Michelle Malkin discusses the lapses in secrecy concerning the Air Marshals, and describes some specific things reported by CNN. She just reports the facts, and I want to explain why those facts are very, very bad to have in the open.
-explicitly describing the Federal Air Marshal Boarding Procedure,
This is very, very bad. This tells a terrorist, “this is how you identify the Air Marshals. Look for someone getting on this way.”
- disclosing that FAMs carry .357 Sigs (terrorists can now become familiar with the same weapon as the FAM carries prior to attack),
This isn’t completely clear about why this is bad, so I’ll explain. Instead of terrorists having to train broadly for a wide range of captured weapons, they now know that they can go get a specific family of weapons and train specifically with those weapons. Something like identifying the manual safety on the weapon could foil a terrorist long enough for the passengers to overpower the terrorist, should he get the weapon. Now, it will be second nature for him.
And that is the real problem of identifying these two things. Getting a gun on the plane is the goal of the terrorist. He has two options: he can smuggle a weapon in (hard) or he can acquire one that is already on the plane. He now has all the information he needs to do that. He can identify the Air Marshall, and he knows exactly how to use the weapon once he has taken it. This is very very bad.
Marshals are livid at Quinn’s reckless disregard for their safety and his continued war on FAMS employees trying to put the public interest above public relations. How long will the Bush administration keep this joker on board before something truly catastrophic happens?
That’s the long and short of it. He will be on board until something truly catastrophic happens.