TSA nominee: Global warming deserves parity with war on terror

posted at 11:36 am on January 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

David Freddoso thinks the takeaway from this interview of Errol Southers, the embattled Obama nominee to run TSA, is his observation that our alliance with Israel is the reason for the acts of terrorism against the US. VideoJug asked Southers where the US should prioritize the war on terror, and he offered a few more thoughts than just about alliances:

Terrorism:
The War On Terror

“Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France — countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic — by the true nature of our alliance with them means that we subject to be attacked as well. I do think, however, it deserves to perhaps have some parity with global warming, with education, with the economy, but national security is always going to supercede everything else. I don’t think you can have all of those other entities flourish in a state where the security is not felt to be confident, comfortable, and intact.”

Until he got to priority parity, I think Southers did OK. After all, we know that radical Islamists hate Israel and attack us for our alliance with them. That’s hardly news, and Southers didn’t say that in terms of reassessing our alliance — just that we need to recognize that the alliance makes us a target, and we need to act accordingly. He didn’t try offering the detention center at Guantanamo Bay as a reason the radical Islamists hate us, for example. Maybe he should sit down and have a chat with his boss about that.

However, should a TSA nominee really argue that global warming deserves the same amount of attention and prioritization as the war on terror? Even if we weren’t having a record “cold snap” this winter, the notion that terrorism poses the same or lesser danger than AGW will strike most Americans as ludicrous. The only reason Southers sees for not granting AGW the same priority as terrorism is that a nation that doesn’t feel secure won’t take anything else seriously. That’s a point Southers should have considered before making that foolish statement.

Try asking anyone traveling over the next few weeks whether they think AGW is as high a priority as keeping the next EunuchBomber from actually detonating something more than his own nuts, and see whether they agree with Southers.

Update: Erick Erickson catches another part of the interview where Southers identifies what he sees as the biggest security threat:

But now there is new and far more troubling information about Mr. Southers caught on video. According to Erroll Southers, pro-life Christians and our support of Jews is a bigger threat to national security than Al Qaeda.

Mr. Southers, in 2008, said he was more worried about “Christian identity” terrorist groups inside the U.S. than islamic terrorists. What are “Christian identity” terrorist groups? White-supremacists naturally. The KKK. And the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southers identifies pro-life groups and anti-government activists as particular problems.

Terrorism:
Terrorist Groups

To be fair, the question was posed as “which home-grown terrorist groups present the greatest danger to the US”.  I’m not sure one can fault him for the answer in that context.  The “anti-abortion” comment does seem gratuitous, however, considering the rest of the qualifiers Southers uses which reflect poisonous ideology: xenophobes, anti-Semitic, anti-government.


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I’m doing my part for Global Warming. I turned down the thermostat, and I’m freezing.

RBMN on January 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

It’s their religion. One cannot expect anything more from a true religious zealot.

jukin on January 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM

He has big ears, too.

SouthernGent on January 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I’m doing my part for Global Warming. I turned down the thermostat, and I’m freezing.

RBMN on January 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

a polar bear somewhere…..thanks you…*sniff*

ted c on January 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

He has big ears, too.

SouthernGent on January 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Yeah, I noticed that too. His head looks eerily(no pun intended) similar to The One’s.

Doughboy on January 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France — countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic —

hate to break it to him, but US is also seen as infidel and anti-Islamic.

Phoenician on January 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I wonder how Harry Reid would rank his “Negro dialect”…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Where do they find these idiots

Viper1 on January 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Well at least he is ” a light skinned black guy with no negro dialect, unless he wants one”.

VegasRick on January 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

where do they find these NUTBALLS??? MY God, every KOOK in the country is up for a position in the B Hussein Administration!!!!!!!!!!!

SDarchitect on January 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Good grief! They’re still trying to peddle that crap sandwich?

John the Libertarian on January 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

U R nukking futs!

Cybergeezer on January 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

When was the last time you heard bin Laden or Mullah Omar complaining about America’s alliance with France?

He lumps France in with Israel just so he can’t be accused of singling out Israel.

EnglishMike on January 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

We’re dealing with CRAZY ideologues. Why not just let Van Jones run the TSA?

marklmail on January 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Moron…..

Torch on January 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Oh come on Ed, get with the program. AGW will be a huge issue once those Gitmo prisoners get transferred to Northern Illinois and are tortured by the cold.

Knucklehead on January 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Yeah, carbon dioxide scares the bejeezus out of me, unlike the completely mundane possibility of the plane that I’m traveling in being blown up. Good to know that Southers thinks likewise.

Track-A-'Crat on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

with countries such as Israel, France — countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic

Uh…. France?

And Dude… Sharia law has no Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Equal Rights for all, or the ability to vote to change your law… and there is only ONE country in the world who has all these things enshrined in its founding documents.

That would be the country you live in… the Constitution IS a Direct Threat to the entire idea of Sharia law… which of course makes us Infidels by definition…

Guy is clueless.

Romeo13 on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The next great suggestion from the TSA for air travelers will be to “breath shallow” to reduce CO2 emissions…

And from now on carbonated beverages will be restricted from airline service due to the threat they pose, the environmental ‘terror’ if you will, to Mother Gaia.

catmman on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I am sick of these insane people… Just saw this, “Dems Gone Wild”

deedtrader on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Just another example of Obama choosing apparatchiks who’ve been living in the same far-left academic bubble he’s been living in his all his life, leavened only by being The One anointed by the Chicago political machine.

Drained Brain on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Did he say anything about chickens and/or roosting thereof?

LibTired on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

This moron is in a position of leadership? Can’t we do better? There is no “climate crisis. We seem to have a leadership crisis.

dentalque on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Here is the reason why I didn’t want Janet Napolitano to be fired. This is the type of nutroot that Obie’s crew would have replaced her with. This guy is going to run TSA. I am laughing to keep from crying.

Dire Straits on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Farting on a flight could be cause for fighter escort and return to point of debarkation as well…

catmman on January 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Well at least he is ” a light skinned black guy with no negro dialect, unless he wants one”.

VegasRick on January 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Looks “clean” as well…and “articulate” to boot.

Good enough for me…

winston on January 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I’m doing my part for Global Warming. I turned down the thermostat, and I’m freezing.

RBMN on January 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

And I’m leaving my refrigerator door open.

Cybergeezer on January 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

ED!!!

You are missing the biggest part of this interview when he starts talking about the biggest threats to Security!!

White supremist groups and those groups with a “Christian-identity”

RedState has pickep up on this…here is the link to the YouTube video

LordMaximus on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

It was recently reported in the UK’s Daily Mail that many scientists are coming around to the idea that the world is headed for a decades long bout of global cooling. This amidst the most severe winter Britain has seen for 30 years. Support for the Gore Bull Warming theory is sinking like a lead balloon. It’s over.

Sharke on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

TSA nominee: Global warming deserves parity with war on terror

Stupidity and/or irrationality seem to be the only requirements for a job with the 0bama administration.

UltimateBob on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

LordMaximus on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

After the hacked emails, the scandal from the Russian tree cores, the jacked Antarctic fiasco with only using one temprature station out of 50 and the scandal of the “adjusted” temp records from Australia, how can these idiots keep spewing this junk? It truly has become a religion like that court in the UK said it is. I am suprised they have not brought back the inquisition for AGW non-believers yet.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

As if lying to Congress weren’t enough?

Blaming Israel for terrorism. Suggesting parity for global warming? Our lives are being delivered into the hands of another radical leftist ideologue.

petefrt on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Yea, and his alliance with Obama will get him jack squat
in another 3 years.

elderberry on January 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

What’s not to like??? Big time union guy and now a global warming whack job. If he’s cheated on his taxes he’s a shoo in!!

BigWyo on January 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Americanclusterfark

it is the feature video

LordMaximus on January 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

With nitrogen taking up 70% of the air on earth, and just as toxic to humans as CO2, why don’t these idiots try to regulate that?

Cybergeezer on January 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

This idiot will fit right in with the tax cheats and fisters in Obama’s administration.

farright on January 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Sure, Global Warming deserves parity, if by global warming you mean “Nuclear Weapons.”

Tim Burton on January 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Errol Southers is on par with an ideology-driven idiot.

Daggett on January 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Why not just let Van Jones run the TSA?

marklmail on January 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Or Bill Ayers.

petefrt on January 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Yep. He’s clearly the best candidate available for the TSA position. The Administration is purposely trying to destgroy our country through its’ “radical Change”. I haven’t seen such a sharp mind since Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC. Sheesh, what a loser.

kingsjester on January 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM

deedtrader on January 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Wow! funny video, thanks.

Mord on January 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Well at least he is ” a light skinned black guy with no negro dialect, unless he wants one”.

VegasRick on January 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM
Looks “clean” as well…and “articulate” to boot.

Good enough for me…
winston on January 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

That’s what passes for credentials these days.

VegasRick on January 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Do these people freaked out over global warming ever look through a window, go outdoors or turn on the Weather Channel?

fogw on January 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

It may take us decades to overcome the damage that this administration is doing to our country. I hope we start the process this November.

d1carter on January 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

The Obama administration has three kinds of members.

1) Morons.
2) Psychopaths.
3) The very out of place.

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Hey once again… looking for commenter…

palinforamerica !!

Paging PALINFORAMERCIA

Your hero is sinking. You’ve known him for a long time and he is one of the most ethical people you’ve ever met…??

Dying to hear the next defense…

katy on January 11, 2010 at 11:54 AM

What an obvious scam of an issue GW has been; it’s simply a fulcrum with which to advance the traditional Socialist/progressive agenda unrelated to anything related to the weather cycles.

mylegsareswollen on January 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Instead of fretting over why “they” hate us (it ain’t just Islamo-fascists, people) and worry when they’ll attack, we should stomp the living crap out of them at any and every opportunity they have.

As the late great Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey said after Pearl Harbor, “by the time we finish with them, the only place Japanese will be spoken is in Hell.”

My sentiments exactly towards the Islamos, commies, American Quisling liberals and anyone else who stands in the way of freedom and liberty.

J.J. Sefton on January 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

God save us from these vicious ideological retards.

rrpjr on January 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Sorry, when it comes to Mr. Southers I can’t get past that he appears to be a stalker who has no problem using private records for his own personal use. He shouldn’t even be a TSA screener let alone the head of the organization.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Every opportunity WE have. sheesh…

J.J. Sefton on January 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

With nitrogen taking up 70% of the air on earth, and just as toxic to humans as CO2, why don’t these idiots try to regulate that?

Cybergeezer on January 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Don’t give them any new ideas.

forest on January 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

However, should a TSA nominee really argue that global warming deserves the same amount of attention and prioritization as the war on terror?

Global warming is regarded by the mindless sheeple as true, by those who can think for themselves as false and by the power mad and money grubbers as … … useful.

Which are you, Errol Southers? Mindless sheeple, power mad or money grubber?

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Southers thinks tea partiers, anti-abortionists and Christians are more dangerous than AQ.

And the WH never vetted him..I’m SHOCKED!!!

Thank you Jim DeMint!

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/01/11/the-man-who-would-keep-us-safe-from-terrorists-would-rather-focus-on-baptists-than-islamic-terrorists/

katy on January 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Anyone interviewing for a job to lead the TSA who says that terrorism and AGW concern him equally should be shown door, immediately.

LASue on January 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Well folks, Rush time is here!! The next three hours should be great! :)

Dire Straits on January 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Errol Southers is learning less and less about more and more and will eventually know nothing about everything.

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

This is another example of the extent to which the radical left agenda has warped the thinking of the Obama government. We will be suffering from this mind set until we vote them out of office. I hope this gets a lot of play in Massachusetts over the next 8 days.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Which are you, Errol Southers? Mindless sheeple, power mad or money grubber?

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Union organizer plain and simple!

Dire Straits on January 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

CONFIRM HIM! Hell, what’s one more idiot that would be in over his head?

GarandFan on January 11, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Sorry, when it comes to Mr. Southers I can’t get past that he appears to be a stalker who has no problem using private records for his own personal use. He shouldn’t even be a TSA screener let alone the head of the organization.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

This is very unusual for the Obama administration. You would surly never find a tax cheat at the head of treasury and the IRS or anything like that.

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Is anyone surprised? I detect a pattern here…

Fuquay Steve on January 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

It’s like the moron factory exploded.

greggriffith on January 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

anti-semitic SOB who is also retarded – great!

bill30097 on January 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Meh this is gotcha BS. Look he’s a dope because he thinks GW is a top issue in general, but all libs think that. Nothing new here.

Dash on January 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

The next time you are on a plane…

Sit back, take a deep breath, relax, and know your life is in the hands of affirmative action.

Seven Percent Solution on January 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Not a mention of Islam or Muslims, just the whitewash tag Al-Q. Now thats your proper respect right there.

BL@KBIRD on January 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I don’t care if he is confirmed or not as long as those stupid lying democrats don’t get an opportunity to spread more lies on this cap and trade bullshit. It has been exposed and I expect any member of congress to acknowledge that. ANYTHING ELSE IS LYING BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA!

bluegrass on January 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Great, does that mean the TSA is going start confiscating the wrong kind of lightbulbs and aerosol cans now?

More to the point, do we really want a Director of the TSA who doesn’t stay in his own lane? GW is not part of the TSA mission.

highhopes on January 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Holy Cow! Another moron to confirm. This administration is certainly all about excellence, mmmmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmm.

I know that there are very competent people in our country that have our best interests at heart. Apparently Barrack Obama doesn’t know any of them.

BetseyRoss on January 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Ed : When AP gets in, send him to Drudge – he’s featuring a sex robot that kinda, sorta looks like a former gov of a very northern state. I can see the caption now …Finally or Too good to check.

Fuquay Steve on January 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Southers thinks tea partiers, anti-abortionists and Christians are more dangerous than AQ.

katy on January 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

In this, they are correct.

We are a systemic threat to their power.

Al Q could never seriously damage their power, short of WMDs… and in fact low level attacks give them MORE power and authority, as people give up Freedom for Saftey.

WE however, the Freedom loving cussedly Stuborn silent Majority of America… ARE a direct threat to our own Government taking our Freedom.

In California, today, a trial is starting where they will decide whether Proposition 8, a State Constitutional Amendment, is LEGAL under the US Constitution. IMO, from reading past decisions by this Judge… he will over ride the direct will of the People, and overturn this…

The State of California, even though it is named as a Defendent, is NOT helping the Defense on this.. and has reamained silent as the Federal Government attempts to override their own State Constitution…

We are under attack from our own Government… and the people are getting more and more angry as time passes… how this will manifest? I don’t know…

But they understand that any “antigovernment” (ie anti Socialist takeover) group, which can be rally’d around, IS a threat.

Romeo13 on January 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

He shouldn’t even be a TSA screener let alone the head of the organization.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Southers has a record of being petty and using his position for unauthorized personal reasons. Seems to me that he’d make a perfect TSA screener.

highhopes on January 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Cretin!

rplat on January 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

This guy seems to be just another affirmative-action mediocrity who is dutifully spouting the official talking points.

rockmom on January 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

No, but my guess is that Southers is spouting the party line. I would bet that lots of people don’t believe that AGW exists, but say they do in order to protect their jobs and careers. Sort of an ‘emperor has no clothes’ group think of self-preservation, only that it is taking longer for them to accept the truth.

His throwing in the remarks about global warming is a not so subtle way of indicating that he is a right(as in correct) thinking person and so worthy of support.

thgrant on January 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

After the hacked emails, the scandal from the Russian tree cores, the jacked Antarctic fiasco with only using one temprature station out of 50 and the scandal of the “adjusted” temp records from Australia, how can these idiots keep spewing this junk? It truly has become a religion like that court in the UK said it is. I am suprised they have not brought back the inquisition for AGW non-believers yet
Johnnyreb on January 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Think Paul Joseph Goebbels!

Johan Klaus on January 11, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Look out your window. Morons in positions of responsibility and authority make the world less safe.

ray on January 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM

A product of modern progressivism

Kini on January 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Will my carbon offset get me a cheaper ticket?

Kini on January 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Romeo13 on January 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

We are in the early stages of the 2nd US civil war.

It is unreal.

how this will manifest? I don’t know…

Frightening thought.

katy on January 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

So he’s putting on the same level of danger the passengers exhaling on the plane, with the passenger trying to blow up the plane.

I guess if the passenger trying to blow it up acts early enough in the flight, it will cut down on CO2 emissions from the other passengers. But the explosion will put out a lot of CO2…pop quiz hotshot, what do you do? what DO you do?

DrAllecon on January 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Do these people freaked out over global warming ever look through a window, go outdoors or turn on the Weather Channel?

fogw on January 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

No, they’re too busy sitting at their computers poring over the homogenized data to see what’s actually happening.

UltimateBob on January 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

OK this I cannot defend… especially the Israel part.

palinforamerica on January 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM

The New Obama Green Party: Green Black on the outside, red on the inside.

Jaibones on January 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Errol Southers is learning less and less about more and more and will eventually know nothing about everything.

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Or everything about nothing.

Johan Klaus on January 11, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Until he got to priority parity, I think Southers did OK. After all, we know that radical Islamists hate Israel and attack us for our alliance with them.

Blaming the Jihaddists’ attacks on America’s refusal to shun the “infidels” in Israel and France necessarily implies either that:

A) there are no infidels in America; or

B) for some reason, Al Qaida wouldn’t have a problem with the infidels who live in America if we would simply refuse to have any foreign relations with non-Muslim countries.

And neither of those two possible meanings are anywhere near OK.

logis on January 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM

This idiot looks like Owahma in ten years time.

royzer on January 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

palinforamerica on January 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM

So you do defend his take on Christians, tea partiers and anti-abortionists being a greater threat than AQ?

katy on January 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Looks like Southers has been nominated for one single reason: To unionize TSA.

For the ‘progressives’, the rest of him doesn’t matter.

petefrt on January 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

This is like your local police chief saying that crime should have some parity with recycling.

RadClown on January 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM

not original with me:

TSA – Too Stupid for Arby’s

bill30097 on January 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Just another Obama leftist hack.

Aviator on January 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM

This is all very reminding of:

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer.
Take one down and pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall.

98 bottles of beer on the wall, 98 bottles of beer.
Take one down and pass it around, 97 bottles of beer on the wall.

Except, morons instead of bottles of beer and Obama administration instead of on the wall and confirmed instead of pass it around but all increasing rather than decreasing.

MB4 on January 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Hey once again… looking for commenter…

palinforamerica !!

Paging PALINFORAMERCIA

Your hero is sinking. You’ve known him for a long time and he is one of the most ethical people you’ve ever met…??

Dying to hear the next defense…

katy on January 11, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Haha. I was thinking the same thing. *crickets*

conservative pilgrim on January 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM

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