Normally we’d have Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson of the Hugh Hewitt Show spend time with us today, talking about the biggest political stories of the week at 3 pm ET. Today we’ll go the other direction — as I guest host for Hugh on his show tonight, starting at 6 pm ET! We’ll talk with some great newsmakers and analysts, including CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Fox News All-Stars, my NARN partner Mitch Berg, Brian Westbury, and in a special third-hour treat, Michelle Malkin and Rep. Michele Bachmann! The Boss Emeritus will discuss her new column on the “go-fly” list for terrorists:
If America’s homeland security policies were subject to truth-in-advertising laws, the “no-fly” list would be known around the world by its right and proper name: the “go-fly” list. As in: Go right ahead, jihadists, and fly our planes. All aboard, evil-doers. …
In the Times Square case, Team Obama immediately pointed fingers at the airline industry — and Emirates airlines, in particular — for failing to check no-fly list updates. The hindsight cops at the White House are now touting ex post facto rules mandating that the airlines check no-fly alerts every two hours instead of every 24 hours.
But law enforcement officials themselves neglected to contact all airlines directly and red-flag the addition of would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad’s name to the government no-fly list. Moreover, despite paying cash for his trip to the Middle East and being listed on the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list since 1999, Shahzad received no extra screening from the Transportation Security Administration (confirming once again the bureaucracy’s own inside joke that TSA stands for “Thousands Standing Around”).
The tourism industry certainly shares blame for putting travel profits ahead of national security over the years. But in this case, it was only thanks to airline industry compliance with a post-9/11 procedure requiring plane officials to send passenger manifests to the Department of Homeland Security that the feds caught up with Shahzad (whom they had lost track of in Connecticut) before he jetted off to Dubai.
We’ll have the live video and chat set up to run right here at Hot Air, through the permanent TEMS page. Don’t forget to also check out the Hughniverse, the troll-free membership experience for Hugh’s fans, with plenty of exclusive original content!