DHS places Weekly Standard writer/Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes on terrorist watch list


So, let me get this straight.  DHS completely missed the Tsarnaev brothers and the Oklahoma beheader, despite their rantings about jihad online.  But a Conservative journalist?  Definitely going on the terrorist watch list.

from Politico:

"When I went online to check in with Southwest, they wouldn’t let me. I figured it was some glitch," he explained. "Then I got to the airport and went to check in. The woman had a concerned look on her face. She brought over her supervisor and a few other people. Then they shut down the lane I was in, took me to the side, told me I was a selectee and scrawled [something] on my ticket."

"On my way back. the same thing happened," he continued. "I got pulled out, they closed down the lane, and did a full pat-down and looked in all parts of my luggage."

Things got slightly awkward on that return flight, because one of the TSA employees was a frequent Fox News viewer. “He knew I wasn’t an actual terrorist,” Hayes explained, “but it didn’t matter.”

Hayes finally contacted Southwest on Tuesday, ahead of another flight, to ask why he couldn’t check in. A customer service supervisor told him he wasn’t going to be able to get a boarding pass before arriving at the airport.

"So I asked if I was on the government’s terrorist watchlist, and she said ‘Yes.’"

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Hayes is hoping that he was flagged automatically because his recent travel itinerary, but he’s not the only Conservative journalist who has been repeatedly harassed by the TSA.

This whole episode should clue you in that Homeland Security is being run by a bunch in incompetent paper pushers.  Stupidity like this is most definitely not making the country safer.   


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The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Sunday evening that a Department of Homeland Security agent opened fire during a pro-Israel rally in front of the Westwood Federal Building.

The protest, which drew as many as 2,000 participants, reportedly turned violent after pro-Palestinian protesters began attacking several attendees with sticks.

As the four alleged attackers attempted to leave the scene in a pickup truck, a DHS agent opened fire on the vehicle, missing all inside. Cell phone footage of the incident captures the audio of a faint gunshot at around 29 seconds in.

According to NBC reporter Gadi Schwartz, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department was completely unaware that the agent had left his post at the federal building.

#LASD says they are not sure why DHS officer was in the street and not on Federal Property

— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBCLA) July 14, 2014

Barry Poltorak, a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff who was off-duty during the time of the incident, told reporters that the four men could face felony assault charges. Friends of the four men disputed the accusations, saying the group was attacked by protesters after attempting to retrieve their stolen Palestinian flag.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency would assist the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the shooting. The DHS agent, who was briefly interviewed, was not taken into custody.

Friends of shooting victims tell me they haven’t heard anything from #LASD, want to know why Homeland Security shot toward their friends

— Sam Hoff (@samhoff3) July 14, 2014

Although details are scarce, the agent’s decision to open fire in a large crowd is quite telling given the agency’s training.

Just last year, the agency spent more than $2 million on paper shooting targets depicting pregnant woman, the elderly and young children. Although the target producer publicly apologized for selling the “No Hesitation Targets”, the DHS outright refused to acknowledge their own involvement.

The agency has also come under scrutiny for remaining silent on their purchase of more than 2.5 billion rounds of ammunition over the past few years. Along with the unprecedented ammunition stockpile, the DHS has also begun acquiring armored military vehicles.