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Will LAX Shooting Be Exploited to Arm TSA Agents?

One TSA screener killed, media flip flops on gunman being off-duty TSA officer

Paul Joseph Watson
November 1, 2013

UPDATE: The media is now reporting that the gunman was not an off-duty TSA officer, which is a strange flip flop from earlier when law enforcement sources said that he was. This can now be exploited to justify further TSA abuse of power, which would have not been possible if the shooter had been a TSA agent.

The L.A. Times reports: “A federal law enforcement official said that the gunman was a ticketed passenger entering the airport. Officials don’t believe the gunman has ever worked for TSA. Law enforcement sources had earlier told The Times the gunman was a TSA employee.”

A shooting at LAX airport today which killed at least one and wounded several other Transportation Security Administration screeners could be exploited as a justification to arm TSA agents, a plan that has likely been in the works for some time.

According to reports, a man approached a document checker at Los Angeles International Airport, pulled out a rifle and opened fire on a security officer.

Several people were wounded during the shooting, which went on for around half an hour, including a TSA agent who was shot in the leg.

According to the L.A. Times ”two or three TSA employees were hit by gunfire.”

NBC News later confirmed that one of the TSA agents was killed.

The suspect was described as a clean cut white male who fired an AR-15. The gun is seen lying on the ground in the image below.

It was subsequently confirmed that the shooter had been killed by police.

Reports indicate that the shooter was an off-duty TSA agent, suggesting the motivation could have been personal and not political. According to eyewitnesses, the gunman was clearly targeting TSA agents.

The gunman was apprehended but the incident prompted an evacuation of Terminals 2 and 3 and all planes were later grounded, with incoming planes being diverted.

“We were just standing there in line and somebody started shooting,” said eyewitness Nick Pugh . “Everyone dropped to the floor and started crawling along the ground, abandoning their suitcases.”

The incident is almost certain to be exploited by the federal government and the media to justify draconian TSA security policies, but it could also be used to rubber stamp a policy of arming TSA agents.

As we reported earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security has been hiring shooting ranges near airports in order to train TSA agents, suggesting that a plan to equip the screeners with firearms has been on the agenda for a while.

More on this story as it develops….

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James Hague 

My ex wife works at TSA and loves it there. I think it's because it gives her a false impression she is accomplishing something with her life. She has some real insecurities about her self worth and personal value and always has. She resents me for actually finishing active duty after my 20 years with an Honorable Discharge. Her feminized thinking has made her feel inadequate as a woman in today's distorted society. In reality, TSA is a worthless arm of DHS. There is nothing they do that Allied Barton could not do more professionally and less intrusively. These people are not patriots. They are delusional about their actual contributions to Homeland Security and what actual purpose they serve. The majority of these individuals working for TSA have some sort of glaring deficiency or character defect that makes them unable to perform any other functions in service of their country. They are creepy gestapo followers who are terrifyingly dumbed down "by choice" on top of their own narcissistic tendencies. This sounds to me like one of their own became disenfranchised with the system and acted out, albeit in the worst possible way. This is what Government control does to people. It distorts what is important and what our value system should embody. I could see how the military became increasingly fascist and oppressing to the sailors ourselves. They casually throw out terms like "Intrusive Leadership" & "Selective Obedience" consistently judging & targeting their own people to throw under the bus. Sad what my country has become. Pray for our children.



I'm still waiting to see what " drug " this guy was on. And why did someone from New Jersey travel all the way to California to shoot at TSA agents? Was this guy a student going to a university in CA? And just like Jeffrey Dahmer, " He was such a quite man, so nice ". Something smells about this whole incident just like the rest of them.
However, I'm sure that Diane Feinstein is getting that old familiar " tingle " up her leg when they found the AR-15 was used.
Just my 2 cents worth.

UPDATE: Flip-Flop: LAX Shooter Was Not a TSA Worker,

May Have Had ‘Strong Anti-Government Views’

UPDATE: UPI reports that the suspect, 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia who is reportedly not a TSA officer as previously reported, had “writings” on him indicating he may have embraced “strong anti-government views.”

From NBC:

NBC News’ Pete Williams reported that the suspect is Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old resident of LA, with no direct connection to the TSA. He had “anti-government materials” on him at the time.

UPDATE: The media is now reporting that the gunman was not an off-duty TSA officer, which is a strange flip flop from earlier when law enforcement sources said that he was. This can now be exploited to justify further TSA abuse of power, which would have not been possible if the shooter had been a TSA agent.

The L.A. Times reports: “A federal law enforcement official said that the gunman was a ticketed passenger entering the airport. Officials don’t believe the gunman has ever worked for TSA. Law enforcement sources had earlier told The Times the gunman was a TSA employee.”


Media in Los Angeles, California, report that the suspected shooter at LAX is an off-duty TSA worker.

Officialdom says the alleged shooter was lightly injured during the incident and is currently in police custody.

As of this writing the reason for the fatal incident has not been reported. It is fair to speculate, however, that the deadly encounter is yet another example of a federal worker going “postal” and killing coworkers.


LAX Shooting: Get Ready for More Anti-Second Amendment Propaganda

The liberal press has wasted precious little time demonizing the Second Amendment in the wake of the shooting by an off-duty TSA worker at LAX.

Mother Jones tweeted the following a few minutes ago:

LAX Police Chief Gannon: Single shooter entered, pulled an assault rifle, began shooting at checkpoint, went past & into terminal 3.

Note the push-button word: “assault rifle,” a favorite emotional phrase adopted by the gun-grabber crowd. Every weapon, of course, is an “assault weapon,” but what the libs never tell you is that firearms are primarily defense weapons.

“Guns used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense,” Gun Owners of America noted in 2008. “Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.”

This article was posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

LAX Shooting: TSA Officer Killed, Others Hurt


LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man toting a semi-automatic rifle, some 150 rounds of ammunition and a grudge against "pigs" and TSA agents shot his way past a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport in a deadly rampage that sent hundreds of travelers fleeing in terror.

When the shooting stopped, a Transportation Security Administration officer was dead. Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer in the agency's 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty.

Five other people were hurt, including two other TSA employees and the gunman, identified as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Pennsville, N.J. He was shot four times by airport police and remained hospitalized but there was no word on his condition.

Ciancia apparently had been living in Los Angeles for about 1½ years, authorities said.

As gunshots rang out in Terminal 3 on Friday morning, swarms of passengers screamed, dropped to the ground or ran for their lives.

"I really thought I saw death," said Anne Rainer, who witnessed the gunfire with her 26-year-old son Ben. The pair were about to leave for New York so her son could see a specialist for a rare genetic condition he has.

They took refuge behind a ticket counter where she said people prayed, cried and held hands. She watched as one person jumped from a second-floor balcony to get away from the gunman.

"Adrenaline went through my head, my body went numb, and I said, 'If I have to go, it's OK because I'm not going to feel it, but I have to save him,'" Rainer said.

Nick Pugh had just handed his driver's license and boarding pass to a TSA screener and was about to walk toward a metal detector when the shooting began. He dove to the floor. Watching panicked people trying to crawl over one another, Pugh got up and bolted through an emergency exit door and onto the airport tarmac.

"I thought with all of the terrorism we've had, get away from the terminal where everyone is," Pugh said. "If there's a lot of people shooting or a bomb, get away from where everybody else is. I just ran."

Others fled into the terminal, taking refuge in coffee shops and lounges as the gunman shot his way toward them. However, some witnesses and authorities said the gunman ignored anyone except TSA targets.

Airport police officers shot the gunman four times, including in the mouth and leg, during a shootout in front of a Burger King in the terminal.

A law enforcement official said the gunman was dressed in fatigues and carried at least five full 30-round magazines of ammunition. In his bag he had a one-page, handwritten note that said he wanted to kill TSA employees and "pigs."

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the note referred to how the gunman believed his constitutional rights were being violated by TSA searches and that he was a "pissed-off patriot" upset at former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

On Friday, Ciancia's father in New Jersey had called authorities for help in finding his son after the young man sent one of his siblings a text message about committing suicide, Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings said.

The chief said he called Los Angeles police, who sent a patrol car to Ciancia's apartment. There, two roommates said that they had seen him a day earlier and he had appeared to be fine.

Cummings said that the Ciancias — owners of an auto body shop — are a "good family" and that his department had had no dealings with the son.

People who knew Ciancia said they were shocked that he was the alleged gunman.

Ciancia's former roommate in Los Angeles, James Mincey, said he appeared to be unemployed but never showed any disturbing qualities, such as a fascination with guns.

He spoke to Ciancia last week.

"He said he was going back to Jersey, going to work for his dad, and making amends with family problems ... and spending holidays with his family," Mincey told KABC-TV.

Ciancia had been into a next-door restaurant called The Morrison several times, owner Marc Kreiner said.

"He was kind of a quiet guy, came in mostly by himself," Kreiner told the Los Angeles Times.

The attack at the nation's third-busiest airport began around 9:20 a.m. when the gunman pulled the assault-style rifle from a bag he had carried into the terminal, which serves such airlines as Virgin America, AirTran, Horizon Air and JetBlue.

Airport police were running after the gunman within seconds of the first shots being fired, Chief of Airport Police Patrick Gannon said.

The airport was locked down and its normally packed roads were emptied of cars. Across the U.S., aviation officials stopped LAX-bound flights from taking off from other airports, causing delays around the country. Some Los Angeles-bound flights that already were in the air were diverted elsewhere.

Throughout the day, an estimated 1,550 scheduled arriving and departing flights with around 167,000 passengers were affected, according to the airport. That included 86 arriving flights that were diverted to other airports.

After the first attack police, unsure whether the gunman acted alone, escorted travelers out of Terminal 3 as they searched for other possible shooters.

Pugh, who had fled onto the tarmac so quickly he had left his ID behind, was briefly handcuffed until it was determined he wasn't involved.

Rainer and her son were escorted to safety two terminals away, but they left behind their baggage, which included her son's oxygen and feeding tube machine.

Some travelers arriving for flights were held several miles away for hours. When the airport slowly began to reopen late in the afternoon, people by the thousands, many wheeling suitcases, walked down the middle of the four-lane ring road fronting the terminals.

Hernandez, the officer who was killed, was one of the TSA's behavioral detection officers who are stationed throughout the airport looking for suspicious behavior, said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Friends and neighbors remembered the Los Angeles man as a doting father of two and a good neighbor who went door-to-door warning neighbors to be careful after his home in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles was burglarized.

"It's devastating because he was such a great guy," Kevin Maxwell, a friend and former TSA co-worker at the airport, told KNBC-TV. "All he talked about was his family. He was very proud of his son, who played football."

He also had a daughter, Maxwell said.

"No words can explain the horror that we experienced today," TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a message to employees Friday.

Pistole said he planned to arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday to meet with Hernandez's family and the injured employees.

President Barack Obama called the head of the Transportation Security Administration to express his condolences to the families and friends of the dead and injured TSA officers.

In all, five people were taken to hospitals. They included Hernandez, Ciancia, the two wounded TSA officers, and a person who suffered a broken ankle during the chaos. A sixth person was treated at the scene for ringing in the ears from gunfire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Among the people evacuated from the airport, more than dozen were treated for minor injuries such as twisted ankles, exhaustion or stress.

It was not the first shooting at LAX. On July 4, 2002, a limousine driver opened fire at the airport's El Al ticket counter, killing an airline employee and a person who was dropping off a friend at the terminal. Police killed the man.


Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Joan Lowy and Alicia Caldwell in Washington; Greg Risling, Christopher Weber, Alicia Chang, Alicia Rancilio, Gillian Flaccus and Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles; Josh Hoffner in Phoenix; and Michael Rubinkam in Pennsylvania.




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