Thursday, February 5, 2015

Response to Passenger’s Arrest at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)


On an average day at 450 U.S. airports, our officers screen nearly 1.8 million travelers, 4.5 million carry-on items and 1.2 million checked bags in order to keep the traveling public safe. Every day, our officers come across suspicious items that require additional inspection and/or law enforcement intervention — we post many of those items directly on this blog. This was the case at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on January 26, 2013.

Our officers examining the X-ray of a passenger’s carry-on bag saw a PVC pipe capped at both ends with unidentified items, including something that looked like a watch, placed inside.  They also saw batteries and an unidentified organic mass in the same bag. Components of a possible improvised explosive device? If you were the officers, what would you do?  Based on the items in the carry-on bag and interaction with the passenger, they contacted the Philadelphia Police Department. A responding PPD officer decided to place the passenger under arrest. TSA screening personnel do not have the legal authority to place any passenger under arrest and they did not do so in this case.  



Discovered a capped PVC pipe on the bottom is an actual pipe bomb

The capped PVC pipe on top is the item that was discovered at PHL on January 26, 2013. The capped PVC pipe on the bottom is an actual pipe bomb.
Passengers are subject to a robust security approach that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen, including: intelligence gathering and analysis, thorough screening at the checkpoint, random canine team screening at airports, Federal Air Marshals, Federal Flight Deck Officers and many others. In combination, these layers provide enhanced security creating a much stronger and protected transportation system for the traveling public.



The threat to the aviation system persists more than a decade following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  We continue to face a real and persistent threat, against actors adept in the design, construction and concealment of explosives, including non-metallic improvised explosive devices. Our officers work relentlessly each and every day to stop commercial airplanes from being turned into weapons used against us and our way of life.


TSA Blog Team



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78 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, you're taking about the person who was arrested because he wanted to file a complaint? And instead, had the cops called... After being determined to NOT being a threat? And that your TSAgent perjured themselves under oath? Yeah. Not buying your story.

Anonymous said...

If everyone was so afraid this man had a bomb, then why weren't the checkpoint and terminal evacuated?

Why did the judge dismiss the case after hearing only your supervisor?

Susan Richart said...

Really, Bob, you expect us to believe that you removed the alleged PVC capped pipe from the gentleman's bag and then photographed it next to an actual pipe bomb?

You've reached a new low in trying to prove the TSA's worth.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

SSSS for Some Reason said...

You did your job so why are you asking for a gold star. Gold stars are reserved for those who go above and beyond their jobs.

And, again, as journalists and bloggers you fail even more.....

You found what looks likes an improvised explosive device (using the technology that existed pre-September 11 by the way) and turned it over to the Local Law Enforcement.... but what happened next? Was it really an IED? Was the person responsible arrested? Can you not provide even a link to the local news story?

For 8 Billion a year we expect much more from you TSA. Improve or we will replace you.

Anonymous said...

If your screeners truly thought this was a bomb, why wasn't the checkpoint evacuated? This still doesn't explain why the TSA supervisor lied under sworn testimony that the passenger was agitated and in an aggressive manner, when the video shows a calm passenger.

It looks like the TSA supervisor abused his power and caused a passenger to get arrested for no reason other than he didn't think the passenger respected his authority.

Anonymous said...

"We continue to face a real and persistent threat, against actors adept in the design, construction and concealment of explosives..."

This particular "threat" does not appear to have been "adeptly" concealed if it was so easily recognizable on the baggage x-ray (a pre-TSA technology, by the way).

Anonymous said...

If your screeners thought this really were a bomb, shouldn't the checkpoint have been cleared immediately? After all, isn't a checkpoint filled with dozens or hundreds of closely packed passengers, each carrying unscreened bags, the perfect target of a suicide bomber? A series of coordinated attacks on checkpoints would shut down US aviation as quickly as any attack on a plane itself.

TSA WATCH said...

Since Blogger Bob left out anything that might support the passengers side of things it is important to know that the passenger was found innocent in a court of law of all the bogus TSA charges and has filed a lawsuite against TSA, the TSA screener and others.

Here is a link to the suite.


ROGER V ANDERKLOK, Plaintiff
v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (TSA), AND OTHERS


Anonymous said...

Bob,

Thank you for showing that the TSA supports employees who will lie under oath in a Court of Law.

The Agency must be proud.....

Ronnie Polaneczky said...

Btw, the capped pipe used by Mr. Vanderklok was cut from a longer pipe he picked up at a construction site he was visiting in his role as the site architect. The pipe is commonly used for plumbing jobs. Mr V asked a worker to cut an 8-inch piece of pipe because he noticed that it would be a perfect receptacle in which to store an expensive Garmin athletic watch and heart-monitoring device he had just received as a gift. He didn't want it the items damaged in travel. If you google the ASTM numbers on the pipe, you will see that it is commonly used in plumbing jobs. The pipe is a harmless item that has been appropriated by terrorists for use in bomb-making; it is not a BOMB-MAKING device that was appropriated by Mr. V to make his own bomb.

RB said...

"We continue to face a real and persistent threat, against actors adept in the design, construction and concealment of explosives, including non-metallic improvised explosive devices."

BULL HOCKEY!!

If that statement was true there would be arrests and trials of these individuals.

The real truth is that TSA has never identified any person engaged in terrorists activities.

Anonymous said...

That doesn't explain why your TSA Supervising agent LIED under oath in a court room about the actions of an innocent man.

Anonymous said...

Curtis, why did your supervisor lie under oath about the innocent passenger's behavior?

Why was the passenger arrested after the item in question was shown to be completely and utterly harmless?

Anonymous said...

Bob, this may very well be the most deliberately dishonest and misleading thing you've ever posted here. I suppose congratulations are in order.

Susan Richart said...

From the complaint against the TSA filed by Mr. Vanderklok:

"After a thorough check of his bag, and after TSA personnel were sure that there was nothing improper, dangerous or illegal in his bag, the TSA supervisor gave Mr. Vanderklok his bag back...."

So, Bob, if the bag was given back to the passenger, how did the TSA get the capped pipe in your picture to photograph it?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't TSA filed charges against this TSA supervisor who not only filed a false witness statement against the passenger but went on and committed perjury in a court of law?

Doesn't TSA have any ethical standards?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone working at TSA have any ethics?

A TSA lies in court and is hailed by TSA's public relations team.

Amazing...

Anonymous said...

In the complaint filed by the passenger, it states:

"After a thorough check of his bag, and after TSA personnel were sure that there was nothing improper, dangerous or illegal in his bag, the TSA supervisor gave Mr. Vanderklok his bag back...."

At the trial, the judge dismissed all of the criminal charges against the passenger after hearing only the TSA supervisor's testimony. The defense basically did nothing and the case was dismissed. The video showing the calm passenger was never even shown. How bogus were these charges if the case was dismissed that quickly?

The TSA screeners violated this passenger's rights and the public's trust.

TSORon said...

Anonymous said...
[[Hmmm....By the time TSA called the PPD, they knew that the items in the carry-on bags were absolutely harmless.]]

Actually Anon, no. If we suspect an explosive device of some kind we call for the experts and don’t touch it. Period. So no, they didn’t know that the contents were harmless until the experts told them so. And the local airport cop is not exactly an expert in the area of explosives.

Yes, the individuals version of the story is out there, but I suspect that there are some embellishments in his version.

Anonymous said...

Now explain why your TSA officer lied to the police and the judge about how the passenger behaved at the check point.

The TSA employee should be fired and a clear message sent that this will not be tolerated.

Anonymous said...

Do you really think they're saying that? They simply put the two photos together to illustrate the similarities.

CleanUp PHL said...

TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL lied and made a false police report.

TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL lied under oath when appearing in court as a witness in the trial based upon his false police report.

TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL was such a bad witness, the judge threw out the case against the innocent American citizen who was falsely accused by TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL for requesting a TSA complaint form.

TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL is still employed by the TSA.

(This is the second version of my comment, with the name redacted in case this blog's moderator decides that mentioning TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL's name violated the screener's privacy. Never mind that TSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL violated the rights and freedom of the passenger he had falsely arrested.)

Anonymous said...

Let's make sure the online public can read the real facts of another case of TSA employee abuse:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150204_TSA_jails_innocent_traveler_when_he_asks_to_file_a_complaint.html

Anonymous said...

Hope you suspend that TSA office pending an full investigation. Otherwise, you are just protecting your own.

@SkyWayManAz said...

I read your post several times and can only conclude for legal reasons you are choosing to limit this to a "how not to pack" post. I agree that if I was running the X-Ray I'd think that was suspcious. Most of us understand that. I think even the passenger would agree in hindsight that may not have been the best way to pack. That said the elephant in the room is why is this a story two years later? I find it amusing that you don't address that in any way. Usually these posts are put up immediately saying the screeners followed all proper procedures no matter how obvious it is they did not. It is rather revealing you aren't standing behind the action of this supervisor by mentioning it any way. The public needs to be reassured that this kind of abuse of power will not be tolerated by your employees. I await your response but know better than to hold my breath.

Anonymous said...

You wrote: " If you were the officers, what would you do?"

After determining the device is neither a bomb nor dangerous, I'd ruin that passenger's day by calling the cops and lying to them in order to get him arrested.

But then, I'm not a very nice person.

Dave said...

How about commenting on allegations that this TSA employee committed perjury? Is it true that this man was only arrested after he stated he wanted to file a complaint?

Anonymous said...

What? You're afraid to post the comments to this story?

Anonymous said...

In all fairness to the TSA agent.....who caps PVC and puts it in their bag? Why didn't he just walk through the check point with an open box cutter? Duh! Also, if an opinion is worded in a way that poses a threat then it is the TSA agents job to call in any possible threat to the police. The police arrested him not TSA. It's funny how the media calls the agent a liar, but didn't get all the facts before reporting. There is not any footage of the man being taken in the back for questioning, therefor, no one knows for sure what was said. The media keeps asking why the TSA agent still has a job in all their reports. Not only are they reporting the facts incorrectly, but now they are threatening the TSA agents lively hood. If you ask me, the TSA agent should sue the media for defamation of character.

Anonymous said...

Susan Richart said...
Really, Bob, you expect us to believe that you removed the alleged PVC capped pipe from the gentleman's bag and then photographed it next to an actual pipe bomb?

You've reached a new low in trying to prove the TSA's worth.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

February 6, 2015 at 7:43 AM
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What are you talkig about? Those are obviously two distinct pictures. See the heavy black line around them? See how the background is different? The actual item is the top pic. A SECOND ENTIRELY DIFFERENT picture is below it showing a comparison with an actual pipe bomb.
Man, talk about reaching.

Anonymous said...

"Improve or we will replace you."

Never going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Let's see . . . The bag was inspected and cleared, the pax was inspected and cleared, the pax was allowed to leave but before he did he asked for a complaint form, the TSA guy then called the PD, the PD then arrested the guy.

Is the capped PVC pipe photo you posted "the" pipe found by the TSA guy in PHL? If so, why not also show a photo of the stuff in it, if you even took one?



RB said...

Wondering if the lack of pertinent facts provided by Blogger Bob might be considered libelous?

Perhaps more names should be added to this lawsuite.

And isn't odd that TSA is commenting on pending legal matters?

Susan Richart said...

Some anonymous person wrote: "The media keeps asking why the TSA agent still has a job in all their reports. Not only are they reporting the facts incorrectly, but now they are threatening the TSA agents lively hood. If you ask me, the TSA agent should sue the media for defamation of character."

Then why did the judge acquit the passenger?

Anonymous said...

The actions of this TSA Supervisor who clearly falsely attacked a citizen and then perjured himself in a court of law demonstrates why no TSA screener can ever be trusted and any thoughts of LEO status for screeners can be readily discounted.

RB said...

What was the diameter of the PVC pipe container?

Looking back at the February 2013 post that shows an image of the item it appears to be just large enough for the two wrist watch/heart monitors.

Anonymous said...

Why were my comments deleted? They conformed with blog rules.

Why is the TSA screener's name, which had been made public through real news sources, not allowed to be stated here?

CleanUp PHL said...

Bob said, "On an average day at 450 U.S. airports, our officers screen nearly 1.8 million travelers, 4.5 million carry-on items and 1.2 million checked bags in order to keep the traveling public safe. Every day, our officers come across suspicious items that require additional inspection and/or law enforcement intervention — we post many of those items directly on this blog. This was the case at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on January 26, 2013. "

The case is that you posted the non-weapon on this blog? We know you go through our stuff, Bob. This paragraph is off-topic.

Bob also said, "Our officers examining the X-ray of a passenger’s carry-on bag saw a PVC pipe capped at both ends with unidentified items, including something that looked like a watch, placed inside. They also saw batteries and an unidentified organic mass in the same bag."

OK, so you saw something you wanted to identify. Got it.

Bob goes on, "Components of a possible improvised explosive device? If you were the officers, what would you do?

Fear mongering and false equivalency, Bob. If the screeners felt that without any inspection that they were viewing a real IED, they should have followed the protocols they were trained in, up to and including evacuating the area and calling in the bomb squad. Trying to force the reader to make a decision without the same training and experience is wrong.

PHL Cleaner said...

Bob contiues, "Based on the items in the carry-on bag and interaction with the passenger, they contacted the Philadelphia Police Department."

Not according to the video or the falsely-arrested passenger, Bob. The passenger asked for a complaint form. He did not gesticulate, threaten, or in any way violate the law or TSA rules. He asked for a complaint form, as you and your TSA buddies have told flyers to do for years.

Bob states, "A responding PPD officer decided to place the passenger under arrest.

Based upon the false report of threats and terrorism by the TSA supervisor, Bob.


Bob says, "TSA screening personnel do not have the legal authority to place any passenger under arrest and they did not do so in this case."

That is correct, Bob. The TSA employee illegally detained the passenger and made a false claim to the police, leading to the illegal arrest of the passenger.


Bob posts an image and this caption, "The capped PVC pipe on top is the item that was discovered at PHL on January 26, 2013. The capped PVC pipe on the bottom is an actual pipe bomb."

Bob, where did the second image come from? Was it found at an airport by a TSA screener? When and which airport? A random photo that you claim is an "actual pipe bomb" with no further information cannot be taken as truth.

What you are doing again, Bob, is fear mongering and off-topic. No one has said that the screeners should not have x-rayed the item. We are saying that the TSA supervisor was unprofessional, unethical, and had an innocent man arrested AFTER discovering that the man was NOT carrying a bomb.
Bob opines, "Passengers are subject to a robust security approach that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen, including: intelligence gathering and analysis, thorough screening at the checkpoint, random canine team screening at airports, Federal Air Marshals, Federal Flight Deck Officers and many others. In combination, these layers provide enhanced security creating a much stronger and protected transportation system for the traveling public."

Completely off-topic, Bob. In this incident, there was no "intelligence gathering and analysis, canine team screening, Federal Air Marshals, Federal Flight Deck Officers" or anything else. The "thorough screening at the checkpoint" cleared the man and his property. He was not carrying a bomb and made no threats to the screeners. Yet, a TSA employee had the man arrested under false pretense.

Clean PHL Up said...

Bob finishes up with, "The threat to the aviation system persists more than a decade following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We continue to face a real and persistent threat, against actors adept in the design, construction and concealment of explosives, including non-metallic improvised explosive devices. Our officers work relentlessly each and every day to stop commercial airplanes from being turned into weapons used against us and our way of life.

Such a load of lies and propaganda, Bob! It is sick enough that you so often use the tragic events of over thirteen years ago to justify the continued abuse of flyers and theft of property under color of authority.

Now you are using the deaths of three thousand innocent people to justify the illegal detainment and arrest of an innocent man, and throwing in more fear mongering with the "commercial airplanes...turned into weapons" garbage. You know that the TSA admitted in a court of law that no terrorist group is trying to use airplanes as weapons.

It is so grotesque that you are using 9/11/01 as an excuse for the illegal actions of a TSA employee.

He detained a passenger for wanting a complaint form. Unprofessional. Unethical. Against SOP.

He lied to the police by making false claims on a police report. Unprofessional. Unethical. Illegal.

He lied under oath in a court of law while acting in the capacity as a TSA employee. Unprofessional. Unethical. Illegal.

The real tragedy, Bob, is that the TSA never fired the TSA employee who had a man falsely arrested. This TSA supervisor still works at PHL, two years after this debacle started.

The TSA refuses to fire an employee who harassed an American citizen, illegally detained this citizen, filed a false police report, and lied under oath.

Got anything else to say on this topic, Bob? Will your bosses allow you to reply non-anonymously?

Watching the TSA said...

We know you go through our stuff, Bob. This post avoids the facts of this case of false imprisonment, falsified police reports, and lying under oath by TSA employees.

So your buddies in PHL saw something you wanted to identify. Got it.
If the screeners felt that without any inspection that they were viewing a real IED, they should have followed the protocols they were trained in, up to and including evacuating the area and calling in the bomb squad. Trying to force the reader to make a decision without the same training and experience is

The video shows that the passenger asked for a complaint form. He did not gesticulate, threaten, or in any way violate the law or TSA rules. He asked for a complaint form, as you and your TSA buddies have told flyers to do for years.
The TSA employee illegally detained the passenger and made a false claim to the police, leading to the illegal arrest of the passenger.

Bob, where did the second image of an alleged "pipe bomb" come from? Was it found at an airport by a TSA screener? When and which airport? A random photo that you claim is an "actual pipe bomb" with no further information cannot be taken as truth.

What you are doing again, Bob, is fear mongering and off-topic. No one has said that the screeners should not have x-rayed the item. We are saying that the TSA supervisor was unprofessional, unethical, and had an innocent man arrested AFTER discovering that the man was NOT carrying a bomb.

As you continue your off-topic screed, Bob, remember in this incident, there was no "intelligence gathering and analysis, canine team screening, Federal Air Marshals, Federal Flight Deck Officers" or anything else. The "thorough screening at the checkpoint" cleared the man and his property. He was not carrying a bomb and made no threats to the screeners. Yet, a TSA employee had the man arrested under false pretense.

It is sick enough that you so often use the tragic events of over thirteen years ago to justify the continued abuse of flyers and theft of property under color of authority.

Now you are using the deaths of three thousand innocent people to justify the illegal detainment and arrest of an innocent man, and throwing in more fear mongering with the "commercial airplanes...turned into weapons" garbage. You know that the TSA admitted in a court of law that no terrorist group is trying to use airplanes as weapons. It is so grotesque that you are using 9/11/01 as an excuse for the illegal actions of a TSA employee.

He detained a passenger for wanting a complaint form. Unprofessional. Unethical. Against SOP.

He lied to the police by making false claims on a police report. Unprofessional. Unethical. Illegal.

He lied under oath in a court of law while acting in the capacity as a TSA employee. Unprofessional. Unethical. Illegal.

The real tragedy, Bob, is that the TSA never fired the TSA employee who had a man falsely arrested. This TSA supervisor still works at PHL, two years after this debacle started.

The TSA refuses to fire an employee who harassed an American citizen, illegally detained this citizen, filed a false police report, and lied under oath.

Got anything accurate and about the facts to say, Bob? Will your bosses allow you to reply non-anonymously?

Susan Richart said...

Ronnie wrote: "Actually Anon, no. If we suspect an explosive device of some kind we call for the experts and don’t touch it. Period. So no, they didn’t know that the contents were harmless until the experts told them so. And the local airport cop is not exactly an expert in the area of explosives."

You probably should have read the link to the complaint, Ronnie, before you put your fingers to the keyboard.

At no time were "experts" called.

From the complaint linked above:

"31. At no point during this time period was the Security Checkpoint closed down. Other passengers continued to proceed through the security checkpoint and there was no disturbance at the Checkpoint."

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

RB said...

"Our officers examining the X-ray of a passenger’s carry-on bag saw a PVC pipe capped at both ends with unidentified items, including something that looked like a watch, placed inside. They also saw batteries and an unidentified organic mass in the same bag. Components of a possible improvised explosive device? If you were the officers, what would you do?"

...................

Well, seems we have learned that if TSA screeners find something that appears to be an ID that the SOP is to continue screening, and returning the bag to the traveler instead of calling for the Bomb Squad.

Does that about sum it up Bob?

Is this really the incident that you want to hang TSA's already poor reputation on?

Anonymous said...

TSORon said...
Yes, the individuals version of the story is out there, but I suspect that there are some embellishments in his version.
*******
Video doesn't lie Ronnie and the video from the security checkpoint shows the passenger behaving in a calm non-threatening manner. Which is not what the TSA supervisor stated in court.

Anonymous said...

Mister Burns, according to media accounts the scary items in question were power bars and a watch. Why did your screening clerks call the police after they determined that the items in question were completely harmless? Why did the supervisor clerk lie to police and under oath in a courtroom? Why are your standards so low as to abet a perjurer?

Anonymous said...

A very good "catch" by the TSA. I will bet that among all of the millions of items they have examined by "X-ray" they have never before seen a fake pipe-bomb in a passenger's luggage. Further, I suspect the judge at trial pressed the TSA to let it ride as a favor to him.

RB said...

Looking back at the article posted by TSA I noticed that the signature for the post lacks a name. Blogger Bob typically post as such:

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

We can see on the post about the Philly Incident that the signature is:

TSA Blog Team

I suspect that means that someone higher up in the TSA food chain, perhaps the TSA's Googgling Lawyer, created the article while letting Bob Burns take the heat for the piece.

If Bob Burns had any personal integrity he would resign from the TSA Blog Team over such tactics.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
A very good "catch" by the TSA. I will bet that among all of the millions of items they have examined by "X-ray" they have never before seen a fake pipe-bomb in a passenger's luggage. Further, I suspect the judge at trial pressed the TSA to let it ride as a favor to him.

February 9, 2015 at 10:34 PM
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Hardly a good catch.

TSA did not find a fake "Pipe Bomb" in incident TSA wrote about.

There is nothing illegal or prohibited by a traveler using a section of a PVC pipe to safely contain small sensitive electronics.

Your last statement that a judge put pressure on TSA "to let it ride" is ludicrous. A judge didn't get involved until the case went to trial where the traveler was found innocent of all charges after the TSA Supervisor perjured himself during testimony.

This particular incident shows the true character of TSA from top to bottom. A TSA Supervisor lodged a false complaint against a traveler, went on to give false testimony in a court of law, and TSA Management has done nothing other than to further attack the traveler.

Nothing has been done by TSA to address the fact that no acceptable level of ethical behavior is being met, not by the individual screener or the agency.

Of course with the current TSA Acting Administrator lack of ethical behavior is not surprising.

RB said...

Just curious what the official postition on TSA is on restoring a passengers searched baggage is.

Apparently TSA spokesman Nico Melendez doesn't feel that TSA screeners should properly repack a bag after an inspection:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/02/03/tsa-making-changes-on-how-it-searches-luggage-with-tsa-cares-program-transportation-security-administration-special-circumstances-assistance/

“Their instructions are to screen a bag to make sure there aren’t any explosives in it,” Melendez said. “If you want us to take the time and re-pack it properly and re-stow it, your bag probably isn’t going to make the aircraft.”

So is it TSA policy to not properly repack a bag after TSA opens that bag?

It would certainly be my opinion that TSA has at a minimum the responsibility to endure a travelers bags are repacked with care after being opened by TSA.

And TSA can't figure out why the public places so little trust in TSA.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't a fake pipe bomb. It was a carrying case for a watch and power bars.

When will the TSA admit and apologize for abusing another American citizen?

Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team) said...


Susan Richart Said: Really, Bob, you expect us to believe that you removed the alleged PVC capped pipe from the gentleman's bag and then photographed it next to an actual pipe bomb? You've reached a new low in trying to prove the TSA's worth. screen shot/DHS OIG statement

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Susan, Actually, I didn't expect you to believe that. They are two photos taken at different times and places, and put together here for comparison’s sake.

Bob

RB said...

Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team) said...Susan Richart Said: Really, Bob, you expect us to believe that you removed the alleged PVC capped pipe from the gentleman's bag and then photographed it next to an actual pipe bomb? You've reached a new low in trying to prove the TSA's worth. screen shot/DHS OIG statement---------------------------Susan,

Actually, I didn't expect you to believe that. They are two photos taken at different times and places, and put together here for comparison’s sake.
 Bob
February 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM
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Wow, Bobbie speaks. The only post approved today out of how many submitted? Did Bobbie get his feelings hurt?

Susan Richart said...

Had you not censored one of my comments, Bob, you would have noticed that I realized, days ago, they were two different pictures and admitted so.

I own up to my mistakes, unlike some others who post here.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Why was Susan's follow up comment where she noted her mistake deleted instead of posted? Who on the blotter team wanted Susan to look bad for whatever personal vendetta he or she had going?

Anonymous said...

Susan said, "I own up to my mistakes, unlike some others who post here."

Everything you and RB say is a mistake. Please go away.

Susan Richart said...

"Of course with the current TSA Acting Administrator lack of ethical behavior is not surprising."

For those who don't know, the current TSA Acting Administrator admitted to destroying some hard disks before he left a prior job as head of the Indiana State Police and he paid a fine. He and his cousin, also an Indiana State trooper, were being investigated for the improper transfer of funds.

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Susan Richart said...

"Everything you and RB say is a mistake. Please go away."

I will not go away, never. If you don't like what I write about, you don't have to read it. Nothing you or any of the other TSA supporters here have anything to offer that cannot be validly disputed.

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Susan Richart said...

"Why was Susan's follow up comment where she noted her mistake deleted instead of posted?"

It was censored because I mentioned the name of the lying TSA Supervisor. Another post that mentioned his name was deleted after it was initially approved for publication.

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Anonymous said...

The disturbing part of this that wasn't talked about in the blog post was that the TSA supervisor told enough of a story to the police to get this passenger arrested. The court documents and video showed that this passenger acted calmly and completely different than how the TSA supervisor said he acted. The fact that the judge dismissed the charges after only a few minutes of the TSA supervisor's testimony shows that these charges were bogus.

The scary thing is that this could happen to any of us. You could give a harmless answer to a question and if the TSA doesn't like it or thinks you are disrespecting them, they can tell the police you said something threatening and get you arrested.

Maybe it is time for the TSA employees to wear body cameras. Then we can be sure of what happens in cases like this. Fortunately the checkpoint videotape was still available in this case.

RB said...

Everything you and RB say is a mistake. Please go away.

February 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

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No one is forcing you to read or comment on what I post or anyone .

You do have the choice to skip right over things you don't wish to read.

Using your free choice must to be very hard for TSA clerks.

RB said...

Susan Richart said...
"Why was Susan's follow up comment where she noted her mistake deleted instead of posted?"

It was censored because I mentioned the name of the lying TSA Supervisor. Another post that mentioned his name was deleted after it was initially approved for publication.

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February 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM
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Isn't it odd that TSA only censors some peoples comments?

I too, posted a comment that only quoted a news article and was never posted. It did state names, but only as quotes,and since those names are already in the press why should the TSA Censors object?

It seems TSA is willing to violate the highest law in the land to try to hide wrong doing by its employees.

And we should trust TSA?

Anonymous said...

West, is the Anonymous who is telling RB & Susan to "go away" commenting from a government IP address?

Anonymous - are you a government employee or a family member/friend of a government employee?

Government suppression of citizen speech is literally unconstitutional.

Francis said...

What member of the TSA Blog Team wrote this post?

Puddintane said...

You've not posted any further comments to this thread? Why not? I know that more were made. How many did you censor?

Susan Richart said...

"Francis said...

What member of the TSA Blog Team wrote this post?"

Someone who was afraid to sign his or her name to it, perhaps because this post is ethically untenable?

Anonymous said...

"Our officers work relentlessly each and every day to stop commercial airplanes from being turned into weapons used against us and our way of life."

Please stop - your screeners are NOT officers and they don't do anything that couldn't be done better through other means.

Anonymous said...

Bobby:

Nobody cares NEARLY as much about the passenger's arrest as they do about the PERJURY that was obviously committed by the TSA supervisor.

Would you care to comment on the fact that a TSA supervisor felt that it was okay to lie in open court about the events of that day-- WHILE REPRESENTING THE TSA? Or is it TSA policy that perjuring oneself while making false accusations against an innocent person in a fit if pique is totally acceptable behavior?

It's one or the other, Bobby: the supervisor lied in court AND in sworn statements. The tapes PROVE it irrefutably. Does the TSA condone perjury by its supervisors, YES OR NO?

If NO, why has this supervisor not been disciplined?

If YES, why does the TSA feel that it is above the law?

Further, why does the TSA blog team feel it necessary to repeat the accusations of a KNOWN LIAR as some sort of gospel truth? Repeating a known lie is the same as telling it anew.

We're waiting for an answer, Bobby.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Our officers work relentlessly each and every day to stop commercial airplanes from being turned into weapons used against us and our way of life."

Please stop - your screeners are NOT officers and they don't do anything that couldn't be done better through other means.

February 15, 2015 at 12:38 PM

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Two things have stopped planes from being used as weapons.
1: Hardened and locked cockpit doors.
2: Passengers refusing to cooperate with hijackers (See United Flight 93).

I think we could go back to pre-9/11 security along with those changes and be just as safe.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"I think we could go back to pre-9/11 security along with those changes and be just as safe."

Safer, actually. Pre-9/11 security had a lower failure rate.

CleanUp PHL said...

IsTSA supervising screener [NAME REDACTED] of PHL is still employed by the TSA?

Online Liquor Store said...

They simply put the two photos together to illustrate the similarities. And You are doing your job TSA why are you asking gold star for it? No disrespect. Peace.

Redefine IT said...

You did fine job TSA. No need to prove your worth. Thumps up!

Anonymous said...

"You did fine job TSA."

Committing perjury and having an innocent person who was carrying nothing dangerous arrested is a "fine job"?

Anonymous said...

RB, "Using your free choice must to be very hard for TSA clerks."

How old are you? Calling Officers "clerks" is your weak attempt at insult. Grow up if you want to be taken serious.

Anonymous said...

"Government suppression of citizen speech is literally unconstitutional."

And you graduated from which accredited law school?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Redefine IT said...
You did fine job TSA. No need to prove your worth. Thumps up!

I don't know the TSA's worth, but I do know the TSA's cost..... 7.9 Billion dollars for Fiscal Year 2015.

Susan Richart said...

"Calling Officers "clerks"....

You are not officers, you are mere screeners.

Do you know the history of the faux title (along with the faux badge and faux uniform) of "officer" for TSA screeners?

"For the first four years of its existence, the TSA did not call its screeners “officers,” nor did it dress them as such.

But in 2005, in an effort to professionalize the force and boost morale, the TSA reclassified screeners as “transportation security officers.” In 2007, the agency issued screeners uniforms with blue shirts, and the following year, it replaced the embroidered logos with metal badges.

The result, critics say, is a work force of more than 45,000 people who hold the job of “officer” in name only."

It's pure smoke and mirrors.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

RB said...

Anonymous said...

RB, "Using your free choice must to be very hard for TSA clerks."

"How old are you? Calling Officers "clerks" is your weak attempt at insult. Grow up if you want to be taken serious.February 17, 2015 at 6:54 PM"

Old enough to know that regardless of what TSA titles its employees they darn sure aren't officers. That title is reserved for people of character.