Feb 2 2010
A group of courageous, recently-retired Federal Air Marshals and TSA and FAA federal agents are releasing the movie, Please Remove Your Shoes, which examines the period before 911 and the current situation now, posing the questions that make Washington squirm:
“Are we really any better for all our money spent? Or is it safe to say that nothing has changed?”
Thanks to DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL
Please Remove Your Shoes is a revealing documentary about broken government process. It is also an empathetic story about a half dozen public servants who try to fix it. And it is a familiar topic to all of us who have flown in the last fifteen years:the security routine at the airport, first the FAA and now the TSA.
Did you know…
As of January 2009, TSA had approximately 20% of its transportation security equipment stored in warehouses rather than in the field.
10% of useable TSA equipment (worth millions) in transit is stored for 2 years or more due to poor logistical processes.
During the first 3 months of 2007, the TSA Logistics Center received eight explosive detection systems units at a cost of about $7 million. As of January 2009, all eight explosive detection systems units remained in storage at the Logistics Center.
In December of 2009 TSA leaked a full copy of its 2008 S.O.P., screening protocol, and other security standards onto the internet.
In June 2007, investigators testing the TSA checkpoint screening process were able to smuggle prohibited items past security despite passing through secondary screening and pat-downs.
TSA has not deployed any of the 10 technologies it has created since 2002.
To quote one agent heavily involved in making the movie, “We’re about to kick the TSA’s ass real good.” Here’s the trailer: READ MORE: Please Remove Your Shoes
Meanwhile, Air Marshals say the current system is a complete failure, another 9/11 could happen.
WTSP NEWS Tampa, Florida — When planes take off in America, it is the job of the Federal Air Marshals to make sure terrorists don’t hijack the flight and create a repeat of 9/11. While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it is working great, some in the know disagree.
One of more than 10 federal air marshals — or FAMs as they are called — says the system is a complete failure. He says Congress, the White House and the public have been sold a bill of goods.
These federal agents blame the managers in the agency, claiming they have a pre 9/11 mentality and mind. They say they are the ones who allowed 9/11 to happen. The FAMs are particularly critical of managers who are retirees of the Secret Service, who make up a significant amount of management in the agency. The former Secret Service agents have a loophole that allows them to collect their pension and also a salary from the TSA. That is not normally allowed in the federal government.
According to the FAMs, the double dipping Secret Service agent managers know nothing about air safety. They point to the fact they did not go through the rigorous two and half month anti-terrorist training that federal air marshals undergo.
The air marshals say they believe the country is vulnerable for another attack, because they say those in charge are focused on office politics and their pensions instead of on terrorism and protecting the country.