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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

But hey, at least they're back to listening to your phone conversations
Posted by Jill | 9:34 PM
After all, what's really important to preventing another terrorist attack? Gathering every phone call and internet search of everyone in America, or keeping potential terrorists out of American flight schools?

Take a guess:

Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/ll attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC News.

"Some of the very same conditions that allowed the 9-11 tragedy to happen in the first place are still very much in existence today," wrote one regional security official to his boss at the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration.

"Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to this country, are taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications and are flying planes," wrote the TSA official, Richard A. Horn, in 2005, complaining that the students did not have the proper visas.

Under the new laws, American flight schools are only supposed to provide pilot training to foreign students who have been given a background check by the TSA and have a specific type of visa.

But in thousands of cases that has not happened, according to the documents and current and former government officials involved in the program.

"TSA's enforcement is basically nonexistent," said former FAA inspector Bill McNease, in an interview for ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson."


It's almost enough to make you think they want another terrorist attack to take place, like maybe.....right before the election?

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Blogger Phil said...
Sure, they don't bother to screen for a proper visa if you want a pilots license but they have to know what color of socks you have on if you want to fly to Vegas for the weekend.
This makes me want to slap somebody out of their seat.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Well now!
What color socks WERE the 9/11 hijackers wearing? Anybody know?
What about shoe bomber Richard Reid?
There has to be a TSA/DHS study somewhere that gives the answer. [I know! They're not allowed to 'profile'.]

Are people who wear Argyle socks more likely to blow up airplanes than those who wear black socks? What about the white sock crowd?

Don't just leave us hanging here, Jill. Inquiring minds need to know!

Blogger Evelyn said...
My thought on why flight schools are doing this is that they know perfectly well that the whole Islamic-terrorists-came-here-and-learned-to-fly-so they-could-kill-us is a crock of shit. Think about it--you run an Islamic terrorist organizationand you want get someone to fly a 747 into a tall building. What would you do? a.) look around Islamic countries and find people who already fly big airplanes and recruit them? b.) find fanatics and teach them how to fly biggish planes in Pakistan or Kazackstan? or c.) find fnaatics and send them to Florida for a year or two to practice flying crop-dusters, using their real names at all times of course and attracting attention by being bone-heads. Oh, sure c!

This flight-school thing is no more a real danger than shoe bombs or making liquid explosives in airplane restrooms are real dangers. If Islamic terrorists were lurking all over the country wanting to kill us, they could be buying automatic weapons and walking into malls and churches and high schools and universities and highway overpasses every day of the week. Face it people, we've been had!