Your morning jolt: Terrorist bomb could be planted ‘very easily’ at Hartsfield-Jackson, says Paul Broun

Because you might be flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson between now and Thanksgiving Day, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has decided to offer you his comforting opinion on air safety.

The congressman from Athens joined House Transportation Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., at Reagan National on Wednesday, where the pair dropped a report that called the $56 billion spent on airport security since 9/11 to be a waste.

From the Washington Post:

Broun said a terrorist bomb could be put aboard an airliner “very easily” at his home airport in Atlanta. “TSA has not prevented any attacks,” he said. “It’s just been very fortunate that we’ve had no attacks.”

Broun has been a frequent critic of airport security. When last heard from on the topic, the congressman said he had witnessed security agents at an airport – he never said which one – pat down an elderly woman and child, but skip a man “in Arabian dress, who just walked right through.”

Then again, there is that Channel 2 Action News video showing airport workers entering secured zones by piggybacking on each other’s passes, and unsealed catering carts ready to be loaded onto planes.

On security at Hartsfield-Jackson, Jonathan Allen, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, sends this note:

Once we learned of the allegations, we immediately investigated and found no security violations. Catering procedures vary based on their specific situation and physical layout. When and where carts are sealed may vary from location to location depending on the airline’s approved security plan. Also, there are layers of security in place that go beyond what was shown on the news report.

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Newt Gingrich is at the top of a Fox News poll of the GOP presidential race this morning. Herman Cain has faded to a back-of-the-pack third, while Mitt Romney remains – well, an optimist might say “steadfast.” A pessimist might lean toward “mired.” From Fox News:

[Gingrich] stood at 12 percent in late October — before the Cain harassment allegations and Rick Perry’s “oops” debate. Now the former House speaker is at 23 percent, essentially tied for the lead with Romney, with 22 percent.

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In a Washington Post piece this morning, Gingrich admits that as the newest of a series of revolving frontrunners, he’ll have to endure yet another round scrutiny that will test his discipline – which has sometimes been lacking. But he’s got a clear strategy:

One thing he will not do, Gingrich said, is go on the attack against Romney.

“I don’t need to try to get his votes,” he explained. “My campaign is going to focus on substance. My campaign is going to focus on very large proposals, the size of the challenges the country faces.”

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On Wednesday, we posted the background of that CBS report on “insider trading” by members of Congress. A team of four academics led by Georgia state prof Alan Ziobrowski worked 16 years analyzing thousands upon thousands of financial disclosure documents submitted by House members and senators.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, still trying to revive his campaign, has been quick with his response:

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In September, a Florida straw poll launched GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to the top of GOP presidential polls. But a return visit to the state on Wednesday wasn’t so kind. From the Miami Herald:

Cain, who last week stumbled over questions about what he would do in Libya, seemed to know little about Cuba. His campaign kept reporters at bay, and when asked about the Cuban Adjustment Act and the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot policy, Cain seemed stumped.The policy allows Cuban immigrants who have made it to US soil to stay.

“Wet foot, dry foot policy?” Cain asked. His press handlers interrupted as Cain diverted his course and ducked back into the building. Later, when he emerged, he was asked again by another reporter. Cain wouldn’t answer.

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This morning at the state Capitol in Atlanta, state Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, has a hearing at which officials representing the Breeders’ Cup – an annual and currently nomadic horse-racing event – will say that Atlanta could host their event, if only the state would accept parimutuel wagering.

The horse-racing gang then has a 10:45 a.m. appointment with Gov. Nathan Deal.

In an interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) on Wednesday, House Speaker David Ralston repeated his doubts about the measure, especially as a competitor to a state lottery that funds college scholarships. Said Ralston:

”It’s absolutely essential that we weigh the potential impact of this expansion on lottery proceeds. Until that’s done, I don’t think there’s any reason to move forward on the issue.”

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So you’re ticked off at a neighbor who sends his dog to your lawn when the critter needs to download? Consider the case of state Rep. Ralph Long, D-Atlanta, whose neighbor has hosted police officers 111 times in the last two years. From Channel 2 Action News:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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173 comments Add your comment

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
9:58 am

“Bomb could be planted at Hartsfield Jackson” SHHHHHH dont tell the OWS thugs that, they may actually do it.

Teddy Roosevelt

November 17th, 2011
10:00 am

I’d like Ron Paul to get the ticket, but I’ll take Newt

greencracker

November 17th, 2011
10:05 am

The cops came 111 times? Who called all those times? Long or the neighbor herself or another neighbor …?

The Snark

November 17th, 2011
10:08 am

UGA 1999: Man, I told you to stay away from the brown acid. You never listen!

j-rod

November 17th, 2011
10:17 am

(”Broun has been a frequent critic of airport security. When last heard from on the topic, the congressman said he had witnessed security agents at an airport – he never said which one – pat down an elderly woman and child, but skip a man “in Arabian dress, who just walked right through.”)

So you’re saying the searches should be based on profiling & not done randomly there congressman??

cartoon

November 17th, 2011
10:18 am

The solution to the pit bull problem for that State Rep is to lay down Bookman’s news articles and the pit bulls will be unable to resist to poo on the picture of Jay, and then there will be peace in the valley, bro.

duh

td

November 17th, 2011
10:21 am

j-rod

November 17th, 2011
10:17 am

Yes, profiling works, cost less and has proven to be highly effective. Israel has done it for years and they have not been attacked. You PC people are the biggest bunch of delusionally challenged people I have ever met.

Frederick Douglass

November 17th, 2011
10:26 am

What’s worse than Herman Cain not knowing that Spanish is spoken in Cuba? At this point I’m just crying inside for the man.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
10:28 am

The snark…..real funny…..I guess I was on acid when the OWS gentleman shot at the white house yesterday as well?

Jerome Horwitz

November 17th, 2011
10:32 am

TSA just can’t win – remember when the contract security companies would rather pay huge fines than actually do the job. As bad as the TSA people appear their predessors were horrible.

Problem with profiling is interferes with Fourth Amendment rights. Be wary of a slippery slope against giving up rights.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
10:34 am

Jerome…agreed but be careful what you call profiling.

findog

November 17th, 2011
10:38 am

Wet foot dry foot is the root of our immigration problems. Because they were only going to be here until Castro was overthrown they didn’t have to integrate into American society. Separate but unequal they set up their own little Havana where English was not even a second language. Establishing their special status as losers in the fight against communism they, backed by the Republican Party, hold the whole country hostage to demands that no other loser would be able get.
Now we have more and more immigrant populations that do not feel the need to integrate into the melting pot that made America great because some losers have changed the rules.

mum

November 17th, 2011
10:49 am

@td, the Israelis “profile” but it’s not totally racially motivated. They gather detailed information on every single passenger before they even get to the airport and will randomly pull people out for questioning and will even confiscate your bags. They have people that are trained specifically to observe passenger’s behavior at the airport and they will pull you in for questioning or randomly interview you. I don’t think most Americans are ready for all of that “intrusion on civil liberties”.

I don’t think our politicians would support doing away with body scanners and upset the manufacturers who line their pockets come election time?

DannyX

November 17th, 2011
10:52 am

I sure hope the airport starts profiling Tea Party types, never know when one of them kooks is going to try something. Case in point, the four people from north Georgia sitting in jail on terrorist charges.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
10:56 am

DannyX….You are right those darn Tea Partiers…..They deficate on police cars, deficate on American Flags, shoot at the white house, protest illegally, rape 14 year old girls, assault police officers….yep you are right….Wait a minute, was that the Tea Party?

Aquagirl

November 17th, 2011
10:57 am

The cops came 111 times? Who called all those times?

The report doesn’t say, but the arrests were for things like disorderly conduct and assault. Mr. Long’s charming neighbor opined “sometimes when somebody pass(sic) you have family feuds.” Also, the cameras captured a kid wandering out of the house and into the street. I’m sure the calls are coming from all directions for the House of Loser Trash.

I don’t know much about Mr. Long’s politics, but he should probably be nominated for sainthood if he hasn’t burned the place down.

Becky

November 17th, 2011
11:00 am

Does anyone else wonder if Handsy’s advisors are intentionally allowing him to hang himself? Now granted, I have never heard of the wet foot dry foot scenario but you know what? I am not running for POTUS, IN MIAMI, and not expect the question.

DannyX

November 17th, 2011
11:01 am

“shoot at the white house,”

Good point, the White House shooter was not a part of OWS, he said he was on a mission from God.

Christian terrorists also have a history of terrorism in this country, lets profile them too.

Danny O

November 17th, 2011
11:03 am

@ td:

With all due respect, profiling may be effective in deterring nefarious activity by someone who fits the mold of a usual suspect. But it leaves us more vulnerable to attack from individuals who don’t fit the standard profile. And it flies in the face of fundamental tenets that our nation was founded on, namely that all men are created equal and that we should be free to express ourselves as we see fit. It’s not about being PC, it’s about valuing personal liberty.

findog

November 17th, 2011
11:04 am

I have been through airports on a regular basis for 30 years
Most professional group is the Grandmothers in Toledo
Worst violations have been noted in Atlanta:
Cute girl with camera getting it past the scanner without even a question as to what speed film was in it
Found a straight box cutter blade razor in the glass chute in 2002 and when I reported it they said, “Guess someone forgot they had it with them.” My expectation, which I shared with TSA, was that they get finger prints off of it and have the person arrested.

Problem is if you complain the bureaucrats can make your life either miserable or you could lose your job because you cannot travel.
But the congressman is an idiot and if anything happens at ATL then I hope they try him for treason for aiding and abetting terrorists.

PMC

November 17th, 2011
11:06 am

Well, Duh.

But, part of living in a free society is agreeing to a certain level of danger.

PMC

November 17th, 2011
11:07 am

Defense contractors make thier bones on scaring the crap out of people.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

November 17th, 2011
11:09 am

There were 13 real conservatives at our deer camp last week end, none would vote for Perry, Newt, Cain, or any of the other 3rd tear candidates. We all like Paul & will vote for him if he runs 3rd party. Romney is strictly a hold your nose choice & some would vote for 4 more years of Obama rather that 8 years on Romney. Our country is in a mess and we have no choice for a leader.

PMC

November 17th, 2011
11:10 am

Cain should have simply said, what interest is it of the US to be in Libya in the first place?

No one can fully understand all the complexities of the role of president until they get there. Cain doesn’t live in South Florida, how would he reasonably know or have an opinion on wet foot dry foot off hand?

90% of us don’t know about it.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:12 am

DannyX….by saying he was “on a mission from God” you think that makes him a Christian? HAHAHA WOW! Thanks for proving my point!

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:14 am

Here ya go Danny….maybe LIVE VIDEO evidence will convince you….

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/live-news-6046305

Edward

November 17th, 2011
11:15 am

Is Newt going to give back the $1.5M+ he got from Freddie Mac between 1999-2007? After all, in 2008 he demanded that Obama return campaign contributions from Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae employees. Now, why would Newt demand that from Obama, but fail to acknowledge he’d received $1.5M+ from them? And he was a “strategist” for Freddie Mac? What, exactly, was his strategy that earned $1.5M+?

The GOP circus just gets better and better.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:16 am

Edward….reaching much? Keep up the good work.

Mark

November 17th, 2011
11:17 am

Of course Newt’s Hypocritical @ss is not going to give that money back. I too remember him demanding the President return funds to Mac and Fannie. However, you know the conservatives…the same rules they push don’t apply to them.

Darwin

November 17th, 2011
11:18 am

All I can say is that the people in the Athens area who elected this jerk are total idiots.

Darwin

November 17th, 2011
11:20 am

@Ga values: “There were 13 real conservatives at our deer camp last week end, none would vote for Perry…” Now, how did you determine that? Of course, there were 13 men there! Conservative math no doubt.

Ol' Timer

November 17th, 2011
11:22 am

Paul Broun is a bomb-thrower who can only speak in terms that are so hyperbolic that it’s comical. It’s hard to prove a negative, but his assumption that the TSA had nothing to do with the safety of airline transportation since 9/11 defies logic — which is to be expected from Dr. Broun.

One would think there’d be enough educated and clear thinking folks over there around UGA to send this ol’ boy packing, but I guess that also defies logic, too.

“Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.” ~Frank Dane

I Know You Are But What Am I

November 17th, 2011
11:26 am

Rep. Broun is probably against a firm date to remove our troops from Iraq, because it clues our enemies in to our strategies, but brazenly invites a terror attack at the airport with his flippant remarks.

These details are a matter of national security, not for public consumption. Shame on Paul Broun.

Wyatt Earp

November 17th, 2011
11:27 am

If Paul Broun would just push a bill through the Congress allowing Concealed Carry on airplanes it’d probably make them just as safe and save billions. Makes about as much sense as anything he says.

Edward

November 17th, 2011
11:27 am

UGA: You offer a typically childish response. You wear that hypocrisy proudly.

mikeotm

November 17th, 2011
11:28 am

Me and my girlfriend flew to Jamaica. We checked our bags at the curb and he checked our passports and printed the tickets, and put them in each passport. When we went through Security, an agent let her through with MY TICKET -(MICHAEL AND STEPHANIE not even close to same name) and her passport! He could not even Match her names on the two documents!! She got a green check mark that they matched!!! I went to a different podium, and they caught me. I was so surprised. When I told him that she had my ticket, and was on the other side, he told me we could get in big trouble for this. WTF We did nothing. It was your Agent whom let her through with MY TICKET!! These people are the worst…can they even read???

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:29 am

Edward, if that is the only response you have…..then yes I DO! Thanks.

DannyX

November 17th, 2011
11:32 am

UGA, terrorism is not confined to dark skinned middle east Muslims. The history of terrorism in this country proves that you can not use one paranoid description.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:33 am

DannyX…you are right. Did I EVER say that it is confined to dark skinned middle east Muslims? Did I ever say that?

DannyX

November 17th, 2011
11:36 am

“DannyX…you are right.”

Thank you, now was that so hard to admit?

David H

November 17th, 2011
11:36 am

Absolutely no need to get a bomb onto an aircraft, although doing that is a piece of cake. The crowds in front of check in, both inside and out are very easy pickings. Suicide bomber in the main security line before check in, US transportation would be closed for months! We are just plain lucky that it hasn’t happened. TSA is at best a fraud, a window dressing, if you will. They provide NO security whatsoever, and whoever actually does think that they do is delusional. Just more federal funds into the pockets of union workers. Now pass the cancer causing pork barrel funding please.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:37 am

DannyX…no not really? I will give you credit when it is due, however do not minipulate my words. If you want to be part of the big boy conversation you need to act like a big boy.

birddog13

November 17th, 2011
11:37 am

Anybody but Romney,ooops, Anybody except Bachman, but Romney, ooops, Anybody except Bachman and Cain, but Romney, oops, anybody except Bachman, Cain, and Perry, but Romney……IQ test: Guess who next on the Anbody except list?

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:38 am

Somehow all of these people look right at home being behind bars (Barracade)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/live-news-6046305

rivercard

November 17th, 2011
11:39 am

Pains me to agree with a republican, especially one as nutty as Broun, but he is correct that the Airport security measures are mostly a charade. Feel good theater for the masses.
Surely there isn’t anyone who doesn’t believe that a determined terrorist could easily an attack.

birddog13

November 17th, 2011
11:39 am

Proposed Campaign slogan: Vote for Huntsman- He’s a Republican, He’s not crazy, He’s not sleezy, and He’s not Romney!

rivercard

November 17th, 2011
11:41 am

Surely there isn’t anyone who doesn’t believe that a determined terrorist could easily PULL OFF an attack.

Fat Seecious

November 17th, 2011
11:43 am

My bet is that Palin comes in in the summertime and sweeps the GOP off its feet with her pole dancing and 3-6-2-4-3-6 tax plan. The rest of this squad is strictly Bush-league.

UGA 1999

November 17th, 2011
11:45 am

Fat Seecious…”Bush League”….lets hope so.

Becky

November 17th, 2011
11:46 am

Fat-too funny! has anyone else noticed the Palins have just disappeared off the face of the earth? Now if they could just take the Kardashians with them……