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March 04, 2005

Adventures In Astroturfing

More political articles that someone wants read so badly that they've resorted to spamming bloggers in order to generate publicity.

In today's edition: Air Marshal Director Caught Lying To Congress

By a front-line Federal Air Marshal

(The author remains anonymous out of fear of retaliation)

The Washington Times yesterday revealed the dark little secret that Federal Air Marshal Director Thomas Dewey Quinn has been trying to keep from everyone: There aren’t enough Federal Air Marshals left to effectively protect US civil aviation.

The Washington Times article revealed that the numbers and percentages of air marshals that Thomas Dewey Quinn has been providing to ICE Headquarters, Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff, and the Congress of the United States, are all lies. The Washington Times article states that Quinn has been lying about the actual numbers of Federal Air Marshals that are available to protect US domestic and international flights.

The report further states that Quinn has been adding air marshals who have resigned and other federal agents (like those in the US Secret Service) to the overall total in an effort to hide the fact that Federal Air Marshals have been quitting the Service at a rate of nearly 1,000 air marshals a year.

Thomas Dewey Quinn has also grossly overstated the percentages of flights that have air marshals on them, to hide the fact that only 2% of the daily commercial domestic and international airline flights in the US are protected by air marshals. The Washington Times has reported that there are only 2,200 air marshals remaining that haven't left the agency in disgust.

Do the math:

Approximately 2,200 flying air marshals flying each day
divided by a minimum of 2 air marshals per plane (a team)
= a maximum of 1,100 teams flying each day,
divided by roughly 55,000 daily flights
= only 2.0% of all daily flights are being protected.

Why is this number so significant?

For nearly three years now, rank and file air marshals have been trying to get anyone to listen to them. Their message has been a simple one: Thomas Dewey Quinn’s waste, fraud, abuses, and gross mismanagement have reduced the service to an ineffective shambles. The Washington Times article supports this claim and clearly illustrates that despite the dedication to duty of the few remaining Air Marshals, US civil aviation is no safer than it was on September 11, 2001.

How did things become so bad?

Once again, we must look at nearly three years of reports from air marshals and industry insiders. Thomas Dewey Quinn has absolutely no idea how to properly lead what was once the flagship agency in the Department of Homeland Security, nor does he want to listen to anyone who does. We have read about draconian management policies and procedures that have driven nearly all of our nation’s finest law enforcement officers away from a mission that was created as a result of our nation’s worst terrorist attack.

We have read about how Thomas Dewey Quinn and his management lackeys refer to anyone who opposes their insane policies as “bottom feeders” and “disgruntled amateurs.” We have also read how Thomas Dewey Quinn has placed the lives of the flying public in mortal danger by revealing to CNN and other media outlets every aspect of the Federal Air Marshal Service’s operational procedures and weaknesses.

Now we are learning that Quinn & Company’s failure to properly lead and manage the service has lead to the near dissipation of our nation’s ability to effectively protect commercial airliners from terrorist hijackings.

Thomas Dewey Quinn has become a bigger threat to US National Security than Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda combined, and given the US Government warnings about terrorists planning to attack the US in the near future, another 9/11 is just around the corner.

Posted by Bigwig at March 4, 2005 03:37 PM | TrackBack
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