Tuesday, July 24, 2007

FLYING LIGHTERS

WASHINGTON – In an effort to concentrate resources on detecting explosive threats, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it will no longer enforce the ban on common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lighters will continue to be banned in carry-ons. The agency collects more than 22,000 lighters a day which represents a high percentage of all prohibited items surrendered at checkpoints nationwide. The measures will be implemented on August 4th.

“Explosives remain the most significant threat to aviation,” said Kip Hawley, TSA administrator. “By enabling our officers to focus on the greatest threats we are using our officers' time and energy more effectively and increasing security for passengers.”

TSA is also modifying the procedures associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with or without their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.

The procedural adjustments were developed based on process and effectiveness studies, feedback from the workforce and regular consultation with airports, airlines and other security partners. This marks the third modification to security procedures within the last year. On August 10, 2006, a complete ban on liquids, gels and aerosols was implemented immediately following the thwarted terror plot in the United Kingdom, and the update to those measures permitting travel-size amounts of liquids went into effect in September of 2006.

TSA has notified Congress of these changes and will soon begin training its workforce of 43,000 security officers. The United States previously had been the only nation in the world to prohibit lighters from carry-ons.

Since August 2006, 59 countries around the world have adopted the 3-1-1 standard for liquids, gels and aerosols: three ounce containers, in one clear, zip-top plastic bag and one bag per traveler at the checkpoint.

In 2006 the TSA confiscated 11,616,217 lighters.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That whole mess was just Bush and Cheney trying to prop up their cronies in the Big Lighter Industry. The whole thing would have been averted had Gore been a man and not let him steal the election in 2000. And we'd have free healthcare to boot!

8:54 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Couldn't agree more. We are in deep doo doo with Bush/Cheney right now. We will be lucky to see an election in 2008 but he can stop that, too. Martial law is coming soon too. Check out the link under my name.....

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link dd, nice to see a site that doesn't sugarcoat everything! I'm sure that the White House will have it taken down soon enough though.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous elaine wiley said...

You are all Liberal RETARDS!!!!!!

12:21 AM  
Anonymous DD said...

Nice Elaine. You have been drinking the Koolaid, I see. I wish I had wrote this, but I did not. Have a gander...

July 18, 2007
by Brian Trent
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Sooner or later (as all great civilizations through time have dealt with) America will be attacked by terrorists again. There are too many people out there hopelessly addicted to extremism, to acting as pawns in a game of supernatural Risk, to blind fanaticism for it not to happen.

But that won't destroy America.

In history, there have been the Hyksos, the Hittites, the Visigoths, the Huns, the Golden Horde, the Crusaders, and countless other unnamed peoples who have arrived with sword and torch to bring devastation to society. Today they use bombs and AK-47s. And in the future, even if education raises up humanity from the gutters of ignorance there will still be those of the fanatic pathology. It is likely there will always be barbarians.

But that won't destroy America either.

You will.

I'm referring to the screeching fear-addicts who have raped the United States so thoroughly that they should be drawn up on charges of treason. The cowards who, unlike their grandfathers and earlier ancestors, want a nanny state to coddle them, hug them, and ultimately contain them in a little crib with bars and monitors and cameras.

These are the whining tantrum-throwers who live in such a fear-choked world that they will trade in America's Constitution and Bill of Rights for far less than thirty pieces of silver.

They want the President to have the power to arrest Americans without review or charges. To have the power to imprison them indefinitely. To be able to strip away a citizen's status with the magic words "enemy combatant" and cart them off to secret military trials per the PATRIOT ACT's overbroad definitions.

These are the traitorous weasels who think that standing up for America's rights is an act of weakness! The fools who have forgotten that every President swears an oath to "protect, defend, and preserve the Constitution of the United States." At the end of the day, it is the Constitution which must survive us and continue as the guiding principle for America's future as it has been for our past.

These are the cultists who have surrendered their most precious ability - freethinking - to be told by pundits what to echo and chant with brainless repetition.

I am not afraid of terrorists.

My country defeated the British Empire when we were but scattered colonies in the wilderness.

We defeated Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.

We can defeat today's Visigoths without devolving into a police state, without becoming the very antithesis to freedom and civil liberty that we were founded upon. For it is these notions that form the spine of our founding document - the Constitution.


And while we're at it:

You spineless people who endorse the government listening to your phone calls, invading your homes, monitoring you beneath banners of "Freedom is Slavery" and ever-watchful eyes.

You people who are so terrified of open and honest debate that you simply parrot your equally cowardly pundit priests. You who refuse to hold the government accountable, refuse to remind them that they work for us, that we have the power in this nation, that the principles of liberty you mouth are things which must be fought for on domestic soil.

You who allow George W. Bush's illegal wire-tapping and surveillance and propaganda machines to operate unfettered, without realizing that someday a Hillary or PETA or Moore will have access to the same system put in place today. Didn't think of that, did you?

America can only be destroyed from within, not without. It isn't gay marriage or pluralism that destroys us. It is the fear-addicts who are also astounding hypocrites: who support the right to bear arms despite 11,000 deaths a year (and for the record, I also support the Second Amendment wholeheartedly) but freak out when confronted with the proportion of deaths-from-terrorism over the last several years and will fork over their souls to a nanny-state self-perpetuating White House regime without hesitation.

Hypocrites. Cowards. Traitors.

Make no mistake that those in power are keenly aware of how easy you are to manipulate. They flash the lightning and you cower. They feed you a steady diet of feel-good platitudes because they know the real meal - reading the Constitution - is something you won't bother to stomach.

Shame.

When we're attacked again, we need to stand strong and firm and fight, against those barbarians who hurt us and against those opportunistic politicians who will try to exploit the tragedy.

Don't let others tell you what the Founding Fathers wrote. Read it for yourself, brush up on your history, and rediscover the bravery of your progenitors.

Before it's too late, and the "land of the free/home of the brave" becomes a footnote filed under irony.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous ken said...

Elian

I am sorry to say you’re wrong, their not retards their like most clueless Americans on the far left meaning if and when their challenged in some way they start whining how the world would be a better place to live in with a left-winger at the helm.

Look what dd said when he responded to your comment, though he did say he wish he had written them he just quoted others possibly from his site so what does that tell us? He is a follower not a leader as most on the far left are. The far left dem’s must have some people so brain washed because it seems like they can’t think for themselves only to follow their leader.

Now in closing dd or some other lefty will just rip my comment apart in some way, spelling or punctuation but it come with the territory.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Oh, I do think for myself, Ken. You can discount everything I just said, as a matter of fact, if you wish, on the pure fact that you think I am brainwashed and cut and paste.

That's fine. ;)

All I ever ask is that people brush up on their history, remember what the founding fathers said, what they fought for and the law of the land the CONSTITUTION that they penned. They were some smart cookies.

"In Questions of Power, then, Let No More be Heard of Confidence in Man, but Bind him Down from Mischief with the Chains of the Constitution " Thomas Jefferson

I ain't brainswashed at all darlin', I just know my history and how much it is being changed. I don't believe everything Fox news tells me to. I think for myself.

And BEFORE you start calling me a liberal, I thought you might like to know that Ron Paul is my choice.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous AM said...

It is not only every President that swears an oath to "protect, defend, and preserve the Constitution of the United States" but each member in every branch of our military. Sorry, but how do you jive being liberal with the very thing that those who would defend our country are beholden to, including the "commander in chief"? Yes, I will go so low as to point out Ken's spelling and syntax errors, because you sir, the great conservative illustrate perfectly what you accuse the 'liberal' response of - being mindless and following along. At least the 'liberal' could articulate and spell demonstrating education and the critical thought process, whereas you sir don't exhibit a modicum of same! If you care to have an intelligent exchange of ideas I will be more than happy to, however, to base your argument via labelling and using the same techniques of fear mongering you imply you despise only serves to underscore that you sir, are the enemy within. Wake up and Stand up for the very precepts this country you love so much was founded upon!!!

3:53 PM  

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