Infamy!&Aftermath

Infamy!

A terrible thing has happened, despite the best efforts of the professionals who tried to contain it: Not the fault of Officials: One slipped by.

New Below - APSA JULY ARMED PILOTS UPDATE by ASPA

Despite the warnings, terrorist organization and planning succeeded in the unthinkable:
implementing and succeeding in the takeover of four of the passenger flights on September 11, 2001, AM.

It seems they were willing to use the diversion tactics of killing innocent stewardesses and stabbing passengers as necessary to con the front crew into opening the door immediately, whereupon they succeeded in all four instances to overpower and kill the unarmed crew with no defense plan. While not blaming the airlines, the door was light and the lock flimsy, not to deter entry of bad guys. That is an area that can be improved. Defenseless is also an area that can be improved. In well planned and rehearsed stealth attacks, the "perps" succeeded in hits on intended primary and secondary targets:

  • Both towers of the New York Trade Center, NYC;
  • The pentagon building, after buzzing the White House. Fortunately the Pentagon Building contained much blast and impact protection: enough to save all but the impact area. This was not in the Pentagon's war protection plans either.

    It appears there was intense bravery on the part of still-alive passengers of the fourth plane, based on cell phone transcript, when it was making a banking-turn low to the ground. Members of the passengers succeeded in stopping the murderous goal of the hijackers in making another attempt on the president of the US life: either at Camp David, or at the White House, but lost there lives in the process. What a valiant deed. They heard they were dead anyway, thanks to cell-phone calls brave passengers succeeded to make when the plane was low enough for the calls to connect.

    There should be a memorial forever for these brave people who accomplished a heroic deed that hastened their death. Uncommon bravery in the face of death.

    Also to all the brave firemen, policemen, and all others, who lost there lives in fighting the fire, rescuing workers, setting up command centers, and not realizing the excess fuel would find a way of getting hot enough to implode the building structures so quickly.

    Prayers to all who need it and for all the millions of children and adults whose lives are shattered by such a horrific tragedy. The scenes of awful violence and tragedy will live in infamy for this infamous act.

    How can anyone rejoice to the slaughter and effect on so many men, women, and children of all religions and faiths (literally)?

    Extreme condolence to the tens of thousands of families directly impacted by this huge tragedy.

    To the hundreds and thousands of others not mentioned in the examples who lost there lives in heroic effort, need to be memorialized as well

    What a day!! This is in the fore front or background of everyone's mind in America today, certainly on Shooter Solutions' employees today, a day that will last way more in infamy (as for damage within the States) than Pearl Harbor, the aftermath of which resulted in every man woman and child becoming personally involved in World War II in one way or another.

    The New York trade center as we know is no more. The Pentagon fire is still burning out of control. The President and 95% of America is rightfully mad. The President, US Government Officials, and support from all peoples of the World are justifiable angry about the "cowardly act" of mass murder in the early morning of September 11, 2001. There is a call for continued energetic response to work on the problem.

    Shooter Solutions still supports freedoms of Americans predating the Constitution, including the right to keep and bear arms. There is zero support for the "right" of terrorists to do what they are doing in physical attack.

    Freedom under attack (Response = WAR?)

    Infamy

    - Weapon Control

    The front crew were "outgunned" by what appeared to be altered shaving kits and box cutters (and mace "shaving cream?") Gun and Weapon control "safety" prevents Cockpit Crew from defending themselves against tiny weapons and overwhelming force. Crew members are not allowed permits to carry, even with proper training to equalize: they are taught other methods instead. It was not presumed a terrorist would acquire the training to fly the plane himself. At the very least, without offending the "gun control" people, it is obvious weapon-control (preventing the good people from defending themselves) is not the ultimate answer. Why, some people with minimal weapons can overpower by surprise those with no weapons whatsoever. On the fourth plane, the angry passengers who revolted no doubt used every superior weapon at their disposal, perhaps from Laptops to Cell Phones to themselves as necessary.

    While the current president was blind-sided, The previous administration had warning in 1995, (according to MaxNews Service), from the Laptop computer and confession of a World Trade Center-convicted Bomber. He had ties to the same group(s) said to be under suspicion for the latest and most deadly big outrage of 9-11-01. It outlined terrorist trained pilot takeover of civilian airlines for bombing or attack upon buildings. Apparently forgotten. update 9-17-01

    Infamy!

    A terrible thing happened on September 11, 2001. Despite the best efforts of the professionals who tried to contain it: Not the fault of Officials: One slipped by.

    Despite the warnings, terrorist organization and planning succeeded in the unthinkable:
    implementing and succeeding in the takeover of four of the passenger flights on September 11, 2001, AM.

    It seems they were willing to use the diversion tactics of killing innocent stewardesses and stabbing passengers as necessary to con the front crew into opening the door immediately, whereupon they succeeded in all four instances to overpower and kill the unarmed crew with no defense plan. While not blaming the airlines, the door was light and the lock flimsy, not to deter entry of bad guys. That is an area that can be improved. Defenseless is also an area that can be improved. In well planned and rehearsed stealth attacks, the "perps" succeeded in hits on intended primary and secondary targets:

  • Both towers of the New York Trade Center, NYC;
  • The pentagon building, after buzzing the White House. Fortunately the Pentagon Building contained much blast and impact protection: enough to save all but the impact area. This was not in the Pentagon's war protection plans either.

    It appears there was intense bravery on the part of still-alive passengers of the fourth plane, based on cell phone transcript, when it was making a banking-turn low to the ground. Members of the passengers succeeded in stopping the murderous goal of the hijackers in making another attempt on the president of the US life: either at Camp David, or at the White House, but lost there lives in the process. What a valient deed. They heard they were dead anyway, thanks to cell-phone calls brave passengers succeeded to make when the plane was low enough for the calls to connect.

    There should be a memorial forever for these brave people who accomplished a heroic deed that hastened their death. Uncommon bravery in the face of death.

    Also to all the brave firemen, policemen, and all others, who lost there lives in fighting the fire, rescuing workers, setting up command centers, and not realizing the excess fuel would find a way of getting hot enough to implode the building structures so quickly.

    Prayers to all who need it and for all the millions of children and adults whose lives are shattered by such a horrific tragedy. The scenes of awful violence and tragedy will live in infamy for this infamous act.

    How can anyone rejoice to the slaughter and effect on so many men, women, and children of all religions and faiths (literally)?

    Extreme condolence to the tens of thousands of families directly impacted by this huge tragedy.

    To the hundreds and thousands of others not mentioned in the examples who lost there lives in heroic effort, need to be memorialized as well

    What a day!! This is in the forefront or background of everyone's mind in America today, certainly on Shooter Solutions' employees today, a day that will last way more in infamy (as for damage within the States) than Pearl Harbor, the aftermath of which resulted in every man woman and child becoming personally involved in World War II in one way or another.

    The New York trade center as we know is no more. The Pentagon fire is still burning out of control. The President and 95% of America is rightfully mad. The President, US Government Officials, and support from all peoples of the World are justifiable angry about the "cowardly act" of mass murder in the early morning of September 11, 2001. There is a call for continued energetic response to work on the problem.

    Shooter Solutions still supports freedoms of Americans predating the Constitution, including the right to keep and bear arms. There is zero support for the "right" of terrorists to do what they are doing in physical attack.

    Freedom under attack (Response = WAR?)

    Infamy

    - Weapon Control

    The front crew were "outgunned" by what appeared to be altered shaving kits and box cutters (and mace "shaving cream?") Gun and Weapon control "safety" prevents Cockpit Crew from defending themselves against tiny weapons and overwhelming force. Crew members are not allowed permits to carry, even with proper training to equalize: they are taught other methods instead. It was not presumed a terrorist would acquire the training to fly the plane himself. At the very least, without offending the "gun control" people, it is obvious weapon-control (preventing the good people from defending themselves) is not the ultimate answer. Why, some people with minimal weapons can overpower by surprise those with no weapons whatsoever. On the fourth plane, the angry passengers who revolted no doubt used every superior weapon at their disposal, perhaps from Laptops to Cell Phones to themselves as necessary.

    While the current president was blind-sided, The previous administration had warning in 1995, (according to MaxNews Service), from the Laptop computer and confession of a World Trade Center-convicted Bomber. He had ties to the same group(s) said to be under suspicion for the latest and most deadly big outrage of 9-11-01. It outlined terrorist trained pilot takeover of civilian airlines for bombing or attack upon buildings. Apparently forgotten. update 9-17-01

    Gun Control- one month later! To this day, pilots are still denied their right to defend the plane with trained use of firearms designed just for use against terrorists. The Pilots' union is trying to get their right to defend, denied by the FAA forced by the US Congress. Front Sight has offered free training to all pilots and co-pilots that have approval to use a firearm in defense from their supervisor, at a savings of over $1,000.00 per pilot and copilot in the U.S. They way they will give superior training than the FBI. This should be clear evidence elimination of guns is like the elimination of various vaccines: It puts real thousands at risk for anything whatsoever. Gun control aimed at good citizens is never a good thing: not even in NYC. Gun Control is a good thing when aimed at the bad guys. THere is a report that the US Senate has passed a law to step around the second amendment by language calling for the demilitirization of all firearms of any kind and of any age ever once owned by the US Gov't or the US military? And they unanimously passed a resolution to arm all US aircraft pilots? (Did they get duped (insertion into a larger bill?)) You can see the NRA statement here. (Congress Considers "Demilitarization" Requirement) As to the Pilot arming, you can view it here also from Gun Owners Action League from our links page. 10-17-01

    Below is an important official email I received from THe Airline Pilots Association today (7-16-02) to be published and emailed to everyone to whom it may concern, marked urgent for patriots:

    Here is a public post by a patriot, move by the Senate Action mentioned above, which could surely represent millions of Americans the webmaster noticed while perusing little followed links from this site:

    At a time in our American history when another enemy has struck at our homeland killing more Americans than ever in any single day of our history, we must thank God for the vision of our forefathers. It was they who originally penned the words, "the right to bear arms". All citizens of the United States of America today have the right to bear arms and defend our proud nation. Denying us that right or putting any limit on our right to bear whatever firearms an individual deems necessary for personal defense of this nation is a crime against the history of this nation, it's founder's intent and a threat against our very survival. On a recent flight after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the pilot informed passengers that THEY were his only protection against a potential hijacker. He then asked passengers to help safeguard the plane, and if anyone appeared to threaten the plane, he would ask us as passengers to subdue the hijacker. It is a sad fact that many legislators have taken past action and intend to take future actions to limit access to the firearms we as Americans feel are necessary for the defense of our proud homeland. It is an insult to lives lost in this nation in the WTC terrorist attack and past events, and even the Anthrax terror being unleashed on Americans today. I have never owned a gun. I am a law abiding professional executive businessman, and I have never before considered owning a gun. I make over $100,000 a year and while I have been politically conservative, I never before felt it necessary to own a gun. I promise all who read this editorial that I am first going to purchase a gun myself for the defense of my family, my fellow citizens, our freedom and the survival of this nation. I will also dedicate myself to become more politically active immediately and support legislation to free access to American citizens to firearms. I will support politicians who support free access to firearms as promised in the Constitution of the United States of America. God bless this nation. God bless all of you who have sought to protect our proud land. I thank you for keeping my right to bear arms alive, and I commit myself to joing you in the future. I promise you that while we fight terrorism overseas, I will personally fight for our right to bear arms, and be armed and prepared myself to protect this nation at any time, in any place.
    John Sparks


    Post credit to John, post hosting credit to e-gun.net. You will find them on the LINKS page. For questions on do legal handguns reduce crimes? See what Professor John Lott, Jr. of Chicago Law School has to say here.You'll want to read every word !!!!

    APSA JULY ARMED PILOTS UPDATE



    YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE MOST IMPORTANT UPDATE WE HAVE EVER SENT YOU.

    We are now in the crucial final rounds of our fight to secure our cockpits. While we just scored an impressive victory over staunch opponents, much remains to be done. PLEASE read this carefully so that you understand where we—and our sworn enemies—are. If ever we needed strong grassroots support, now is that time. BEGIN BY GIVING THIS UPDATE ABSOLUTELY MAXIMUM EXPOSURE. Forward it to everyone in your address book, and ask them to do the same. Print it out and take it to work with you.

    We are this close to victory; now is not the time for relaxing. If you need to skip to the Action Items, see the last page and pick up the phone.

    TREMENDOUS APSA-LED VICTORY IN HOUSE!

    This is HUGE. On Wednesday, July 10, the House of Representatives passed two crucial amendments to the weakened HR 4635 Bill by approximately a two-thirds majority. More importantly, the bill itself, with the Amendments, passed with a veto-proof three-quarters majority. Kudos and thanks aplenty go out to Representatives John Hostettler (R-IN) for his amendment and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), John Thune (R-SD), and Joe Barton (R-TX) for their joint amendment.

    The week began much differently, with only a modicum of optimism. The Arming Pilots Against Terrorism bill, HR 4635, that began as a well-crafted attempt, mutated into a less-than-worthless compromise because of weak advocacy on the part of one group that was afraid of offending its pro-labor (and anti-gun) allies, and even admitted as much. The grisly details of this compromise are a story for another time (we promise). Fortunately, APSA and the Allied Pilots’ Association (APA) stood in the gap. As of Monday, our allies barely hoped to get a couple of luke-warm amendments attached; we started to fear that our only remaining hope was in the Senate. Then APSA Chairman Tracy Price and Board Member Bob Lambert spent two long days visiting specific key Representatives along with APA CADC leadership Al Aitken and Rob Sproc, shoring up support for real amendments with teeth. These were probably the two most productive days spent by APSA activists. Backing them up were thousands of you APSA members and millions of G. Gordon Liddy (www.liddyshow.us) listeners who jumped into the fight en masse. APSA and Liddy activists absolutely inundated the House with calls; and folks, that got their attention, and they let us know about it. Suddenly, the House came alive and Congressmen were fighting for the opportunity to floor amendments.

    Remember, just a couple of weeks ago APSA was told by House Transportation Committee staff that we had ZERO chance of changing the language of the poor bill, because of extensive compromises that had been arranged earlier. Because of YOUR grassroots activism, urged on by APSA and the G-Man, WE WON BIG where nobody thought we could. Together, we changed history.

    More importantly, we carry this freight-train like momentum into the Senate. More on that later.

    GIVE YOURSELVES A PAT ON THE BACK. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, AND FAXES.

    DETAILS, DETAILS: YOU NEVER SAUSAGE A BILL

    The compromised House bill – before the APSA championed amendments - was just a two-year trial program as if we are bumbling fools requiring probation, would have only required the TSA (you know, the guys who hate the idea of arming pilots) to arm a meaningless 250 pilots (out of about 90,000 of us) and didn’t even set a deadline for doing that. It also irrationally put a CEILING on the number of pilots to be armed—a paltry 2%, thus making absolutely certain that this program would lose any deterrent value it might have had, and sending an engraved invitation to terrorists to strike again. It gave the TSA the power to decide at the end of the two-year period whether or not to continue the program. Gee, since they already said no to arming us once, whaddya think they might say this time? In sharp contrast, the APSA-led amendments make the program permanent, available to all airline pilots who choose to volunteer, and take veto power away from airline managers, many of whom oppose arming us. These are the RESULTS of your grassroots participation and your financial support of APSA. If you want real results for your time and money, APSA delivers.

    So we have our grand-slam in the House but some tricky maneuvering remaining in the Senate to get a good product onto the desk of anti-arming-pilots/friend-of-the-Air Transport Association President Bush. At the end of this Update, we’ll let you know how best to help.

    BARBARA BOXER COSPONSORS S.2554

    Another homerun this week: staunchly anti-gun Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) signed on as cosponsor of the Bob Smith/Zell Miller bill (now the Smith/Boxer/Miller bill) to arm pilots. APSA welcomes her aboard this bill we have worked on alongside Senator Smith. The significance of this event cannot be overstated. While one of the original sponsors, Zell Miller (GA) is also a Democrat, Senator Boxer will draw in more from farther Left. Sponsors for this crucial legislation now range from Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) on the Right to Senator Boxer on the Left, making this a truly bipartisan effort. We also thank the rest of the bill’s sponsors: Conrad Burns (R-MT), Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and Strom Thurmond (R-SC). The Senate is now the focus of our energies. Ex-ATF Chief and current TSA boss John Magaw recently told Congress that he still opposes armed pilots because in his words, pilots need to concentrate on getting the airplane down. APSA has pointed out repeatedly that although pilots can multitask well, we have a difficult time doing anything when we are DEAD. Magaw also stated that pilots do not need to be armed because the cockpit door will never be breached—a ridiculous statement that flies in the face of testimony given by Boeing and law enforcement agencies which state unequivocally that impenetrable doors do not exist. Magaw then revealed his hypocrisy—and the fact that he has ulterior agendas—by saying he is seriously considering non-lethal weapons in the cockpit.

    Gotcha. If pilots need to focus ONLY on flying the airplane, then non-lethal weapons are worse-a lot worse—than firearms because they require much more attention. Certainly Magaw, who repeatedly boasts of “forty years of law enforcement experience,” should know this; therefore he is either incompetent or deceiving us. If cockpit doors will really never be compromised, not even non-lethal weapons are needed. But since Magaw admits that cockpits need defending (with his non-lethals), he is also admitting that he knows as well as we do that cockpit doors can be defeated. We believe that his real gripes are that, typical of an ATF boss, he doesn’t think anyone has the right to firearms except the federal government. His second hidden motive is that armed pilots will be seen as reducing the need for armed Federal Air Marshals, and NO CAREER BUREAUCRAT LIKE MAGAW WANTS COMPETITION.

    For his part in this conspiracy, DOT Secretary Norm Mineta was in charge of airline security on September 11th—certainly a dismal failure even without the allegations of some warning. He should do the honorable thing and resign. (Note: at the time of the warnings of al Qaida hijacking plans last summer, FAA boss Jane Garvey, who works for Mineta, ordered removal of arming-pilots language already on the FAA rulebooks!) Mineta is long known for his pathological aversion to firearms. At APSA we have said many times that we hold arming pilots to be an air safety issue, not a 2nd Amendment debate. Nevertheless, Mineta’s extreme bias in the matter has caused him to dismiss the one solution law enforcement agencies say is needed to secure cockpits: arming pilots with firearms.

    Norm Mineta and John Magaw are putting their personal agendas ahead of the lives of the traveling Americans with whose safety they are entrusted. APSA calls on President Bush to remove them from office IMMEDIATELY.

    MISSING OPPORTUNITIES…AND THE POINT

    We at APSA extend our sympathy to the families of the victims and to the injured survivors of the July 4th shooting at LAX. Unfortunately, our government and airline managements are refusing to learn anything from this tragedy, the implications of which are numerous. Like a computer in the hands of a clueless programmer, our “programmed” response was as predictable as it is wrong: calling for moving “security” checkpoints to the outer doors of terminal buildings. Where shall we then move them when the foreseeable car bomb goes off in front of a terminal…or parking garage?

    You see the problem—America will look and feel like an occupied country if we ride this emotional train to its inevitable destination. First point: our entire “security” system is based on a false, unexamined ASSUMPTION that was made in the early 1970s while facing a completely different threat: that stripping ourselves of defensive capability and trusting the government to protect us is desirable. This assumption has been proved false time and again—most recently just this month when we learned that weapons STILL slip through “security” screening points 1 out of 4 times (Who would board an airplane with a pilot who crashed 1 out of 4 landings?). In this rigged test, the inspectors were told to NOT conceal the test weapons so that screeners might have a chance of finding some of them. This is the sort of blatant rubbish that Mineta and Magaw try to pass off as serious security.

    Still, in typical fashion, when faced with unassailable and repeated evidence that a program is wrong-headed, the government response is to…DO MORE OF IT! APSA has stated for months that we cannot purge weapons from a mass transportation system like airlines, and the DOT keeps proving us correct. Look, prison guards admit that they can’t even keep weapons and drugs out of jails. And all this completely ignores the fact that trained terrorists are fully capable of controlling a cabin as prelude to attacking the cockpit door, without the benefit of personally carried weapons.

    As if to help us drive home the fact that our government just doesn’t “get it,” immediately AFTER the LAX airport shooting, California governor Gray Davis urged Californians to “trust the government” to keep them safe because record numbers of law enforcement officers were already [emphasis added] on duty. That being true, we wonder how a lone gunman killed two and injured others in the face of legions of airport-patrolling law enforcement officers whom Davis (and many others of his ilk) promises over and over can protect us from all evil. Further, notwithstanding all that, he mislead us because—is ANYONE paying attention?—the gunman, a male Egyptian immigrant (not a minivan mom or her toddler), was stopped and killed by El Al’s armed airline employees. Second point: were it not for private, armed airline employees, the gunman would have kept killing US-government-disarmed victims until his gun was empty. He wasn’t stopped by the TSA or any other law enforcement agency;
    he was shot and killed by airline employees. John Magaw’s incompetent, bumbling TSA cannot even protect us in the terminal; yet he demands we believe him when he promises that security in the air is infallible and so pilots do not need to be able to defend the cockpit.

    Ignore Magaw. Our government knows, and admits, they cannot prevent hijackings: U.S. and Canadian Air Forces are now jointly training to intercept hijacked airliners. WHILE OUR GOVERNMENT IS SAYING SECURITY IS SO GOOD THAT WE PILOTS WILL NEVER NEED TO DEFEND THE COCKPIT, THEY ARE TRAINING TO SHOOT US DOWN WHEN WE ARE HIJACKED!

    Had the Arab gunman in LAX attacked a domestic airline ticket counter, many more would have died because many US airlines don’t want their employees armed and capable of protecting their passengers, and worked to ensure our government would not allow that. Third point: you are better protected when traveling on any of several foreign airlines whose various employees (including pilots) are armed, than any US airline. Congratulations to John Magaw who has made foreign airlines safer than the US airlines he is tasked with securing.

    Fourth (astounding) point: in the “land of the free,” foreign airlines’ employees are armed—on American soil, in American airline terminals—while U.S. airline employees (U.S. citizens) are disarmed by the Bush Administration and made completely defenseless! If YOU enter an airline terminal armed YOU WILL BE arrested. We are now second-class citizens in our own country, courtesy of our government, which makes deals for foreigners to be armed where it prohibits us from defending ourselves. Where is our outrage?

    WHITE HOUSE DEMEANS AIRLINE PILOTS

    FOR CHEAP POLITICAL GAIN

    President Bush’s advisors have hit on a cheap sound bite that is working for them. We consider it fair to shoot down their glib mantra, since they are, after all, perfectly willing to shoot us down. The ridiculous statement they keep dragging out: “Pilots can not be armed because they need to concentrate on flying the airplane.” Yep, it’s the same nonsense Magaw regurgitates whenever he finds a microphone handy. In fact, almost everyone who would rather the terrorists kill us than the other way around regurgitates this verbatim. Which leads us to conclude that, since the ATA is behind most of the mischief in this issue, it probably comes from them. If you don’t stop to think about it, it sounds like it might make sense. However, isn’t that what eight pilots tried to do on 9/11—“just fly” their airplanes? WE PILOTS ARE THE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS WHO KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO “CONCENTRATE ON. We are up to HERE with NONPILOT sound-bite manufacturers who have political agendas telling the public how we should do our jobs. Airline pilots are specifically trained to handle emergencies by dividing cockpit duties: one pilot flies while the other deals with the emergency. In fact we spend most of our training time doing just this. Note to disingenuous White House political hacks: armed terrorists (that YOUR “security” misses) coming through our cockpit door is an emergency that we can be trained to handle calmly, just like any other emergency. Find another cheap sound bite we can easily discredit.

    ONLY APSA and APA VISIT GEORGE WILL
    For the record: In late May, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist George Will wrote a column relating the opinions of three airline pilots who, oddly enough, think being able to defend their cockpits is a bad idea. A line pilot at a major airline took issue with some of the column and called his union to enlist their aid in refuting the particulars of the editorial. After being ignored by his union, to whom he pays about 2% of his income, he contacted APSA. This pilot, APSA Director Scott Lewis, and the Vice-Chairman of the Allied Pilot’s Association’s Committee for Armed Defense of the Cockpit, Al Aitken, visited Mr. Will. He was gracious and welcomed speaking with pilots who share his view that we should be armed. Immediately following the meeting, Mr. Will penned another column on the subject endorsing our position, using some of the information we provided. Mr. Will’s fair-mindedness, one pilot’s initiative, and a few hours investment by APSA and APA staff are the quali ties that carried the day; not the public criticism leveled by the above pilot’s union, which then went so far as to claim credit for the 2nd column after turning down the opportunity to get involved and help the cause. Now you know the rest of the story.
    MEDIA MOMENTUM
    Tracy Price continues as a regular guest on the well-known and influential Chris Core radio show on WMAL in Washington, D.C, the Lee Rogers and Melanie Morgan radio show on KSFO in San Francisco and the Syndicated Ken Hamblin radio show. Tracy has also recently appeared on MSNBC and Fox News and most notably on Geraldo Rivera Live. Scott Lewis is listed on the G. Gordon Liddy website as one of three regular guests; he is heard at least weekly. APSA Board members Marc Feigenblatt, Bob Lambert, and Joe Gennaro were engaged by various local media too many times to log. The point here is not bragging about microphone time; it is that APSA is keeping this issue alive with the media and therefore with the public and lawmakers. This is crucial to sustaining our momentum, and is another example of cost- and time-efficient advocacy.
    MORE ATTACKS IMMINENT?
    Suspected terrorists now riding in our aircraft cabins.

    APSA has learned that the Federal Air Marshal (FAM) organization has begun noting a number of unusual events occurring in airline cabins. All these events are being perpetrated by individuals who fit the description of the 9/11 terrorists (Attention Norm Mineta: these are not grandmothers from Syracuse or 4-year-old kids on their way home from Orlando), and we are told that a pattern is emerging. The events themselves range from individuals explicitly acting suspiciously, to running toward the cockpit door, stopping just short. In some instances, a well-dressed individual entered the 1st class lavatory, then emerged dressed in combat fatigues. The latest word is that there have even been attempts to open the cockpit door. Air Marshals believe these incidents are intended to elicit a reaction from them so that they can be identified. Why? No one knows for certain of course, but the supposition is that the perpetrators are trying to determine the probability of encounter ing FAMs—in preparation for more hijackings. Dovetailing well with this is, remember, the TSA’s clear warning to APSA some months ago: “The clock is ticking…we are on borrowed time for more 9/11-style terrorist hijackings.” We think this is huge news, and remain outraged that President Bush, Norm Mineta, John Magaw, the ATA, many airlines, and opposing members of Congress are STILL not serious about air security.

    CAPTURED AL QAEDA TRAINING VIDEO
    U.S. intelligence personnel have in their possession an al Qaeda training video that was obtained in Afghanistan. APSA hopes to get a de-classified copy. For now, we have a verbal description of it, and in the words of our intelligence professionals who have seen it, the content is shocking—even to them. Abject, utter, vicious cruelty best describes the practice killing seen in it. The settings are Western, such as golf courses. The killers are seen practicing killing unarmed civilians in their homes; or on rooftops then throwing the bodies off. But it’s not just the killings; it’s how they were performed. For instance, victims are screaming, “Please don’t kill me!” in English so as to desensitize the killers to hearing people beg for their lives in English—guess who they are training to kill. Not surprisingly, all scenarios are suicide missions with no plans for extracting the killers. Since they intend to die, there can be no deterrent - except the probability of f ailure - which is their only fear.

    Contrast this with the unmitigated ignorance (or is it arrogance?) of airline managers, who are telling air crews to fight off such highly trained teams of suicidal, determined killers with items like small plastic flashlights and fire extinguishers. We wonder what the pilots, flight attendants and passengers who bravely fought to their deaths on September 11th would think of such hopeless stupidity. Do you think they would prescribe flashlights or firearms? NOTHING SHORT OF LETHAL FORCE CAN CAUSE TERRORISTS TO FAIL; THEREFORE ONLY LETHAL FORCE CAN DETER THEM. .

    As further proof of the sadistic mindset of our enemy, an al Qaeda leader recently said that it is their right to kill four million Americans, two million of which are specifically to be our children.

    In case you’re interested, “our” federal government has developed policy for giving local law enforcement (“first responders”) instruction for dealing with a terrorist event: secure the area, and wait for the federal agencies to arrive. APSA does not believe local and state police officers would sit by while citizens are being systematically murdered. But we want you to note that this policy is yet another symptom of the federal mindset that only they are capable of “protecting” us. This is what we are battling, and its pervasiveness is disturbing.

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL OF PATIENCE TOO MANY TIMES
    Let’s make this clear: for a number of reasons, APSA cannot advocate illegal job actions. However, we report that pilots’ patience is stretching thin. A pilot was recently arrested for having a handgun in his suitcase (he evidently left it there after a non-flying vacation). Many pilots have told us that this is about the last straw: jailing an airline Captain for merely possessing the tool needed to do his job as specifically mandated by the FAA and his airline (ensuring the security of his flight) is reason enough for a national S.O.S.—Suspension of Service in airline parlance. Such an event should surprise no one.

    One frustration: we Captains are regularly greeted with single, armed law enforcement officers (LEOs) of every stripe—postal inspectors, Department of Agriculture inspectors, Department of Education inspectors, etc. and yet we, who are in by far the safest place on the airplane (the locked cockpit) for keeping firearms, are denied them. In the pre-9/11 past, we welcomed such individuals. But now we know that should a team of trained terrorists target an airplane with a lone, armed LEO aboard we will likely be killed by that person’s gun right after he is. Logic (a quality absent from the DOT) dictates that anytime there are firearms aboard an airliner, some of them had damn well better be in the cockpit.

    Got Brains? Bet you didn’t know that Magaw’s bunch of scholars actually choose armed and properly ID’d law enforcement officers for additional screening, right along side attractive flight attendants to be groped, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. That’s right, law enforcement officers who are carrying a gun are still strip-searched and have their nail scissors stolen from them just like pilots. In one instance, two LEOs were told to place their pistols through the screening x-ray machine for…well, we can’t figure it out, either. No kidding. With apologies to Dave Barry, we swear we are not making this up. Magaw’s TSA is determined to prove the old saw that the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Does everyone understand why we aircrews are SCREAMING for SOMEONE to take security seriously? Can you imagine how hard al Qaida terrorists are laughing at our boundless idiocy?

    More irrationality: Airline company manuals now instruct the most absurd actions as response to terrorist hijackings—if we listed some of them here we would risk losing credibility. “Instructions” for hand-to-hand combat against a team of trained and likely armed terrorists clearly indicate few are taking this seriously or giving it any real thought; nor have the writers ever been in as much as a grade school playground scuffle. Yet that doesn’t stop them from feeling qualified to offer Close Quarters Battle (CQB) advice (APSA Directors include two black belts experienced with firearms and other types of lethal weapons.) One major airline tells its pilots to use the cockpit crash ax to fight back—then warns that the FAA demands the ax be “properly stowed” (where it is out of arm’s reach of the pilots, but available to anyone breaking through the door) while in flight. This same airline is telling its crews to use all force, including lethal force, to defend the cockpit.

    Yet this airline ADAMANTLY opposes arming its crews with lethal force so we wonder what sort of “lethal force” its pilots are expected to muster. So do its pilots, one of whom is an APSA Director who asked about these contradicting instructions—and the airline FAILED TO ANSWER. Pilots deal with many other daily security farces. It’s a good thing we take our jobs more seriously than our managers or Mineta or Magaw.

    The absurdity—not to mention risk—of our current dilemma screams for the obvious solution. Warning: this simmering conflict cannot be indefinitely avoided. At some point, pilots will have “had enough” and will begin taking action to solve the security problem that no one else is taking seriously.


    OUR WORK HERE IS NOT DONE

    Bills have passed by overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, but not the same exact bills. There needs now for the Senate to approve the House version, to send to the President, or a joint version approved by the conference committee going through in this session of Congress.

    VITAL ACTION ITEMS

    1. Call both your Senators. Tell them to support arming airline pilots. Tell them you want a bill to Conference Comittee. The job is not yet finished. The Capitol Switchboard is 202/224-3121. Just tell them your state of residence and they will connect you. You don’t even need to know their names before you call. 2. Call Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle at 202/224-2321 and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott 202/224-6253. Tell them to “allow the FULL SENATE to consider the arming pilots issue.” That sounds vague, but we needn’t be more specific just yet. 3. Again, please visit our Website and make a non-tax deductible donation to your security.

    Thanks to all of you again from Captains Tracy Price (Chairman); Marc Feigenblatt (Vice Chairman); Bob Lambert (Webmaster and Membership); Joe Gennaro (Government Affairs) and Scott Lewis (Government Affairs). Each of us is personally grateful for your relentless support, encouragement, and faith.

    APSA Web Site: http://www.secureskies.org for the latest updates and directions.
    11-12-02


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