Agency now has the resources to potentially arm airport screeners
Eye witness and official government versions of event do not coincide.
Gunman targeting TSA agents opens fire in terminal, killing a screener. Flights are disrupted across nation.
By Jim Schoettler and Derek Gilliam
(SOURCE) Jacksonville International Airport remained shut down Tuesday night after authorities found two suspicious packages and took at least two men into custody, said airport officials and witnesses.
The packages were found inside the terminal and in a parking garage, said Airport Spokesman Michael Stewart. A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office bomb squad team is on the scene.
A witness told The Times-Union that he saw at least two men handcuffed in separate spots – one in the airport and one outside – shortly before 6 p.m. A second witness said he saw police throw a man to the ground outside the airport and then put him in handcuffs.
Stewart said he is unaware of what is in the packages and gave no details about the men witnesses said were arrested. He said the FBI, Sheriff’s Office and Airport Authority police were involved.
Enough for its agents to fire 9,400 bullets a day, every day of the year
Paul Joseph Watson
August 19, 2013
The Transportation Security Administration is set to purchase 3.5 million .357 SIG caliber bullets, enough for its agents to fire 9,400 rounds a day, every day of the year.
According to a solicitation issued by the agency on August 16, the TSA is looking to buy “3,454,000 rounds of .347 SIG Caliber Training Ammunition”.
Although TSA agents in airports are currently unarmed, last month the TSA announced its plan to hire the use of a firing range within a 20 mile radius of LaGuardia Airport in order to train TSA workers.
The federal agency’s huge bullet buy could signal an expansion of its controversial Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program, where teams of armed TSA officers patrol railroad stations, bus stations, ferries, car tunnels, ports, subways, truck weigh stations, rest areas, and special events.
By Michael Pearson. Ed Payne and Rene Marsh, CNN
(CNN) — Let’s get this out of the way straight off: The Transportation Security Administration is probably not going to top anyone’s list of Favorite Federal Government Agencies.
And the stories of its failures spread faster than a speeding jetliner: TSA officers stealing money from luggage, taking bribes from drug dealers, sleeping on the job.