Air Marshals' mess

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    Can you imagine if an al Qaeda bureaucrat had ordered the 19 Sept.11 terrorists to wear "I heart Osma" T-shirts when they embarked on their murderous flights?

    No idiot would send his men on a covert mission wearing clothes that would so blatantly give them away, right?

    Wrong. Meet Feseral Air Marshal Service Director Thomas Quinn. the man in charge of our in-flight coops, who are suposed to be spying secretly on would-be-terrorists hijackers, refuses to allow his employess to dress undercover. Quinn insists that air marshals abide by military-style grooming standards and a rigid business dress policy regardless of weather, time of year or seating arrangement. He wants them to look PROFESSIONAL.

    That means collared shirts and sport coats--even if a pair of marshals is traveling in coach from Los angeles to orlando.

    As the Washington Times recently reported, Quinn blew his top on Thanksgiving when he spotted nealry 30 marshals at Reagan Airport in Washington, D.C., in violation of his insipid dress code. Some were reportedly threatened with suspension.

    This nonsense has been going on for two years. The result is that the federal government has not made air travel any safer, and is instead endangering the people who are supposed to be protecting us. The Federal Law Enforcement
    Officers Association, which represents over 22,000 federal agents including air marshals, notes that civilian passengers have publicly outed marshals on countless flights since the Sept. 11 attacks. Air marshals have recounted receiving thumbs-ups and thanks from travelers nationwide. No doubt al Qaeda's operatives who are surveilling flights are mumbling thanks under their breath, too.

    Indeed, on an infamous American Airlines Flight 1483 from Chicago to Miami, two air marshals, dressed conspicuously in their professionally mandated suits, received the following greetings from a passenger walking down the aisle: "Oh I see we have air marshals on board!"...............

    www.townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/printmm20041215.shtml
     
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    *sigh*

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    The bureaucracy at its finest.
     
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    can't pres. bush fire this guy?
     
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    Maybe there is a good thing in this. If there are terrorists on board and they KNOW there's also an air marshal there, then maybe it would stop the terrorist from starting anything. Of course the terrorist wouldn't get caught, but the people on THAT plane would be safe.
    Just a thought. Trying to find something out of this that would make sense. :dunno:
     
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    That does make sense...but then why not stand a sign at the gate that says "ATTENTION! AIR MARSHALS ON THIS FLIGHT" in would be cheap. These guys need to blend. And if they blend, no one knows if the sign is true or false. :thup:
     
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    I think this puts the air marshal's lives in danger as well, they then lose the element of surprise, and are sitting targets themselves. Not a good policy!
     
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    This is true!!
     
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    what a free and interesting exchange of ideas and opinions we have without a wacked out bush hating leftist in the mix.... forgive me if i just realized that
     
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    It's a stupid policy...Let me put it this way.
    When the wife has to sign a warrant here at home for the drug guys...some of em look like slim balls, folks that if you met on the street you'd walk WAY around..They have to "fit in" to do the job an not get shot. It's a no-brainer. The same should go for the Air guys.
     

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