Security briefing 24 May open to public in "listen-only mode"

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, May 8, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Government Security News: Coast Guard and TSA to brief homeland security advisory panel on May 24

    And with all due respect to religion ....

    ... have you considered asking Donald Duck or Dagwood for their inputs? :rolleyes:
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Listen-only mode?? What, they're afraid of hearing from the public? God forbid the hoi polloi should speak.
  3. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    This committee was formed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which, among other things, requires that meetings be announced and open to the public. Read the Federal Register notice and you'll see all the details. The TSA is taking full advantage of the law's language. It says that the meetings have to be open to the public, but does not require that agencies allow the public to fully participate.

    Of note is the closed session in the morning, where they will be briefed at the precious SSI level. The law allows an agency to conduct closed sessions of a FACA meeting if closing the meeting "serves the public interest." (FACA has a presumption of public meetings as its basis.) I suppose someone with the time and resources could legally challenge that closing the meeting is not in the public interest. What's left for the open afternoon session is pure fluff.

    Just for grins, here are the names of the committee members: (FWIW, I have worked with a couple of them.) Notable names are:

    1. William Webster -- former FBI director and DCI
    2. Ray Kelly -- Police Commissioner of NYC
    3. John Magaw -- First TSA Director and the guy who wanted to arm the clerks and give them arrest authority
    4. Martin O'Malley -- Current MD governor (I'll bet the citizenry didn't know their governor has a second job.)

    Federal register notice:
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Ray Kelly, the guy who's perfectly happy to abuse the citizens of NYC -- and brags about it.

    Martin O'Malley, who's dying to be a player on the national scene.

    John Magaw -- arm the smurfs? Yeah, there's a winning ticket.

    William Webster -- every American is a potential enemy.

    Wankers all.
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Magaw also was one ATF's worst-ever directors.

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