That’s right–in the wake of a thwarted terrorist attack we learn that the top spot at the Transportation Security Administration is empty.
And it’s all thanks to Republican Senator Jim DeMint:
An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.
The post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has held up President Barack Obama’s nominee in opposition to the prospect of TSA workers joining a labor union.
As al Qaida claimed responsibility Monday for the thwarted attack and President Barack Obama made a public statement about it, Democrats urged DeMint to drop his objection and allow quick confirmation of nominee Erroll Southers, a counterterrorism expert, when the Senate reconvenes in three weeks.
Southers, a former FBI special agent, is the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department assistant chief for homeland security and intelligence. He also is the associate director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, and he served as a deputy director of homeland security for California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Two Senate committees have given Southers their bipartisan blessing.
So a Republican Senator is blocking the appointment of someone to head the TSA for purely partisan political purposes.
We almost had a deadly terrorist attack–one that wold have killed an airplane full of people–but the GOP is leaving the TSA headless because they hate labor unions and don’t want a government agency to unionize.
Why is the GOP putting politics ahead of American lives?