s weapon should be terminated, as should the sheriff’s deputies who confiscated the pilot’s CCW permit.

This is totally typical of Janet Napolitano’s thinking. Rather than taking corrective action to make airports safer, she opts for intimidating a pilot.

The good news is that this story will now get tons of media attention, forcing her to actually deal with her flawed approach to airport security. Napolitano won’t get away with her usual song and dance routine. President Obama won’t get away with keeping her in his cabinet. They both should be held accountable, Napolitano for her ineptitude, Obama for not picking a serious person for this important national security job.

We can’t afford having these gaping holes in our airport security system. There’s a real war going on. It’d be nice if this administration started acting like we’re at war. (That’s before talking about James Clapper looking totally clueless in his interview with Diane Sawyer.)

It’d be great to see some seriousness from this administration rather than watching another episode of the Keystone Cops. This is serious business. It’s time that this administration started treating it that way.

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4 Responses to “This Administration’s Incompetence Rewarded With Threats & Intimidation”

  • J. Ewing says:

    We’ve got the TSA checking everybody’s shoes, everybody’s nudie pics and groping some folks’ underwear. The terrorists have already won. Time to start picking on the terrorists and leaving the rest of us be.

  • walter hanson says:

    J you wouldn’t happen to know what day that Homeland security takes off so I can avoid the possible terrorist attacks on the day off.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • J. Ewing says:

    I think it’s a pretty simple proposition, really. Just recognize that the shoe bomber actually got on the plane, and THEN the TSA started checking every shoe. After the Shampoo bomber actually got on the plane, they started requiring plastic baggies and limiting baby formula to 3 ounces. Thank heavens they didn’t limit breast milk unless it was in a bottle. Only after the Fruit of Kaboom bomber actually got on the plane did they start with the pornomatic and the Freedom Fondles. All you have to do to avoid being blown up is to show up with a bomb they haven’t seen yet, and you can get on the plane with a reasonable certainty of your safety. After all, what’s the chances that there are TWO bombs on a plane? Certainly those odds are much better than the TSA ever catching one. They take EVERY day off!

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