February 21, 2007, - 2:27 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember when I predicted, back in January, that America’s Islamist enemies within would applaud a new Homeland Security complaint bureaucracy, “TRIP”? Well, like Cassandra, the Greek goddess, I was right–but no-one listened until it was too late.
The Islamist-dominated, terrrist-supporter ADC (the deceptively named American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) is applauding DHS’s new TRIP–Traveler Redress Inquiry Program.
TRIP is ostensibly a complaint system for those who believe they’re mistakenly on the no-fly list, but it’s actually a system for anyone to file a complaint against Homeland Security agents. And it’s a whole new bureaucracy designed for terrorists, terrorism supporters, illegal aliens, criminals, and assorted other malefactor whiners to attack federal agents throughout Homeland Security for doing their jobs.
If you are one of the many Homeland Security agents and employees who read this site, this new, unnecessary scrutiny should concern you. If you think that OPR (the Office of Professional Responsibility) and OIG (the Office of the Inspector General) are bad enough, get ready for TRIP. In the case of TRIP, federal agents will have to prove they did the right thing by doing their job (if it had anything to do with the no fly list, terror watch list, or other such databases), as the bureaucrats will be working to please their whining new constituency. And you, the American taxpayer, are paying for this absurd new apparatus.
Thank Michael Chertoff a/k/a Mr. Burns and his pan-Islamist advisor, Daniel Sutherland for this giant boondoggle and rectal exam of every move by federal agents who are trying to do their jobs as Air Marshals, ICE agents, Customs and Border Protection inspectors, etc. And by the way, federal agents, where was FLEOA, the organization to which you pay dues to protect your interests? Nowhere to be found on this one. Par for the course.
Read the ADC’s press release, today, to vomit more (also included is the TSA’s butt-kissing release):
ADC Press Release: ADC Welcomes DHS TRIP; Measure to Resolve Travel Issues
Washington, DC | February 21, 2007 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), welcomes today’s launch of the Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP). DHS TRIP offers a way for travelers to resolve watch list misidentification issues with DHS component agencies. These are agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Coast Guard, US Secret Service, and US Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) among several others.
Individuals who feel they have been mistakenly denied boarding, delayed without reason at border points of entry, or identified for additional screenings can now convey their concerns directly via: http://www.dhs.gov/trip
DHS has also completed a detailed name-by-name review of the No Fly list to remove false positives. For more information see the release below by DHS.
DHS LAUNCHES TRAVELER REDRESS INQUIRY PROGRAM
DHS TRIP provides a central gateway for travel-related issues
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: TSA Public Affairs, (571) 227-2829
WASHINGTON–The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the launch of the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP). Travelers can now seek redress and resolve possible watch list misidentification issues with any of the department’s component agencies at an easy to use and easy to access online location at https://dhs.gov/trip.
“We’re making travel more efficient and secure by offering a convenient redress process,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “This is a win-win program. Eliminating false-positives makes the travel experience more pleasant for legitimate visitors, and it frees up our front-line personnel to apply even greater scrutiny of those individuals who truly present safety and security risks.”
DHS TRIP provides a way for legitimate travelers to address situations where individuals believe they have been incorrectly delayed, denied boarding, identified for additional screening, or have otherwise experienced difficulties when seeking entry into the country. The program also facilitates redress information sharing among the department’s component agencies and creates internal performance measures to monitor progress.
DHS TRIP enables travelers to outline their concerns in a single request via a secure Web site. The information received will be shared with applicable DHS component agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as with the Department of State and when appropriate with airport and airline operators. Information will be shared in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. ¬ß 552a), and as established in the Privacy Impact Assessment published for DHS TRIP.
In addition to offering DHS TRIP, the department has taken a number of other steps to make the screening process more efficient and secure, to include the recent completion of a name-by-name review of the No-Fly list to ensure that only individuals currently posing a threat are included.
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