Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FAA allows terrorist pilot's license

This is just nuts... but I guess in a field where supposedly sensible people leap eagerly (not just jump) out of aircraft this makes some kind of sense...

From the NY Times:

Fugitive Still Licensed to Fly by the F.A.A.

By MATTHEW L. WALD
Published: August 18, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $50,000 reward for a Seattle man it says is a domestic terrorist. But that has not kept him from keeping his pilot’s license or from trying to sell his airplane online, apparently because the Transportation Security Administration has not compared the F.B.I.’s wanted list with the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of licensed pilots.

There's more and it's just as nuts.

Of course once the media got ahold of this, the FAA in a stunning display of post-haste suspended his license - and the other six loons charged with posing a threat to national security.

(from the story)

Last week, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee and its aviation subcommittee sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration and the F. A. A. asking whether the two agencies were reconsidering which lists to use to match against the list of pilots. The letter referred to “apparent weaknesses in the existing vetting system.”

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Holy crap.

I swear, if I didn't know better I'd swear the FAA wants another 9-11 to happen.

Hm. Wouldn't that be oh-so-convenient.

I hope all the embedded wingnuts in the government can be caught before they encourage some serious violence.

Another hat tip to the Drudge Retort!

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