Roger Vanderklok TSA Victim

PHL Airport Roger Vanderklok TSA Victim
The not so friendly skies of Philadelphia

Ronnie Polanecsky had a blood-boiling story in the Feb. 4 Philadelphia Daily News concerning Roger Vanderklok who was arrested at the behest of the Philadelphia International Airport TSA when he asked to file a complaint against them.

Vanderklok, a Philadelphia architect, was flying to Miami on Jan. 26, 2013 when an x-ray scanner picked up suspicious items at the Terminal B station supervised by Charles Kieser, Ms. Polanecsky reports.

The items were a heart-monitoring watch and a packet of PowerBars. Vanderklok was asked if he had anything organic, and not realizing the PowerBars were considered as such, said no.

Organic matter can resemble explosives.

His bags were searched and 30 minutes later the items were deemed harmless. Vanderklock said if he had been told what “organic” meant the aggravation could have been avoided. Kieser became confrontational and Vanderklock asked to file a complaint.

Kieser left and returned with Philadelphia Police officers. Vanderklock was taken to an airport holding cell then to the 18th District at 55th and Pine streets where he was placed in another cell.

He didn’t learn the charges against him until his arraignment at 2 a.m. when he was told that he was being charged with “threatening the placement of a bomb” and making “terroristic threats”. His wife bailed him at at 4 a.m. on 10 percent of $40,000 bail.

Needless to say, he missed his flight.

Kieser testified under oath, at the April 8, 2013 trial that Vanderklok became agitated, waved his hands and said  “I’ll bring a bomb through here any day I want  and you’ll never find it,” reports Ms. Polanecsky . Unfortunately for Kieser, airport video showed Vanderklok smiling and no disturbance taking place. Further, Kieser, in his initial statement claimed Vanderklok said “Anybody could bring a bomb in here and nobody would know”,  which unlike the former statement is a legal expression of opinion.

Municipal Judge Felice Stack acquitted Vanderklok of all charges within minutes of Kieser’s testimony.

For the record, Vanderklok denies making either statement.

Vanderklok filed suit last week against the TSA, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security on the grounds that he was willfully deprived of his liberty because he wanted to file a complaint.

Hope he hits them hard.

The scary thing is that Kieser is still on the line overseeing screening, according to the story. If you want America to be America guys like this have to be held to account.

Roger Vanderklok TSA Victim

Defrocked Priest Now A TSA Boss

Where can a guy defrocked as a priest from the Catholic Church  get a job if the defrocking stems from allegations that he abused an 11-year-old girl? 

TSA officials say it’s OK because the man in question, Thomas Harkins, deals, mostly, with luggage rather than people.
Question of the day: If the Village People was still around would they write a song about the TSA?

TSA Agents Get Soft Sentence For $40 G Theft

Coumar Persad, 44, and  Davon
Webb, 31, pleaded guilty Jan. 10, to stealing $40,000 from a passengers suitcase at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The pair were eight-year veterans of the TSA force at JFK.


They were sentenced to six months in jail and
five years’ probation.

The theft of $40,000 is considered grand larceny in New York. The maximum sentence range for the crime is four years to 25 years.


Way to send a message New York. And do you really think that was their only theft?

It’s time to abolish the TSA and let airlines be responsible for their own security. The airlines have an even stronger incentive than the government to keep their planes from being hijacked and their passengers killed, but unlike government-paid people they also have a strong incentive for their passengers to be treated with respect and dignity.

What the government should do are things like making sure people don’t overstay their visas.

Union Vote For F Troop


The Transportation Security Administration, the 21st century’s answer to F Troop, may get even more efficient, responsive and diligent about ignoring concerns about matters of security and complaints from travelers.

 A vote to unionize the 40,000 person workforce is scheduled for March 9.

The election will be the largest in the history of the federal government. To be decided will be whether to unionize, and if so, whether to join the 
National Treasury Employees Union or the American
Federation of Government Employees

If the to vote to unionize is yes, as expected, expect dramatic changes. It will be like Gilligan being able to file a grievance if the Skipper should smack him with his hat.

PHL Can Tell TSA To Go To . . .

An exercise for Zen practitioners:  A
man wearing nothing but a raincoat  approaches a TSA screener. He
opens the raincoat and says “check out my junk”. Has a flashing
occurred?

Philadelphia International Airport was among the airports receiving Congressman John Mica’s letter letting them know they can divorce the Transportation Security Administration,  at least with regard to passenger screenings, if they should find that the TSA’s new “hands-on” approach is a bit counter-productive to security.

The letter notes that the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 that created the TSA allowed airports to revert to private contractors for screenings after two years.

Mica ( R-FL7) was one of the authors of the bill.

The actual wording of the bill’s Section 44920 (a) is:

(a)
IN GENERAL- On or after the last day of the 2-year period beginning on
the date on which the Under Secretary transmits to Congress the
certification required by section 110(c) of the Aviation and
Transportation Security Act, an operator of an airport may submit to the
Under Secretary an application to have the screening of passengers and
property at the airport under section 44901 to be carried out by the
screening personnel of a qualified private screening company under a
contract entered into with the Under Secretary.


A staffer for Mica said the letter went out to the 100 busiest airports in the nation. PHL is the 11th busiest in the world.

Orlando International Airport has announced that it will consider the change.  We await word on what plans PHL may have.

For some strange reason the George Soros-affiliated site MediaMatters.org is opposing the privatization.

Airport Screenings By F-Troop

F-Troop — I mean the Transportation Security Administration — sprang into action, Monday, after a passenger was flagged for having suspicious objects in his carry-on at Newark Liberty International Airport a.k.a Fort Courage.

Agents quickly apprehended a person, unfortunately the person was not the person flagged.

Parts of TerminalA were closed for over an hour as agents looked for the passenger.

He was never found.

After the search, a heavy TSA agent was seen smacking a skinny TSA agent with his hat and heard shouting “Gilligan”.

Ho Ho, Hey Hey Do Away With The TSA

Daniel Rubin in the Feb. 8 edition of the  Philadelphia Inquirer exposed another egregious example of a prominent federal agency’s  absence  of common decency and sense.


This involved a businesswoman who wound up facing felony charges after a dispute stemming from her objections as to how screeners for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) handled her underwear during a private baggage screening at Philadelphia International Airport. She was acquitted of all charges.

Last month, Rubin wrote about how a TSA screener brought a 22-year-old female college student to tears after he had joked he had found a container of white powder in her luggage.

And this is on top of incidents such as the one where Newark Airport was thrown into massive turmoil after a TSA guard left his post allowing a student to sneak into a passengers’ only area to give his girlfriend a goodbye smooch or the one where a noted war correspondent was handcuffed by TSA officers after he refused to divulge his income.

The TSA is the federalization of baggage screeners that occurred after 9/11. It was not wanted by the Bush Administration nor recommended by security experts but was insisted upon by leading Democrats solely, some thought,  to increase the federal workforce which is one of that party’s important constituencies.

Bush had to concede to the demand or the Democrats who controlled the Senate at the time would not have allowed other more critical security measures to be addressed.

It is time to return responsibility for baggage screening back to the airlines who want neither their planes to be blown up nor customers abused.

Rest Easy, Kisser Who Eluded TSA Captured

Authorities have tracked down the villain who snuck beneath a security rope to give his girlfriend a goodbye smooch at the Newark Airport, Sunday, creating a massive panic.

The vile perpetrator is Haisong Jiang, a 28-year-old Rutgers bio-medical research grad student from Jiangxi, China who is living in Piscataway, N. J.

No expense was spared in the investigation. Jiang was working out at the gym when detectives arrived so he turned himself in.

The horrific act occurred when the love of his life, Qianqun,  who had been visiting him for Christmas break,  was returning to her job in  Los Angeles   as a statistician. A Transportation Security Administration guard left his post to take a cell phone call giving the criminal Jiang an opportunity to transgress the law with his lover.

The TSA has issued a series of statements to comfort the public, making it unnecessary for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to have to again proclaim that the system worked.

Jiang is being charged with defiant trespass.

Jiang’s roommate Hui gave what perhaps may be a reason for the crime.

“We know that he’s very excited to have a real woman,” Hui said.

He said Qiangun is expected to stand by her man.

“His girlfriend is very upset,” Hui said.  “I think she will be here in two days to face this with him.”

While the brave men and women of the TSA won this round in their battle with terrorism, many fear that if Jiang had carried a Koran and  yelled Allahu Akbar he would have gotten away scot-free.

Rest Easy, Kisser Who Eluded TSA Captured

 

Rest Easy, Kisser Who Eluded TSA Captured

 

Noted Correspondent ‘Cuffed By Seattle Gestapo Wannabees

Michael Yon, probably the respected, most accurate war correspondent on the planet, was handcuffed at the Seattle airport for refusing to tell some border cops how much money he made.

“When they handcuffed me, I said that no country has ever treated me sobadly,” Yon said. “Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely notSingapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, orMalaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county hastreated me with the disrespect can that can be expected from our borderbullies.”

What is happening to this country?