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TSA Busts Man with 23 Weapons in Carry-on Bag

By Steve Neavling

The TSA caught a Virigina man with 23 weapons in his carry-on bag at a checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. 

The bag contained nine scalpels, eight folding locking-blade knives, three martial arts throwing knives, a dagger, switchblade and a pair of brass knuckles. 

TSA officers found the weapons Wednesday after the carry-on bag when through the X-ray machine.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police issued the man a citation. 

“Even in the sometimes chaotic environment of the screening checkpoints, the TSA officers at our airport do an amazing job every day by keeping dangerous items out of the aircraft cabin,” John Busch, TSA federal security director for the airport, said in a statement said. “It’s important to acknowledge them and the significance of their mission.”

Exploding Golf Balls? Machine Gun Bong? TSA Found Some Weird Items at Airports

By Steve Neavling

Yes, the TSA confiscated a record number of guns at airport security checkpoints in 2021. 

But that wasn’t all the agency found as travelers resumed traveling during the pandemic.

TSA agents discovered exploding golf balls, a stun gun disguised as a smart phone, a Nightmare on Elm Street-themed cleaver, exploding golf balls, grenades, a realistic replica bomb, a machine gun bong and bullets hidden in a Mentos gun container. 

The TSA shared the confiscated items on Instagram

Exploding golf balls. All photos via TSA.
Bullets inside a Mentos container.
A replica time bomb.
A stun gun disguised as a smart phone.
A bong resembling a machine gun.

Secret Service Arrests Two People with Weapons And Letter to Biden Near White House

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service arrested two people near the White House after one of them told agents they were in possession of weapons and a letter to President Biden. 

One of them had a BB gun, and the other was in possession of an unregistered pistol and ammunition, The Hill reports.

“During the course of the encounter and subsequent arrests, the individuals posed no immediate danger to any Secret Service protectee,” the Secret Service said.

The pair voluntarily approached the agents on Friday and said they “were there to meet with the President of the United States and had a letter to deliver to him.”

“On Feb. 13 at approximately 5:24 p.m., two individuals approached U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officers near 15th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave,” a Secret Service spokesperson told The Hill.

“One of the individuals disclosed the possession of a weapon and was immediately detained and the second individual disclosed the location of an additional weapon in a vehicle nearby. Uniformed Division officers located the vehicle and took possession of the weapon. The first individual was arrested for possession of a BB gun and the second individual was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition,” the spokesperson added.

Biden was on the way to Camp David at the time and was not at the White House. 

FBI: Ohio Teen Who Threatened Federal Agents Had 10,000 Rounds of Ammo in His House

Justin Olsen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 18-year-old Ohio man who went by the name “ArmyOfChrist” was arrested by the FBI for allegedly making online threats against federal law enforcement and Planned Parenthood.

Agents found about 10,000 rounds of ammunition, assault-style weapons and shotguns, according to an FBI affidavit.

The FBI began investigating Justin Olsen after discovering his iFunny account. In June, “ArmyOfChrist” posted, “shoot every federal agent on sight.”

The investigation was “based upon the observation by FBI Anchorage into multiple Internet postings in which ArmyOfChrist discussed supporting mass shootings, and assault and/or targeting of Planned Parenthood,” according to the affidavit.

In another post, he allegedly wrote, “Don’t comply with gun laws, stock up on stuff they could ban. In fact, go out of your way to break these laws.”

Olson was charged Monday with one count of threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer.

Olson insisted during interviews with federal authorities that he had no violent intentions and was being “hyperbolic.”

TSA Failures Undermine Passenger Safety on Airplanes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

From missing weapons carried onto commercial aircraft by travelers to poor vetting and training of airport screeners, the TSA is failing in its mission “in many ways” to keep flyers safe, argues The Hill opinion contributor Martin Schwartz.

For one, the Homeland Security Inspector General found that TSA missed 95% of weapons carried onto airplanes by undercover investigators.

Since the agency is failing to prevent many travelers from carrying forbidden items onto airplanes, the TSA announced it plans to increase highly intrusive personal frisks of passengers.

The TSA also has failed to fully deploy the nearly foolproof full-body scanners.

The agency’s high-level supervisors also have been fired for poor performance, which trickles down to the rank and file.

This comes at a time when a record number of travelers are caught with weapons, especially firearms.

“For an agency that must deal with the public every day at transit facilities, and that has existed for well over a decade, this is an inexcusable record of failure,” Schwartz wrote. “It strongly suggests that the TSA should be abolished, with its duties turned over to well-trained airline, ship or railroad personnel working under the direct supervision of specialized law enforcement professionals, namely officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).”

Secret Service Finds Cache of Weapons in Car Near White House


White_HouseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Secret Service officials approached a man for allegedly urinating in public near the White House on Sunday morning, they found a cache of guns, knives and other weapons in the suspect’s car.

CNN reports that the suspect said he was planning to go to the white House to speak with National  Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Defense Secretary James Mattis “for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head,” according to the incident report obtained by CNN

A search of the vehicle uncovered nine guns, three knives, ammunition, brass knuckles and suppressors.

The suspect was charged with multiple weapons violations after he was taken to a D.C. facility for “mental observation.”

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Secret Service Stops Bulletproof-Clad Man with Knives Trying to Confront Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump, via Twitter

Ivanka Trump, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Bronx man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying two throwing knives tried getting into Trump Tower in New York to see President Trump’s daughter Ivamkqa Trump on Thursday.

But Adames Benitez, 52, was quickly stopped by Secret Service after agents spotted the bulletproof vest around 4 p.m., the New York Daily News reports. 

The suspect told Secret Service agents he was a U.S. senator who owned the building and wanted to speak to Ivanka about her dress line.

A search uncovered two throwing knives, weighted socks and a fake New York State I.D. card.

Prosecutors charged the man with weapons possession and having a fake ID and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the man was an imminent threat to Ivanka.

Dozens of Firearms Discovered at Airports Nationwide During Holiday Travel Break

Firearms discovered by the TSA during the holiday travel period. Photo via TSA.

Firearms discovered by the TSA during the holiday travel period. Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During the busy holiday travel break, the TSA found 80 firearms in carry-on bags at airports nationwide.

Of the 80 firearms, 65 were loaded, according to a weekly TSA blog. A round was chambered in 26 of the guns.

TSA officials also found four tubes of gun powder in a checked bag at Sioux Falls.

Officials also found grenades in checked bags at New Bern and Raleigh-Durham. Two swords were discovered in a carry-on in Atlanta.

Despite the TSA’s constant reminders about banned items, travelers continue to try to carry firearms and other weapons in carry-on bags.

Travelers are permitted to bring firearms in their checked baggage if they declare them with the airline.

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