Monday, December 28, 2009
“The Public Was Never In Any Danger.”
Washington, D.C.— That quote is a favorite of a long time Sacramento news anchor and my friend, Dale Schornack. This is always the first statement made by government propagandists after a dangerous or threatening event.
The modern day media genius that all government press spokesmen emulate is not that famous American news anchor, Walter Cronkite, but the legendary Nazi propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels.
Of course our own government bureaucrats always follow the Goebbels formula when their own performance is on the ropes. Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano also learned from the Goebbels’ model when she faced the media over the bombing attempt on the Amsterdam to Detroit flight last week.
Napolitano proclaimed that, “The system worked.” She of course dared to suggest that the public was never in any danger. Today we know a heroic Dutch passenger, not a government agent saved the lives of countless people both in the plane and on the ground. In this case the government failed in a huge way by not heeding the dire warnings of the suicide bomber’s own father.
Today, the former Arizona governor is reversing her earlier proclamation. Now she is going to do the next best thing, draw up new torture plans for paying passengers. Aggravating passengers gives the public the illusion of security and Napolitano believes she must put on some sort of show.
Someone please explain why we have a Homeland Security Secretary with zero experience or training as a cop? Napolitano is no more than a bad example of the political patronage system.
All the TSA has to show for a decade is that some people like former Chicago cop and now actor, Dennis Farina will occasionally forget they had a weapon in some bag they inadvertently carry onto a plane. The TSA commended itself over the Farina arrest like they just apprehended Usama Bin Ladin. Farina was eventually cleared of any criminal stain.
The TSA is nothing more than a jobs program gone wrong. Police uniforms and gold badges on TSA workers are nothing more than pretend costumes. They are not screened, educated or trained as real law enforcement officers. They are simply part of an elaborate illusion fooling some gullible airline passengers and taxpayers.
The TSA knows that they can’t keep bombs and weapons from being smuggled on to planes. Any maximum security prison warden can tell you it’s impossible to keep deadly weapons away from inmates. Bringing weapons or bombs onto airplanes is no serious challenge for someone who wants to do that.
The only system that has any promise of reducing this threat is criminal profiling.