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Key security agencies lack permanent leaders

Published: Tue, December 29, 2009 @ 10:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off airplanes and out of the country have been without their top leaders for nearly a year.

It took the Obama administration more than eight months to nominate anyone to lead the Transportation Security Administration and the Customs and Border Protection agency.

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of U.S. security policies following the failed Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam. He vowed Monday to "do everything that we can to keep America safe."

The acting heads of the TSA and CBP - both created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks - will be at the forefront of these efforts.

Bogged down with health care reform, the Senate has yet to set a date to hold hearings for the Customs position. And Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has placed a hold on the president's choice to head the TSA over the senator's concern that the new leader would let TSA screeners join a labor union. This has some Democrats blaming politics for the vacancy.

Former U.S. attorney Alan Bersin is nominated to run CBP, and former FBI agent and police detective Erroll Southers is the president's pick for TSA.

On Christmas Day, alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian who spent time in Yemen, was able to sneak an explosive device aboard his flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, only to be thwarted by the device's apparent failure to work as designed, and aggressive action by other passengers.


1thepotstirrer(67 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

President Obama is taking his time to make the appropriate selection for these positions. With his extensive management experience, he wants to select the most qualified and knowledgable person for the job through due diligence. This is where those 'Community Organizing' skills come in handy. Organizing a local communtiy pickup basketball game is in a sense the same as choosing the head of a major department in the federal government. I am so glad he is our leader, plus I cannot wait to see the People Magazine pictures of his vacation!!

On another note, "...the new leader would let TSA screeners join a labor union."

I thought all federal government employees already belonged to a union. You cannot fire or discipline these hacks, they just stick around forever, bleeding the American Taxpayer dry. They have a 'gold-plated' health insurance plan and great pay. What in the hell would the TSA employees need a union for? Maybe, they were not pleased with the cuisine served at their holiday party!?!


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2Askmeificare(1170 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Quite frankly, I would do the job and I would fit right in with the obama puppet regime. My qualifications:

1984 to present:

Oil and tire pressure checker at the Shell Oil Company full service lane, McGuffey Plaza. My public relations efforts have kept many clientele extremely satisfied and I utilize strong collegiate skills for minimal debate and clientele awareness of recent additions and corporate improvements.

1980 to 1984:

Burger King parking lot attendant where I was responsible for enacting environmental policy and police action toward offenders of our liberal littering doctrine. Belmont Avenue.

1950 to 1980:

My parents basement, sanitation and custodial engineer. Responsibilities include pedestrian safety, organizing and labeling hazardous chemicals used primarily in the sanitation environment, engineering electrical wiring of public and private communication and sound systems.

References available upon request.


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3thepotstirrer(67 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

That is fantastic, but you are going to have some stiff competition from very seasoned veterans for these positions.

First for the TSA position, Chaz Sanders, is a viable candidate. He is the assistant regional director of shopping center security at Southern Park Mall. He has been profiling mall patrons for years, keeping the kiosks and stores safe for you and I to peacefully drive the Boardman economy. He also holds the World Guinness Book of Records for consuming the most free Chick-Fil-A free samples in one shift.

The Border Protection post is being pursued by Raul Finkel. He is the nighttime manager at the local Taco Bell. If there is anyone more qualified to run the 'Border' Protection agency than Raul, I would like to meet them. Plus, his brother is Ray Finkel, heralded former Miami Dolphins Kicker. "Laces Out" or Raul will kick you write back over the border!!

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