“See Something, Say Something” – Fail upon expensive Fail

…and you’re paying for it. That’s right. On January 17th, F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to escort an Alaska Airlines flight to Sea-Tac Airport, because – get this – someone called and said there was a possible hijacker on board. Apparently, that’s all it took to scramble military jets to meet a commercial flight, haul a sleeping passenger …

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners – blames manufacturers

So. The well-loved TSA has decided to remove its backscatter x-ray body scanners, citing concerns that the manufacturer(s) haven’t been able to come up with viewing software that makes the person being scanned into a generic little stick figure with red boxes where the “dangerous” things are. The US congress have put considerable pressure on …

Training Device IED – How to make one, and why

…and at a price your budget can actually take. Ready Made vs Home Made Training IEDs are an integral part of many security operations these days, and especially those where x-ray operators are a part of the equation. Training checkpoint personnel, vehicle search personnel, x-ray operators and perimeter search personnel without them is, put simply, …

Ambassador Neumann: Politicians have driven us into the bunker

Ambassador Neumann is a familiar name to many, both Americans and non-Americans, but just in case you’ve never heard of him, here’s a summary; – Diplomat and employed by the State Dept since 1970, specialized in Middle East affairs, Director of the Iraq office, Ambassador to Algeria, Ambassador to Bahrain, Ambassador to Afghanistan, Director of the American Academy of Diplomacy …