Man arrested for demonstrating how incompetent officials are…

So, we’ve got terrorists hiding on every corner (We’re at war!), Mexican narco-terrorists looking to turn us all into junkies and destroy the republic, and 12 year olds robbing stores.  Where oh where should be put our scarce investigative resources?

How about looking for the guy who crossed the rope at Newark Airport to say goodbye to his girlfriend?

A man believed to have breached security to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy Newark Airport terminal that led to snarled flights worldwide, was arrested in New Jersey and faces a trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500,

Oh, but wait.  Let’s not just give the guy a fine.  Let’s make him out to be the incarnation of Al Capone…

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who was briefed on the arrest, said authorities found Jiang with “sheer, hard police work” of sifting through records and following leads. But he expressed anger that Jiang faces a charge he described as a “slap on the wrist” and will only be given a fine of about $500.”This was a terrible deed in its outcome — it wasn’t some prank that didn’t do any harm — it did a lot of harm because it sent out an alert that people can get away with something like this,” Lautenberg said.

The senator called Jiang’s actions “premeditated” and said even though the his actions were relatively benign, “what he did was a terrible injustice” to the thousands of people who were inconvenienced.

(uh…for the record, I believe that statement was brought to you by the fine folks at BodyScans-R-Us who just happen to have a large inventory of body scanners just waiting to be sold at ridiculous prices!)

C’mon.  The reason this guy was arrested was because he highlighted the incompetence of the TSA.  After all, this dude wouldn’t have been able to cross that line had the TSA guard not just walked off his post.  So, I guess that TSA guard will be facing some hefty fines and jail time for exposing the thousands of Newark travellers to the horrors of the kissing bandit, right?  Uh, not so fast…

The officer, who has been with the agency for 2 1/2 years, previously received a commendation for job performance, Thomas said.”He’s been rated a model employee,” he said. “We intend to fully represent him to make sure this whole investigation is handled correctly and that he’s not made a scapegoat for all that’s been going wrong with security at the airports.”

Oh…and goody, goody, this also gives us another reason to highlight how dangerous those dirty foreigners are to us god-fearin’ Americans.  Don’t believe that’s going on?  Think about how we’ve lauded Captain Sullenberger, and those passengers of flight 93 and compare that to the amount of attention given to the guy who stopped the panty bomber.   Hmmm…what could be the difference?

Oh yeah…he was Dutch.  Doesn’t fit the narrative that we’ll only be saved by corn-fed Midwestern types who watch John Wayne movies and eat lots of red meat.  Move along, nothing to see here.

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3 responses to “Man arrested for demonstrating how incompetent officials are…

  1. The security officer did fail to maintain his post and deserves disciplinary action. However, the guy who willingly and knowingly violated security should, as the Senator points out, be sanctioned far worse than $500. There should probably be jail time involved. Regardless as to whether he “higlighted” the incomptence of the TSA or not his actions are unacceptable and deserve stiff legal action against him. No excuses.

    And your “dirty little foreigner” remark leads me to believe, along with another remark you made, that you suspect most “God-fearing Americans” as being xenophobic bigots. Maybe I’m wrong.

    One of the reasons we have a difficult time providing security is because legitimate security methods are wrongly and stupidly challenged for being about, say, dirty little foreigners and all the other pathological insecurities other people (the complainers) have, than about accepting the tough decisions security forces on us.

    • Actually I don’t believe most Americans are bigots. Xenophobic yes but not generally bigoted. My line there was more specifically targeting the media which tends to ignore information which doesn’t fit within nice, neat narratives that they want to promote. I have little doubt that if the guy who stopped the underwear bomber was an American citizen he’d be the subject of unending praises. But, since he’s not he quickly disappears.

      A fine for the guy who jumped the line is fine but incarcerating an otherwise law abiding resident really serves no purpose. Do we really get some benefit from housing the guy with drug dealers, violent offenders and others?

      And why does the security guard get off with the possiblity of losing his job? Why aren’t there calls for him to serve jail time? He’s the one who abandoned his post. But this may not be his fault. He may have been faced with contradictory orders (‘respond to this event AND maintain your post’) and so procedures need to be changed. In that case better we find out about these loopholes from a guy who wants to kiss his girlfriend than someone who wants to do real damage.

      I have no problem with good security methods. But security is not the most important issue and should not be our holy grail, worthy of sacrificing everything else at its alter.

  2. “But security is not the most important issue and should not be our holy grail, worthy of sacrificing everything else at its alter.”

    Interesting comment. The problem is that you can’t enjoy the “everything else” without security. Security may not be the holy grail, but it’s most certaintly on the alter with the grail.

    Trade offs must be made. Depending on the circumstances, such as we have now, a overwhelming majority of Americans (the sane basically) have no problem scarificing some liberties for increased security.
    My liberties are important, but they’re no good to me or anybody else if I’m dead.

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