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(US House of Representatives)   Rep. Marsha Blackburn's office produces list: "TSA's 50 Most Dangerous Officers"   (blackburn.house.gov) divider line 150
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2013-06-27 08:28:28 PM  

BizarreMan: While that is an excellent collection of crime and villiany, I don't think that the TSA needs to be blamed for the actions that took place away from the airport and while not in uniform.


You probably didn't see the guy on the list who molested the girl while in full uniform then.

Though I am getting a chuckle about that other dude who got arrested for impersonating law enforcement.
 
2013-06-27 08:45:08 PM  
This line early in the report caught my eye:
"This problem has only exacerbated itself ..."

How does a problem exacerbate itself? Sometimes you just need to use the passive voice: this is one of those times.
 
2013-06-27 08:50:31 PM  
TSA is going to release " Congress's 50 Most Dangerous Lawmakers"
 
2013-06-27 09:01:49 PM  

vernonFL: Maybe I'm lucky or I don't fly very often (maybe 3 times a year) but I've never, NEVER, since 2001 or before, ever had a problem with a TSA agent.


I don't fly often, but since I fall in the "darker than khaki" category, I have been pulled out of line for extra screening every damn time, and once, a ring was stolen from my bag. Not a horribly expensive one, but sentimental value
 
2013-06-27 09:05:49 PM  

LessO2: SirEattonHogg: I think this report really doesn't answer a lot of questions about TSA.  Everybody is quick to hate on TSA on Fark, but this report is hardly damning of the agency as a whole.

Then Google "TSA Red Team Failure," and you'll see the screeners miss anywhere from 60-90% of the prohibited items that go by a checkpoint.


Last year I got yanked out of line for "suspicious canisters" (camera lenses) in my bag, but they completely ignored the three bottles of juice for my son in his bag. Lucky it was truly apple juice, I guess b
 
2013-06-27 09:14:47 PM  

BizarreMan: While that is an excellent collection of crime and villiany, I don't think that the TSA needs to be blamed for the actions that took place away from the airport and while not in uniform.


Number 3 or 4 were a couple of women who stole a man's wallet during a TSA checkpoint, and were later caught on camera, still in uniform, using the guy's ATM card.
 
2013-06-27 09:16:16 PM  

coco ebert: I fly quite a bit and have never had any problems with the TSA. I also don't approach TSA workers with immediate attitude like a lot of fellow passengers I see.


Me too.   I actually enjoy being checked to see if I am a dangerous terrorist.  Makes me proud to be a USMC veteran.  It's the world we live in!
 
2013-06-27 09:18:26 PM  
To the complying sheep who have no problems.

The TSA set up costs taxpayers $8-10 billion a year. It gives nothing in return to the economy. It is a total resource suck at that amount.

As someone pointed out, the agents are not professionals. They are low IQ Walmart workers there to make sure the sheep follow the rules.

To top it off, you have an NSA apparatus that is sucking resources right out of your pocket to collect information on you.

We are going down a very bad path with all this crap. We have gone from "Nothing to fear, but fear itself." to "Be afraid, be very afraid." - pay your  taxes so we can spy on you.
 
2013-06-27 09:19:32 PM  
Just like everything else in life there will always be arsholes.
 
2013-06-27 09:19:49 PM  

BizarreMan: One thing I thought was interesting when reading the article was that one guy ended up in a fight with another agent because the nude-o-scan showed the size of one of their genitals.

I thought those devices didn't show that much detail?


It didn't! ::rimshot::
 
2013-06-27 09:21:33 PM  

GammaTitan: So she's a member of the party you disagree with then?


No. She is an idiot. She is Tennessee's Michele Bachmann. I tend to disapprove of idiots whether they are on my "team" or not.
 
2013-06-27 09:38:34 PM  
Easy cherry picking of articles found by googling "tsa agent arrested"

That said, I like the premise, but I'd rather it be "the top 50 bad behaviors of the TSA both as an agency as a whole, as well as the same for actions taken and sanctioned by The Policy by individual employees" (missing most "red team" exercises, "drink your breastmilk", reaction to the "kip hawley is an idiot" freedom bags, etc as well as the flat out criminal behavior)
 
2013-06-27 09:38:59 PM  
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skinnycatullus: Voiceofreason01: Well holy crap. A congressperson that doesn't suck at her job.

Oh, she sucks at her job. Mightily. I wouldn't give her a hero tag if she ran into a burning building and saved 25 babies and a litter of newborn puppies.


This ^ times 1000. Blackburn is just another partisan demagog who preaches the evils of "Big Gub'mint" until it comes time to screwing her own.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/02/marsha-blackburn-equal-pay- la ws_n_3375167.html

http://blackburn.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=33954 9
 
2013-06-27 10:02:46 PM  
Wow, only 50 employee crimes total, counting everything down to drug possessions, in 5 years?  Out of 47000 TSA officers employed at any given time?

A crime rate of 0.2 * year per 100 persons is actually really, really low.  The US in general has a rate of 3.3 * year per hundred persons.

Thanks, MS. Blackburn, I actually feel significantly safer in the hands of the TSA now.  I mean, I still think they're unnecessary and a waste of money, but you've proven that they're not the bunch of criminals they're often made out to be, being an order of magnitude better behaved than the average citizen.

//Statistics, how work?
 
2013-06-27 10:07:12 PM  

QueenMamaBee: Last year I got yanked out of line for "suspicious canisters" (camera lenses) in my bag, but they completely ignored the three bottles of juice for my son in his bag. Lucky it was truly apple juice, I guess b


While they technically didn't work the list to the letter, as judgement calls go that was a good one, camera parts are very common in IED manufacture but the kinds of two-part liquid explosives you could put in a juice bottle are next to impossible to make or get if you're not actually in the industry, and require much more complex detonation than anything you likely had on you and technical expertise a kid doesn't have.
 
2013-06-27 10:09:07 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Wow, only 50 employee crimes total, ?


No. This is a selection, not the whole list.

/Statistics, how work?
 
2013-06-27 10:30:29 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Wow, only 50 employee crimes total, counting everything down to drug possessions, in 5 years?  Out of 47000 TSA officers employed at any given time?

A crime rate of 0.2 * year per 100 persons is actually really, really low.  The US in general has a rate of 3.3 * year per hundred persons.

Thanks, MS. Blackburn, I actually feel significantly safer in the hands of the TSA now.  I mean, I still think they're unnecessary and a waste of money, but you've proven that they're not the bunch of criminals they're often made out to be, being an order of magnitude better behaved than the average citizen.

//Statistics, how work?


Why do you think there are only 50? This report highlights 50, that does not mean there are only fifty. You should realise this if you are comfortable with stats.
 
2013-06-27 10:45:23 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Calmamity: They aren't people, Coco. They are tools. Not to wax too melodramatic about it, but they are tools of totalitarianism.

"Errand boys, sent by grocery clerks . . . "


That took me a second..nice job.
 
2013-06-27 10:47:09 PM  
Someone that had to be TSA put something in my luggage once. Weird little ugly monkey doll right on top of my clothes. I thought it maybe my kid had put it in there but he had never seen it before. Really strange.
 
2013-06-27 10:48:31 PM  
I am bothered a lot more by what all TSA employees can do legally than I am by what .106382978% do illegally.
 
2013-06-27 10:54:58 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Wow, only 50 employee crimes total, counting everything down to drug possessions, in 5 years?  Out of 47000 TSA officers employed at any given time?

A crime rate of 0.2 * year per 100 persons is actually really, really low.  The US in general has a rate of 3.3 * year per hundred persons.

Thanks, MS. Blackburn, I actually feel significantly safer in the hands of the TSA now.  I mean, I still think they're unnecessary and a waste of money, but you've proven that they're not the bunch of criminals they're often made out to be, being an order of magnitude better behaved than the average citizen.

//Statistics, how work?


You either didn't think very hard before you wrote this post or you just aren't very smart.
 
2013-06-27 11:10:40 PM  
 
2013-06-27 11:33:13 PM  
Not shown:  The actual statistical crime rates for the TSA in comparison to every other agency.  I'd be curious to see what the crime rate of Congress members is compared to any other agency.  Although, that may not be a fair comparison, because some laws like insider trading don't apply to congress.
 
2013-06-27 11:39:46 PM  

bearded clamorer: Link to a pdf? Fark you, subby.


THIS
 
2013-06-27 11:44:38 PM  

Bucky Katt: bearded clamorer: Link to a pdf? Fark you, subby.

THIS


Use a real browser
 
2013-06-28 01:30:42 AM  

factoryconnection: Voiceofreason01: meh, she's not my Congresscritter. At least this report seems to be pretty well done?

Top 50 "Most Dangerous" title sounds pretty damn scary, even though the only prevailing danger is theft (15 instances) and that they've hired some perverts as screeners.  And then a list of off-duty offenses that are no doubt pretty common in the LEO set.

15 thefts in 10 years?  I would have thought there'd be more.  I'm not happy with 15, don't get me wrong!

Also, did the white, GOP, southern Congressman HAVE TO choose an image of a sleeping, black TSO as the lead-in to her tirade?  I mean, yeah, it happened, but in a report about criminals why start off with that?


Because the lazy a$$ Nubian is a prime example of this administration.
 
2013-06-28 01:33:52 AM  
Alternative headline "55,550 TSA Officers Under Suspicion"
 
2013-06-28 01:36:00 AM  
images.quickblogcast.com
"Hate Crime"

I am Jack's utter lack of surprise.
 
2013-06-28 02:03:59 AM  

redmid17: Bucky Katt: bearded clamorer: Link to a pdf? Fark you, subby.

THIS

Use a real browser


So says the IE user.
 
2013-06-28 06:53:41 AM  
A Transportation Security Administration supervisor assigned to Newark LibertyInternational Airport was arrested last week on charges of impersonating a law enforcementofficer , after authorities say he told a Roselle Park patrolman who had pulled him over that he was acop, too. And that right there is a big part of the problem.
 
2013-06-28 07:41:12 AM  

HoratioGates: ""A CHRISTIAN ROCK musician - who once played for Pope John Paul II - was nearly beaten to
death early yesterday by an off-duty airport security agent during a Brooklyn road-rage clash,
cops and relatives said. Johnny Philippidis, 27, lay in a medically induced coma last night at Lutheran
Medical Center, and his mother, Jannine, was keeping vigil at his bedside"

To be fair, who among us hasn't wanted to beat a Christian Rock musician?

(I kid, I kid.)



i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-28 07:54:28 AM  
That's probably just the tip of the iceberg.
 
2013-06-28 07:57:35 AM  

Calmamity: They aren't people, Coco. They are tools. Not to wax too melodramatic about it, but they are tools of totalitarianism.

Fu*k every single one of them.


See, it's this attitude that gets you the full dick treatment. Treat people like scum, and you'll be treated like scum in return. Golden Rule in action.

/Wil Wheaton sez: Don't be a dick.
 
2013-06-28 07:58:32 AM  
You can't professionalize unless you federalize," agreed Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

Yeah ! That's working out so well
www.ihatethemedia.com
 
2013-06-28 08:14:52 AM  

Jim_Callahan: QueenMamaBee: Last year I got yanked out of line for "suspicious canisters" (camera lenses) in my bag, but they completely ignored the three bottles of juice for my son in his bag. Lucky it was truly apple juice, I guess b

While they technically didn't work the list to the letter, as judgement calls go that was a good one, camera parts are very common in IED manufacture but the kinds of two-part liquid explosives you could put in a juice bottle are next to impossible to make or get if you're not actually in the industry, and require much more complex detonation than anything you likely had on you and technical expertise a kid doesn't have.


Well if it's "next to impossible" to get, then I wish they'd let me always carry on juice bottles and not have to pay $2.75 at the machines conveniently located just past security or $1.50 a farking can on the plane.
 
2013-06-28 08:18:44 AM  

BizarreMan: While that is an excellent collection of crime and villiany, I don't think that the TSA needs to be blamed for the actions that took place away from the airport and while not in uniform.


So rape or molestation of a minor should have occurred in the airport?
 
2013-06-28 08:23:53 AM  

Bucky Katt: redmid17: Bucky Katt: bearded clamorer: Link to a pdf? Fark you, subby.

THIS

Use a real browser

So says the IE user.


Yeah clicking on a pdf in chrome is such a chore. It's loaded and I open in a new tab.

Let me roll my eyes at you again and tell you to use a real browser, maybe an extension or two
 
2013-06-28 08:33:35 AM  
These are the 50 most dangerous? Almost a third were just theft. Not good, but not what I'd call "dangerous."

A number of others were also non-violent, non-drug, and non-freedom-hating. For example, the "conspiracy" charge was for a sham marriage to help someone get citizenship. Oh noes!

The plot unraveled when two male TSA agents who claim to have dated the woman, Krista Taha, 34, told investigators that their courtship with Taha was while she was reportedly married to Ali Taha.

Ah, disgruntled (and alleged) ex-boyfriends who claim she cheated on her husband with them. Damn fine police work there, Lou.

While some are truly dangerous, if this bunch are the worst of 50,000, that makes me feel a lot safer.
 
2013-06-28 09:14:17 AM  

Tom_Slick: Smackledorfer: Bill_Wick's_Friend: ROLANDO NEGRIN
Airport: Miami International
Position: Transportation Security Officer
Crime: Assault
Date: May 7, 2010
"A Transportation Security Administration screener at Miami International Airport was arrested this 
week for allegedly beating up a co-worker after months of jokes about the size of the screener's 
genitalia that colleagues observed during training with full-body scanning machines. 
The agency has suspended Rolando Negrin, 44, after his arrest Tuesday night after beating a 
co-worker who had made the jokes. The AP reported that Negrin reportedly told police he "could 
not take the jokes anymore and lost his mind."


Anyone think it's ironic that a TSA agent was humiliated and felt personally violated after being forced to go through a full body scanner?
bronco01
(Also, if you're embarrassed by your co-workers finding out you have a tiny dick the best thing to do is attack them so that your tiny dick becomes part of written court transcripts and is referenced in federal documents.  Good plan!)

I would prefer a random stranger know my secrets than my coworkers. Would you not?

I'll give this guy a pass, who among us has not wanted to beat the shiat out of an asshole co-worker.


Indeed, and according to the reports, this was after months of harassing behavior.  Admittedly, his eventual response was out of line, but his co-worker engaged in months of sexual harassment to set him off.  Obviously, just trying to ignore the problem wasn't working.  I hate the TSA as much as anyone, but nobody deserves that kind of a work environment.
 
2013-06-28 10:36:02 AM  

Aarontology: Not shown: Actual plan to do something about the TSA.


I guess you missed the part where they said to implement background checks.
 
2013-06-28 10:37:11 AM  

xanadian: BizarreMan: While that is an excellent collection of crime and villiany, I don't think that the TSA needs to be blamed for the actions that took place away from the airport and while not in uniform.

You'd have thought they would do a better job of background checks, but I guess you can't pre-screen them all.


What do you mean a better job with background checks? They do ZERO background checks currently.
 
2013-06-28 10:41:54 AM  

factoryconnection: Voiceofreason01: meh, she's not my Congresscritter. At least this report seems to be pretty well done?

Top 50 "Most Dangerous" title sounds pretty damn scary, even though the only prevailing danger is theft (15 instances) and that they've hired some perverts as screeners.  And then a list of off-duty offenses that are no doubt pretty common in the LEO set.

15 thefts in 10 years?  I would have thought there'd be more.  I'm not happy with 15, don't get me wrong!


It's 15 thieves caught in 10 years. One of the thieves listed in the document stole $30,000 in cash over a year's time from thousands of passengers.

That's just the ones they've caught.
 
2013-06-28 10:42:34 AM  

vernonFL: Maybe I'm lucky or I don't fly very often (maybe 3 times a year) but I've never, NEVER, since 2001 or before, ever had a problem with a TSA agent.


Would you notice a $20 missing from your wallet?
 
2013-06-28 10:44:10 AM  

BizarreMan: One thing I thought was interesting when reading the article was that one guy ended up in a fight with another agent because the nude-o-scan showed the size of one of their genitals.

I thought those devices didn't show that much detail?


That's just the lie the government tells to keep the serfs quiet.
 
2013-06-28 10:46:27 AM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Anyone think it's ironic that a TSA agent was humiliated and felt personally violated after being forced to go through a full body scanner?

(Also, if you're embarrassed by your co-workers finding out you have a tiny dick the best thing to do is attack them so that your tiny dick becomes part of written court transcripts and is referenced in federal documents.  Good plan!)


Valid point, but I think the key takeaway here is that TSA management is so corrupt that sexual abuse/harassment cases that would get dealt with in seconds at any real job are allowed to continue to the point of violence with the TSA. Then instead of arresting the harassers, the victim gets punished.
 
2013-06-28 11:46:43 AM  

QueenMamaBee: LessO2: SirEattonHogg: I think this report really doesn't answer a lot of questions about TSA.  Everybody is quick to hate on TSA on Fark, but this report is hardly damning of the agency as a whole.

Then Google "TSA Red Team Failure," and you'll see the screeners miss anywhere from 60-90% of the prohibited items that go by a checkpoint.

Last year I got yanked out of line for "suspicious canisters" (camera lenses) in my bag, but they completely ignored the three bottles of juice for my son in his bag. Lucky it was truly apple juice, I guess b


Sorry to hear it. When I had long hair big earrings, I was stopped by every black Atlantan who had managed to get a job like this. Like a farking industrial musician is gonna be a terrorist...oddly, they were WAY into kids and grandmas, too...
 
2013-06-28 12:32:07 PM  
Crime: Impersonating a law enforcement officer

LOL!! Isn't that the TSA in a nutshell?

No big surprise on the amount of child molesters. I just wonder how many more are out there.
 
2013-06-28 01:26:16 PM  

Chimpasaurus: Crime: Impersonating a law enforcement officer

LOL!! Isn't that the TSA in a nutshell?

No big surprise on the amount of child molesters. I just wonder how many more are out there.


Well, here's one:  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/10/defrocked-priest-now-ts a -agent-in-philadelphia/
 
2013-06-28 06:01:04 PM  
where does it say the TSA hired these people after being convicted of these crimes? it seems future events don't show up in a background check
I don't like the TSA, but we don't need propaganda to argue that we should shut it down, just the facts will do thank you.
 
2013-06-29 01:01:04 AM  

redmid17: Bucky Katt: redmid17: Bucky Katt: bearded clamorer: Link to a pdf? Fark you, subby.

THIS

Use a real browser

So says the IE user.

Yeah clicking on a pdf in chrome is such a chore. It's loaded and I open in a new tab.

Let me roll my eyes at you again and tell you to use a real browser, maybe an extension or two


I'm using a browser that doesn't do tabs?  Keep telling yourself that fanboy.
 
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