Posted by Becky Akers on July 1, 2012 08:21 PM
The TSA has apparently decided to woo Americans on the warpath against it by pretending that its problems aren’t systemic and intractable but simply the fault of a few bad apples. To that end, it’s been on a firing spree. Fine by me! Let’s hope it dispatches every last one of its goons and perverts. But I doubt it owns even a fraction of the modicum of sense so obvious a move requires.
Ergo, it recently sacked eight gropers at Newark Airport (yes, I know its middle name is “Liberty,” but I will not sully that divine word with application to Leviathan’s gulag) for sleeping when they should have been gate-raping. Judge the utter evil of an agency that considers an innocent nap offensive but sexual assault a job. And in Florida a few weeks ago, the TSA gave 5 employees the heave-ho while “suspending “another 38 “after an internal investigation found they failed to perform random screenings last year.” We wouldn’t want Granny boarding without a deviant “randomly” inspecting her Depends, now, would we?
But the newest heads to fall belonged to some “air marshals” — you know, the guys who can’t shoot straight but who nonetheless babysit flights full of passengers. And, what the heck, who kill one every now and then to secure the ole Homeland.
Seems 8 of these murderous thugs were “drinking on duty at a Hooter’s bar near LaGuardia Airport.” Hooter’s: don’t you love it? But that wasn’t all: Our lecherous leeches also “ask[ed] for a law enforcement discount to reduce the tab.” Law enforcement! Priceless! But here’s the clincher: The TSA learned of this bibulous behavior because another marshal snitched on his fellows.
Hey, if you see something, say something.
WASHINGTON — The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates.
The deployments are part of a long-planned effort to bolster the American military presence in the gulf region, in part to reassure Israel that in dealing with Iran, as one senior administration official put it last week, “When the president says there are other options on the table beyond negotiations, he means it.”
But at a moment that the United States and its allies are beginning to enforce a much broader embargo on Iran’s oil exports, meant to force the country to take seriously the negotiations over sharply limiting its nuclear program, the buildup carries significant risks, including that Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps could decide to lash out against the increased presence.
The most visible elements of this buildup are Navy ships designed to vastly enhance the ability to patrol the Strait of Hormuz — and to reopen the narrow waterway should Iran attempt to mine it to prevent Saudi Arabia and other oil exporters from sending their tankers through the vital passage.
The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers assigned to the region, to eight vessels, in what military officers describe as a purely defensive move.
“The message to Iran is, ‘Don’t even think about it,’ ” one senior Defense Department official said. “Don’t even think about closing the strait. We’ll clear the mines. Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the gulf.” Like others interviewed, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the diplomatic and military situation.
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