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November 1, 2013 - 3:55 pm

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation said today’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport just proves the need for a federal Transportation Security Administration.

“My thoughts go out to the victims of today’s shooting at LAX. It’s heartbreaking every time a shooting occurs and today’s horrible event reminds us that aviation security extends all the way from the gates to the skies,” Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement.

One TSA agent was killed and two more shot in LAX’s Terminal 3 by a gunman who pulled a weapon out of his bag at the first checkpoint where ID and boarding pass are checked. After the shootings at the TSA screening checkpoint the suspect made it deep into the terminal before being shot by an LAPD officer.

“TSA agents are at the front lines of protecting our nation and they deserve our support in carrying out risky and sensitive jobs,” Rockefeller said. “While some in Congress believe that privatizing our aviation security workforce would be preferable, these brave men and women are proving that the federal TSA agents are highly capable and ready to protect passengers every step of the way.”

The party platform at the last Republican National Convention called for privatizing security, calling the TSA “a massive bureaucracy of 65,000 employees who seem to be accountable to no one for the way they treat travelers.” Congressional efforts to privatize airport security have included bills from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said it was a day to be grateful for the job performed by the TSA, noting the slain employee’s “life was dedicated to the safety of Americans and visitors traveling through our airports.”

“Through this tragedy, we are reminded of the critical mission of TSA in protecting our freedom to securely travel, and all those who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Carper said.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"We can get it right.......if we really want to do it."

And that's the rub. Our politicians' focus isn't on solving problems, but exploiting them -- hence security theater, followed by shutdown theater, and of course election theater.
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Highly capable? The shooter made it past them.

That's the kind of moronic statement I'd expect from Joe Biden.
38 weeks ago
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"the federal TSA agents are highly capable and ready to protect passengers every step of the way"

It is tragic that lives were lost. But LAPD shot the perp. The implication that without TSA there would be no security is silly. And how does this incident show that government-provided security is preferable? I must be quite dull-witted.
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my best friend's aunt makes $77 hourly on the internet. She has been without work for eight months but last month her check was $15175 just working on the internet for a few hours. ....>>>>>>>> http://xurl.es/g7gox
37 weeks ago
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What this really shows is that good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. If more good guys had guns, fewer bad guys would be able to hurt fewer people.
37 weeks ago
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Well, one, from the looks of it, the guy was really irritated by the government, at least as manifested at LAX: perhaps he had some prior bad strip search incidents trying to fly the friendly skies? Two, apparently he wanted to commit suicide by cop: unfortunately, LAX had removed armed cops from the immediate security stations several months ago, so he had to go looking for some armed cops to kill him. Those civilian no weapon zones can be problematic for the suicidal.
38 weeks ago
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Wow, now THAT is tortured logic. Yeah, TSA agents are highly capable....Sure - highly capable of feeling you up, or x-raying your junk or stealing from your baggage. Not much else.
38 weeks ago
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Call El Al, ( keep them on speed dial ) and obtain their format. Flew to Tel Aviv a couple of times, never had to take off my shoes, did not have to submit to a pat down, but was questioned even before I got to the checkout counter. They profile ( not by race but by actions ) and use their top notch internal security people to monitor passengers. Yes, I 've heard all the stuff about "how much smaller their country is than ours and how different it is here." Yes but that also means we have a much larger pool of people to recruit from. We can get it right.......if we really want to do it.
38 weeks ago
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"We can get it right.......if we really want to do it."

And that's the rub. Our politicians' focus isn't on solving problems, but exploiting them -- hence security theater, followed by shutdown theater, and of course election theater.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Highly capable? The shooter made it past them.

That's the kind of moronic statement I'd expect from Joe Biden.
38 weeks ago
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They hire welfare moms and expect them to take on terrorists.
Privatize EVERYTHING!!!!!
Anything you find doesn't need to be privatized, get rid of it. We don't need it anyway.
Just don't give the contracts to Barack's friends.
38 weeks ago
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Wow imagine if people were armed and could have taken this man out before he killed another, and the simple truth, when your life hangs in the balance, 911 response is minutes away.


And think about it, does a criminal worry about being shot when he ventures into a gun free zone. HAHAHAHHA. not.
38 weeks ago
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"the federal TSA agents are highly capable and ready to protect passengers every step of the way"

It is tragic that lives were lost. But LAPD shot the perp. The implication that without TSA there would be no security is silly. And how does this incident show that government-provided security is preferable? I must be quite dull-witted.
38 weeks ago
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My thoughts exactly. TSA if anything ALLOWED this dude further terminal access.

Spiking the TSA football in this f-up is asinine.
38 weeks ago
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Thousands Standing Around is street theater. Bad street theater.
Just another form of welfare to people who are too lazy and stupid to work.
38 weeks ago
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I get his point because the Government security was so successful in keeping this from happening.

Do these idiots ever consider how stupid they sound and that maybe not every freaking tragedy is a moment for political gain? Sickening
38 weeks ago
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'“TSA agents are at the front lines of protecting our nation and they deserve our support in carrying out risky and sensitive jobs,” Rockefeller said.'
I saw a CNN "reporter" [I was slumming] make this exact same statement to Blitzer.

You see, fellow PJMers, this is a war and the government placed unarmed, plain folks in the front lines at the airport. Their bravery is almost unique, except for teachers, night convenience and liquor store workers, school bus drivers, and a whole lot of other plain folks who are on different, but if history is correct, even more dangerous front lines.
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