TSA’s Blogger Bob: bombs too hard to spot unless they look like Road Runner cartoon

Road Runner Warner Bros.
Indeed, bombs are too hard to detect by the TSA’s force of unskilled workers who take money for violating American’s dignity, genitals, and Fourth Amendment rights.

The LAX Millennium Bomber plot was discovered, over the phone, by a guy in Seattle — a highly trained FBI agent who heard a guy who had a passport saying he was born in Montreal but speaking with a French-Algerian accent.

That’s how you discover people intending to do harm: ¬†With old-fashioned police work. With highly trained intelligence officers.

And you do it long before a plotter ever hits the airport, by using probable cause to root out actual plots; you don’t treat every American, including U.S. Senators, like a potential al Qaeda member.¬†That’s just idiocy.

Well, it’s idiocy for everyone but those profiting from the existence of the TSA, like Michael Chertoff and the the quisling Blogger Bob, quoted in this New York Post story by Philip Messing and Dan Mangan:

The TSA whined yesterday that it’s just too darn hard for agents to find bombs — unless the terrorists use explosives straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon.

That was the agency’s sorry excuse to explain how Newark Airport screeners were completely outmatched by an undercover fed who stuffed an IED in his pants and slipped through two layers of security.

“It’s not like they’re using a cartoonish bundle of dynamite with an alarm clock strapped to it,” Bob Burns of the TSA Blog Team posted on the agency’s Web site.

“The items are extremely hard to spot.”

The Post exclusively revealed last week how the screeners colossally failed a Feb. 25 test at the Terminal B checkpoint, allowing a fed to get an improvised explosive device through a magnetometer and a secondary pat-down.

(Photo courtesy of Warners Bros.)

  • Dolt

    I don’t understand why more people are not using the TSA failed bomb test to ask if they claim it’s “too hard” to find fake bombs, then why are we wasting all of this time and money harming innocent people? If TSA continues to fail, what is the point? No one is asking this. Is it because they are too busy freaking out about tiny dull knives which conveniently have buried the fake bomb failures?

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

      Dolt, you want logic. You’re asking a logical question and expect a logical answer. But nothing the TSA does is about logic. And no arguments based on logic that we present work for people who are determined to defend the TSA at all costs. We’ve seen this over and over and over and over again.

      This blog’s writers, which include, among others, a highly distinguished mathematician, take pride in presenting logic and in backing up every assertion with empirical evidence. But it doesn’t matter. And it’s not just my observation that it doesn’t matter; plenty of research bears it out:

      http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/

      • Dolt

        Lisa, Oh I am fully aware that I am trying to use logic with the illogical. My reasoning and questions are more rhetorical as I know the over hysterical public will not accept the logical approach. I simply continue to comment, just as you and the writers on this blog continue to write articles, blogs and comments in hopes that slowly (painfully slowly) just a few more people might come to understand what we are saying. It’s not impossible. Though I was not the typical TSA apologist, at one point I did think that extra security was needed and useful. It was thanks to websites like this one and others who wrote articles on the subject that allowed me to see the absurd, abuse, waste and ignorance of the whole thing. I just keep thinking, if my eyes were opened to it, surely others can be too.

        • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

          Dolt, yes, we live in hope! :-)

  • LeeAnneClark

    I read this article earlier today, but I was couldn’t even comment for a long time because I was literally speechless. Unbelievable. The teddy bear bomb makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time.

    Blogger Bob…how does he sleep at night? How does he look himself in the mirror? Ah well…we all know there are humans who will debase themselves for money. I hope they are paying him well.

    Just FYI, I’m flying out tomorrow for a vacation to Costa Rica. I’m carrying on a bag with expensive underwater photography equipment, much of which is small enough for a thieving TSA clerk to slip out of my bag while I’m being groped, and sell for a nice bonus. I followed the instructions provided in a video posted on this site some weeks back – I’ve tie-wrapped every single item in the bag together, and tie-wrapped it all to a loop inside the bag. I’ve also done the same thing with my dive gear, which I will have to check.

    I’ll report back how it goes.

    • Daisiemae

      Good luck!

      • TSAisTerrorism

        Honestly, miss, you are just stepping over the line left and right. Won’t the moderators please do something and reprimand Dasiemae for her hateful speech against LeeAnne?!?!?!

        • Daisiemae

          Yes, as you can see, i spread my hate and violence over multiple blog sites. I am writing from my prison cell in Attica right now, plotting yet another hate crime against an innocent pro-TSA blogger, innocent lambs that they are!

          Only you can stop the violence, TSAisTerrorism! You and the all powerful moderators!

        • LeeAnneClark

          ROFL! Seriously, that Daisiemae…she needs to be censored BIG time. ;-) How DARE she plot against the TSA? It’s downright anti-Amerikun!

    • LeeAnneClark

      So I thought I’d come back and report how my trip through the TSA went today. I actually made it through the metal detector without having to get groped, which was a nice surprise. And my carry-on? Sailed right through without even a glance.

      And when I say “without even a glance” I’m actually being quite literal. I stood there and watched the smurf who was supposed to be watching the x-ray monitor as bags when through…he never looked at it ONCE! For the entire time I stood there watching him, at least a dozen bags went through, and he spent the whole time STARING OFF AT THE CROWDS in the airport. Not a single glance at the monitor. Never even looked in the direction of it. I am not making this up.

      I could easily have gotten a teddy bear bomb on that plane today. In fact I could have carried on an entire backpack full of C4, bomb components, and live grenades. No one would have stopped me.

      Oh, and by the way, we’re paying 8 BILLION dollars a year for this.

      • TSAisTerrorism

        Don’t forget: you also get to have your vajaja poked for Freedom! For FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Daisiemae

          I am shocked! Shocked I tell you! I have never heard anything like this in my entire life! My delicate ears have shriveled to half their size. To say nothing of my brain!

          I demand that you be banned from this blog for using such graphic language!

  • frostysnowman

    The question I have is: What additional indignities will we, the flying public, now have to endure next because an undercover Fed got a bomb through two “layers of security”? Should I assume Pistole and his minions are working on another invasive layer to counteract this failure, reactionary as the TSA is?

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

      frosty, that would require his admitting they screwed up. Which, as we know, they don’t do. My guess is they’ll just ignore it and hope it goes away.

  • Bob

    Don’t know if you caught this, but one of the “bombs” that the TSA found at the gate was a teddy bear with wires sticking out of it.

    This was found at the GATE not the checkpoint. I repeat a teddy bear with wires sticking out of it was walked through the checkpoint. You just cant get a bigger free pass than that.

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

      Sounds like somebody was effing with the TSA just for fun.

      More power to them.

      • Bob

        Actually Lisa, this was one of the simulated bombs that was part of the test.

        The Govt attempted to give the TSA a free pass by making one of the tests a Hollywood movie bomb 101, and it went right through the checkpoint.

        I mean seriously they might as well have put a shirt on the bear saying “simulated bomb please TSA detect me”.

  • Susan Richart

    Apparently, they can’t find stun guns either:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/psycho_girlfriend_through_kennedy_pfJzKJ9L7dQEwYmBEkhxFI

    Guy raped his former girlfriend and then tried to high tail it back to Greece. TSA screeners missed a stun gun in his carry on and the vaunted BDOs missed him also as he was trying to flee.

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

      What — the voodoo officers missed his secret malintent?? No, say it ain’t so!

      (sarcasm alert)

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Oh, don’t worry, there’s plenty of baklava to ferret out evildoers!

  • Drumbabe

    Thanks for the visual. I laughed out loud.
    I would keep on laughing if it all didn’t make me want to cry at our Rights being crushed.