Rep. John Mica R-FL did not respond to the killing of Transportation Security Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez. Hernandez was a Behavioral Detection Officer. Mica is quick to respond anytime he can make a point that TSA needs to turn into a profit making privatized operation. Even ABC News used ‘hatred’ to describe Mica’s feeling about TSA:
Rep. John Mica, the Florida Republican who helped set up the Transportation Security Administration after 9/11 but has made no secret of his hatred for it, today called the agency "the little bastard child I created."
He said the agency is out of control, has far too many screeners and highly paid bureaucrats. Mica said, "The bad news is I created them after 9/11, the good news is I am now chairman and I will get them." Mica said, as he has before, that he would like to turn over screening to private companies under TSA supervision.
While it is not fair to interpret Mica’s silence in response to TSA’s first killed in action as approval of the gunman, it is also important once again to remember the impact of the dehumanizing caricature that Mica and others on the Far Right use to portray those who serve in TSA. If you hate the uniform then you hate those who serve in uniform; the parsing of words means little to the thousands of officers who reported to duty today with heavy hearts.
J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told reporters in a conference call yesterday that:
“There is a reason why the federal government federalized these jobs,” Cox said. “You go down to Orlando and you find Mica constantly trying to contract out this type of work to put it in the hands of the lowest bidder who is not properly trained.”
“Some of the rhetoric about government being bad creates some of this fallout. It’s a clear example of why the jobs need to be federalized. A contract screener would have had a whole lot worse situation going on at LAX.”
Within hours WorldNet Daily was reporting that this may be a ‘false flag’ incident set up by the government under the banner headline:
Did TSA know LAX attack coming?
The article by Drew Zahn a WND news editor asserted that:
Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell, a 2012 Democratic congressional candidate, who made national news after claiming he had seen a man help the 2009 Christmas Day “underwear bomber” board the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit without a passport.
Haskell is convinced a federal agent actually gave the bomber a defective bomb to carry on the plane in order to intentionally create an incident “that would cause the government to install full body scanners at airports nationwide.”
In January, Haskell told Washington Times blogger Alan Jones that he feared the TSA’s training might have been in preparation for another staged attack.
“As a first-hand eyewitness to a proven false flag attack, I know that the government does stage fake attacks to further governmental policy,” Haskell said. “An airport is the perfect place setting to stage their play.”
In January, Jones speculated, “A mass shooting at a TSA checkpoint would not only be a tragedy for the families of those passengers and TSA workers killed, but would likely lead to even more calls for gun-control measures, as well as discussions of arming TSA workers, propositions that would likely face stiff resistance.”
The comment section includes remarks such as this one from Rachael N. Jacobs
“This was such a bumbling false flag event I almost cried from laughing so hard.”
Becky Akers of LewRockwell.com routinely calls TSA Officers rapists and pedophiles. In an exchange with me a former TSA Officer she asked:
The TSA has so far slaughtered one man (Rigoberto Alpizar, Dec 2005) and is morally culpable for the death of a woman (Carol Anne Gotbaum, Oct 2007). How would you suggest passengers best protect themselves from you and your accomplices, especially now that you are sexually assaulting them?
It is reported that the shooter had his sights set on TSA Officers and an anti-government message was in his possession. At some point Rep. Mica and his fellow travlers must be held accountable for the results of their rhetoric. Accountability is a standard not just for government workers but for government leaders as well. In an environment of hate some take talking points and treat them as orders to advance and kill. Reasonable people can disagree about policies and procedures but when rhetoric denigrates those who wear the nation’s uniform we must ask the question: Rep. Mica have you no shame?