'Patriot Pilot' reveals identity weeks after video rips security

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'Patriot Pilot' reveals identity weeks after video rips security

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/12/28/california.tsa.pilot/index.html?hpt=T2

http://www.patriotpilot.com/

After referring to himself online only as "The Patriot Pilot," a California-based aviator revealed his identity Monday and explained his crusade to expose what he described as the nation's faulty airport security.

Chris Liu, 50, who has worked as a pilot for American Airlines, said he took and broadcast a video online presenting his view of San Francisco International Airport security because he "saw a potential problem," but didn't foresee the resulting uproar.

"Janet Napolitano did state that if you see something, say something," he said Monday night on CNN's "AC 360," referring to the nation's Homeland Security department chief. "I think (the public) already knows (about security issues) personally."

His footage, posted in late November and later removed from the popular video-sharing website YouTube, detailed his view of San Francisco International Airport security. On it, he said, "As you can see airport security is kind of farce."

On Christmas, the airport fired back deriding what it described as the pilot's "misleading" information and like-minded critics who had rallied behind him.

A statement attributed to the airport said it was proud to be "both an innovator and a trendsetter in aviation security."

"SFO meets, and in many cases, exceeds every federal security requirement," the statement said.

Liu said Monday that the videos, which he narrated, aim to show the contrast between the passengers, who were heavily scrutinized, and airport employees who just passed through a single door.

"I wanted to show the disparity between what was going on upstairs, with the body scans, and downstairs," he said, claiming that airline and airport crew could get through airports with minimal checks and supervision. "There should be balanced and effective screening."

The airport, in its statement, claimed that the pilot "presents false and misleading information." Specifically, it says that one door that Liu focused on had a "card swipe" that led only to an "employee lunchroom" -- and not to the main airfield, as the pilot suggested.

The controversy is Liu's latest brush with the headlines. In July, the Sacramento home he'd owned for a year with his wife Sandra exploded while he was away on the East Coast. Four firefighters investigating a gas leak there were injured, CNN affiliate KCRA reported.

Video showed Liu arriving at the destroyed home, still wearing his American Airlines uniform. The suspect in the home blast, Robert Dunst, pleaded not guilty in November to various charges including arson and burglary, according to KCRA.

The pilot insisted he had no intention of making more news, though, when he snapped the cell-phone video at the northern California airport and posted it online. But afterward, he said that the consequences were swift and significant.

A few days after he posted the videos, Liu said, the Transportation Security Administration told him he was being suspended from the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. As an officer in that program, the federal agency had deputized him, among others, to carry a handgun in the cockpit.

The pilot said four air marshals and two local deputies then showed up at his home near Sacramento to personally confiscate his weapon.

The only answer he could get from the security agency as to why he was suspended from the program was that he may have violated a regulation, the pilot said.

The TSA said that it holds those serving as federal flight deck officers to "the highest ethical standards," and said it took action because the pilot was in the program.

"(Participants in the flight deck officer program) must be able to maintain sensitive security information," said the agency's spokeswoman Sarah Horowitz. "As the issuing authority of credentials and firearms, TSA reviews each possible violation of those standards and acts accordingly up to and including removing an individual from the assigned role."

Liu spoke to CNN last week, on condition of anonymity, and also championed his cause on his website, http://www.patriotpilot.com/. On it, he singles out Napolitano for not directly addressing his complaints and and rhetorically asks, "How much better could we make the system if TSA actually worked with us and not against us?"

"Punishing the Patriot Pilot only serves to remind each of us that we are not free to seek redress from our Government as provided for in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution," he wrote online.

In its statement Saturday, San Francisco's airport defended its practices, stressing that there are variances in the security system based on various factors and that many layers of protection cannot easily be seen.

"Proper and effective security requires multiple layers of systems, procedures and policies that are interlaced and constantly monitored," the airport said. "The vast majority of the widespread layers of this security program are behind the scenes and transparent to casual observers."
 

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Old news

Old news

This is old news. Story emphasizes the go along to get along attitude (familiar here)... and don't criticize publicly, the powers that be.:censored: (also familiar here as well).

Why they removed him from a security program just reeks of payback playground style.

In the mean time the feds will never come clean about the "well dressed man" who helped get a person with no pass port, also on a watch list, whose own father went to the authorities...... through airport security...

Just so they could make billions on porno scanners and play grope a dope..

http://www.infowars.com/one-year-later-who-was-the-sharp-dressed-man-who-helped-abdulmutallab/
 

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Automan, I do agree with every word you say here! It is no good trying to use logic when in discussion with "Big Brother". Being absolutely correct gets you nowhere in these arguments.



But, our poor old "patriot Pilot" really did not think this through, did he? What did he expect, someone up the "chain of command" was going to bang their forehead and say, "Gee, we ARE doing it all wrong, let's stop and fix this!"

That's never going to happen with people whose main concern is their own authority, a secondary concern is 'going with the flow" and not upsetting anyone else's position, and the lowest ranking concern is the actual purpose of the task at hand.

And the whole "underpants bomber" story does seem incredible. I think there was something very strange indeed about that one.
 

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Maybe

Maybe

His identity was known as soon as he posted his stuff on the web.

True about arguing with big brother, in this case its big sis.

Ray, you get the award for 2010 !

J
 

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Berlin politics certa 1930:violin:,Wait till the cavity searches,"It will make U safe" B.S.:flame: Wait soon for the RPG or manpad to take a plane down, or a taxi going off in a crowed terminal.:rip: Have any used copiers to ship? :argue: So far TSA has stopped zero threats.:noidea:
 

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In my opinion, the threats of modern terrorism are almost impossible to stop or mitigate. There's not much the TSA could do to really make them worth the money and hassle. But a terrorist attack is publicly perceived as a very real threat which has caused a very real demand on politics to do something about it. You can't ask the politicians to tell the public that they are, essentially, powerless against such a threat. So they put on a pubicly staged show that everyone can't but notice and thus give everyone the illusion that something serious is being done against a terrorist threat.

The only thing that really works against terrorism long term is suitable international politics and economy. It's not a quick fix.

-- Chris.
 

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My biggest problem was sending a squad to confiscate his weapon. Take him out of the deck officer program if you must be petty that way. It's your perogative. But unless you own the weapon in question, you don't get to conficsate it.
 

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My biggest problem was sending a squad to confiscate his weapon. Take him out of the deck officer program if you must be petty that way. It's your perogative. But unless you own the weapon in question, you don't get to conficsate it.
The weapon in this case was government-owned. But sending six guys to confront the pilot does sound a bit like a tantrum. What - Were they hoping he'd do something stupid and make their day?
 

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Any time you confront status you risk your own credibility or worse. He took a risk to expose the obviously ignored and the powers to be reacted to destroy him as expected. He acted in "heroic" fashion in my mind.

The more this national security facade continues the more obsurd this whole feasco becomes.

Should he choose to run for President, I will vote for him.
 

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This Pilot is clearly a man with integrity...a man of conscience expressing his deeply felt concern for what is surely "Security Theater".

IMO he's a true blue Patriot and deserves mass public support for his coming forward to help make "us" all safer.

M-M
 
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