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TSA ‘Reaches’ Out at Paul Ryan Event

By Javier Manjarres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon arriving at Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s first Florida stop in The Villages, Florida, we could help but notice that alongside Secret Service and the local Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, were members of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checking people’s belongings. A big WTF is in order here.

We heard that the TSA was going to expand its ummm, ‘reach,’ but to assist in political campaigns is quite the jump in broadening their ‘transportation security horizons.’ I counted no less than (6) TSA agents alongside the usual uniformed Secret Service detail-not to be confused with the ‘Men In Black’ looking agents.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • seestraight

    Got to search all those golf carts for bombs.

    • SCB

      Just as Obama left vague what his “Hope and Change” was to his folks that just glossed over it and voted for the “D”, so too with all the “R’s” just gloss over everything and assume that Mitt will take care of the TSA-like issues. But he will not and nothing will change — at all.

  • D. wells

    Lots of Senior crotches to fondle I guess

    • http://twitter.com/obscura Obscura

      You win the Internet today!

  • Fisher1949

    What is this corrupt band of thugs doing at a gathering for Ryan? He is opposed to this corrupt agency and their perverse tactics.

    Too bad the attendees are law-abiding citizens, it would have been a good opportunity to rid America of a few criminals.

    Maybe they will show up in Chicago or Detroit and get a proper response.

    • James Turner

      I honestly don’t think Ryan cares. He’s just another self serving politician like most. If it really did offend him, he or his campaign would have told these TSA to take a hike. Did he? nope.

      • KansasGirl

        Who does the TSA take orders from James?

        • Dante

          No one.

      • SCB

        In 2001 and 2002 Ryan voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.
        In 2002 Ryan voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act that created the Department of Homeland Security.

        In 2005 Ryan supported the Real ID Act. That same year Ryan supported the re-authorization of the PATRIOT Act.

        You are correct, Ryan does not care and if truth be known is happy that the TSA is going to be on the streets as an extrajudicial army to protect the criminals like Ryan, Mitt, Bush, Clinton and Obama.

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  • Dave Kenny

    The Romney/Ryan campaign has a say in this
    and pay for security measures
    It is totally unacceptable to have the unionised
    TSA at events like this
    Republicians should use if needed private security
    operations

  • Jim

    Sounds to ,e like some TSA employees are tired of Obama too. Sounds like they took the opportunity to meet their next boss. this is a good thing.

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  • Ken

    Well Ryan voted for the NDAA and hr347, SS protected persons act, why shouldn’t the police states finest be there?

  • http://thecaptainsamerica.talkspot.com Matt Bruce

    And you’re SURPRISED? What was even more surprising was to hear they were getting paid Overtime, Time & a Half, to be there! Missed seeing you there but how could you find anybody in that crowd of 10,000+? It was a GREAT event!!!

  • http://SharkTank sonie

    Rubio also voted for NDAA, but the question is whether the additional bill which came along later was voted for. This addressed American’s rights. Too many lame bills in congress…5,000+ per year is a bit much!!

  • Jacqueline L

    Could this be a form of intimidation ordered by their bosses who answer to the BO administrations? Look at them – FAT AND UNSHAVEN.
    lIKE THE UN THE TSA IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A FAILED EXPERIMENT. Records show they miss more contraband than they stop and act, too often, like goon squads.
    Get out of the UN and get the UN out of the USA. Add the TSA to the many redundencies in the Dept of Ed that should be cut out! We could eliminate thousands of IRS positions with a revamping of the outdated and unreasonable tax codes we now suffer under.
    Ryan knows where the fat is and Romney knows how to eliminate it.

    • Aleph

      I hate that I have to say this, but in a time when our country’s unemployment is at it’s highest.. you want to eliminate government jobs? Exactly where are those people going to work, and how is depriving them of gainful employment going to help our economy in any way?

      Think more critically. We do not have a set of individual problems, we have a very large, multi-tiered system with a great many problems, some inherent and unfixable by definition. Each subsystem modified has a significant effect on all the others. Fixing things is a great deal more complicated than acting on poorly-reasoned talking points about ‘cutting back spending’ or ‘fire a bunch of people doing an important job, most of whom are individually not bad people’. The TSA serves a vital role, as an example; it however suffers from our government’s financial situation in that it cannot afford to train its employees better or hire more air marshals (as opposed to checkpoint guards). If you did away with the TSA entirely, air travel within and through the US would collapse entirely as confidence in the safety of such travel evaporated, destroying our airlines and crippling our economy even further.

      To be frank, the only way to fix the problems we have right now is a comprehensive increase of taxes, especially in the upper brackets, AS WELL as a very complicated and difficult restructuring of certain parts of the federal government. Military supply must overcome congressional parochialism and be centralized. The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency need to be integrated into a single, more efficient organism. Nuclear power and robotics need to be fostered, rather than shunned, because our technological advantage is our only advantage in an increasingly globalized world market. Hundreds of other issues, many local and many national, need to be addressed. No person or group of persons will be happy with all of those changes, and many will be unhappy with most of them. However, our country is now in a position of do or die, and as painful as it will be, doing will be better than dying.

      • mikeV

        The multi-tiered problem fix has an EASY starting point! Start cutting at the TOP, not the bottom. Make the leaders work harder and when the economy recovers, begin laying off government workers who can seek employment in the private sector to learn how real jobs work.

      • Davo

        I have to disagree with your comment “the only way to fix…” it’s all well and good to say “let’s just give me a raise” quoting our government. But the reality is that tax increases and justifying taking more citizens money to maintain our bloated bureaucracy isn’t logical, it’s not constitutional, nor will it have the expected results that you believe. Relate this situation to your own household, if you make 1000 bucks a month, you can’t spend 10,000 a month and expect someone else to cover it- there comes a time that the citizens of this country need to wake up and realize that we the people are responsible, not a few hundred clowns that reap the benefits of the hard work, ingenuity and dedication of the citizenry. To my point: Solution- AUDIT EVERY GOV’T AGENCY=cut all fat/pork/and expense that is not a role of our government (there are billions there to start). Utilize synergies (you mentioned this as well) that all business’ are having to use to reduce duplication and waste (another few billion there). Return States rights for issues that relate to the States and maintain the Federal duties that are being forsaken (millions, possibly billions saved in mindless litigation, services, etc). Return our system to true free market and FIX our tax code (billion dollar american corporations not paying taxes, loose all the loop holes and corruption- and let free enterprise make or break companies not the unrealistic burdens our government places on them). Once that is done, we will lead the world into a better place, or we can fail to do that and follow the rest of the world into a far, far worse one.

      • http://jimpen.com/blog/ Jim P.

        The problem with your argument of retaining the TSA fails with United Flight 93 crash. That crash was one hour and one minute after Tower II was hit.

        =================================================
        The TSA was not needed one hour and one minute after Tower II was hit!

        The paradigm, the norm, the expected, what everyone was taught to do was to sit down, shut up and wait for the plane to land and the negotiations happen. That was the model from Entebbe onward.

        The passengers on board did not really know what was about to happen on September 11, 2001 at 8:46:30 when Flight 11 struck Tower I.

        Even the passengers on Flight 175 probably didn’t realize what was about to happen when they struck Tower II at 9:03:02.

        The Pentagon crash of Flight 77 at 9:37:46 may have been still a matter of ignorance.

        At 10:03:11 on September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after the brave souls counter-attacked and caused the hijackers to crash the plane.

        The time difference is 60 minutes and 9 seconds from Tower II being struck to the crash of Flight 93. The shoe bomber and panty bomber were taken down by fellow passengers as well. Recently, JetBlue’s Flight 191 pilot was taken down by the passengers once he was out of the cockpit. Additionally how many times have you heard of passengers’ concerns and diverted flights?

        The TSA is and has always been a joke, no make that a total stupidity, that has wasted our country’s fortune going down a rabbit hole.

        If you don’t believe me look at the 9/11 timeline.

        There will never be another 9/11 style attack unless the attackers can arrange planes full of geriatrics, and even then it would be doubtful.

        Oh, and someone brought bombs being an issue. If bombs were effective and simple then the Lockerbie bombing would have been repeated multiple times between 21 December 1988 and 11 September 2001. That’s 4647 days or 13 years. Where was the TSA in that time.

  • Walt

    I suspect that you get the whole package when you are protected by Secret Service. TSA and Secret Service are both under Homeland Security and if Secret Service requires screening it is probably done by TSA. Got to keep Obama’s unions employed.

  • Doc

    “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.
    We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” -Candidate Barack Obama – July 2008

    • http://www.posterchildrenfortermlimits.com George Blumel

      Dictators need their own army. Obama has his Czars, he’s successfully bypassing congress, he has Americorps, TSA, ATF, ICE, IRS, DEA,ACORN (under its new names w/FedGov grants)and who knows what others. Even the Dept of Education has its own SWAT team as do other depts. Only God can save us if he’s reelected!

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  • Daddio

    Was a total waste of taxpayer’s money. There were only 3 foot barricades to separate the screened from the unscreened. Anyone could do damage from outside the screened area.

  • 12nobama

    And now the social security administration needs 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets for training! Yeah, right! Why are we putting up with this? We should probably be resisting this crap, so that it doesn’t keep creeping larger. Are we legally required to allow a search of ourselves and/or our belongings if we show up at a political gathering and unkempt looking, supposed TSA agents are there? Obviously we are still putting up with too much of this crap at the airport, but how do we know our legal rights when we refuse to make work for the gov’t unions at the expense of our personal freedom and dignity?

  • JAQUEBAUER

    These are spys and trolls for their she-male boss. They are incompetent fools, boobs and jerks, drunks and sleaze. They have no business being in non transportation related events, yet they are there wasting more tax dollars. The Obama regime is a joke, just like the TSA.

    • bruce102

      TSA goes out of its way to hire felons, pederasts, and perverts.
      Soon, they will be everywhere, at every corner, checking “your papers” every 15 minutes.

      Either get used to it or end it by Congressional action.

      If Americans don’t, you will soon find friends and family disappeared, just like NAZI Germany.

  • Dagny

    Romney-Ryan = Obama-Biden. They are both the same and will continue to do the same. No surprise here. The only surprises are the voters who continue to support this. Sadly, we haven’t learned a thing.

  • Sam G.

    I keep saying… The TSA poses THEE biggest threat to our liberty! They MUST be abolished!

  • Patrick Henry

    We need a civilian national security force, just a big, just as well funded as the military. Isn’t that what B.O. said?

  • sobersubmrnr

    The Secret Service probably needed more manpower to cover the event and asked TSA to help with screening. This is not unusual, the Secret Service has been calling in help from local, state and other federal agencies for years.

  • MORT KUFF

    The TSA was wrong from the start. The U.S.Government should never, never, ever have created this agency. Rather, it should have established criteria for the security processing of air travelors and put the job out as a one-year contract to the lowest qualified bidder. And, there should have been language in the contract to the effect that the successful bidder shall not be unionized at the time of awarding the contract or at any time in the future. Plus, there should of course, been language that would permit the Government to end the contract with no notice, for cause. And, the causes should be listed with no wiggle room.

    Further, the no.2 and no.3 bidders should maintain a specified degree of readiness in the event that given short notice, they can gear up to take over the security processing under tightly-controlled regulations.

    There are lawyers who charge $500. per hour to write this kind of agreement but, if it creates a template that works, it’s worth it.

    MORT KUFF

  • 1776Liberal

    Obama has to hire more people to pad his employment numbers.

    And in another padding of employment numbers event, last weekend I camped and fished on one of the MS Gulf Coast islands where the BP oil leak impacted. The local & sometimes national press is reporting oil to be everywhere on the beaches, however over 2 days, all I saw were 8 crew boats and many workers milling about in the hot sun with nothing to do. On speaking with the “oil” clean up workers, they hadn’t found any oil at all in several days. That verified what I had found in 2 days there – no oily beaches. However as a kid fishing these same beaches in the late 1960s and early 1970s, my feet were invariably tarred from the oil tar balls that would wash up. Is this just another make-work extortion project from our commander in chief (gag).

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  • bcre8f2

    Our tax dollars at “work”.

  • Peter Scully

    This is ridiculous. Why are they there at all? I read recently that 2,527 TSA employees and co-conspirators were convicted of crimes So you can pretty much be sure they’ll say, “Well…we have more than 200,000 employees. There’s NO WAY we can keep an eye on them all.

    But they can keep an eye on YOU can’t they???

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  • Chuck

    A close friend of mine is in the TSA … he’s a body language detector. Among his co-workers are several gay men. He told me they admit they “keep raging boners all day long” and openly talk about who’s hot and who’s not. It’s a game to them. And openly tells me he works with complete assholes and the biggest dumb asses he’s ever met – but they pay me very well, and was told it’s impossible to get fired. He’s never had a piss test and when ones coming, they know about it, so it’s easy to beat the test with a liquid he buys at a local head shop. Most of the dope he gets, he steals from peoples luggage. Wink! you can go through sir!

  • LeChat

    The TSA should have a care. They are not in a controlled environment such as an airport.

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  • http://EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com Matt Bracken

    Welcome to the USSA, comrades. The TSA will just be one arm of our new Stasi. The role of KGB will be played by an entirely corrupted and politicized FBI. And if you get uppity about it, tough. Don’t forget the 750 MILLION hollow point bullets the DHS just bought….ten times more than our military uses in Afghanistan per year.

  • http://www.truthandcommonsense.com archer52

    I wrote a book about this time back in 1996 while working as a detective on a anti-gang unit. It is called Revolt. It describes a time when the nation is under stress of collapse, when the people are confused and afraid, when a President- convinced of his own importance and corrupted by his communist past- decides he is going to take over with the help of the military and a compliant Congress. They go along because they know the Ponzi scheme is going to collapse.

    What would people do?

    Back then, talking with my buddies, they all laughed saying no way we’d let that happen.

    Yesterday one of them called me and we talked, he had just got back from a long vacation across the nation. He stayed at campgrounds, both state and national parks. He said that he saw at more than one the TSA wandering around taking photographs and acting like tourists. He couldn’t tell if they were there for training or something else. No checkpoints, just there.

    Getting us used to them I guess. When I saw the VIPER group get created I went “Ah crap.” I know what this means after a career in police work. Folks, as much as I hate to say it, INFO WARS and this blog are correct to be concerned.

    I had friends in GWB’s Whitehouse after 9/11. I heard when the Patriot act was created and other things put in place, there were a number of them concerned about the potential abuse. “We know what our goals are, but some future administration could very well abuse this power.” kind of thing.

    They were right. Power, once obtained, is never relinquished willingly by authority.

    Not good. My novel was supposed to be a fun read, not a history lesson.

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  • SCB

    I’d be willing to bet all the money in the world that Mitt and Paul will not address this issue at all. Just as Obama left vague what his “Hope and Change” was to his folks that just glossed over it and voted for the “D”, so too with all the “R’s” just gloss over everything and assume that Mitt will take care of the TSA-like issues. But he will not and nothing will change — at all.

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  • Bella

    obviously to harass Ryan fans and try to keep them away. I wonder who they think they are fooling.

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  • Lowie

    Presidential candidates have had this type of protection for quite some time…perhaps since 9/11. We went to the Romney rally in St. Augustine and TSA had two lines opening at 7AM and they could not process everyone in time. They left thousands standing in line and Gov. Romney thanked us all for coming. TSA was not expecing a large crowd. We are really excited about this ticket and WE THE PEOPLE are s howing up in droves. TSA had only 2 check points open, while in 2008, during a George Bush 2008 rally in Daytona Beach, TSA had 6/8 check points.
    If you’ve been watching the process of the GOP platform on CSPAN they
    vow to reform TSA. Cutting TSA altogether will save lots of money honey. Let’s all stick together and vote a straight “R” Ballot.

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  • Douglas Goodall

    I doubt it matters whether you vote R or D. Government agencies once created tend to last forever. It is practically a law of physics. “An agency in motion tends to stay in motion”.

    With an ultimate goal of martial law, anything the government can do that irritates the populace is a win.

    When GWB created a war just before his re-election, it was SO obvious that he was depending on our tendency to not change the senior executive in time of war It would not have been surprising if GWB simply refused to leave the office.

    The United States of America has become almost unrecognizable, with our shredded constitution. What does it mean exactly to swear you will uphold and protect the constitution? Do the actions of the TSA look like they are upholding the constitution? Do the actions of the executive and legislative branches look like they are upholding the constitution?

    It is the job of the Supreme court to determine the meaning and application of the Constitution,, and not every petty bureaucrat who wants to carve out his/her own kingdom within the government.

    Apparently time I spent in civics classes were wasted as our government has become unrecognizable as what we were taught it was.

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