TSA's 'plays' keep terrorists guessing [Village Idiot Warning]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Village idiot John Halinski is sticking his head up again ...

    Federal News Radio: TSA's 'plays' keep terrorists guessing

    The Transportation Security Administration is taking on terrorist threats like an offensive coordinator in football takes on an opposing defense. TSA hopes to create unpredictability in the security measures it uses, with the agency detailing 120 "plays" in a playbook for officials to use randomly.

    "We know terrorists study us and shape their attacks based on our procedures and methods," said John Halinski, TSA's deputy administrator during a speech at the sixth annual conference on security analysis and risk management sponsored by the Security Analysis and Risk Management Association and George Mason University's Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security in Arlington, Va. "The 120 plays are based on specific threat streams. We base the play on what threat we are seeing or trying to address."

    The use of a playbook is part of the way TSA is using a risk management approach in its mission.

    Playbook? Do they have recess, too?
  2. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I saw that headline and my blood pressure spiked. I haven't read it yet because I didn't want my head to explode, leaving my family to clean up the pink gooey mess.

    Bootlickers are usually nauseating, but this guy takes so much creative licence in his bootlicking that he manages to make readers sick with rage as well as disgust.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    What attacks, Johnny Pee Pants?
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  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    the ones he has wet dreams over, apparently. If a serious opponent wanted to disrupt, they would bypass all those clowns in blue. If anything, they provide just another avenue of exploitation. The 120 "plays" are designed to ferret out the lone wolf crazy, and that is not where the real threat is, not when you are tet-a-tet with capable dark intelligence operators like the Syrians and Iranians. If we go to war with those folks, instead of using proxies, I'd be more reluctant than usual to use the airways. The TSA provides security only in its own mind.
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  5. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    And none of these plays have any way of stopping a suicide bomber from taking out the "security" line - a target that can potentially see more casualties than blowing up a fully-loaded airliner. If I were hellbent on causing mayhem, I know I'd see the better choice out of "Kill a planeload of passengers by detonating in the air" or "Kill 5 planeloads of passengers while they're all stuck in the abuse line."

    Especially true when there's no way to separate me from my bomb before that point. It's a guaranteed victory and potentially even more psychologically damaging than a successful attack against a plane.
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  6. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    What I fail to understand is if TSA is trying to prevent another 9/11 then all that is required to prevent anyone from gaining control of the aircraft. That's it, nothing more! It was the airplanes that were used as weapons, not a person with 3.5 ounces of water.

    TSA's sexual assault pat downs will not stop someone from gaining access to the cockpit. TSA's Electronic Strip Searches will not prevent someone from gaining access to the cockpit. None of TSA's current invasive screening procedures will stop someone from gaining access to the cockpit.

    Locked cockpit doors and flight crew who know to not cooperate with anyone trying to gain control is what prevents the next terrorist attack.

    The hoops TSA has us jumping through is a waste of time, money, and effort.

    TSA is a waste of time, money and effort.
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  8. I suspect these "plays" are all the things we know about, and that we see people getting inexplicably hassled about: gun in a teddy bear, explosive liquid or contraband hidden in an ostomy bag, explosive breast implants, wheelchair-bound infirm person used as a mule, probably something about a sharp metal item protruding from a woman's vagina. And certainly an underwear bomb, I'm sure there's still a play for that. Maybe even something about a t-shirt with a gun on it that magically becomes a real gun somehow. And so on and so forth up to number 120.
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  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Not false positives, Negatives. 120 Excuses to harrass absent any reason, "at random."

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