Strike ONE: 150 Passengers on an inbound flight from MEXICO are allowed to skip customs and exit JFK unscreened.
Strike TWO: TODAY - Jan 25th - Passengers arriving from MEXICO allowed to exit JFK without their baggage or passports being screened and verified.
Strike THREE: ???? .......
How is it even possible that in such a screened, vetted environment this even happened ONCE? There have been no announced firings over any of these events. There have been no announced stand downs, training sessions or the like as a result.
There are a few possible explanations for these events:
1- Human incompetence
2- Organizational misunderstanding
3- Intentional misdeed to aid/abet criminal and/or terrorist elements from within TSA
4- Policy decision by higher echelons
The issue of human incompetence is as old as time. Not everyone who passes the employment screening will be of sufficient intellectual capacity to carry out their responsibilities. If this is the case and this is indeed what happened in the two acknowledged incidents, what is TSA doing to fix this? Are we sure that these are the ONLY two times that this has happened?
Consider if you will "organizational misunderstanding". It is conceivable that the manpower on the floor heard one thing when told to do another. It would be in keeping with a "anything you say, Boss" work environment. If this is the case, no TSA worker has come forward and said so. No management has said so.
An intentional misdeed to aid/abet a criminal enterprise is not unknown, think about all those agents co-opted or bribed on the Mexican border. JFK is a global hub, think of all the built-in incentives in that situation. Smugglers out of West Africa, Europe, Mexico and further abroad would pay handsomely to be able to walk out the doors without scrutiny. Any passenger could have walked out, dropped off their cargo and awaited the call to "please come back and get screened". The money involved in these sorts of smuggling collusion schemes is truly staggering.
Convicted TSA Agent discusses "culture of indifference" at airports
Perhaps most disturbing about this scenario is that TSA has not caught anyone at JFK for allegedly doing any of these activities. One would think that employee ongoing surveillance from a counter intelligence perspective would reveal unusual financial moves, unexplained affluence and all that. Perhaps the watchdogs are getting a taste of the action? No idea, as there is no official word on anything regarding these event aftermaths.
It may be an intentional policy move to get America used to a border-less, sovereignty-free existence. What better place to do that than New York City? Any incoming criminal, smuggler or terrorist has easy and near instant access to the ethnic community of choice to shelter within. This report by the Furman Center illustrates the unique nature of the human terrain within New York City. Reading through that, the point about having built in sanctuaries for whatever group is quite clear and unmistakable. They offer sanctuary like the neutrality of Cambodia helped out the Viet Cong. Combine that with a culture of "no snitchin'", and the security forces are up against a wall.
If indeed it is a policy decision from on high, consider it to be a "Fast and Furious", but in reverse and with human cargo instead of firearms. That, and the people being impacted and hurt by it are AMERICANS. Being an American still matters, at least for the time being.
|Is this in the cards for NYC if TSA keeps it up? http://iht-retrospective.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/01/1965-viet-cong-suicide-unit-strikes/?_r=0|
At this juncture of history, it is not possible to ascertain with any certainty the causative action that these mass customs non-inspection "breakouts" have occurred from. While it is easy to blame the most sinister cause, that of official policy, it is more likely that the error resides with human stupidity. Stupidity in hiring, training and employing morons who through their troglodyte haze can get us all killed. Mark my words here - the next time this "happens", Americans may not get so lucky. Americans may get knifed by a criminal/terrorist element under the allegorical arm of the TSA, much like Tybalt slew Mercutio in act III of Romeo and Juliet. Let us hope that when we look at the news tomorrow, we will not be, as Mercutio stated, "a very grave man".