He’s a former detective with the Santa Monica Police Department who went on to become an FBI agent, spending three years with the Bureau’s SWAT team, participating in some 41 missions around the country.
He was the deputy director of the California Office of Homeland Security.
He’s the associate director of the Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California.
He’s currently the assistant chief in charge of the Office of Intelligence and Emergency Operations at Los Angeles World Airports.
Despite that, Erroll Southers, whom President Obama nominated in September to head up the Transportation Security Administration, doesn’t deserve a vote.
At least that seems to be the message that Jim DeMint, senator from South Carolina, seems to be sending.
The union issue didn’t seem to be as much of a concern when President Bush’s nominees for various parts of the Department of Homeland Security were up for confirmation votes since many of those agencies have worked who are union members.
The American Federation of Government Employees, for instance, represents nearly 40,000 DHS employees in collective bargaining.
Meanwhile, Republican John Mica of Florida, who helped create the TSA as a member of the House of Representatives and helped get it placed in the Department of Homeland Security, now calls the agency lost and bloated and that Congress “must change the process by which TSA administrators serve. There has been no TSA administrator for nearly a year and the next one will be the fifth in eight years. Running a security agency with a revolving door is a recipe for failure.”
A couple of interesting things there. First, Mica neglects to mention that those first four TSA administrators all served under President Bush and each one left there wasn’t a word from him about the “revolving door” at the agency.
Second, if there are problems with TSA being lost in the bureaucracy of DHS why has he waited until now to say anything about it? It couldn’t be because there’s a Democrat in the White House and he’s a Republican (the same could be said of DeMint’s criticisms, by the way).
Lastly, in December 2001, right after the Richard Reid attempted shoe-bombing incident, Mica “said it was a “sign that we need to bring immediate focus to our new transportation security agency” and asked that Presdeint Bush immediately appoint an aviation security czar.”
He didn’t want President Bush to even wait for Congress to come back into session.
I wonder how he would react if President Obama were to do the same.
It’s not about security, apparently. It’s about politics.