TSA Union Wants Armed Agents To Protect Workforce From Right-Wing Threats

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In the wake of the murder of a Transportation Security Administration official at Los Angeles International Airport last week, the union representing the agency’s employees is calling on lawmakers to give some TSA agents guns, handcuffs and the power to make arrests.

Many lawmakers and the Administration of Barack Obama have called for a review of airport security procedures following the shooting, but the TSA union has already come up with a proposal that would create a new class of TSA agent with all of the powers of a regular law enforcement officer.

The union claims that adding the new, more powerful agents to the TSA’s workforce — which is already comprised of 45,000 employees — would serve to protect what union officials describe as a workforce that has been unfairly demonized by “the right-wing media and certain members of Congress.”

The liberal Southern Poverty Law Center has already jumped at the opportunity to link the 23-year-old LAX shooter, Paul Ciancia, to the broader conservative movement because the deranged individual was carrying “a one-page ‘manifesto’ that included references to the ‘New World Order,’ the Federal Reserve and ‘fiat currency…’”

SPLC’s Mark Potok noted on the organization’s website:

Ciancia’s language and references seemed to put him squarely in the conspiracy-minded world of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. The New World Order refers to a longstanding conspiracy theory that today, in its most popular iteration, claims that global elites are plotting to form a socialistic “one-world government” that would crush American freedoms. Often, the root of the alleged conspiracy is traced to the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve and the adoption of fiat currency — paper money that is not backed by gold, as it was once was in the U.S.

So-called Patriots also increasingly see the DHS, which produces intelligence assessments of extremists that are distributed to other law enforcement agencies, as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy.

And from now on, it seems the TSA union will use Ciancia’s beliefs to attempt to classify any traveler who feels he has been mistreated by the TSA and objects as an imminent threat.

“Our officers are verbally assaulted every day; they’re physically assaulted far too often, and they need better protection at those checkpoints,” David Borer, the general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees, said during an interview with Federal News Radio.

“That’s why we’re advocating for a new class of officer who is trained as a law enforcement officer, has a weapon, has arrest authority and so forth to protect those checkpoints.”

Representatives of the union also claim that the addition of TSA agents with broader power would lead to an overall increase in airport security and better equip the agency to deal with incidents like the Friday shooting.

“We feel a larger and more consistent armed presence in screening areas would be a positive step in improving security for both [security officers] and the flying public,” said J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, according to POLITICO. “The development of a new class of TSA officers with law enforcement status would be a logical approach to accomplishing this goal.”

The TSA already has armed Federal air marshals and a class of “armed security officers” that it either employs directly or contracts. The agency says that these employees must meet “qualifications established by TSA, in coordination with the Federal Air Marshal Service.”

Arming a greater number of TSA officers will likely be a tough sell, however, as recent years have seen increasing calls from the public for Congress to quell the agency’s power and TSA agents have been at the center of a number of embarrassing incidents.

A Government Accountability Office report in August stated that misconduct among TSA agents has increased by about 26 percent in the past three years, though Borer claims that the agency’s bad apples represent only 1 percent of the TSA workforce. Some of the latest reports of TSA abuses and incompetence include the story of a 9-year-old boy who snuck past a checkpoint and boarded a flight without a ticket, agents detaining a 3-year-old girl bound to a wheelchair, and an undercover inspector sneaking an explosive device past a checkpoint. There have also been countless reports of TSA agents using their authority to grope passengers for perverse ends and a report last month of an air marshal — employed by the TSA — taking cellphone pictures up female passengers’ skirts.

Even Representative John Mica (R-Fla.), who is largely credited with creating the TSA, has become a critic of the agency in recent years. In 2011, the Congressman lamented that what “was meant to be a very lean, adaptive security agency that would set standards” had grown into a monster and an insult to the freedom of the American flying public.

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  • BHR

    We need less agents. I fly 2 to 4 times a year, at least on each trip I well see 1 agent with a power complex. They are rude and do care how they treat the public. I need a cane to walk and have had the agents grab my cane and watch me fall and screen at me for being in the way. A 90 year old women was ahead of me in line and could barely walk. She got to the check point and the agent told her to take her hat off. It was a small hat but she had it pinned on, she was having trouble getting the pins out, so the agent grabbed the hat and ripped it off. He pulled the lady’s hair out and she screamed with pain. Two agents grabbed each arm and took her away. They said she was causing trouble. We are becoming a police state. The police are not helping the people but are controlling us.

    • vicki

      Use your cellphone video camera. Record these events and post them on utube.

    • Toy Pupanbai

      Becoming?

    • Motov

      I rather put up with the trouble this 90 year old lady than anyone from the TSA……. BTW,.. TSA stands for Trained Sexual Assaulters.

  • chocopot

    It is because of the TSA lowlifes and the entire police state attitude at the airports that I will no longer fly anywhere. If I cannot get somewhere by car, train, or bus, I just don’t go. I will not subject myself to the crap that goes on at airports nowadays.

  • dan

    mopery wasn’t enough (it never is) now they want bondage

  • rivahmitch

    So, watch as TSA morphs into “The Security Agency”… The Kenyan marxists wet dream “civilian defense force” to install gestapo-like “supervision” over All Americans at All times in All places. Lock and load. Be ready when they come to your home. Those who are unwilling to kill and die to defend their lives, freedoms, rights and property will surely and deservedly lose them. It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Semper Fi!

    • Roger

      TSA agents are Gestapo thugs and that is why one of them was killed!

      • vicki

        And they are now pressing to get full arrest powers and ability to carry firearms. So would that be like the SS or the Gestapo?

  • Hoosier Daddy

    Naturally the left wing hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, wants to classify this left wing nutbag as a “conservative”, despite there being no evidence to support it.

    In the case of every shooting since Columbine, the leftists in the SPLC and the media have jumped in to speculate that the shooter was “right wing” or even a member of the innocuous Tea Party.

    However, how many people know that EVERY such shooter has turned out to be either a radical Muslim or a LEFTIST Democrat? All of them.

    The Columbine shooters were teenagers and not yet able to vote, but their parents were liberal Democrats so it’s likely they would have been, too.

    • Motov

      Dude, that was uncalled for!
      Those teens who did the shooting were victims of bullies, in other words, their environment contributed to their actions! Allow me to explain.
      How would you respond to being treated like feces every day by the “popular people”? Going to the school councilors is a waste of time because the “popular people” tend to band together, and their stories are believed, So here you have a situation where you feel no matter where or who or what, you are basicly a toilet. To be totally honest, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.
      These kids were treated far worse than people wanting get through security so they can board a plane.
      It doesn’t matter what walk of life they came from, sooner or later their damaged emotions will surface.

      • Hoosier Daddy

        TRUTH is naver “uncalled for.”

        But you’re a victim of the left wing media that makes excuses for psychotic murderers like these. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were NOT “treated like feces every day.” THEY chose to be outsiders and wear trenchcoats to school. THEY chose to call themselves the “Trenchcoat Mafia.”

        Sure, they were sometimes TEASED by some other kids, but you’re as insane as they were if you think that justifies the intricate planning and execution of the murders of dozens of innocent school kids.

        Harris and Klebold didn’t “snap” and shoot some bully, they painstakingly planned mass murder. During their rampage, they actually asked girls if they were Christians and, if the answer was yes, shot them in the head.

        This was the act of mentally-disturbed atheist kids who wanted to make a name for themselves….to go down in history. They succeeded. So did Hitler.

        • Motov

          I would not justify the murders they did, and I certainly think they were subjected to more abuse than what you are saying. I wasn’t there so I really do not know, but the “news” I heard on that day was totally one sided, understandably, due to the great losses of life. You and I both know kids can be relentless when it comes to teasing/bullying. It may never justify killing, but nothing justifies the bullying/teasing either!

          • Hoosier Daddy

            I didn’t hear anything about Harris and Klebold being “bullied.” I did hear that they were subjected to some teasing.

            “Bullying” is physical, even if liberal Newspeak classifies verbal teasing as “bullying.”

            But Harris and Klebold were not meek little shrinking violets. They had “attitudes” of their own.

            The fact is that if kids choose to look and act in a bizarre way, there will always be some other kids who will tease them for it. When I was in high school, I had long hair. Some of the jocks gave me crap for it. But I never considered bombing the school or shooting innocent students and teachers.

          • Motov

            My senior year of highschool turned out to be the worst year I had to endure. I started it in NJ, but my father’s place of occupation went belly up. I worked hard to get 1/2 days for my senior year, and got the credits required to do so.
            We then moved to upstate NY, to a small town where everyone knew everybody for generations. NY did not recognize my efforts for 1/2 days, and I had no choice but to take extra classes that covered material I already knew.
            In other words easy “A” classes.
            Being “the new kid on the block” The head jock” decided it
            would be fun to make my life a living hell. Yes, I did entertain thoughts of committing mass murder, but I knew this would not last and after June, My sentence would be over. I chose to “medicate” myself, being 18 in 1981, I was legal to purchase alcohol, which I did daily after school.
            I also decided I would NOT attend graduation, instead I got plastered (and to this day I still do not know how I made it home) The principal pulled me into his office and asked me why I never ordered a cap and gown. I told him what I thought about the school, town. I had to wait until September to pick up my 2 pieces of paper everyone else got in June. (I have 2 high School Diplomas, one is what everyone gets, like a GED, the other is what is called NY state regents meaning I graduated with honors).

            I have never returned to that town, I forgiven them for making my life miserable, (not for them but for myself, so I do not have to carry that excess baggage)
            So I am a tad sensitive when bullies try to mess with me.

          • Motov

            My senior year of highschool turned out to be the worst year I had to endure. I started it in NJ, but my father’s place of occupation went belly up. I worked hard to get 1/2 days for my senior year, and got the credits required to do so.
            We then moved to upstate NY, to a small town where everyone knew everybody for generations. NY did not recognize my efforts for 1/2 days, and I had no choice but to take extra classes that covered material I already knew.
            In other words easy “A” classes.
            Being “the new kid on the block” The head jock” decided it
            would be fun to make my life a living hell. Yes, I did entertain thoughts of committing mass murder, but I knew this would not last and after June, My sentence would be over. I chose to “medicate” myself, being 18 in 1981, I was legal to purchase alcohol, which I did daily after school.
            I also decided I would NOT attend graduation, instead I got plastered (and to this day I still do not know how I made it home) The principal pulled me into his office and asked me why I never ordered a cap and gown. I told him what I thought about the school, town. I had to wait until September to pick up my 2 pieces of paper everyone else got in June. (I have 2 high School Diplomas, one is what everyone gets, like a GED, the other is what is called NY state regents meaning I graduated with honors).

            I have never returned to that town, I forgiven them for making my life miserable, (not for them but for myself, so I do not have to carry that excess baggage)
            So I am a tad sensitive when bullies try to mess with me.

          • Hoosier Daddy

            I suspect that many, if not most, people have endured some bullying in their lives. What’s important is how they deal with it.

            I taught my kids to deal with it the way I did….at the first opportunity and without any warning, PUNCH the bully right in the face while he is bullying them.

            My son was concerned that he would be kicked out of school if he did that. I told him he probably would be….but the bully would never mess with him again. It worked for me when I was in school and it will work in 95% of the cases.

            Bullies are inherently cowards. When you show them you REFUSE to be bullied, they rarely ever try it again.

          • Motov

            I wasn’t about to fight that entire school, and in later years I picked up inventive ways of dealing with “hard to get along” people. They say revenge is a dish that is best served cold. In one of my factory jobs there was a guy named “Mark” He was verbally abusive, never had anything good to say about anyone. Then one day I took an old spray bottle, soaked off the label, and took a magic marker to it. I wrote :

            Mark-Away
            Directions, Just spray in the general direction where Mark is and he will go away.
            Active ingredient Dihydrogen monoxide

            I then gave the bottle to a woman and told her if he asks where she got it, just say Wal-Mart.
            I didn’t see his initial reaction, but I was told what he did.
            He grabbed the bottle and threw it as hard as he could into the dumpster. Another co-worker with a wise-apple reputation (but more in a fun way) witnessed this act. I could only imagine what went through his mind, I walked by the men’s rest room and got pulled in. There he and another was busy making more bottles of “Mark-away”, He wanted to know exactly what I wrote on the original bottle.
            I told him.
            That entire night (I worked the graveyard shift) Every time Mark entered this guy’s work area, someone picked up the “Mark-away” squirted him, and HE WENT AWAY!! PISSED
            This “product” actually worked! It was the number one topic, everyone knew who “invented” it except him. This even spread to the other two shifts.

            He eventually got fired when he mouthed off to the wrong person.

          • Hoosier Daddy

            Good story! Sometimes karma’s a b***h.

  • allen

    “Borer claims that the agency’s bad apples represent only 1 percent of the TSA workforce”

    So there are 450 “bad apples” in the TSA? If that was anything other than a government organization, it would be out of business and its employees in court.

  • securityman

    PEOPLE, the only thing I can say is ,KEEP YOUR GUNS LOADED AND READY TO GO. it is coming down to that point very fast.

  • rick0857

    Just what we need right now. A bunch of ill-trained, incompetent, uneducated morons with hand cuffs and loaded weapons at Airports! If this is allowed how long will it be before a bunch of wave through, (security checks) Arab Radical Islamist grab these agents and their guns then board planes to do a repeat of 9-11?
    How many women TSA agents will have the sense NOT to surrender a weapon? How many of these panty waste men in TSA will surrender their weapons?
    This has got to be the most IGNORANT IDEA I have ever heard. Arm a bunch of people that BARELY made it out of high school who are at least 50-100 lbs overweight.
    Talk about a walk on high jacking in the making! Not to mention the VERY HIGH PROBABILITY of innocent people being shot and killed by poorly trained, inept Federal perverts who only took their jobs at TSA so they could get cheap thrills from pawing other peoples property and bodies.
    I have never met these union officials calling for the arming of TSA agents but whoever it is would do better to consider volunteering to be a target for the TSA to shoot at for qualification!

    • ted

      IF they run and hide without weapons, do you think they will care how many innocent people they shoot to save their sorry butts.

      • rick0857

        Kinda what I meant Ted, these fools will be running in the opposite direction, firing a weapon behind them and not bothering to look to see where the bullets may be going.

  • MIKE6080

    more of the progressive kenyans secret police ?

  • Motov

    If TSA stopped violating people’s rights maybe they would be treated better

  • dad1927

    A qualified individual can EASILY take a weapon form these disgusting untrained bumbling fools and use it on them and everyone else in the airport . Assuming they don’t shoot themselves first. Military bases are unarmed and muslim terrorists namely major terrorist supported by the politically correct liberals shot up the place! No guns on military bases, but guns in the hands of muslim TSA agents? Stinks like the “grinning gargoyle in the white house”

  • mnkysnkle

    If we can’t molest you willingly, we will molest you under the control of armed guards. “You will submit, or Ve haff vays ohff making you.”

  • Robbie

    What’s your problem? Aren’t you NRA types in favour of arming just about everyone?

    • antiliberal00

      Everyone but government pukes and liberals.

      • Robbie

        You betcha’! Gosh dernit.

  • antiliberal00

    It would seem that the tsa agents don’t like to reap what they sow.
    If they were not trampling all over citizens rights, I doubt if they would be so hated or afraid.

  • antiliberal00

    It would seem that the tsa agents don’t like to reap what they sow.
    If they were not trampling all over citizens rights, I doubt if they would be so hated or afraid.

    • Robbie

      I fly a lot and frankly I’m glad folks are checking to make sure no loonie with a gun gets on board a plane I’m on. It takes a lot of worry out of flying.