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December 23, 2004

Spot The Air Marshal!

It's just like Where's Waldo, except even easier. So easy, in fact, that the air marshals are really, really unhappy about it.

The entire mission is a complete failure and the American traveling public is as ineffectively protected as they were before 9-11. The end result has been a 3.7 billion dollar boondoggle which has only extended the government careers of the top managers and to ensure that their pensions have been padded another $1000 dollars a month for life. Mr. Quinn holds onto his title through threats, intimidation, and micro management. He has no regards for anyone, other than himself, and purchases protection by granting bonuses and contracts to important decision making and politically influential individuals he has brought into his "house" under Homeland Security.

What brought about the Air Marshal Rage? It's the "Kill Me First" dress code forced onto the marshals by Director Quinn.

Quinn insists that air marshals abide by military-style grooming standards and a rigid business dress policy regardless of weather, time of year or seating arrangement.
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That means collared shirts and sports coats -- even if a pair of marshals is traveling in coach from Los Angeles to Orlando.
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Marshals refer darkly to Quinn's dress requirements as the "kill-me-first dress-code policy." The Las Vegas field officer remarked: "If all the passengers know we are carrying the guns on the plane, then so do the terrorists -- we just don't want to get our throats slit."

Presumably, were Quinn in charge of the undercover detectives in a local police department, they would be sent out to covert drug buys in suit and tie, if not full dress uniform. Mind you, the War on Drugs could hardly be fought less effectively, but not allowing the undercover officers to at least look like druggies is one way to do so.

So logically, the War on Terror, or at least the particular front in the War on Terror that Director Quinn is in charge of, is being waged even more badly.

Though part of the reason may be more than an idiotic dress code that will one day force Director Quinn to say "Yes, our agents failed in their mission, but at least they were suitably attired." At least some TSA employees are pulling double duty when it comes to waging war.

It's been almost two years, but we don't seem to have come very far from the days of Coffee, Tea, or Should We Feel Your Pregnant Wife’s Breasts Before Throwing You in a Cell at the Airport and Then Lying About Why We Put You There?

Let's see, that's Lew Rockwell, John Perry Barlow and Michelle Malkin--all on the same side when it comes to the TSA. That's quite a wide political spectrum.

So technically Mr. Quinn can claim that, under his watch, "The TSA has united America!"

Posted by Bigwig at December 23, 2004 01:26 PM | TrackBack
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