Obama Nominates New TSA Head – Maj Gen Robert Harding

President Obama, after Republican obstructionism led to the resignation of his first TSA candidate has thrown down the gauntlet to Senator DeMint who blocked the appointment of Earl Southers. Republicans opposed Southers on what many suspect were largely on racial grounds. Put up or shut up time…

Obama nominates African-American to head the TSA

President Barack Obama said he wants a former senior Army official with a career in intelligence to lead the Transportation Security Administration.

The president announced his choice, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Harding, on Monday.

The decision to appoint someone with an extensive intelligence background comes after the attempted Christmas airliner attack. That attempt, foiled by passengers, led to scrutiny of government intelligence programs and criticism that the Obama administration wasn’t doing enough to foil would-be terrorists. The incident prompted a review of U.S. security policies.

“I am confident that Bob’s talent and expertise will make him a tremendous asset in our ongoing efforts to bolster security and screening measures at our airports,” Obama said in a statement.

Harding served in the Army for 33 years and retired in 2001. He has been the Defense Department’s top human intelligence officer and managed a $1 billion intelligence collection program. Between 2003 and 2009, Harding was a government consultant on human intelligence and counterintelligence issues. He sold his company in 2009, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Obama’s original pick for the TSA job, Erroll Southers, withdrew from consideration in January when it became clear he would face a tough confirmation battle in the Senate.

The president has been criticized for leaving the TSA job open for so long. It took him eight months to nominate Southers.

Southers’ confirmation had been blocked by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. The senator said he was worried that Southers would grant collective bargaining rights to transportation security screeners, which Obama favors and Republicans oppose.

On Monday, DeMint said he looks forward to meeting with Harding.

“He’s had a distinguished career in the Army and I’m interested to hear how his military experience would inform his leadership of our nation’s transportation security,” DeMint said.

Harding would be the fifth man to run the Transportation Security Administration, which was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Terrorism In the Senate

In case you are looking for some sort of Security system to be set up in response to the latest terrorist attack by the head of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA)…

There won’t be one, because currently – is no head of the TSA.

In yet another shining example of conservative politics trumping public safety, Republican Senator DeMint has held up President Obama’s appointment to that post.

Not coincidentally, Errol Southers – currently Assistant Police Chief in Los Angeles…

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Errol Southers, Nominated by President Obama to head TSA

Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief

An alleged attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one. Continue reading

Orange Jumpsuit Awards – Senators Ensign, DeMint, and Coburn

Turns out Senator John Ensign (R – NV) may have broken several laws in his attempts to cover up boffing one of his staffers, while paying off her pim… uhhhh,  husband, who also worked for Ensign – and apparently was aware of what was going on.

Where Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of “C Street Crew” fame gets involved is knowing that what Ensign was doing was illegal, facilitating it by negotiating “payment” for nookie.

Second up, is the even more serious case of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who has been talking with the Government of Honduras, who our State Department and the Obama Administration has declared as a “Rogue State”. The issue here is that DeMint is encouraging the “Rogue State” to resist the US Government’s efforts to restore the legitimate government of Honduras…

This is Treason, with a capital “T”, under the Logan Act. While unlikely, there is the possibility that the US Government, in concert with other South and Latin American allies could send US troops into the country to restore order…

So we got a US Senator, telling the other side to “stand strong”…

And possibly kill our soldiers?

This SOB needs to be impeached, tried for treason…

And locked up in the general population of a Federal prison, where he can learn the real meaning of patriotism.

Racism will not only make you stupid…

It now appears it will make you a Traitor.

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