Dodd cut aviation security funding in July

posted at 8:48 am on December 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Hemingway has a long memory for budgeting amendments, which he proves at the Washington Examiner.  With focus returned to airport security, Mark reminds us of how Chris Dodd paid off a political constituency by getting a little pork to the firefighters union that supported his bid for the presidency in 2007-8, which got $10 million in “firefighter assistance grants” from FEMA’s budget.  All Dodd had to do was to get $4.5 million from another source — which turned out to be the TSA’s explosives detection systems:

Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it’s worth mentioning that one Senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way.

Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants — a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically “for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems.” The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his. In 2007 he campaigned all through Iowa with the firefighters union. It was one of the few distinguishable features of Dodd’s ill-fated presidential bid.

We should put this in its proper context.  The explosives detection systems that Dodd raided to pay off the union have a long history of not working well.  The Airline Pilots Security Alliance, which has a obvious, vested interested in flight safety, notes that the systems deployed at airports now only have a 15% reliability.  Mostly they result in a number of false positives, which close down airports for “hours at a time,” and do little to provide any real security since only a small percentage of people get screened in that manner.  Adding more of the same systems to airports would not make flying any safer, but would certainly make it more expensive and more disruptive.

But that doesn’t mean that we should be cutting TSA’s budget, either, and especially not to fund influence peddling.  If those systems don’t work, we should be looking for systems that do.  Americans are known for our ingenuity, our ability to apply technology to seemingly impossible tasks and discovering solutions.  We put men on the Moon, for Pete’s sake; we can certainly find a reliable way to check airline passengers for explosives and suicide underwear.

We won’t find that solution, though, while politicians like Chris Dodd raid security funding for airports to pay off political supporters.  That’s the real problem with the amendment Hemingway found.  Dodd put his political cronies ahead of flight safety.  That $4.5 million may not have prevented the Christmas Day attack, but using it as a payoff to the union didn’t improve the situation, either.  There is more than just a dollar cost to pork-barrel politics — there is also an opportunity cost.


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Democrats these days seem to pretend that national security and defense budgets are nothing more than toy boxes that are ripe for raiding. After all, there’s unions to pay for!

/Obamatards

Wanderlust on December 29, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Dodd – enjoying his last year of employment

gatorboy on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Dodd put his political cronies ahead of flight safety

basic M.O. for him…

cmsinaz on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

This ought to help out ol’ CountryDodd. Ha, couldn’t come at a better time.

Frickin’ thief.

Tim Zank on December 29, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Chris Dodd, Corruptocrat. It is long past time for him to be retired to his lovely Irish cottage.

Blackacre on December 29, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Well it does look extremely bad for Dodd herer locally. He spent the holidays at fund raising attempts only to be mocked all over the state. One person even got in his face and said he ain’t getting reelected. However, this most likely will not make it into the LLL newspapers. The only way it might is if they can put Lieberman as the bad guy. They really hate him for his stand on health care before he caved in.

Johnnyreb on December 29, 2009 at 8:57 AM

This photo of Dodd looks just like the one,s you see on a wall at the post office.

thmcbb on December 29, 2009 at 8:57 AM

But, wait didn’t Jano and gibby say it was Bush’s fault for the policies of the TSA?????

HHHHMMMM it’s a bit tough with no money!

xler8bmw on December 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Funny, Chris Dodd himself is gonna be cut from the Senate next year too.

Goodbye, a-hole!

Gob on December 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Dodd has certainly lost his’ethical compass’ assuming he ever had one. He needs to go.

jeanie on December 29, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Remember back when the TSA was being set up, there was a discussion about whether it should be public or private. Bush wanted private, the Dems prevailed and made it public. That is what made their budget raid-able by pork-lovers like Dodd.

I guess the lesson we should draw from that is we should make our health care public as well.

Kafir on December 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Top 10 Most Wanted In Washington Politics Look Whose #1

http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2009/dec/judicial-watch-announces-list-washington-s-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-2009

xler8bmw on December 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

It seems the TSA has key positions that have not been filled yet. The POTUS has apparently been too busy traveling and partying to fill them.

becki51758 on December 29, 2009 at 9:07 AM

(Lyrics thanx to “Queen”):

Another D bites the dust..ah…Another D bites the dust..ah…Another D bites the dust..ah…Heyyyheyheyeyeyeyeyeyeeyyyyyy!!!!!

ProudPalinFan on December 29, 2009 at 9:08 AM

I really don’t think Dodd ever had any ethics. His father was caught skimming money off the top, too. Like father, like son. It’s a crying shame that two generations of the Dodd family name have been tarnished. What took all you nutmeggers so long to figure it out? Oh, wait! Must have been the LSM. It’s time to shine the light of truth on all polititians.

BetseyRoss on December 29, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Why can’t they come up with an easy way to detect bombs? When I was at the Statue of Liberty a few years ago they had these “sniffing” machines where you went through them and a puff of air came out to “smell” a bomb. It took about 1/2 a second. Would this not work in airports? Surely if a guy had his underpants stuffed with explosives this thing would pick it up.

jsulman on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

We put men on the Moon, for Pete’s sake; we can certainly find a reliable way to check airline passengers for explosives and suicide underwear.

The TSA can’t even keep their screening procedures on the QT.

But like Iowahawk said, “Say what you want to about the TSA, but it single handedly saved the hair extension and nail salon industry after 9/11.” So there’s that.

Rae on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Americans are known for our ingenuity, our ability to apply technology to seemingly impossible tasks and discovering solutions.

But the problem of airline security doesn’t require an ingenious solution. It’s not a near-impossible task. Just like preventing massacres on domestic army bases is not some intractable puzzle that requires a great mind to solve it.

aengus on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

The only thing that Abdullamutab was missing on Christmas Day was a big red Tshirt that said “I’m an AlQaeda Jihadi and I’m here to blow up your airplane”. Hell, the string of failures that missed the cash ticket purchase, no checked bags, two week stay, Daddy ratting on him to the US Embassy et al, and training in Yemen were so blatant, it makes one wonder as to why the 9/11 hijackers worked so damn hard. Abdullamutab was so far through the system that he was simply one question away from being able to fly that damn plane himself. Everything prior to him lighting his Johnson on fire utterly failed and it would’ve been no surprise if he could’ve waltzed right into the cockpit, told the pilots to take a hike and we’d have had a loose jumbo jet over Michigan.

ted c on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Man, these “vote for Dodd’s opponent” ads really just write themselves, don’t they?

rbj on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Lets not forget The Gore Airline Commission

Did Al Gore Trade Aviation Security for Campaign Contributions?
Jim Kouri, CPPOctober 12, 2005
The Gore Commission called for criminal background and FBI fingerprint checks for all airport and airline workers who screen passengers for weapons or have access to secure areas. The airlines industry had long opposed mandatory criminal checks.

Two weeks later, as reported in the Boston Globe, Gore retreated from his own commission’s proposals in a letter to Carol B. Hallett, president of the industry’s trade group, the Air Transport Association. ”I want to make it very clear that it is not the intent of this administration or of the commission to create a hardship for the air transportation industry or to cause inconvenience to the traveling public,” Gore wrote. To reassure Hallett, Gore added that the FAA would develop ”a draft test concept … in full partnership with representatives of the airline industry.”

The day after Gore’s letter to the Air Transport Association, Trans World Airlines donated $40,000 to the Democratic National Committee. By the time of the presidential election, other airlines had poured large donations into Democrat Party committees: $265,000 from American Airlines, $120,000 from Delta Air Lines, $115,000 from United Air Lines, $87,000 from Northwest Airlines, according to an analysis done for the Boston Globe by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks donations.A total of $627,000 was donated to the Democrats by major airlines.

fourdeucer on December 29, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Dodd – enjoying his last year of employment freedom

gatorboy on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

jbh45 on December 29, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Way to go Senator! A patriot you’re not, and soon I hope, a Senator you’ll not be either.

GFW on December 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Chris Dodd paid off a political constituency by getting a little pork to the firefighters union that supported his bid for the presidency in 2007-8

What is the problem? He is a member of an organization that is full of criminals.

Johan Klaus on December 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM

I’m waiting for a radio/tv break in of one of Obama’s addresses where a man of sanity outlines the problems of trying to steal other people’s money for a living. I’ve started replacing most politician’s speeches with…

‘I want power and I want your money. So you need to continue to work and give me the fruits of your labor so I don’t have to work. Give me you children for 13 years and I’ll make sure they are conditioned to support me and to support the looters who keep voting me in office.’

These people are simply evil thieves.

j_galt on December 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM

A simple database mechanism could’ve flagged Abdullmutab and reported him

If ticket purchase=CASH, flag
If checked bags=NO and duration of stay>3 days, flag
If (Last name, first name) search watch list, flag
If travel last 18 mos= YEMEN, PAKISTAN, SOMALIA, AFGHANISTAN, JORDAN= YES, flag
If Male, Islamic=YES, flag
If father reports to US Embassy concerned about son, flag

Dots, unconnected.

ted c on December 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM

That $4.5 million may not have prevented the Christmas Day attack, but using it as a payoff to the union didn’t improve the situation, either. There is more than just a dollar cost to pork-barrel politics — there is also an opportunity cost.

I believe that the real “teachable moment” here is that this administration and the Democrat party haven’t taken air security seriously. From the beginning their priorities have been to raid the national treasure to reward special interests like the Unions (which were gifted GM among other things), ACORN (whose government contracts are profanely lucrative), and other comparatively minor payoffs like Dodd’s. Not to mention seizing the financial and healthcare industries. At no time was national security on the agenda.

highhopes on December 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM

In a rational country Dodd would be serving a life sentence in prison.

Daveyardbird on December 29, 2009 at 9:19 AM

I only have one thing to say to the people of the state of Connecticut:

RECALL…..CHRIS…..DODD…..NOW!!!!!!!

This arrogant, conceited assclown who has the audacity to call himself a Senator is now showing he has absolutely no qualms with putting the people of this country at risk just as long as he can continue to line his own sordid pockets!

This guy is a total, complete disgrace! Not to mention he is a crook!

RECALL…..CHRIS…..DODD…..NOW!!!!!!!

pilamaye on December 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Jack Crabb: Do you hate them? Do you hate the White man democrats now?

Beto Ochoa on December 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Wait until his constituents hear this–they are already plainning for 2010…
Sen. Chris Dodd Heckled During Interview
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mike-sargent/2009/12/28/sen-chris-dodd-heckled-during-interview

lovingmyUSA on December 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Hell, the string of failures that missed the cash ticket purchase, no checked bags, two week stay, …

This was not a string of failures. This was purposeful. More and more people are recognizing these people for who they are. They are power hungry evil people who think they can play this game and win. That’s how all sociopaths think.

What is the problem? He is a member of an organization that is full of criminals.

Johan Klaus on December 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Right. They are just criminals. They may have been good men at some point, but power ALWAYS corrupts. That’s just the nature of man, but that’s a hard pill to swallow for too many people these days. POWER ALWAYS CORRUTPS. It will, without a doubt eventually corrupt even the noblest man who goes to Washington to try to fight against the criminal sociopaths. But if he stays long enough, he’ll turn.

j_galt on December 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM

“Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief“.

The McClatchy headline is not even true. In fact, it is objectively a lie.

From the story itself, “Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) had not scheduled a floor vote on Southers before the Senate left town on Christmas Eve, and the Senate will not be back in session for another three weeks.”

So Reid hasn’t even tried to schedule a vote.

But what is most important is the reason for Jim DeMint’s hold on the TSA nominee. The nominee, Erroll Southers, has refused to go on record opposing the TSA from hooking up with a labor union. That’s right — the Obama administration is flirting with unionizing the TSA and Southers is refusing to say whether he supports or opposes the efforts.

Remember the Department of Homeland Security votes in 2002? The effort by Max Cleland (D-GA) to let that department unionize sank his re-election bid. The public does not want federal agents charged with protecting them unionizing.

We must prevent the TSA from operating like a trip to the DMV. Imposing union work rules would cripple an already burdensome airport experience. Jim DeMint is on the right side of this, despite McClatchy Newspapers and the White House trying to make him look like the bad guy.

Redstate. Apparently Obama would like to unionize the TSA workers.

Remember the air traffic controllers’ strike during the Reagan adminstration? Think Obama will respond the same way?

Wethal on December 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Exactly what Dodd did needs to stop in DC politics. Any funding from special interests for campaigns needs to stop! It is as we have seen a breeding ground for corruption. Which is what makes it very hard for regular american people to run a fair campaign and keeps these crooks in
office.

xler8bmw on December 29, 2009 at 9:23 AM

But the problem of airline security doesn’t require an ingenious solution. It’s not a near-impossible task. Just like preventing massacres on domestic army bases is not some intractable puzzle that requires a great mind to solve it.

aengus on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

True enough, at least until little old ladies of Scandinavian descent start practicing Jihad. The 90% solution here is profiling the tar out of young Muslim males but that isn’t going to happen with this administration. Ignoring the President’s Muslim roots, the liberal dogma dictates we all be equally susceptible to terrorists in the name of political correctness.

highhopes on December 29, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Obviously, Dodd found a way to get his hands on some of this money and put it in his own pocket. He thought the media would completely overlook him like they do with everything else this Congress does.

Cybergeezer on December 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

The only thing that Abdullamutab was missing on Christmas Day was a big red Tshirt that said “I’m an AlQaeda Jihadi and I’m here to blow up your airplane”. Hell, the string of failures that missed the cash ticket purchase, no checked bags, two week stay, Daddy ratting on him to the US Embassy et al, and training in Yemen were so blatant, it makes one wonder as to why the 9/11 hijackers worked so damn hardted c on December 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM

This terrorist also had no passport. It is pass time to start profiling.

Johan Klaus on December 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

xler8bmw on December 29, 2009 at 9:23 AM

The people will only be outraged and demand a stop to what the media reports. The media will only ever report the unsavory side of Republican politics. As far as most are concerned out in America, only Republicans do this. Democrats are crusaders.

hawkdriver on December 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

At times like this I am very glad there is a God, a heaven and a hell.

JellyToast on December 29, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Dodd was inherited from the Bush administration….

right2bright on December 29, 2009 at 9:33 AM

At times like this I am very glad there is a God, a heaven and a hell.

JellyToast on December 29, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I’ll give that a big AMEN. I’m glad God is the god of love, mercy, reason, truth and justice.

j_galt on December 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

This should support term limits. These scumbags have lied to and robbed the people so long they don’t know how to quit. Dodd is the epitome of proof that liberalism is a mental disorder. They cannot be responsible for absolutely anything.

volsense on December 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

hawkdriver on December 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I assure you that the word “crusaders” and “Democrats” are mutually exclusive. The correct term is “compliant infidels”.

Really Right on December 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

TSA and their dopey tactics, which are just illusions of safety, are a joke. If this country wasn’t so sue happy and chock full of political correctness, air safety could easily be guaranteed. Every story I read about how the Israelis handle security through El Al makes extraordinary sense. It’s the passengers, stupid. The passenger is either a threat or not. Checking every shoe and pocket is just a purposeless and unnecessary irritant. Safety goes way beyond mere profiling. And most of those rude TSA moronic, power-tripping cowboys are hardly trained to do more than read an exray of a carry-on or make sure my breath spray fits in a zip-loc bag. Good grief.

It doesn’t take a genius to pick up obvious cues by just taking a few moments to talk to “tourists.” Behaviors are observable and people can be trained to zero in on them. Randomly focusing on a ten year old or randomly strip searching grandma is just a sick joke. It is a sorry reflection of just how paralyzed we are by political correctness.

Are we are too stupid to train people to trust their own almost infallible instincts for self preservation?

marybel on December 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Error in analysis:
Americans formerly were known for and prided themselves on ingenuity. Our government, is taxing and PC-ing that out of our DNA. We are dumbing everyone down by punishing and demonizing success. Note the Berkeley decision to eliminate science labs because they were not sufficiently attended by minorities.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 29, 2009 at 9:42 AM

He cut funding to prop his quixotic presidential campaign.

It doesn’t get much more scurrilous than that.

drjohn on December 29, 2009 at 9:44 AM

The Dems view DHS as a “cleanup on aisle three” operation, an after-the-fact panacea. They do not address the issue of national security as one of providing deterrance to hostile acts that jeopardize the public.

onlineanalyst on December 29, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Wanna bet MSNBC singles out Lieberman and blames him…?

Marconi on December 29, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Why do the people repeatedly believe the Crats when they say they are strong on national security?

paul1149 on December 29, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Too many “waitress sandwiches” and plundering pork projects make more than a country wide (if you get my drift), Dodd.

onlineanalyst on December 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

It doesn’t take a genius to pick up obvious cues by just taking a few moments to talk to “tourists.”

Are we are too stupid to train people to trust their own almost infallible instincts for self preservation?

marybel on December 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

1. Although it doesn’t take a genius, it does take some who has the ability to reason, think for himself, analyze a situation and take the initiative to act. Sadly, our public education system doesn’t focus on those things anymore. (I wonder if it ever did?)

2. Umm… maybe. But the TSA screeners aren’t on the plane, right? So what do they actually have to worry about?

j_galt on December 29, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Democrats have no brains, and think the American people can’t read — Thanks to their government run school systems.

How much more corrupt can you be than to trade lives for political payback.

tarpon on December 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM

RECALL…..CHRIS…..DODD…..NOW!!!!!!!

pilamaye on December 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

The only problem with booting out these corrupt career politicians is that there’s always another one right behind him in line waiting to get his job.

UltimateBob on December 29, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Dodd was inherited from the Bush administration….

right2bright on December 29, 2009 at 9:33 AM

+1

For that matter, the entire Democratic-controlled congress and senate were inherited from the Bush administration.

UltimateBob on December 29, 2009 at 10:00 AM

He cut funding to prop his quixotic presidential campaign.

It doesn’t get much more scurrilous than that.

drjohn on December 29, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Yeah, but he managed to weasel $100 million into the ReidCare bill for an unnamed hospital in his state.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the metaphor – the word “scurrilous” reminds me of rodents scurrying around like weasels & rats.

UltimateBob on December 29, 2009 at 10:04 AM

And yet, in USA Today, you have an editorial by the ever-reliably Demo-hackish DeWayne Wickham calling the other Connecticut senator a slimeball.

Go figure.

Doorgunner on December 29, 2009 at 10:11 AM

In 1967, Sen. Dodd’s father, then-Sen. Thomas Dodd, was censured for spending $116,000 in campaign cash on personal expenses.

Oh to have been a fly on the wall while dad and son were talking about politics and graft. “Son, I was stealing campaign contributions when you were just a gleam in your momma’s eyes, so listen up.”

GnuBreed on December 29, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Where is the manufactured livid outrage from Liberals
on this!!!

canopfor on December 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Dodd in the senate the cost Billions wasted .Dodd defeated in 2010 priceless.

thmcbb on December 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Dodd needs to be investigated,suspended from duties,
and sent home,and expedit!!

canopfor on December 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

We could cut the TSA’s budget if we decided to racially and religiously profile. After all, no need to check white female nuns…

Tim Burton on December 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Senator Dud has a JFK hairdo!

sonnyspats1 on December 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Dodd – enjoying his last year of employment

gatorboy on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Love it.

MainelyRight on December 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Dodd – enjoying his last year of employment

gatorboy on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Ye, little doubt…however…we will still be paying him when he retires in Ireland…Their retirement package…
There’s some real pork…

jerrytbg on December 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

“We put men on the Moon, for Pete’s sake; we can certainly find a reliable way to check airline passengers for explosives and suicide underwear.”

We have already discovered a reliable way to accomplish this task with a 90+% degree of accuracy.

It is called a dog! Y’now those lovable furry creatures that are free down at the pound. free is a pretty good price, and maintainence only to about $1000 a year.

The TSA “Bomb Sniffer” is itself nothing but a means to shovel out pork. When the technology was 1st introduced it was shown-up by, and had it’s ass handed to it by a K-9 team that was used to grade its performance.

But, dogs don’t vote, can’t make campaign contributions( though some supposedly did in ’08 to BHO, really) and can’t peddle influence up on the hill. Too bad really, we’d be better off with them running the show than clowns we have up there now.

Archimedes on December 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

RECALL…..CHRIS…..DODD…..NOW!!!!!!!

pilamaye on December 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

You can’t it is unconstitutional under the “Supremacy Clause” Unless the 1967 case of Senator Church of Idaho is overturned in the Supreme Court you cannot per the constitution recall a federal official. The 18 states that have recall power in their constitutions don’t override the US constitution.

http://lugar.senate.gov/services/pdf_crs/Recall_of_Legislators_and_the_Removal_of_Members_of_Congress_from_Office.pdf

xler8bmw on December 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Almost ALL politicians are scum! I’m sure if we looked long enough we would find similar behavior by MOST politician.

9/12 and Tea Parties! We need to replace all 435 of our elected representatives so we can purge the system of the corrupt douchebags!

csdeven on December 29, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Archimedes on December 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

+1000

I say involve the Dog Rescue people. Talk about organized!!! Give them a $1,000 grant per 90% trained bomb sniffing dog and you would have 1,000 dogs by the end of 2010 and 10,000 by the end of 2012. With and endless supply forever.

barnone on December 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Less focus on technology and more focus on screening people, please. It’s very western to wish on the magic star of technology to deliver us from the messy business of profiling passengers. We want machines to do the thinking and make the hard decisions. It’s not going to happen. We can’t build a terrorist detector better than the human brain.

Until we get the stones to pull people out of lines in airports because of the way they look or the way they answer questions, airport security will be brain dead.

blueguitarbob on December 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

November 2 is going to be like all my birthdays rolled up into one. It’s going to be great not to have to listen to these people again. Anybody organizing November 2 parties?

royzer on December 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

We have already discovered a reliable way to accomplish this task with a 90+% degree of accuracy.

It is called a dog! Y’now those lovable furry creatures that are free down at the pound. free is a pretty good price, and maintainence only to about $1000 a year.

Archimedes on December 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

But …. but …. haven’t you heard? Dogs are bad for the environment!

UltimateBob on December 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

I say involve the Dog Rescue people. Talk about organized!!! Give them a $1,000 grant per 90% trained bomb sniffing dog and you would have 1,000 dogs by the end of 2010 and 10,000 by the end of 2012. With and endless supply forever.

barnone on December 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

And as a bonus, we could train the dogs to bite the genitals off of anyone carrying a bomb. This would teach a painful lesson to the offender, and ensure that they would never be able to procreate and make little terrorists.

UltimateBob on December 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Come on, Connecticut, retire this festering bit of smegma.

Extrafishy on December 29, 2009 at 11:09 AM

We don’t need no stinking airport security. We need to destroy our health care and energy sectors. Get with it!

maryo on December 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

And as a bonus, we could train the dogs to bite the genitals off of anyone carrying a bomb. This would teach a painful lesson to the offender, and ensure that they would never be able to procreate and make little terrorists.

UltimateBob on December 29, 2009

Do bomb sniffing dogs react to the scent of gunpowder as well? Those of us who handload (to us, the smell of gunpowder and bullet lube is an aphrodisiac) wouldn’t want to be denutted by mistake now. Yowzers!

Extrafishy on December 29, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Dodd was just taking advantage of the peace dividend. After all, since 9-11, we hadn’t been successfully attacked the whole time Bush was president. Hmm.

Mojave Mark on December 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

If there was ever a question as to how the Dems view this just ask Benny Thompson on MSNBC this morning. Can’t find video yet but he said that the Scandinavian grandma could be a terrorist and deserves pat down because of white supremist in his state in the past. We should go after all terrorist the same.

Maybe I’m just ignorant of the facts of when the last time this has happened. Little help?

yakwill83 on December 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Why does it take so long for the voting public to realize that these pork spending Grifters were the Sith all along?

Acquiescently corrupt, a little corrupt, pretty corrupt, very corrupt, sickeningly corrupt – corrupt is corrupt.

juanito on December 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

That $4.5 million may would not have prevented the Christmas Day attack

FIFY

The flight originated outside the US!

Bill Blizzard on December 29, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Welcome to the hope, and change. Where tax dollars are redirected, as bribes, pay offs, and self enrichment programs.

Thank God for these oh so transparent, civil, and honest politicians. NOT!!!!!!

capejasmine on December 29, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Ed,

While I agree with your logic, it does depend on someone accepting the premise that federal funds are not unlimited. Opportunity costs cease to exist when the resource under consideration is unlimited.

If you review the Democratic agenda after President Obama was elected (and most likely before), you’ll note that the only thing that they think is unlimited is money. Thus, I’m not sure if this message is going to receive its intended recipient.

Scott H on December 29, 2009 at 5:09 PM