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‘Guns Up’ Salute by Texas Tech Student Draws Unwanted Attention of TSA

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas Tech University sophomore got caught up in school spirit and made the “guns up” salute with her hands at an airport.

The 19-year-old’s Red Raider pride wasn’t shared by the TSA at Houston’s Hobby Airport, where she was pulled out of the security line and asked to show her ID to TSA ages agents, the Houston Chronicle reports

After a quick tongue-lashing, the Houston woman was able to make her flight.

“I’ve never dealt with a situation like that before,” she told the Chronicle. “I am so very fortunate it was not worse, though. They let me off with a warning, and I made my plane on time. I know that for others the situation could have been much more serious. I feel very fortunate. The TSA officers know I meant no harm; by the end of it I think they were kinda laughing too!”

Appeals Court Dismisses Case Against Ill-Tempered TSA Supervisor

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA screeners at airport security checkpoints have such an important job that they cannot always be sued for failing to behave properly, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday.

The court tossed a First Amendment claim by a passenger who said he was arrested merely for asking to lodge a complaint against an ill-tempered TSA supervisor, Reuters reports

“We, of course, do not suggest that TSA screeners should act with disdain for passenger rights or that they can escape all the consequences of their bad behavior,” Circuit Judge Kent Jordan wrote for a three-judge panel.

“Ultimately, the role of the TSA in securing public safety is so significant that we ought not create a damages remedy in this context,” Jordan added. “The dangers associated with aircraft security are real and of high consequence.”

Reuters wrote:

Airport security screening can be stressful. The decision was issued four weeks after the TSA announced tighter screening of electronic carry-on items, because of concern they could be used to conceal explosives.

Vanderklok said he was flying on Jan. 26, 2013 to Miami from Philadelphia International Airport to run a half-marathon when TSA personnel subjected his carry-on bag to extra screening, after x-rays showed a heart-monitoring watch stored in PVC pipe.

The TSA supervisor, Charles Kieser, said he summoned police after Vanderklok made a bomb threat.

Vanderklok denied doing so, and said Kieser retaliated for his having requested a complaint form to report the supervisor’s “rude” and “aggressive” behavior.

Prosecutors charged Vanderklok, a father of three then in his mid-50s, with threatening to place a bomb and making terroristic threats. He was acquitted after Kieser’s testimony did not match airport surveillance video.

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Former Special Agent in Charge of Oregon Office Lands New Job

Greg Bretzing

Greg Bretzing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Oregon office, Greg Bretzing, wasted no time finding a new job after retiring after 22 years with the FBI.

Willamette Week reports that Bretzing is the new director of global security and special projects for the Lake Oswego-based Greenbrier Companies. 

At Bretzing’s new job, he will involve overseeing security at the barge and railcar manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Brazil.

“We are fortunate to have a seasoned individual of Greg’s caliber join the Greenbrier team,” Furman said in a statement. “As a proven leader in the security field, he is a valuable addition to our team as we continue to execute on our international strategy and expand our geographic footprint.”

President Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze Could Hurt TSA

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump has pledged to make airports and planes safer, but his federal hiring freeze could impact TSA’s ability to adequately staff airport security lines.

“It’s our understanding that there is a hiring freeze for TSA and other departments inside of Homeland Security,” J. David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, The Hill reports. 

Trump signed an order last week freezing the hiring of federal employees, except for military personnel.

“I think some type of correspondence should go out to the administration in terms of maybe looking at that freeze in this area,” said Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) “Making sure that the traveling public is safe should not be something that’s curtailed. I really think that’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Cox said the TSA has lots a lot of security officers.

The TSA still has “5,000 less transportation security officers today than… several years ago,” Cox said. “So we have less people doing more screening. That 5,000 that’s been lost needs to be returned.”

Restaurant Goers Patted Down, Scanned Because Trump Was Eating Inside

 21 Club in New York City.

21 Club in New York City.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customers waiting to get into a restaurant in New York City were searched because Donald Trump and his family were eating inside.

While the president-elect dined at 21 Club on Monday night with Melania, Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, police and the Secret Service patted down customers and checked them with a metal-detecting wand, TMZ reports, showing videos from outraged customers. 

The videos show hungry customers facing intense security just to eat.

Trump has drawn the ire of New Yorkers because of traffic snarls outside of Trump Tower.

Secret Service to Boost Security Around Trump Tower Amid Protests

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service ad NYPD are boosting security around Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives, because of protests targeting the building.

The tower all is expected to be the president-elect’s base of operations to prepare for his transition to the White House, NBC New York reports. 

NYPD said the department is “assisting the Secret Service with security measures for the President-elect.”

The Secret Service also will handle Trump’s personal security.

The extra security is intended to help with crowd control as protests continue to break out in New York.

Ex-Secret Service Agents Give Kim Kardashian Protection Worthy of a President

Kim Kardashian, via Wikipedia

Kim Kardashian, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former members of the Secret Service are protecting reality star Kim Kardashian after she was robbed in Paris, a source told TMZ. 

Kardashian isn’t playing around after she was tied up and gagged at her Paris residence.

Former members of the Secret Service will join her security team, and they will be armed. She also will be transported in an “armored” car.

TMZ also reports that she met with former CIA agents and special force members of the Israeli army.

Kardashian also is planning to hire security for her daughters, but it’s unclear whether former Secret Service agents will be part of that detail.

Ex-CIA Official to Lead New National Background Investigations Bureau

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new National Background Investigations Bureau will be led by the CIA’s former security director.

Charles Phalen Jr., who was working in the private sector after 30 years as a government employee, will start next week as the new bureau’s first director.

The NBIB was established last year to handle the massive government data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, the Associated Press reports. 

Phalen brings a lot of experience. He worked at the FBI and CIA.

The AP wrote:

The break-in at the OPM exposed security clearances, background checks and fingerprint records of more than 21 million current, former and prospective federal employees. That intrusion was widely blamed on China and led to the resignation of the OPM director and drew outrage over changing explanations about the severity of the hack.

The bureau will be part of OPM, but the Defense Department will design and operate the computer system that houses and processes people’s personal information.

Beth Cobert, acting director of OPM, told reporters that the bureau also is working to reduce the time it takes to investigate and issue or deny security clearances. Currently, it takes an average of 170 days to investigate a top-security clearance request, far exceeding the goal of 80 days, she said.

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