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The TSA spent $300 million dollars on a perimeter security system for Newark Airport, and it was no match for a jilted transvestite.
The Port Authority's pricey perimeter-protection system failed again Wednesday when it failed to detect that a man — dressed as a woman — had hopped a fence at Newark Airport and wandered across two runways, sources told The Post.
Siyah Bryant, 24, of Jersey City, was wearing women's red pants and a smart brown sweater as he allegedly walked onto the tarmac at about 4:20 a.m. after a tryst in a car near the airport went bad.
Newark's Perimeter Intrusion Detection System should have alerted officials to Bryant's presence long before he took his turn on the runway — but the $300 million-plus system flunked.
"The [PIDS] cameras were operating and he was not detected by the PIDS system," a source said.
DHS, TSA, the whole thing is a big joke. They vacuum up tax dollars by the tractor-trailer-full and then fall down on the job time and time again.
I'm sure you're as pleased as I am to learn that while TSA was busily protecting us from diabolical snow globes a Rocky Horror wannabe wandered around on the runways and nobody noticed him. That musta been some sweater he was sporting, eh? Because for all their checkpoint kabuki it only takes one jilted transvestite to demonstrate once again how pointless their depredations really are.
And of course nobody will get fired over this. Nothing
will change. The traveling public will continue to be terrorized by agents
of our own government, while the terrorists laugh their keffiyehs off.
Remember when Obama said most of the guys in Gitmo were students or "low level" operatives like taxi drivers? And that releasing them wasn't a big risk to National Security?
Meet Sufian bin Qumu, a one-time guest of the United States Government, freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2007, who just happened to be on the ground in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. And no, he wasn't driving a taxi.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Al Qaeda ties was in Benghazi the night of the Sept. 11 attack, according to a source on the ground in Libya.
The source told Fox News that ex-detainee Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some of the assailants trained, is also a "respected member" of Ansar al-Sharia -- one of the Islamist groups identified in State Department email traffic two hours after the attack.
While it is not clear whether bin Qumu was directing the assault, his security file from Guantanamo may be revealing. While in Afghanistan in 1998, alongside Usama bin Laden, the Libyan national "communicated with likely extremist elements via radio during this period indicating a position of leadership," the file shows.
OK, all you "close Gitmo" goofballs, you wanna explain this one to me? He's in "a position of leadership" in al Qaeda, we've got him locked up, and we let him go. Nobody thought that maybe he'd go right back and hook up with Terrorists R Us?
Bin Qumu was transferred to Guantanamo on May 5, 2002, and released to Libya on Sept. 28, 2007, where he was initially held and later released. His Guantanamo review file, originally a classified document but made public by WikiLeaks, says he is a "former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a probable member of al Qaida and a member of the North African Extremist Network. Detainee is a medium to high risk and he is likely to pose a threat to the US and it's interests and allies."
Hmm. Somebody did notice. Obama just wasn't paying attention. That seems to be a recurring theme, by the way.
Anyhow, let's connect some dots.
A review of State Department cables, also made public by WikiLeaks, shows that former Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 attack, was interested in bin Qumu's fate once he was transferred from the U.S. military detention facility to Libya. Stevens had one of his subordinates meet with bin Qumu at the Libyan jail.
Interesting! There is a connection between a known terrorist, who was formerly in US custody, and our Ambassador to Libya. That terrorist is part, maybe a big part of a well-coordinated attack which results in the death of our Ambassador and three other Americans. An attack that Barack Obama ignored so he could attend a fund-raiser.
Now if we had a media that cared about pursuing presidential scandals, they might look into why Sufian bin Qumu was given his walking papers and sent to Libya. They'd try to find out what he was doing there prior to his arrival in Benghazi. And if any other former guests of Barack Obama's Home For Wayward Misunderstanders Of Islam were also involved in the attack.
Yeah, I know, at this point, what difference does it make?
Unless they could connect it all to George Bush. Or Halliburton. Then the gloves come off, for sure.
UPDATE 25 Oct 2013 17:25:
CORRECTION! This gomer was released in 2007, so we really can't blame Obama for that.
So my earlier headline was inaccurate. Sorry for the confusion.
But it still reflects poorly on the "close Gitmo" crowd. Clearly the terrorists locked up there aren't choirboys.
He says he doesn't have enough money to let school children tour the White House. But that doesn't stop Barack Obama from throwing another $148 million of our tax dollars at Hamas.
With a stroke of his pen,
Dictator President Barack Obama
paved the way for more aid to the Palestinian Authority on Friday, waiving
congressional restrictions on funding to the organization — again.
Citing the United States' "national security interests," the president signed an executive order providing $148 million to the Palestinian Authority. That is in addition to the $500 million Obama authorized just four months ago, also in apparent violation of congressional authority. At that time, Secretary of State John Kerry said he would like to see an additional $200 million go to the Palestinian group, according to The Washington Times.
Paying Hamas to kill Jews is one of America's "national security interests" now.
Here's an example of Your Tax Dollars At Work:
Children taught to hate. Caliph Barack I has never been prouder.
Stacy McCain doesn't mince words:
Exactly how many counts this unspeakable disgrace to the uniform of the U.S. Army was convicted of today, it's hard to tell from the Politico story, but Allahpundit says it's at least 15 counts, enough to put Bradley Manning — I pause to spit on the ground in disgust at the mention of his name — in federal prison for a long, long time.
This dishonorable piece of filth should have been shot or hanged already.
Sadly though, Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy." So that means his pen pal Julian Assange isn't "the enemy?"
Feh. Remember a whole 10 months ago when the U.S. Government labeled Assange as an Enemy of the State?
No? Don't worry, Col. Lind doesn't remember either.
Because that, of course, was then. This is now. And thus Edward Snowden, and the execrable Julian Assange, can both breathe a sigh of relief. They're not "the enemy."
Which leads me to ask, if they aren't, who is?
Number One on the list is "Evangelical Christianity." "Ultra-Orthodox Judaism" is number 3. And obviously slackers, Catholics landed way down in tenth place.
Note too the absence of any U.S. based Muslim terrorist front groups.
But they make sure to include the catch-all category of "Islamophobia." Otherwise know as the fear of getting one's head chopped off on YouTube.
So imagine my surprise when I read this morning that the Administration has adopted a hands-off policy with regard to surveillance of mosques in America.
Ayup, he'll listen on my phone calls. He'll read your email. He'll track your neighbor's every shopping trip. But Barack Obama won't let anyone take even a peek inside the doors of a mosque.
That's right, the government's sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.
Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.
And if you're wondering who these arbiters of our national security are, well keep wondering. The makeup of his Sensitive Operations Review Committee is Top Secret. But it was formed at the behest of the peace-loving Muslims at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, so you can be pretty sure that it's packed with guys who have America's best interests at heart. Honest.
I feel safer already. Don't you?
President Drone Killer hath decreed: The surviving Boston bombing "suspect" won't be classified as an enemy combatant. Because he's just a run-of-the-mill murderer now, certainly not a Muslim terrorist hell-bent on winning one for Allah.
Or so his court-appointed lawyer will argue. He's a kid dontcha know, led astray by his Islamist older brother. All Dzhokhar ever wanted to do was emulate his brother's success in the boxing ring. Then he was duped into taking a walk, not realizing the backpacks his brother told him to leave behind were in actuality anti-personnel bombs.
Hey, that "who me? I was just taking a shower" nonsense worked for Kathy Boudin, right?. And Obama mentor Bill Ayers famously proclaimed himself "guilty as sin and free as a bird." Bombings? What bombings? And dead cops? What dead cops? It's all good when you spout the appropriate lefty talking points.
Mark my words. Sooner or later Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will end up as a professor at
Columbia too. Or better yet, he'll land a Cabinet slot in the Michelle Obama
Administration. Because Islam is a Religion of Peace. And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
a peaceful kid who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. There's already
petition saying just that. What more "proof" do you need?
The kids at school had already heard by the time I picked Sophie up from aftercare. Their teachers were in a somber mood and led the children in a short prayer for the victims of yesterday's Boston bombing.
"Why Daddy?", Sophie asked. She was born 3 months after 9/11. This is her first realtime exposure to terrorism. It probably won't be her last. When Fox News reported the first confirmed death was an 8 year old boy she lost it, and cried.
Anyway, Stacy McCain is right — at this stage of the investigation we don't know anything yet. Motive? Unknown. Perpetrator(s)? Unknown. Potential followups or copycats? Unknown, but it's prudent to be wary.
Of course we can probably rule out disgruntled Yankees fans, even though the Sawx were playing less than half a mile away at the time. And right on cue followers of The Religion Of Peace™ started cheering the carnage. It's what they do, it's who they are. Then they scream bloody murder when the NYPD puts their secret mosques under surveillance. Yeah, show a little respect, capiche?
There's a 20 year old Saudi national being questioned by the FBI. Chances are he's not a recently converted Born Again Christian, IYKWIMAITYD. And they raided what is probably his apartment in a run-down Section 8 hellhole. It's the kind of place where nobody asks too many questions and there's so much illegal activity going on that one more shady character would fit right in. In other words, it's the perfect terrorist safe house.
Hey, if CNN can speculate about Right-Wing Extremist Groups, or Nick Kristof of The New York Times can blame Congressional Republicans blocking Barry's ATF nominee, while the ever-demented Chris Matthews fulminates against imaginary anti-tax hysteria, then I can hypothesize too.
Except, I don't know anything yet. And neither do they. I just hope we catch
the bastards who did this, and fry 'em.
Security at Newark Liberty International Airport is an illusion. That's not my opinion, nor the opinion of the hundreds of thousands of travelers the TSA needlessly hassles every year. Nope. It's the conclusion of a scathing report issued by an undercover TSA Red Team which goes around the nation trying to beat airport security.
At Newark Airport, beating TSA is so easy even a terrorist could do it.
Screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport are properly executing standard pat-downs of passengers only 16.7 percent of the time and they identify and take appropriate action on prohibited items in only a quarter of all cases, according to a secret internal report.
Yeah, I can imagine why they'd want to keep this stuff a secret. Three quarters of "prohibited items" breezed on through screening. Not your toenail clippers though. Or an 88 year old veteran's Congressional Medal of Honor, TSA always confiscates those "prohibited items". Just not the stuff that could actually bring down an airplane.
Because we don't have a system for protecting air travel, we have a system for annoying people. And as it turns out the drones tasked with annoying us aren't very good at their official job (but yeah, they're great at the "annoying" part).
But have no fear America! The union rep for TSA screeners says the problem lies not with the people but with their training.
Mecca Scott, a former Newark screener who is now a national organizer with the Association of Federal Government Employees, the union representing 44,000 screeners, said scrutiny comes with the territory.
Stacy Bodtmann, another AFGE union official who is still a screener in Newark, said the evaluation points to the need for more training.
Translation: You can evalute us, you can critique us, but you can't fire us because we've got a union and you didn't tell us how to properly do our jobs.
Janet Incompetano, you're the greatest Secretary of Homeland Security Evah!
Here's another interesting statistic. 0.0 percent. That's right, zero. Zero is the number of times unionized TSA bozos at Newark properly informed passengers of their right to opt out of a full-body scan in favor of a pat-down.
"There are certainly anecdotal reports, in addition to this, that people who elected not to go through the scanner and have elected the pat-down have been patted down much more aggressively."
In case you were wondering, "patted down much more aggressively" is bureaucrat-ease for "sexually assaulted." Because that's what they do. They grab your private parts and squeeze. Hard. I think that's called flying the friendly skies.
Our country is in the very best of hands.
It's Smart Diplomacy the Huma Abedin way — Hillary's Muslim Brotherhood stooge in the State Department is in negotiations to "return" Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka "The Blind Sheikh" to Egypt. For humanitarian reasons, of course. Not because it's what the mob is really after.
The U.S. State Department is currently in negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as "the Blind Sheikh," for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told The Blaze.
The negotiations are allegedly part of the ongoing discussions with the Egyptian government to resolve the crisis plaguing the Middle East, the source told The Blaze. Calls to the State Department for comment referred us to the Department of Justice, and nothing has been confirmed.
The Blind Sheikh is serving a life sentence in American prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His release has been called one of the top priorities of the new Islamist administration in Egypt. Many have pinpointed the cause of last week's unrest in Egypt to be protests over the Blind Sheikh's release. not an anti-Islam YouTube video.
Omar Abdel-Rahman is a pious man of Allah and a true representative of The Religion Of Peace™. He inspires his followers to achieve Great Things.
On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York, NY. The 1,336 lb (606 kg) urea nitrate-hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended to knock the North Tower (Tower One) into the South Tower (Tower Two), bringing both towers down and killing thousands of people. It failed to do so, but it did kill six people and injured more than a thousand. The attack was planned by a group of conspirators including Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Nidal A. Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj. They received financing from Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, Yousef's uncle. In March 1994, four men were convicted of carrying out the bombing: Abouhalima, Ajaj, Ayyad and Salameh. The charges included conspiracy, explosive destruction of property and interstate transportation of explosives. In November 1997, two more were convicted: Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the bombings, and Eyad Ismoil, who drove the carrying the bomb.
President Chamberlain believes he'll get Peace In Our Time by negotiating with terrorists. The terrorists who have no qualms about killing Americans to get what they want. And after this capitulation, they'll set their sights on the really big prize — release of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Hey, after we've released one WTC murderer, what's the big deal with releasing another, right?
So how many dead Ambassadors will it take to put KSM back onto the streets of
Cairo? I'm afraid we're about to find out.
The Religion Of Peace™ unleashed The Dogs Of War.
God Bless those who bring the fight to the enemy in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the globe. May your aim be true and your resolve unwavering.
Remember Sept 11th 2001 was the 2nd great American Victory in history, the first was on Lake Champlain in 1814,
At the crisis point of the battle MacDonough managed to wear his primary ship Saratoga 180 degrees due to springs and cables that he prepared the day before, that allowed him to send broadsides from his undamaged side into the equally damaged British fleet.His taking of the entire fleet meant that even though the British Armies had a 3-1 advantage in troops they were forced to retreat back to Canada.
and the 2nd was on a plane over Pennsylvania
With a cry of "Let's Roll" the people on that flight ceased to be victims and instead became soldiers and warriors. Their will to fight and make a difference denying a victory to our foes and was the first of many US victory's in the war on Terror.
It was that moment when 9/11 ceased to be another of many terror attacks and became the War on Terror for me.
And even before Todd Beamer and the heroes of Flight 93, Betty Ong bravely stepped up, because that's what Americans do.
The 45-year-old flight attendant was on American Airline Flight 11, the first of two that crashed into the World Trade Center. During the hijacking, Ong hid in the back galley, picked up a crew phone and bravely called the airline reservation desk.
"The cockpit is not answering their phone," Ong said during the hijacking. "There's somebody stabbed in business class and we can't breathe…somebody's got mace or something."The call lasted 23 minutes. Ong spoke calmly, giving important details of the chaotic last moments.
The 9/11 Commission declared Ong a hero.
US Army Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, has still not been designated a terrorist, although he screamed "Allahu Akbar" as he shot down soldiers and civilians, killing 14, on an Army base on U.S. soil. That act of the U.S. Government defies comprehension…
Yeah, I'm lookin' at you, Barry.
Day of "community service", my ass.
Community service doesn't honor the victims of 9/11 in any way, shape, or form. To even try to turn 9/11 into a "day of service" is disgusting.
We honor the victims of 9/11 by killing the people responsible for it. Whether members of Al-Qaeda die by sniper, by hellfire missile, by artillery, by helicopter, or from old age in Gitmo, whether they die sitting, standing, running, or resting, whether they die in a cave, in the wilds of Pakistan, or in the mountains of Afghanistan doesn't matter very much as long as they die.
We do remember that we have enemies, don't we? If they hate us, it's not our fault. It's theirs. When they attack us, it's not in our nature to roll over and play dead. We're America. We kick ass and take names. That's one reason you're not reading this blog in German.
I sure wish we had leaders who understood that.
Henry Kissinger got groped by the TSA.
The man who once advised U.S. presidents on foreign affairs — Henry Kissinger — became the latest passenger to trip the Transportation Security Administration's radar, when he was subjected to a pat-down at New York City's LaGuardia airport.
The former Secretary of State was asked for his name while passing through an airport scanner on Friday before he was taken aside for a search, the Washington Post reports.
A freelance reporter who recognized Kissinger, 89, said he was subjected to "the full Monty" of groping.
Because if Henry Kissinger isn't viewed as a potential threat, the terrorists have won.
TSA is a joke.
Sadly, the joke is on us.
Excuse me, is that a bomb in your burqa? Please proceed directly to your gate.
According to Judicial Watch, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano is actually considering waving airport pat downs for Muslim women who consider them offensive.
We mustn't offend the Muslims!
The demand came last week from the politically-connected Muslim rights organization that serves as the U.S. front for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Calling the searches "invasive" and "humiliating," the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) advises Muslim women wearing religious head covers known as hijabs to reject full-body checks before boarding planes.
Those who are selected for the secondary screenings should remind Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers that they are only supposed to pat down the head and neck and that they should not subject Muslim women to a full-body or partial body pat-down, according to CAIR's advisory.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is actually considering exempting Muslims as per CAIR's demands. Madame Secretary confirmed this week that there will be "adjustments" and "more to come" on the issue of Muslim women in hijabs undergoing airport security pat-downs.
But toddlers in wheelchairs? TSA makes them do the Full Monty, right out in the open. Because when it comes to hijacking planes, everyone knows just how dangerous those toddlers really are. Muslims on the other hand, they haven't bothered anyone in at least 10 years now. And Bin Laden is dead! So give 'em a pass. Otherwise you're a bigot.
If there was any doubt left that Barack Hussein Obama is in fact a Muslim, and perhaps even the reincarnation of Yasser Arafat, then there isn't any more.
Yesterday, the president of the United States threw Israel under a bus. The ostensible leader of the Free World acceded to terrorism. Barack Hussein Obama, who says he's a Christian, advocated the destruction of every remaining Jewish and Christian holy site in the Middle East.
That's what will happen if the State of Israel is forced to pull back to the 1967 borders. Because it's what is already happening to the holy sites under Muslim control.
Obama's plan calls for the Tomb of Jesus to fall into the hands of Hamas. And then, Palestinian animals will finish turning the Church of the Holy Sepulchre into a latrine, all for the glory of their pedophile prophet. Islamic terrorists would like nothing more than to literally shit on the site of Christ's resurrection.
Because that is the price of "peace?"
No. Wherever Palestinians go, death and destruction follow surely as night follows day. They are the darkness, extinguishing the Light of the World.
Each Passover they attempt yet again to burn Joseph's Tomb to the ground. They've laid claim to Rachel's Tomb too, saying it is the site of their very first Victory Mosque, even though "peace" treaties with Jordan explicitly identify the tomb as a purely Jewish holy site.
But what do monsters care about peace? Or treaties?
Likewise, the destruction of the 3000 year old Temple Mount will be ruthlessly completed. Many antiquities, including The Cedars of Lebanon are already gone, Waqf wackos are certain to obliterate any remaining Jewish artifacts buried there. The puss-oozing sore which is their dome of the rock mosque will then reign supreme over the Holy Land for thousands of years, mocking us with its vileness.
The message of our child-president could not have been more clear: Dear Israel, Fuck Off And Die. Under his "plan" the murderers of countless innocent Jews are rewarded for their depravity. It's not "land for peace." It's land as a reward for terrorism.
Only a fool believes that prostrating herself before Hamas will bring Israel peace. The Palestinians do not want peace. The Palestinians want dead Jews.
Remember they've already had the 1967 borders. In 1967. Did they live in
peace? Or did they attack Israel? Why in the name of God should we allow
them to repeat history?
Are you a Muslim warrior who's lost his way? Has the stress of non-stop jihad got you down? Still pining away for your 72 virgins while the military tribunal ponders your fate? Or, maybe you're just feeling lost without Osama bin Laden around to cheer you on?
Well I've got some good news for you! For that much needed R&R check out the new and improved Club Gitmo, now with conjugal visits!
The Obama Administration is considering allowing some prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to receive in-person visits from family members, the Washington Post reported Wednesday night.
Yes, Barry O, your own personal Love Counselor, will helpfully arrange for the 1001 Arabian Nights of your dreams, courtesy of the American taxpayer! Act fast to book the Ali Baba Suite; it's our most popular, with all the comforts of Mecca. I assure you, the Army Corps of Engineers spared no expense, you won't be disappointed!
But please fellas, only one wife at a time. We wouldn't want you to wear
NY Senator Chuck Schumer wants to create a new enemies list. Call it The Enemies of Amtrak List.
Schumer said Sunday that he will push for the creation of a "do not ride" list for Amtrak. The list would be similar to the no-fly list that keeps those suspected of terrorism from flying into or out of the United States.
"Anyone, even a member of al-Qaida could purchase a train ticket and board an Amtrak train without so much as a question asked," Schumer said. "So that's why I'm calling for the creation of an Amtrak no ride list. That would take the secure flight program and apply it to Amtrak trains."
See, according to documents seized from Osama bin Laden's not-so-secret Pakistani hide-out al-Qaeda may have been planning to attack trains. So Chuck wants to bring the TSA to Amtrak. Why just Amtrak though? Aren't the subways trains too? Or NJ Transit? LIRR? You gonna start strip-searching commuters Chuck?
Yeah, I know, don't give him any ideas.
How about we put Chuck into one of Pete King's Congressional Bubbles instead? Preferably one that's equipped with The Cone Of Silence.(Hey, Chuck got himself a Memeorandum thread!)
No thanks to our "friends" in Pock-ee-stahn, SEAL Team Six got their man. Osama bin Laden is fish food. I hope they wrapped his body in bacon before "burial at sea." Sharks love bacon.
When the news broke, America turned out to celebrate. Around Ground Zero the champagne flowed, and children waved American flags.
Were they passing out candy and sweets on your street too? My wife got a danish!
From a commenter at Ace of Spades HQ: "Wish I had an AK to fire into the air."
The State Department issued travel advisories for much of Southwest Asia to include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Dearbornistan, Jersey City, and Paterson, NJ.
The Obama 2012 campaign released the following statement, attributed to El Jefe himself:
Sorry it took so long to get you a copy of my birth certificate.
I was too busy killing Osama bin Laden.
You know, when Donald Douglas posted that one I thought it was a joke. But no, the libtards really are saying that, as if Barry is suddenly a serious war-time president.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And even Barack Obama can do the right thing at least once in his presidency. In this case his Fierce Moral Urgency of Change met the intractable problem of the mutts locked up at Gitmo and...
President Obama on Monday reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, permitting military trials to resume with revamped procedures but implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge to close the prison camp.
Those "revamped procedures"? They're a George W. Bush retread too!
By executive order, a new panel will now also conduct a "periodic review" of detentions. But the bipartisan Military Commissions Act of 2006, or MCA, had already included "administrative review boards" dedicated to the same goal.
I'd like to be there when
Frank Askin's head explodes.
Because we can always believe everything TSA says.
Yet, no black helicopters are circling my house.
Which can only mean I'm too insignificant for them to care about. In other words, I suck.
Or it could just be typical bureaucratic incompetence. Yeah, that's gotta be it. They can't even catch guys wearing "I'm a terrorist" T-shirts, it's no wonder they missed an obvious Right Wing Extremist like me.
I think this calls for another nice pair of sunglasses.
Ahhhh. I feel better now.
I'll bet you thought the TSA's "enhanced" patdown procedures could not possibly get more invasive. Think again. Beginning this summer TSA will start collecting travelers' DNA.
According to the report the Department of Homeland Security plans to deploy portable DNA scanners at U.S. points of entry. They're about the size of a desktop printer and can produce lab-quality DNA screenings in about an hour. So in addition to the full-body scanners and enhanced patdowns we'll have to stand obediently still while a TSA rent-a-cop swabs the inside of our mouth.
Or, no plane flight for you!
Why does the Obama Administration need our DNA? I don't know. But they sure seem determined to build themselves one heck of a database with all this info they're capturing. Photo ID. Date of birth. Gender. X-rays. DNA. All that's missing is a urine sample.
Customs and Border Protection, another tentacle of the Department of Homeland Security, has the authority to download the contents of your laptop and mobile phone. And into the database it goes!
Has anybody seen the Fourth Amendment recently? I think it's gone missing again. And, why do I have the feeling that if it was George Bush doing this it'd be a much bigger deal?
OK my Libertarian friends, do you still feel like defending Julian Assange?
Yesterday he released A Terrorists Guide to Critical Stuff They Should Blow Up ASAP.
The geographical range of the document on installations is extraordinary, our correspondent says. If the US sees itself as waging a "global war on terror" then this represents a global directory of the key installations and facilities - many of them medical or industrial - that are seen as being of vital importance to Washington. Some locations are given unique billing. The Nadym gas pipeline junction in western Siberia, for example, is described as "the most critical gas facility in the world".
Yeah, that's exactly what a guy who's fighting for Truth, Justice, and The American Way would do. But go ahead, keep hanging your hats on the "free speech" canard.
We've also recently been informed that he's distributed a "doomsday file", encrypted for now, but ready at a moment's notice to be unlocked if he's "detained" or his WikiLeaks website is shut down.
This "poison pill" is suspected of containing millions of unreleased and unredacted documents stolen by disgraced PFC Bradley Manning prior to his capture. But I'm sure you "I hate the government" types are totally cool with the idea of al Qaeda finding out everything we've ever learned about them from our guests in Guantanamo Bay.
Handing the sworn enemies of the United States a treasure trove of information is but a small price to pay for "freedom of the press", right?
Speaking of "the press", try this one on for size. "Their job is not to protect the US." Because, you know, the US and our First Amendment protects them. I get the feeling that if some file clerk had handed Time magazine the plans for Operation Overlord we'd all be speaking German right now and they'd be pleased as punch with themselves.
Meanwhile, 5 major news organizations are "advising" Assange on how and when to release his next document dump. Tell me oh sagacious defenders of liberty, exactly when does Article III, Section III trump your precious First Amendment? Never, right?
And yes our friends at The New York Times are on that list. The day Pinch Sulzberger is hauled into the dock for treason will be a great day for America. It's a scene which is long overdue.
Oh, but go ahead, keep telling me that WikiLeaks is all about the noble cause of "truth". Well, guess what. It's only "truth" unless somebody is willing to pay to keep it secret. Ayup, Assange only publishes what he can't sell.
One of the early members and co-founders of the tight-knit, secretive WikiLeaks operation charged today that the website and its co-founder, Julian Assange, sold intelligence information the site had obtained.
John Young, whose name was listed as the public face of WikiLeaks in the site's original domain registration, also alleged that the website is a lucrative business.
Young said he left the site in 2007 due to concerns over its finances and that WikiLeaks was engaged in the selling of documents.
"It follows the model of a number of other business intelligence operations. Selling intelligence information is a very lucrative field, and so they are following that model."
Asked specifically whether he was charging WikiLeaks with selling classified information and documents, Young replied, "Yes."
There you have it Libertarians, your caped-crusader is in reality just another run-of-the-mill extortionist. For the right price he'd probably sell his own mother.
Hillary Clinton can make a joke about that too.