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From the Aviaton Week website:
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Pistole says the next decade of security screening will focus on operational assessments “to stay ahead of tomorrow’s threats.”
Pistole, in an address to the 83rd annual conference and exposition of the American Association of Airport Executives May 19 in Atlanta, outlined three principles to guide the TSA. Each new step will strengthen security, he says. Screening will be “smarter,” rooted in the knowledge that the vast majority of 628 million annual air travelers pose little to no risk. TSA will be guided by the philosophy that “we can mitigate risk” but never fully eliminate it, he says.
The risk-based security program will be enhanced as TSA reviews current procedures and technology, how procedures are carried out and how segments of the population are screened.
Pistole suggests that TSA will move to more identity-based screening. “Just six months into this process, we have made good progress toward developing a long-term security construct that we hope could eventually change the flying experience for most travelers.”
A small step will be taken in coming months, when TSA officers will use an identity-based system to verify the identity and employment status of pilots against airline employee databases. Testing is under way at some airports and should expand further this year. Flight attendants are under consideration for a future phase.
“Eventually, passengers who can be deemed ‘low-risk’ after volunteering information ahead of time could be eligible for expedited screening,” he added. “While there will never be a guarantee of expedited screening—we must retain a certain element of randomness to prevent terrorists from gaming the system.”
What a crock! The test program for pilot screening at BWI has been going on for years! How long will it take? Now we’re going to see this at a couple more airports, yip-te-do.
Once again, the Kool-Aide is poured and people are lapping it up. There is no threat in General Aviation, there is no threat in commerical aviation pilots. Yet the sieve approach, ‘screen ’em all, let God sort ’em out” is the way it works.
LASP II will probably be out in about 10 months my sources tell me. Maybe longer if the DHS/TSA keeps stepping on itself like they have been. Keep your elected officials in the loop. A call is best, fax second best. Use the AOPA resource to offer them a ride, show them GA — show them we’re no threat.
And how did that disaster excersize work out where GA was going to fly the relief effort (you know, kinda like we already did with Haiti)? But, I guess we’re still a threat, because all those pilots must have had a 5 year background check, been fingerprinted. All the passengers were searched and wanded, checked against a No Fly List, even Senator Rockefeller.
Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized
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What happened on AA Flight 1561
Michelle Malkin – Syndicated Columnist – 5/13/2011 8:50:00 AM
If you listen to the passengers and crew who flew on American Airlines Flight 1561 last weekend, there’s no doubt about what happened on their harrowing trip: A Yemeni man shrieking “Allahu akbar!” at the top of his lungs more than 30 times rushed the cockpit door twice intending to take down the plane and kill everyone on board.
The clammy, sweaty lone male passenger exhibited classic symptoms of what Middle East scholar and author Daniel Pipes has dubbed “Sudden Jihad Syndrome” — a seemingly random outbreak of threatening behavior or violence by a hysterical Muslim adherent who had not previously exhibited signs of Islamic radicalization. It took at least four men to tackle and restrain Rageh Ahmed Mohammed al-Murisi. “There was no question in everybody’s mind that he was going to do something,” passenger Angelina Marty told the San Francisco Chronicle.
And no, that “something” did not mean enlisting his fellow flyers in a midair flash mob performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Not everyone was so grounded in reality. Bleeding-heart sympathizers seriously speculated that al-Murisi had simply mistaken clearly marked lavatory doors for the clearly marked cockpit door (because, you know, it’s normal to shout “God is great” repeatedly just before relieving yourself as your plane is about to land). Some federal authorities and media whitewashers proclaimed that al-Murisi’s motives were “unknown.”
If only al-Murisi had been screaming phrases from the Constitution. The Selective Motive Determination Machine — the same one that rushed to pin the Tucson massacre on the Tea Party, the GOP and Fox News without a shred of evidence — would have kicked in to full gear.
On Wednesday, a San Francisco judge denied al-Murisi bail. Unburdened by the paralyzing prissiness of political correctness, federal prosecutors noted that “Allahu akbar” was the same refrain invoked by the 9/11 hijackers over Shanksville, Pa., and by the would-be Christmas Day bomber over Detroit. Not to mention Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan, the Frankfurt, Germany, jihadist who killed two U.S. airmen on a bus in March, the young Portland, Ore., Christmas tree lighting bomb plotter, every last suicide bomber across Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, and every last evil al-Qaida beheader broadcast on video over the past decade.
So how, despite a massive transportation and homeland security apparatus, did al-Murisi get into this country and get on a plane? He had no keys, no luggage, $47 cash, two curious posted checks totaling $13,000, and a trove of expired and current state IDs from New York and California — where relatives said he had not notified them that he was coming. He is young, male, brought no family with him, had no job or other discernible income, and hails from the terror-coddling nation of Yemen. Yes, the same Yemen that is Osama bin Laden’s ancestral home, harbors al-Qaida operatives who are burning the “torch of jihad,” and is deemed a “special interest country” whose citizens warrant increased scrutiny by DHS when they cross the border illegally.
As I reported last month, a federal watchdog revealed that TSA’s counterterrorism specialists failed to detect 16 separate jihad operatives who moved through target airports “on at least 23 different occasions.” Neutered by Islamophobia-phobia and an “overtime over security” mentality, our State Department consular offices’ and airline security bureaucracy’s stance toward the al-Murisis slipping through their snaking lines is:
Nothing to see here; move along.
At least the heroes of Flight 1561 who refused to sit silent learned the proper 9/11 lesson. “I swore to myself that I would never be a victim” after the 2001 attacks, passenger Larry Wright, one of the men who brought al-Murisi down, told reporters earlier this week. The only effective homeland security begins and ends with a culture of self-defense. Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no “see no jihad, hear no jihad, speak no jihad” delusionists on airplanes with Allahu akbar-chanting flyers beating down doors.
From Prespectives on www.onenewsnow.com.
Now, I guess, jihad is actually a mental illness. So naturally it fits that General Aviation should feel some pain because there’s no telling when any of you, flying your 1500 pound Cessnas over the vast country will suddenly get “Sudden Jihad Syndrome”.
Oh, wait, you have to be Muslim I guess for this to happen. And generally you’re an adult male, between the ages of 18 to 35. And you have ties to a terrorist country (or your Dad has already told the State Department you’re a terrorist), little money and a somewhat strained relationship with your family.
I don’t see anything about flying private aircraft… but, thanks to Norm Minetta and PC, we can’t profile because that would be wrong.
Instead, all of us GA pilots will feel Senator Rockefeller’s pain over being wanded and patted down at Dulles.
There, that’s better. Have some more Kool-Aide.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized
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This from this morning’s AvWeb:
AOPA is reporting
that Brian Delauter, the GA General Manager
of the Transportation Security Administration is leaving after less than two years in the post to return to the private sector. AOPA CEO Craig Fuller said Delauter’s GA experience was an asset in his assumption of the role in 2009 and his leadership will be missed. “We are hopeful that Administrator [John] Pistole will build on the relationships Brian developed with general aviation industry and pilots by finding a successor with a similarly strong GA background.”
The appointment of Delauter was generally regarded as a positive thing for GA, because of Delauter’s varied experience in aviation. Prior to his hiring, the TSA was criticized for seemingly arbitrary and sometimes puzzling initiatives for bringing more security to GA operations. It seemed to acknowledge the gap in its hiring of Delauter, counting on him “use his extensive general aviation experience in government and private industry to lead TSA’s strategy to enhance security within the general aviation sector while reducing the risk of the misuse of GA assets by developing identification capabilities including positive pilot and aircraft identification.” It’s not clear who will be doing Delauter’s job while the search is on for his replacement.
Apparently he got an offer he couldn’t refuse, from the outside. He wasn’t asked to leave. Scuttlebutt is his immediate bosses like the idea of communication with “industry” and “stakeholders”.
How effective and what kind of communications seems to be a matter of opinion.
Anyway, the job is open.
LASP is at the DHS apparently for review and will probably be public for comment for another six months, unless the TSA or DHS steps on itself again. What are the odds?
Get involved, get those elected guys informed, get people on our side.
Posted: May 11th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized
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Posted: May 3rd, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized
Updated: Tuesday, 03 May 2011, 7:36 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 03 May 2011, 7:36 AM EDT
By New York Post
NEW YORK – Dawdling JFK Airport security waited 40 minutes before calling cops after a man told a ticket agent that he was Usama bin Laden and was carrying a bomb, furious law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Christian Boncorps, 61, told an Air France ticket agent, “My name is bin Laden, and I have a bomb in my bag.”
But by the time cops were called, luggage belonging to the boozed-up suspect was already aboard a Paris-bound jet that he planned to get on, sources said.
The incident began around 10:20pm local time Friday, when Boncorps showed up drunk at the ticket counter to get his boarding pass, sources said.
An Air France reservation clerk asked him what he had in his bag, thinking he might be trying to smuggle more booze aboard, one source said, prompting the irked Boncorps to make his comment about the now-dead terror chief.
But instead of calling Port Authority cops immediately, the clerk escorted him to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening site, where workers simply put him through standard pre-flight screening procedures.
“When a cop finally shows up, [Boncorps] was putting his shoes back on,” said a Port Authority police source.
An Air France rep did not reply to an email about what occurred. Ann Davis, a TSA spokeswoman, said the incident was being reviewed.
“TSA continues to look into the circumstances surrounding this matter,” she said. “However, travelers can be assured that every TSA and airport employee is trained to take any and all threats seriously and notify law enforcement to ensure the safety of the airport and air travelers,” Davis added.
But Paul Nunziato, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, was furious.
“We got lucky that this passenger wasn’t a serious threat,” he said.
Boncorps, from Yonkers, N.Y., could not be reached for comment but was charged with filing a false report. He wound up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct at his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, a violation for which he paid a $250 fine.
“But instead of calling Port Authority cops immediately, the clerk escorted him to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening site, where workers simply put him through standard pre-flight screening procedures.”
“…simply put him through standard pre-flight screening procedures”
So, a guy who’s drunk (and therefore not supposed to be boarded) makes a stupid joke and gets escorted to the TSA Security Screening outpost. Where he’s put through “standard” screening… meanwhile the children and old ladies, anyone who isn’t Muslim, is given the “extra” pat down. Oh, yeah, and finally somebody called the cops. Whew! Security at it’s finest, I feel safer already.
Good thing they’re aren’t union employees… oh, wait. Pistole’s working on that too.
Well, they’d never target General Aviation… oh, wait…
Keep those faxes and phone calls going, folks. LASP II is out there.