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.”
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 1, 2013
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….