A serious trust issue

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The "T" in TSA doesn't stand for "Trust." But it might as well.

If we can't trust the Transportation Security Administration or its chief, how can we trust the agency to keep us safe in the air?

Matt Lauer of the Today show seemed to be miffed at South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint this week for singlehandedly holding up confirmation of President Obama's nominee to head the TSA, Errol Southers. Referring to the Christmas Day attempted airliner bombing in Detroit, Lauer pointedly asked DeMint, "In light of Flight 253, are you still gonna hold out on that nomination, or are you maybe gonna come around?"

So in Lauer's world, we're supposed to drop all questions about the nominee because of the Christmas Day attack and just blindly "come around."

Never mind the fact that the Democrat-led Senate didn't try to confirm Southers prior to Christmas. Or that Obama waited eight months to nominate him.

But now DeMint is the problem? Yeah, right.

Nor does it bother Lauer at all that Southers won't answer simple questions about whether he'll support unionization of airport security screeners -- a very significant concern. Many of us believe the inflexible union mentality would make us less safe in such a setting. As Americans for Limited Government notes, unionization of security screeners "weakens security and has already been rejected by the CIA, the FBI, the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, and by every previous TSA administrator."

Yet, Southers won't say what he'll do. Odd.

Moreover, as The Washington Post has reported, "The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws ... ."

As reported by Web site polijam.com, Southers, a then-FBI agent, "reportedly used his office in the 1980s to access a federal database in order to look into the background of his then-estranged wife's new boyfriend. In a sworn affidavit on Oct. 22, Southers gave certain details about the incident to the Senate homeland security committee, only to later notify the committee on Nov. 20 that his first account was incorrect after the committee had already approved his nomination the day before on Nov. 19."

So, he's fudging the facts to Congress even before he's confirmed. But we're just supposed to come around.

Doesn't exactly put the "Trust" in TSA, does it?

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HughDonnet
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HughDonnet 01/08/10 - 04:55 am
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He is just another in the

He is just another in the litany of poor choices Obama (PBUH) has made for his administration.

GGpap
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GGpap 01/08/10 - 04:59 am
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What should surprise many is

What should surprise many is that Obama hasn't appointed Sothers by executive order while Congress is not in session; I recall that his predecessor did that once for the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. (I believe that was the position; just too lazy to look it up). Perhaps (crossing my fingers) this president really believes in allowing Congress to do its job rather than overruling it while they are out of town. Refreshing thought! GGpap

HughDonnet
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HughDonnet 01/08/10 - 05:03 am
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Hey "too lazy", enjoy living

Hey "too lazy", enjoy living in your fog of blissful ignorance. The appointee you are trying to recall was John Bolton. Here is a bit of background to reawaken your brain cell. "John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948), is an American conservative political figure who has been employed in several Republican presidential administrations. He worked as the interim Permanent US Representative to the UN from August 2005 until December 2006 on a recess appointment. He resigned in December 2006 when his recess appointment would have ended because he was unable to gain confirmation from the Senate."

GGpap
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GGpap 01/08/10 - 05:26 am
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Thanks Hugh, I thought

Thanks Hugh, I thought someone out there would do the work for me; that way I can remain "blissfully ignorant" and a peace with the world for a long time---snas ulcers! GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 01/08/10 - 05:27 am
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OOPS! correction: sans!

OOPS! correction: sans!

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Riverman1 01/08/10 - 05:43 am
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Lauer is trying to blame the

Lauer is trying to blame the attempted attack on Jim DeMint. Michael Leiter, the guy charged with integrating terrorist threat information went skiing. Has NBC completely lost it?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/08/10 - 07:08 am
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Congress is controlled by a

Congress is controlled by a filibuster proof majority. Only a lack of Dem support is holding up anything. Any other perspective is typical left wing hot air.

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grouse 01/08/10 - 08:36 am
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What a crock. Unionization,
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What a crock. Unionization, if it happens, will have nothing to do with safety. DeMint admits to holding up the nomination. Just more Republican obstructionism.

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kulay294 01/08/10 - 09:04 am
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grouse, you obviously have

grouse, you obviously have never worked with unionized workers. Hell yes it will have something to do with safety.Here's why!! When a union worker gets ready to take a break or each lunch, guess what, that's what they do whether you like it or not. Also, when you get that worker who is sorry as the day is long, you can't fire them because the union says no. Yeah, I would say it has a lot to do with safety.

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dashiel 01/08/10 - 09:56 am
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DeMint wanted to go on a

DeMint wanted to go on a fact-finding trip to South America, but John Kerry wouldn't sign off on the travel expenses. What we have here is simple payback, one more infantile catfight. (What IS it about South America that these SC frauds find so irresistible?!)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/08/10 - 10:41 am
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Take away Nancy Pelosi's

Take away Nancy Pelosi's plane and giver her back her broom.

HollyHoly
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HollyHoly 01/08/10 - 11:00 am
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lmaool@3:59!!!

lmaool@3:59!!!

corgimom
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corgimom 01/08/10 - 11:03 am
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Dashiel, Blame it on Rio.

Dashiel, Blame it on Rio.

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