As Americans continue to watch in utter amazement as the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration demonstrates its continued inability to identify and target likely hostile travelers and, therefore, subjects 100% of travelers to intrusive screening, we all are wondering Why?
The answer is actually straightforward: TSA Director John Pistole.
Pistole served for over seven years as the Deputy Director of the FBI until he became the Director of the TSA a few months ago. During his time as the No.2 man in our nation’s most powerful law-enforcement organization, Pistole oversaw the bureau’s outreach program to American Muslim organizations blossom. The organizations to which the FBI reached out were all Hamas fronts, Hamas support entities or fronts for the root organization of the global jihad: the Muslim Brotherhood. They included the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) among others.
Not only did Mr. Pistole fail aggressively to seek to target these groups investigatively, he sought their approval. Under Mr. Pistole’s watch, FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni invited Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the ACLU into FBI headquarters to ensure the attorney general’s Investigative Guidelines were not offensive. We wouldn’t want to offend, Hamas might make them angry at us. FBI field offices around the country were given training from CAIR, an organization created by the International Muslim Brotherhood to be a front for Hamas as demonstrated by evidence in the largest Hamas trial in U.S. history–the Holy Land Foundation in Dallas, Tex., in 2008.
During Mr. Pistole’s tenure as FBI deputy director, the Joint Terrorism Task Forces failed to share information properly with state and local law enforcement organizations, so the states began creating Fusion Centers. Nine years after 9/11, local and state agencies are still frustrated with the FBI’s lack of response to significant terrorism issues within the domestic United States (e.g. Jamaat al Fuqra training camps in the U.S.), and the continued lack of information sharing. Did I mention the over $500 million flushed down the toilet in the FBI’s failed attempt to create a Virtual Case File, or the current failings of the FBI’s data systems?
Now Mr. Pistole is the head of TSA. Instead of profiling likely terrorists, which any professional security specialist knows is the only chance you have of keeping a port safe because you cannot successfully screen 100% of your travelers, Mr. Pistole is defending TSA’s policy of strip-searching grandmother’s, nuns and three-year-olds. Wouldn’t want to offend Hamas would we Mr. Pistole? Gross incompetence at the FBI rewarded by making him the head of TSA. We shouldn’t expect the results to be any different.