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TSA Week in Review: 43 Loaded Firearms, Lipstick Knife, Explosives Training Kit & More

Friday, December 12, 2014
Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).

Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).

56 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.

Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)

Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • An inert military explosives training kit was discovered in a checked bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
  • Four inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered in separate incidents at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL) and Salt lake City (SLC).
Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)

Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)

Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX

Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you are not carrying any prohibited items. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found by our officers in strange places.

  • A knife was found concealed to the pull handle mechanism under the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX).
  • Two belt buckle knives were discovered in separate incidents at Oakland (OAK).
  • A sword cane was discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A lipstick knife was discovered at Tampa (TPA).
Knives discovered

(L-R) Knives discovered at LAS, FAY, NRT & ONT

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Stun Guns - Ten stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Allentown (ABE), Billings (BIL), Chicago Midway (MDW), Dallas Love (DAL), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Lake Charles (LCH), Las Vegas (LAS), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pueblo (PUB), and San Francisco (SFO).

Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.

Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.

Ammunition - When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

Loaded firearms

Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, PIT, SAT, BUF, AUS, CLT & SEA

Loaded firearms

Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, BTV, PHX, ATL, PDX & MSY

56 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013. You can also check out 2011 & 2012 as well.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
not one single terrorist attack on an American based flight since the inception of TSA. Thousands of weapons kept off flight.Sounds like 100% success to me.

Anti-terror rocks. Haven't had a single attack since I got mine. 100% success rate. Much cheaper than the TSA (and can be used to throw at terrorists, before they make it through the cockpit doors. Much easier than throwing a TSAgent.)

In all seriousness, read a GAO report sometime if you want to see what a failure our own government thinks the TSA is.

"TSA does not "confiscate" anything. Never has, never will."

Again, read the RFP's. They're pretty eye-opening.

Submitted by Puddintane on

When is the recycled holiday travel thread going to appear again?

Submitted by RB on

RB said...
The is a comment posted by a reader of this article.

TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

His comments are 100% dead on and clearly identify the expansive faults of TSA.


December 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM
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Not sure what happened to the comment. Trying again.
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Jeff Green • a year ago
The TSA's mission is utterly ridiculous. While I agree that you would want some level of security when boarding an aircraft in this day and age. The way security is being done by these guys is all wrong.

Here is a list of things I have observed about the TSA during my travels:

Being confrontational, barking orders at the passengers like they are prisoners, attempting to act or give the impression of being law enforcement, employing intimidation tactics to those who appear nervous or frightened for no other reason than having to submit to this idiotic treatment, patronizing responses to someone who questions a nonsensical policy or command, retaliation for someone who chooses to opt-out of the scanner, smug or indifferent attitudes toward the passengers, nit picky and inconsistent procedures not only at different airports but within a single airport itself, attempting to convey they know something secret or hidden about you when they actually have no idea and could never in a million years be adequately trained in that field of study, the snickering and juvenile comments, poor and aggressive attitudes displayed by more than a few of these clowns, theft, groping, invasion of privacy above and beyond what would be reasonable to discern whether one is a threat to the aircraft or not, the deeply held belief that they truly are there to make a difference and can't understand what all the fuss is about.

Thats all I can think of off-hand but I'm sure I missed a few more for the list.

This agency has got to go. It won't, but it MUST change. I have hated, despised this organization from the beginning but I am heartened to see more and more voices are finally starting to really question this agencies value and role it plays in truly keeping our transportation and hence us, safe. It would appear not very much at all. I'm hoping public opinion and much better technology will make TSA obsolete. It should never have been here in the first place.

Did the terrorists win when this cancer to our civil liberties sprung up? No! The American people did this to themselves by not standing up and stopping this farce and money pit from continuing. Now its much larger and much more dangerous and only appears to be growing. Fortunately, it is rife with incompetence and corruption. That is no guarantee it will die but one can always hope.

Submitted by Amicus Brief on

Oh, my. This is most distressing.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Fact: TSA removed Rapiscan's backscatter scanners because Rapiscan could not implement a privacy filter for them quickly enough--the filter being required due to the explicitness of the images generated by the scanners.

Now what proof do you offer to contradict TSA's own procedures?
you answered it yourself...REMOVED

Submitted by Anonymous on

The only TSA Body Scanners to be pulled were the Backscstter X-Ray machines and then only because ATR (Automatic Target Recognition) upgrades didn't work with the backscatter units. Correct

The remaing machines are MMW (millimeter wave) based machines that now have ATR updates but they are exactly the same machines that can create, can store, and can transmit naked images. false. Backscatter were xray machine, current machines are not. They use millimeter waves just like your cell phone.


Submitted by Anonymous on

AS to your defending the scanners and trying to say they don't see through clothes..... here is a nice quote directly from the TSA administrators

"“Detection should occur through a minimum of 2 layers of clothing concealment where those layers are composed of cotton, cotton-polyester, wool, silk and leather materials among others,” DHS officials said.""

Through clothing. A MINIMUM of two layers. How is that not a nudie-scanner? It is looking *through* my clothes.

simple, they dont "see" anything and are not "looking" through anything. They are emittiing millimeter waves that deflect off of skin.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Oh, the Bold Blotter Intern is back and pretending to be a poorly paid, poorly educated TSA employee with no knowledge of autocorrect.

Back on the holiday post, the BBI showed he could spell, generally use grammar correctly, and was quite insistent that he was paid a lot and had a lot of education. When pressed about it, BBI suddenly disappeared and shows up here, pretending to be an oh-so-knowledgeable, but oh-so-unschooled TSAnonymous.

Hmmm...are you approving his posts, West, or is he approving his own posts?
pressed about what?
disappeared? I havent gone anywhere.

Submitted by Anonymous on

not one single terrorist attack on an American based flight since the inception of TSA. Thousands of weapons kept off flight.Sounds like 100% success to me.

Anti-terror rocks. Haven't had a single attack since I got mine. 100% success rate. Much cheaper than the TSA (and can be used to throw at terrorists, before they make it through the cockpit doors. Much easier than throwing a TSAgent.)
Excellent idea...but what happens if a terrorist has 2 rocks? Maybe TSA should keep everyone from bringing rocks onto planes. The nobody has to worry about rocks be they anti-terrorist rocks or anti-flight crew rocks...Hey, rocks was your analogy..

Submitted by RB on

What is the cost to taxpayers for the fake "Cop" badges given to every TSA employee?

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
The only TSA Body Scanners to be pulled were the Backscstter X-Ray machines and then only because ATR (Automatic Target Recognition) upgrades didn't work with the backscatter units. Correct

The remaing machines are MMW (millimeter wave) based machines that now have ATR updates but they are exactly the same machines that can create, can store, and can transmit naked images. false. Backscatter were xray machine, current machines are not. They use millimeter waves just like your cell phone.



December 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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Dudette, you seem very confused.

Both Backscatter and MMW Strip Search Machines generate a revealing image and both machines required Remote Viewing Rooms before the addition of ATR which did not work for Backscatter.

These are the same MMW machines that have been in place all along with the ATR upgrade being the change. The machine still has the ability to create a revealing image, has the ability to transmit that image, and has the ability to store the images.

If you are a TSA employee you are really demonstrating just how misinformed you really are.

Submitted by Anonymous on

AS to your defending the scanners and trying to say they don't see through clothes..... here is a nice quote directly from the TSA administrators

"“Detection should occur through a minimum of 2 layers of clothing concealment where those layers are composed of cotton, cotton-polyester, wool, silk and leather materials among others,” DHS officials said.""

Through clothing. A MINIMUM of two layers. How is that not a nudie-scanner? It is looking *through* my clothes.

simple, they dont "see" anything and are not "looking" through anything. They are emittiing millimeter waves that deflect off of skin.

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If the machines don't *see* anything, then why are they being used?

If the machines are not looking through, per the TSA' instructions, a minimum of two layers, then why are they being used at all?

If all they are doing is emitting millimeter waves then what good are they? And how are the waves going to be deflected by skin if they don't first go through the clothes?

If you have to try that hard to defend a technology that isn't working you should probably take the hint and stop. I know your stock portfolio will probably take a hit, but seriously, you are working way to hard to defend something that by your own defense you are just making worse.

Submitted by Wintermute on

TSAnonymous said...

"Excellent idea...but what happens if a terrorist has 2 rocks? Maybe TSA should keep everyone from bringing rocks onto planes. The nobody has to worry about rocks be they anti-terrorist rocks or anti-flight crew rocks...Hey, rocks was your analogy.."

I think you're missing the point. Correlation does not imply causation - ie, just because there have been no terror attacks on US-based flights does not mean it's a result of the TSA. As a matter of fact, your bosses have admitted that there is currently no known threat to US aviation at this time.

Submitted by Wintermute on

I would suggest that anyone charged with upholding these terms of use, Constitutionally questionable as there are, should at least be familiar with them:


West, you do know, don't you, that TSA's Code of Conduct states:

"An employee’s off-duty access/use must not adversely reflect on TSA or negatively impact its mission, cause embarrassment
to the agency, or cause the public and/or TSA to question the employee’s reliability, judgment, or trustworthiness. The above non-permissible or prohibited use/access is applicable while off duty and/or while using non-government supplied resources if an employee’s off-duty internet access/use is identified with, or contains references to TSA in a manner that may reasonably imply a connection between TSA and the internet access/use."

Among the "above non-permissible" uses is:

"Creating personal web pages or posting content to ‘blogs,’ or other types of internet communication, the content of which constitutes non-permissible use."

and

"Concealing or misrepresenting user identity or affiliation"

I believe that posting anonymously to a blog constitutes "concealing" identity. Therefore, posters who claim to work for the TSA but post anonymously are in violation of the TSA's code of conduct.

It seems that our Anonymous friend who posted 7 comments today at 12:18 and 12:38 p.m. could be one of those TSA employees who is in violation. (He also still can't read and understand that the TSA does confiscate items from travelers.)

So your post on 12/16, at 3:41 p.m. condones TSA employees concealing their identities. I wonder if your boss would
approve of that. (Actually, your posting using the handle "GSOLTSO"
also conceals your identity and is in violation of the Code.)"
Submitted by Anonymous on

There is a reason TSA does not respond to the former TSOs on this blog with an ax to grind (RB, Susan, and Daryl etc...) Because their ill-informed, jealous, and biased misinformation have zero credibility with those who have critical thinking skills.

Over 2 million passengers arrive safely at their destination daily since TSA took control and all we find here are a few chronic disgruntled conspiracy theorists.
Perhaps in 10,20, maybe 50 years, when TSA still stands, these misguided "patriots" will move on or find legitimate causes to fight.

Until then you should thank TSA for giving you this forum to obsessively rant.

Submitted by Anonymous on

RB said,"What is the cost to taxpayers for the fake "Cop" badges given to every TSA employee?"

Less than the TSA spends to read and post silly rants and misinformed opinions.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"There is a reason TSA does not respond to the former TSOs on this blog with an ax to grind (RB, Susan, and Daryl etc...) Because their ill-informed, jealous, and biased misinformation have zero credibility with those who have critical thinking skills."

This is such fantastic entertainment. You prove every time you put your fingers to the keyboard that you are a flaming ignoramus.

Daryl, welcome to our exclusive club, we're pleased to have you.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Anonymous on

"...Over 2 million passengers arrive safely at their destination daily since TSA took control and all we find here are a few chronic disgruntled conspiracy theorists."

Funny, but there were over 2 million passengers arriving daily *before* the TSA too.

And ours is not the only nation with the technology to fly aircraft, there are millions of passengers flying millions of miles all over the world and they don't seem to be having any difficulty doing so without the TSA.

You seem to have all these critical thinking skills.... how come there aren't aircraft raining out of the sky in other parts of the world?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...Until then you should thank TSA for giving you this forum to obsessively rant.

And then followed up the next comment with... Less than the TSA spends to read and post silly rants and misinformed opinions.

~~~~~~~~

Your comments and opinions give yourself away as a TSA employee. The TSA has no respect for the travelling public just as you have no respect for those commenting on this public forum. The TSA does everything it can to intimidate travellers by saying things like "do you want to fly today" just as you dismiss any comment that doesn't support your agency as a silly rant or misinformed opinion.

Thank you for sharing your opinion, it is duly noted.

Now that we know where you stand on the issue perhaps you could enlighten us on how your opinion of us has anything to do with what we say in this comment section.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...RB said,"What is the cost to taxpayers for the fake "Cop" badges given to every TSA employee?"
Less than the TSA spends to read and post silly rants and misinformed opinions.December 19, 2014 at 6:58 AM
?....................?

Misinformed opinions like yours?

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...There is a reason TSA does not respond to the former TSOs on this blog with an ax to grind (RB, Susan, and Daryl etc...) Because their ill-informed, jealous, and biased misinformation have zero credibility with those who have critical thinking skills.

Over 2 million passengers arrive safely at their destination daily since TSA took control and all we find here are a few chronic disgruntled conspiracy theorists.Perhaps in 10,20, maybe 50 years, when TSA still stands, these misguided "patriots" will move on or find legitimate causes to fight. 

Until then you should thank TSA for giving you this forum to obsessively rant.
December 19, 2014 at 6:53 AM
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You know, if having government watchers at airports is such a grand plan then why not at the doors to malls, theaters, apartment complexes, and other high traffic areas?

Wouldn't having government watchers everywhere make us all safer? If a little TSA is a good thing just imagine how great it would be to have TSA everywhere.

A See Something, Say Something National Corps to protect us, all in an abundence of caution. The SSSS corps, keeping the formerly free subjects of the country safe from water, hand lotion, and cupcakes.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

OK, Bob and West, so a friend of mine showed me a comment he had submitted on Thursday. That comment still has not appeared.

It's o.k. for you to post comments that you know for a fact contain lies, but you won't post a comment about a troll posting here.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Susan Richart on

BTW, the OIG as well as my legislators have been informed of a comment of mine that you have not posted.

Is that because it came too close to the truth?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Anonymous on

@ Susan - Sorry the truth stings.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement not necessary.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said, ".... how come there aren't aircraft raining out of the sky in other parts of the world?"

Flawed logic. By your statement you imply cities with low crime rates shouldn't have Police departments!?! Fail.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous boldly spewed:
not one single terrorist attack on an American based* flight since the inception of TSA. Thousands of weapons kept off flight.Sounds like 100% success to me.

I, mimicking the ignorant manner of Anonymous, say: The reason there have been no terrorist attacks on American-based flights since TSA started is because my nephew was born in late 2001. My nephew is obviously a counterterrorism prodigy. He even traveled by plane once. You don't believe me? Well, you must be disgruntled.

I, mimicking the fact-despising manner of Anonymous, add: The red team tests that showed TSA misses 70% of contraband and John Pistole's statement in USA Today that looking for guns at TSA checkpoints is a 'distraction' are lies made up by the media and the Disgruntled People. TSA is completely trustworthy. They had very good reasons for x-raying millions of innocent travelers as if those people were prison inmates and for looking at naked photos of little kids. I don't know what those reasons are, but that's okay because it's probably really, really scary stuff.

I, mimicking the deep-seated denial of Anonymous, add: Stop calling them naked body scanners! I go into the scanner while wearing clothes--except my jacket and belt and shoes--so I'm obviously not naked! The people who stand inside the machine in Surrender Pose aren't naked either! It's not possible for a machine to look under peoples' clothes using millimeter waves and stuff, despite what university researchers and security vendors say. Like, duh!"

*Note Anonymous's picking and choosing of facts here. He/she does not want to bring up the incidents of the shoe bomber and underwear bomber, which were thwarted by travelers, not government agencies. He/she does not want to remind people that the US government had ignored warnings about the underwear bomber received before his flight: a true failure of US counterterrorism efforts, that.

Submitted by Anonymous on

'simple, they dont "see" anything and are not "looking" through anything. They are emittiing millimeter waves that deflect off of skin.'

What do you think vision is? It's signal processing!

Submitted by Anonymous on

I think you're missing the point. Correlation does not imply causation - ie, just because there have been no terror attacks on US-based flights does not mean it's a result of the TSA. As a matter of fact, your bosses have admitted that there is currently no known threat to US aviation at this time.
first, I have no Bosses. 2nd could it be that the reason there are no known threats is because of TSA? Of course it is possible. Would there be a threat without TSA? you cannot with 100% confidence say no.

Submitted by Anonymous on

These are the same MMW machines that have been in place all along with the ATR upgrade being the change. The machine still has the ability to create a revealing image, has the ability to transmit that image, and has the ability to store the images.

false

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Anonymous said...

@ Susan - Sorry the truth stings.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement not necessary.

December 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM"

To what is this in reference? Were you hurt by my comment about your being a flaming ignoramus?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Anonymous on

Susan said, "BTW, the OIG as well as my legislators have been informed of a comment of mine that you have not posted"

I'm sure that'll be at the top of their piority list.

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
These are the same MMW machines that have been in place all along with the ATR upgrade being the change. The machine still has the ability to create a revealing image, has the ability to transmit that image, and has the ability to store the images.
.............
. "false" .
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December 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

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Anon, your one word response is incorrect.

Same old MMW Whole body Imagers with the addition of ATR.

TSA did not remove all of the installed MMW machines just to replace them with ATR equiped units.

If you would spend a few minutes in airports you would know this.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

" Anonymous said...

Susan said, "BTW, the OIG as well as my legislators have been informed of a comment of mine that you have not posted"

I'm sure that'll be at the top of their piority list."

Actually, for one it is.

Submitted by Anonymous on
"could it be that the reason there are no known threats is because of TSA? Of course it is possible. Would there be a threat without TSA? you cannot with 100% confidence say no."

If TSA is spending $8 billion per year in taxpayer funds, TSA is obligated to provide proof of effectiveness to justify the expenditures.* TSA willfully continues to provide nothing of the kind. How is a US citizen or taxpayer supposed to assess the value of TSA when TSA provides no studies or evaluations for public review? Are we supposed to blindly trust the TSA and continue to feed it billions of dollars per year, even if those funds might be more effectively spent keeping people safe on the highways and in hospitals?

What limited data the public has access to are data provided by non-TSA parties. Two examples:

1. The GAO (at the direction of Congress) provided an assessment of TSA's BDO program and found it to be an ineffective. Did TSA offer counter-evidence? No. Is the BDO program still in use? Seems so.

2. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins, U of Michigan, and other schools found that TSA employs its naked body scanners ineffectively. Did TSA offer counter-evidence? No. Did TSA change its procedures? No.

Basically, TSA has no interest in being accountable to US citizens and taxpayers. TSA's continued use of procedures and technologies that have not been rigorously and transparently assessed and proven is a giant middle finger to US citizens and taxpayers.

*Justifying the impact of TSA procedures and technologies on civil and basic human rights is another area wherein TSA has failed to be accountable.
Submitted by Anonymous on

FYI: This "reCAPTCHA" system is not good. It took me six tries to figure out what letters to type. The TSA blog is, accordingly, not accessible.

Submitted by Plane Lee on

@ Bold Blotter Intern, you need to work on your capitalization skills. Sentences start with capital letters. Also, contractions contain apostrophes, such as "haven't."

Your refusal to accept the fact that MMW scan images reveal intimate details of our bodies is getting absurd. Talk to the bosses (not "Bosses") you deny having. Look at the low resolution versions of the scan images from this very blog. Very revealing.

Do you approve your own comments?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said, ".... how come there aren't aircraft raining out of the sky in other parts of the world?"

Flawed logic. By your statement you imply cities with low crime rates shouldn't have Police departments!?! Fail.

How is the logic flawed? The US has TSA and no terror attacks on commercial airlines. Europe has NO TSA and no terror attacks on commercial airlines.

If the TSA was the part of the process that kept terrorists off of planes then other countries should be having problems. They aren't. Why is that?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why is Susan so bitter?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Why is Susan so bitter?

Why are you so concerned with Susan?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Anonymous said...

Why is Susan so bitter?

December 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM"

Susan is not bitter. Susan is sickened by those like you who accept that the TSA is in any way keeping us “safe.” Susan is sickened by the billions of dollars being thrown at the TSA , billions of dollars that could do far more for the health and safety of our citizens if spent on improving our infrastructure, on education, on feeding the hungry in this county rather than lining the pockets of people like Chertoff, Smiths Detection principals and all the others who are profiting from the machinery being sold to the TSA. Susan is sickened by the TSA’s Pre-Check extortion program. Susan is sickened by Pistole’s arrogance in refusing to abide by the laws of this nation, in basically giving his middle finger to the GAO when it has asked for justification to and improvements in the TSA’s “screening” process, specifically refusal to justify the BDO program and refusal to document nude body scanner false alarms. Susan is sickened by all of you who have capitulated to the 9/11 terrorists - it's you who helped them to succeed in their goal of terrorizing the U.S. Thank you so very much.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Why is Susan so bitter?"

Do you ask because you can't isolate any particular "Anonymous" for weak insults?

Also: The new reCAPTCHA system is terrible! If it is still here on Monday, I'm reporting its continued use as an obstruction to the public's full use of this blog.

Submitted by Mike Toreno on

"Susan is not bitter. Susan is sickened by those like you who accept that the TSA is in any way keeping us “safe.”"

Susan, "Anonymous" is obviously a clerk - Clerk West from the looks of it, due to his clumsiness and dishonesty.

He accepts what the TSA does because it is the only agency that hires people with no skills and no integrity. Without it, he wouldn't have a job.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

" Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Why is Susan so bitter?

Why are you so concerned with Susan?

December 24, 2014 at 8:11 AM"

'Cause he's got nothing better to do with his life? :-)

Screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Mike sez - "Susan, "Anonymous" is obviously a clerk - Clerk West from the looks of it, due to his clumsiness and dishonesty.

He accepts what the TSA does because it is the only agency that hires people with no skills and no integrity. Without it, he wouldn't have a job."

Any comment I write here has my personal handle on it - no exceptions.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Scott sez - "DO THESE PEOPLE GET ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL???"

It depends entirely on the local Law Enforcement - some folks are charged and some are not. It depends upon local laws and regulations.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
I think you're missing the point. Correlation does not imply causation - ie, just because there have been no terror attacks on US-based flights does not mean it's a result of the TSA. As a matter of fact, your bosses have admitted that there is currently no known threat to US aviation at this time.
first, I have no Bosses. 2nd could it be that the reason there are no known threats is because of TSA? Of course it is possible. Would there be a threat without TSA? you cannot with 100% confidence say no.

Actually, I can, as other nations do not have TSA, and other nations do not have flights raining from the skies. Also, if TSA were effective, the terrorists would move on to softer targets, such as the screening area itself. There have been no terror attacks in screening areas, or at other soft targets. No no, the TSA is not effective. They are only there for those too easily taken in by their theatre.

Submitted by RB on

GSOLTSO said...
Mike sez - "Susan, "Anonymous" is obviously a clerk - Clerk West from the looks of it, due to his clumsiness and dishonesty.

He accepts what the TSA does because it is the only agency that hires people with no skills and no integrity. Without it, he wouldn't have a job."

Any comment I write here has my personal handle on it - no exceptions.

West
TSA Blog Team

December 27, 2014 at 3:51 AM
........................
Really?

Sure doesn't look that way to many of us readers.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The December 12, 2014 "LAS" photo of three throwing knives on a green/yellow grid is a reuse of the exact same image turned 90 degrees from the November 14, 2014 "LAS" photo of three throwing knives.

You have reused photos and claimed the exact same knives were found on two different dates and blog posts.

This is not the first time the TSA Blog Team has been caught lying to the American public.

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