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Throwing Stars, Skull Fragments, Grenades: You Won’t Believe the Items Confiscated by TSA in 2013?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The better question might be – what wasn’t confiscated from U.S. airports in 2013?

The TSA discovered guns, grenades, throwing stars and human skull fragments on travelers at checkpoints, WSBT.com reports, citing a TSA blogger.

Security found a stun gun in a cane and pepper spray disguised as lipstick. 

“Our officers regularly find sword canes, credit card knives, belt buckle knives, comb/brush knives, knives hidden in shoes, knives hidden in thermoses and knives hidden under the bag lining near the handle mechanism,” TSA blogger Bob Burns wrote.

The busiest airport for guns was Atlanta International, where 111 firearms were found.

 

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Alejandro Mayorkas Closer to Winning Confirmation for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security advanced to the next stage after getting approval from a Senate panel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Alejandro Mayorkas, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, needs confirmation from a majority of the Senate.

Republicans have objected to Mayorkas because of dogged allegations that he intervened in a visa program, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

If confirmed, Mayorkas would manage daily operations of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, TSA and ICE.

Eric Holder Pledges Justice at Ceremony for Slain TSA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling the shooting death of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport “a profound sacrifice,” U.S. Attorney Eric Holder on Wednesday pledged there will be no “rest until justice has been done,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Holder spoke during the ceremony for Geraldo Hernandez, who became the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty after a shooting rampage.

Hernandez’s death “marked him a man of bravery and of valor,” Holder said. “But what truly made Officer Hernandez a hero was how he lived: with kindness, with consideration — and with love — for all who were fortunate to know him.”

His wife, Ana Hernandez, told the audience that her husband “was a great man who always showed his love for our family.”

AG Holder to Speak at Funeral of First TSA Agent Killed in Line of Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak at the funeral today of the TSA agent killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for Gerardo I. Hernandez, who became the first TSA worker killed in the line duty.

In addition to Holder, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, TSA Administrator John Pistole and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are expected to speak.

“We are hurting,” Hernandez’s wife, Ana, said. “I am truly devastated.”

AG Holder Opposes Arming TSA Agents Following LAX Shooting

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Would travelers be safer if TSA agents were armed?

The answer is no, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who opposes the idea, UPI reports.

The question was raised again after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.

Mass shootings “can’t be the new normal,” Holder said.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t review the measures that are in place to keep people safe from the time that they get out of their cars and go into the terminals,” he said.

LAX Gunman a “Pissed-Off Patriot” Who Wanted to Kill TSA Officers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The gunman behind the deadly rampage at Los International Airport planned to kill multiple TSA officers to “instill fear in your traitorous minds” when he unloaded his .223-caliber assault rifle, the Associated Press reports.

Gunman Paul Ciancia, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, is heavily sedated after he was shot several times. But he told the FBI in a handwritten note that he is a “pissed-off patriot” upset over what he considered the constitutional violations of invasive TSA searches, the AP reported.

Ciancia also said he was angry at former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Ciancia could be sentenced to death.

Federal Government Can’t Cut Most Homeland Security Employees

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A vast majority of Homeland Security employees cannot be forced off the job because of a government shutdown, the Washington Post reports.

About 86% of the department’s 231,000 employees are considered “essential,” which means they must remain on the job for the “safety of human life or protection of property,” regardless of budget conditions.

One of the most protected components of DHS is the Transportation Security Administration, where 93% of employees are considered essential.