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Should TSA Fire Staffers After 11 Passengers Weren’t Screened at JFK Airport?

1024px-welcome_john_f-_kennedy_international_airport_signBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eleven passengers managed to get past a checking point at JFK Airport without being screened last week, prompting outrage from law enforcement.

Although three of those passengers set off a metal-detector alarm, they were able to walk on without the TSA alerting Port Authority police for two hours.

In a statement, the TSA wrote, “Once our review is complete, TSA will discipline and retrain employees.”

The TSA pledged to take “appropriate action” against the responsible workers.

In an editorial last week, the New York Post called for the termination of the employees involved. 

Retraining. Appropriate action. How about fired? Sorry, no: TSA staff are a protected branch of the American Federation of Government Employees, one with the hilarious motto: “Stronger Union, Safer Skies.”

Private-sector workers who mess up so badly as to put lives in jeopardy would be gone in a heartbeat. Heck, they’d be fired for far less serious breaches.

Somewhere along the road to making America great again, Mr. President, how about privatizing the damn TSA to end all the maddening “security theater?”

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DEA Agent’s Gun Fires As Suspect Tries to Wrestle a Gun from Him

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ticklethewire.com

It was a tense moment for a DEA agent who was trying to arrest a drug suspect.

The suspect tried to remove a gun from the agent, causing the weapon to fire as the suspect and a female suspect fled in a hotel parking lot near JFK Airport on Tuesday, the New York Post reports. 

A witness saw the incident unfold and initially thought the agent was the aggressor as the female suspect screamed.

“He was running after her and she was running back towards the Hampton Inn parking lot. He jumped and tackled her here behind the car, like a football tackle,” said Tyesha Davis, 29.

“I ran over and started hitting him, saying, ‘Get off her!’ He reached in his shirt and pulled out a badge and said, ‘Stop, I’m a DEA officer.’”

“I asked, ‘Who is she?’ and he said, ‘She’s a drug trafficker, I’m making an arrest,’” Davis continued.

The man who tried to wrestle the gun away from the agent was still at large Tuesday night.

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FBI May Have Cracked Case of Pre-Dawn Robbery Immortalized by ‘Goodfellas’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 1978 robbery depicted in the movie “Goodfellas” was inspired by real life events at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CNN reports a major break in that case, in which suspected organized crime associates were murdered and more than $6 million in cash and jewelry stolen.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested suspected Bonanno mob captain Vincent Asaro, 78, on charges that he participated in the robbery. Four other alleged members of Bonanno were also arrested.

“As alleged, Vincent Asaro devoted his adult life to the Bonanno crime family, with a criminal career that spanned decades,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement. “Far from a code of honor, theirs was a code of violence and brute force. Those suspected of cooperating with law enforcement paid with their lives.”

Only one person – an airline employee – was previously convicted in the robbery case.

 

TSA Agents Sent to Jail for Swiping Cash from Passenger’s Bag

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Two TSA officers based out of John F. Kennedy Airport in New York are trading their jobs for jail sentences, reports the Mail Online.

Coumar Pesad, 44, and Davon Webb, 31, admitted to stealing $40,000 in cash from a single checked bag, the paper reports. Persad saw money in the bag as it passed through a scanning device. He marked the bag with a piece of tape and phoned Webb, at the baggage belt area, to warn him about the bag. Webb grabbed it from the belt and the two later met in a bathroom to divide the cash.

Both were sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation.

No word on what a passenger was doing traveling with $40,000 in cash or whether that is under investigation.

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Guyanese National Gets 15 Years in Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Guyanese national was sentenced Thursday in Brooklyn federal court to 15 years in prison for his role in an international plot to blow up fuel lines and fuel tanks under JFK Airport in Queens, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities charged that that Abdel Nur provided material support to the plot by trying to locate al Qaeda explosives expert Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah, and by introducing the plotters and presenting the plot to Yasin Abu Bakr, the notorious leader of the Trinidadian militant group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, who had been involved in terrorist attacks aimed at overthrowing the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

On June 29, he pleaded guilty.

Subsequently, a federal jury convicted Abdul Kadir and Russell Defreitas in the plot. In December, Kadir was sentenced to life in prison. Defreitas is set to be sentenced on Feb. 17.  A fourth person charged in the plot, Kareem Ibrahim, still faces trial.

Authorities say the plotters hoped the explosion and damage would dwarf the 9/11 attack.

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Probe Into NJ Jihadists Started With Tip on FBI Website

new-jerseyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had been tracking two suspected New Jersey jihadists since 2006 after getting a tip on its website, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

“Every time they access the internet, all they look for is all those terrorist videos about the Islam holly war and where they kill U.S. soldiers and other terrible things …,” the tip said. “They keep saying that Americans are their enemies, that everybody other than Islamic followers are their enemies, and they all must be killed.”

Earlier this month, the two men Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested at JFK Airport on charges of being jihadists who were going to Somalia to join up with a radical group and kill American soldiers.

The paper reported that in 2006 and 2007  “there was a serious debate inside the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness about the seriousness of the threat posed by the two young men, according to those interviewed for this story.”

Then authorities learned the men had taken a trip to Jordan in 2007, the paper reported.

“We were trying to figure out was it serious or was it just rhetoric. Some of us were saying they thought these guys were just talk. But they had already taken a trip,” a law enforcement source told the Star-Ledger. “We heard about that after the fact. That was what really got the Bureau’s attention.”

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FBI Surveillance of NY Bomb Suspect Broke Down

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI surveillance of the Times Square car bomber broke down, allowing the suspect to spend more than three hours at JFK airport unwatched Monday while he waited to board a plane to Dubai, with the ultimate destination being Pakistan, Newsweek is reporting.

Newsweek reported that Faisal Shahzad arrived at JFK at at 7:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, authorities placed Shahzad on the “no fly list”. But Newsweek reported that because the name did not quickly appear on the reservation computer lists, he was able to board the plane.

Authorities said Tuesday that Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Bureau officers caught the oversight and the plane was called back to the gate before it could take off.

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