Thanks to the Atlantic and The Conservative Treehouse for bringing this to our attention.
The Treehouse describes the situation well:
A Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meet Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie,” who told his bosses at the DHS that his anti-white, anti-gay site, “War is on the Horizon,” was just an entertainment site that sells concert and lecture videos.
You see, DHS employees, even those with office jobs like Kimathi’s, have to get outside activities approved by their supervisors, according to the SPLC. Kimathi’s former supervisor told the watchdog group, which tracks hate speech and groups in the U.S., that despite her former employee’s banal description of his extracurricular activities, the actual content of the site left her “stunned.” She continued: “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me.” She added that had Kimathi’s site been accurately described to the agency, there’s no way the DHS would have signed off on it. Possibly to keep his bosses from looking up his work, Kimathi used only the site’s acronym, WOH, in his permission request. In addition to his involvement in the purchase of ICE supplies, Kimathi also had a public profile for the agency, speaking at vendor events. As “Irritated Genie,” Kimathi also has a public profile as a black supremacist advocate.
So when the TSA attacks citizens and passengers, it may not be just to steal their money or take their iPads, it could be a way for radical DHS and TSA employees to raise money for their plans to overthrow our government.
You’d think this was just some right-wing fear mongering, but these reports come from the left-leaning Atlantic, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday about what a terrible job the TSA is doing.
Titled “TSA Could Strengthen Monitoring of Allegations of Employee Misconduct” the report says:
According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee misconduct data that GAO analyzed, TSA investigated and adjudicated approximately 9,600 cases of employee misconduct from fiscal years 2010 through 2012. From fiscal years 2010 through 2012, the annual number of TSA misconduct cases increased from 2,691 to 3,408. In that same period, TSA’s workforce of Office of Security Operations employees at the airport level grew by about 3,200 employees. Two offense categories accounted for about half of all cases–(1) attendance and leave, which accounted for 32 percent, and (2) screening and security, which accounted for 20 percent. Charges for screening and security related incidents pertain to violating standard operating procedures, including not conducting security or equipment checks, and allowing patrons or baggage to bypass screening. TSA’s guidance delineates common employee charges, along with a suggested range of penalties. Forty-seven percent of the cases that GAO analyzed resulted in letters of reprimand, which describe unacceptable conduct that is the basis for a disciplinary action; 31 percent resulted in suspensions of a definite duration; and 17 percent resulted in the employee’s removal from TSA. The remaining cases covered a variety of outcomes, including indefinite suspensions.
So when they’re not stealing our iPads, TSA employees simply don’t do their jobs. And we keep paying for them.
CNN Travel Reports:
[S]o it shouldn’t come as any surprise that a new Government Accountability Office report, citing a 26% increase in misconduct among TSA employees between 2010 and 2012, is striking a nerve with some travelers who’ve had to endure the shoeless, beltless shuffle on the trip through security.
“Whenever you get an organization that has to be there, sometimes it just starts to take on a weight of its own,” traveler Chris Simon said Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport. “So maybe it’s just not being managed.”
Former TSA employee Larry Kobielnik apparently used his shiny badge to lure an unsuspecting woman into his trap. Then he proceeded to rape her as he held her hostage.
FOX Tampa Bay reports:
“On Friday morning at approximately 2:30 in the morning the victim was walking in the area of Gulf to Bay and Highland Ave. in Clearwater,” said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Cristen Rensel. “The suspect approached her in his vehicle asked her if she needed a ride.”
Investigators say the victim got in the car but asked Kobielnik to stop so she could get out.
They say he refused and then took it a step further.
“He then showed her a badge and a gun and advised that she was under arrest,” said Rensel. “He continued driving to a house in Dunedin where he sexually battered her.
Read more at Fox Tampa Bay‘s Website.
In addition to working at the TSA, Mr. Kobielnik is a former police officer. The TSA gladly hires the police’s rejects.
In reponse, the TSA released a statement, saying
“TSA holds its employees to the highest standards of conduct. This alleged violent crime is egregious and intolerable. TSA is cooperating fully with investigating authorities.
TSA Officers who can’t make enough extra income stealing cash from passengers or selling their iPads on Craigslist often turn to drug dealing.
A former Transportation Security Administration officer accused of being a drug dealer on the side pleaded guilty, as charged, Thursday morning to multiple counts of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.
Last month’s arrest of Todd Stoddard, 29, of Cheektowaga, was spurred by a tip that he was selling cocaine near a Town of Tonawanda bar, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
During the course of the investigation, Stoddard sold powder cocaine to an undercover sheriff’s deputy in the parking lot of that Sheridan Drive bar, the district attorney said.
Read the whole story in the Buffalo News.
It’s not just the two-legged TSA Officers who attack passengers. A 4-legged TSA Officer, employed as a drug-sniffing dog, bit a passenger in the stomach for no apparent reason.
NBC 11 Atlanta is reporting the story about the Rome, Georgia, woman:
A Rome woman is still recovering after being bitten in the side by a TSA bomb-sniffing dog.
The incident happened on May 2nd in the south terminal baggage claim carousel at Hartsfield-Jackson airport.
Sue Dubitsky told 11Alive News she was standing in the baggage claim area and noticed the K-9 officer and handler standing beside her. She said she was barely paying them any attention when the dog suddenly lunged and bit her in the lower stomach.
We can only speculate as to what kind of abuse or mistreatment the TSA subjects its canine officers to for them to lash out like this. Typically, bomb-sniffing dogs are trained to quietly sit down next to the offending item.
The victim said she wanted to speak out to keep this from happening to someone else.
“Can you imagine that [dog's mouth] around a child’s neck?” she said. “And that, the height of my waistline, could easily be a child.”
TSA provides and trains bomb-sniffing dogs for airport security. The dogs are handled by local law enforcement. In this case, the handler was an Atlanta Police officer.
Atlanta Police and the TSA are investigating the incident.
In the meantime, be careful around any TSA agent, whether or not they have 4 legs and a tail!
The Strad reports:
A rare Heinrich Knopf bow belonging to Alban Gerhardt was damaged by security officers as he entered the US. In what the cellist called ‘an act of brutal and careless behaviour’, the bow [...] was snapped in two, over the bridge of the cello, by air security staff at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, as they examined the case’s contents.
According to Gerhardt, ‘The bow must have somehow moved halfway out of its cover (the tip was still in the cover), and when it was halfway out, [Transportation Security Administration workers] forced the case shut and the bow broke.’ The incident occurred on 6 February, a day before Gerhardt was due to perform Prokofiev’s Symphony–Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin.
Gerhardt had also brought a Baroque bow in the case, for a subsequent concert in New York, but for the Prokofiev he was obliged to borrow a bow from Uri Vardi, a cellist and teacher at the University of Wisconsin School of Music.
The TSA broke a baroque bow.