McCaskill Plane Flap Strikes at Her Strengths

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 2:41 pm

I don’t think that Claire McCaskill’s private travel on her personal plane, and the associated tax liability, means anything in the abstract. It doesn’t have anything to do with her ability to do her job. But she’s been so damn self-righteous about fiscal responsibility and being a good steward of the people’s money, that I [...]

Obama Administration Eases Travel, Remittance Restrictions With Cuba

By: Saturday January 15, 2011 9:10 am

The White House announced last night a series of changes to travel and remittance policies with Cuba, that will allow more visitation and transfer of funds to the island 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The changes fall under three basic categories: 1) Purposeful travel: This enables more travel for religious, educational, cultural and [...]

Mica Begs Passengers Not to Opt Out of Porno Scanners

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 4:13 pm

John Mica (R-FL), the incoming chair of the House Transportation Committee, has reduced himself to begging the public against Opt-Out Day. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) urged airline passengers Sunday to not purposefully slow down airport security lines by refusing to go through body scanners. Likely the next House Transportation Committee chairman, Mica said he could [...]

Passenger Anger Over Full-Body Scanners, Pat-Downs Erupts

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 6:51 am

I flew through Pittsburgh, PA back in October, and had my first encounter with the full-body scanner. Outside of grumbling that it took quite a long time to get through the system and that TSA didn’t seem to have a good grasp of how to use the machines without getting a lot of false positives, [...]

Qatari Diplomat Taken Into Custody On DC-Denver Flight

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 7:37 pm

United Flight 663, a flight from Reagan Airport in DC to Denver, landed safely at the Denver Airport last night with F-16 accompaniment, and a man who allegedly told an air marshal he was trying to set his shoes on fire was taken into custody. ABC News makes this sound like the man, a Qatari [...]

Obama’s Kinder, Gentler War On Terror

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 6:10 pm

I never got around to commenting on President Obama’s statement about the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the subsequent memorandum and review summary about the terrorist attack. First, let me say that it was a very assured speech, the best Obama has been on the subject and the kind of statement I would very much [...]

Obama Speaks On Counter-Terrorism Efforts

By: Tuesday January 5, 2010 2:00 pm

President Obama left a meeting with his entire national security team and delivered a short speech about the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the way forward on homeland security in the wake of what he called failures to connect the dots and prohibit Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a plane. The key bit of news, [...]

Republican Fear Junkies Try To Declare Victory And Get Out

By: Monday January 4, 2010 7:36 am

Over the weekend, President Obama confirmed that the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of Northwest Flight 253 was the work of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Within days, the Administration has offered to fund a counter-terrorism effort in Yemen, has shut its embassy in the country while pending threats are checked, has reviewed terror [...]

TSA Drops Their Subpoenas For Two Bloggers

By: Friday January 1, 2010 11:11 am

Good work, everyone. The story of two bloggers receiving subpoenas by the Transportation Security Administration for posting new security guidelines provoked outrage among journalists, civil liberties advocates and others. A couple days after issuing the subpoenas, however, the TSA has dropped them. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped the subpoenas it had issued to [...]

Practically Every Security-Related Industry Is Unionized, Sen. DeMint

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 12:07 pm

With Democrats belatedly vowing to hold a roll call vote for the nomination of TSA Administrator Errol Southers early next month, it’s worth delving a bit more deeply into Jim DeMint’s complaint about Southers, that he would move to unionize TSA screeners, which would have a deleterious effect on national security. Surely DeMint, the Republican [...]

Intentional Misinterpretation Of Napolitano “System Worked” Comment Continues

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 8:26 am

Add Eugene Robinson to the list of those misrepresenting Janet Napolitano’s statements in the aftermath of the failed Christmas terrorist attack. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano’s initial assessment of the Christmas Day airliner attack — that “the system worked” — doesn’t quite match the absurdity of “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” But [...]

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