Monday, November 29, 2010

WHATs GOIN' ON ? ? ?

A rare admission: when I posted that bit of humor aimed toward the TSA and their airport search procedures, I wasn't quite aware of the incredible level of aggressiveness the TSA is going about conducting their new search policies.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the agency will look further into allegations that two male TSA workers picked a woman for additional screening because of her breasts.

Eliana Sutherland recently flew from Orlando International Airport and told Local 6 she felt the two male TSA workers were staring at her breasts and chose her for additional screening because of their size.

"It was pretty obvious. One of the guys that was staring me up and down was the one who pulled me over," said Sutherland. "Not a comfortable feeling."

Prosthetic devices were designed to help men and women move on with their lives despite potentially stigmatizing medical conditions, yet they've become a source of distress and humiliation during the new pat-downs by airport security agents.

There's already been outrage over the TSA agent who asked a Charlotte, N.C., woman who survived breast cancer to remove a prosthetic from inside her bra. There was also a bladder cancer survivor from Lansing, Mich., who said he was soaked in his own urine when a TSA agent's pat-down ruptured the seal on his urostomy bag.


WHAT's GOIN' ON ? ? ?

A reliable, informed source told me that the TSA is reacting to a credible threat, that they have instructed to go to the enhanced security measures by DHS. This seems logical, going into the holiday travel season.

Another reliable, informed source inside the air transport industry tells me they are not doing cavity searches; this is disinformation.

Other more whacked-out explanations include the government is getting us accustomed to being herded like cattle, and / or this is a prelude to Obama making a move to nationalize the airlines; i.e. the security measures become so draconian and inconvenient that the airlines are no longer commercially viable and so the government steps in . . .


I want to know what's going on out there . . .

Then there THIS:


WASHINGTON (AP) Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington's Reagan National Airport.


What an opportunity for our political leaders to set a little "Lead By Example" -style leadership to rest of us poor slob taxpayers - don't hold your breath waiting to see it, though.


If THIS outrage is necessary, then I can't imagine how a single politician - Democrat OR Republican - can possibly be considered above suspicion.

U.S. airline pilots learned today that they'll be exempt from the invasive x-ray screening and pat-downs that have sparked a revolt across the country.

Pilots in uniform on airline business will be allowed to pass through airport security by showing two photo IDs. The identification will be cross-checked against a flight crew database.

"Allowing these uniformed pilots, whose identity has been verified, to go through expedited screening at the checkpoint just makes for smart security and an efficient use of our resources," TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement.


As a security professional, I disagree with the above rationale and I'll tell you why:

We have just signaled to the terrorists a possible crack in our defenses.

Consider: it is now known that air crew get a pass from the aggressive security searches. OK, all the terrorists have to do now is go to the home of one of these types, put a gun to his or her four-year-old daughter or granddaughter's head, and say, "You're going to wear this special underwear onto the plane, or we're going to shoot her. Of course, before we shoot her, we're going to rape her in every hole . . ."

You get the picture.


By all accounts, this was no contrail from a jetliner; this was a VERY. BIG. ROCKET.

OK so they shot off a rocket - no big deal; happens all the time, right?

Then why all the denial from the government?

WHATs GOIN' ON ? ? ?

Then there's all that MADNESS on the Korean Peninsula:

TV footage of flames just after artillery hit an area of South Korea's Yeonpyeong island.

North Korea fired artillery barrages onto the South Korean island near their disputed border Tuesday, setting buildings alight and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.

South Korean villagers watch smoke rising from South Korea's Yeonpyeong island near the border against North Korea Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.

Destroyed houses are evident from the air Wednesday on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

These attacks may be the greatest single acts of violent aggression from North Korea since to Korean War; most certainly since the border incursions and violence of 1966-69 - sometimes referred to as the Second Korean War - which culminated with the infamous Pueblo Incident.

North Korea has a track record of lethal violence:

North Korea was believed to have orchestrated the bombing of Korean Airlines Flight 858 in 1987. The attack is thought to have been a tactic to scare tourists away from visiting the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

North Korean operatives were also behind a 1983 attempt on the life of South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, who was scheduled to visit a memorial in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma). A traffic delay may have saved the president's life: The timed bombs went off before his arrival, killing 17 South Korean dignitaries instead.

North Korea is also believed to be behind the 1996 assassination of a South Korean diplomat in Vladivostok, Russia. The killing closely followed a warning from Pyongyang that it would take action if South Korea did not repatriate the bodies of several North Korean spies.


If you ask me - the TSA thing is a distraction, and so is the Korean thing. STORMBRINGER says: keep your eye on Taiwan - I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts China is lining up to make their move.

"There must be some way out of here" said the joker to the thief
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief"

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  1. The phrase "red herrings" comes to mind:

    Political conflicts are merely surface manifestations. If conflicts arise you may be sure that certain powers intend to keep the conflicts under operation since they hope to profit from the situation.

    To concern yourself with surface political conflicts is to make the mistake of the bull in the ring: you are charging the cloth.

    That is what politics is for, to teach you the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him to follow, obey the cloth.

    Control? THEY are not taking it so much as WE are giving it away.

  2. I think that 0bama has something up his sleeve.

    His DOJ is mum on wikileaks but immediately goes after things like Arizona protecting us???

    Next few weeks should be interesting.

  3. Yes, interesting. I don't think obama has the brow to orchestrate anything higher than a beer summit (and he probably had biden's help on that one). But his handlers do.

    I think it is about Money & Control:

    All modern control systems are riddled with contradictions. Look at England. "Never go too far in any direction," is the basic rule on which England is built, and there is some wisdom in that. However, avoiding one impasse they step into another. Anything that is now going forward is on the way out. Well, nothing lasts forever. Time is that which ends, and control needs time. England is simply stalling for time as it slowly founders. Look at America. Who actually controls this country? It is very difficult to say. Certainly the very wealthy are one of the most powerful control groups, since they are in a position to control and manipulate the entire economy. However, it would not be to their advantage to set up or attempt to set up an overly fascist government. Force, once brought in, subverts the power of money. This is another impasse of control: protection from the protectors. Hitler formed the S.S. to protect him from the S.A. If he had lived long enough the question of protection from the S.S. would have posed itself. The Roman Emperors were at the mercy of the Praetorian Guard, who in one year killed twenty Emperors. And besides, no modern industrial country has ever gone fascist without a program of military expansion. There is no longer any place to expand to - after hundreds of years, colonialism is a thing of the past.

  4. " There was also a bladder cancer survivor from Lansing, Mich., who said he was soaked in his own urine when a TSA agent's pat-down ruptured the seal on his urostomy bag. "

    You mean the bag wasn't confiscated for being over the legal size for containers holding liquids?

    Got to wonder what TSA procedure was breached to allow for that slip in security.

  5. We're being conditioned. Much like training dogs you work them a wee bit at a time to effect the desired result.... baaaa

  6. You say that a source tells you there is a credible threat and the scanners or patdowns are requested by DHS:

    If so, then why did they shut off the scanners and revert to magentometers during the thanksgiving travel rush? Why then are passengers no subject to the patdowns at the airports where the scanners are not yet implemented? (besides the outcry they would unleash).

    I mean, there is no logic IF This IS A Serious Threat. It makes sense if this is theater.