Are they serious? Trusted Traveler Program

Trusted Traveler Program Sparks Fears That Mexican Drug Cartels Could Bypass U.S. Airport Security

Mexican citizens will soon be eligible to apply for a "trusted traveler" status that will allow them to bypass some elements of airport security when they fly into the United States — a U.S. government-approved program that critics say could be exploited by violent drug cartels.

Under the program, Mexicans who have undergone background checks and are deemed low security risks will be able to fly into major U.S. cities and breeze through customs without being questioned by U.S. Customs agents.

Don’t worry your in the best of hands. 



9 thoughts on “Are they serious? Trusted Traveler Program

  1. When I grow up, I hope to be taken half as seriously……Until we deal with the border nobody, I mean nobody should be considered for any “dream” act crap. We have tourists on lakes getting killed with AK’s, bullets flying into our cities from across the border. Let Tx and Az handle the problem if the Feds won’t. I’d give it 6 months and I think you’d see a whole different situation. “Trusted Travelers”? As much as I’d like to put it on the Mexicans for not being able to administer the program, I for sure really think that we can’t handle the simplist of tasks. No less a program with as much potential for harm as the trusted traveler joke.

  2. Homeland Security has it’s Moments but overall is kind of a Joke. I work at one of the Ports on the West Coast and from what I see every day is just some actions but no Coordination between The Port and the Coast Guard. Coast Guard , That’s an Oxymoron. They are doing what they are told but they do not have it together enough to protect our ports as far as I am concerned. To protect this Country we need a Military Style Protection with folks that know what they are doing. Like always it will take a terrorist attack on one of our Ports before they change their operations to fit the Action. By then there will be dead people on the streets of America.


  3. I think one of the issues with homeland security is how we hire. Most leaders in Homeland security are appointed or brought in by those appointed. They often have little or no real world experience in security. (miltary experience is not always the best either) The emphasis is on a matrix that will give them bullet points on evaluations or a resume block for the next job.

    At the lower levels many are just above stock clerks in the ability to make decisions and if they are they are extremely frustrated by the lack of flexibility their leadership allows them.

    You really think a TSA agent had the ability to not pat you down. Once certain criteria are met they have no choice because they are not allowed. This fosters the lowest level employee to stay on the job.

    Kind of reminds me of Hawaii five O (the new one). Lets just pick a SEAL commander and put him in charge of a police task force. Humm no knowlege of the laws, and no experience in the judicial system. In the real world this would never work. (note: SEALs can make good cops so don’t take this wrong) It’s simply that they are not trained for that job. Put them through an academy and some time on the streets and now you might have a good task force commander.

  4. It’s funny that you mentioned a Seal for a task force commander. Here at my Job we have hired just that. An ex Navy Seal is in charge of the Company side of Homeland Security. I went to a Concert in Sacramento a few years ago with this Guy. Great Guy and a Nam Vet. Along with some Somalia work and so on. Any way this drunk started a fight with another drunk and the two of them got a bit close to My Buddy’s wife and he took both of them out in a pair of seconds and handed both to security once they showed up. I was of no Help because of the refreshments I had been drinking.


  5. Sounds like an interesting Just a note: I used a SEAL as an example but could have put any military skill there. But since I had just watched HF0 a SEAL was used.

    I know of a Former SEAL that is now running a finacial company. But everyone I’ve known who has worked in or around the homeland security arena has had very little good to say about the leadership, at least at the mid to upper levels. Now some of these guys are former SF, SEALS, and cops.

    One person I know (former SF) complains that he continues to see former Colonels hired as managers in security with zero technical or operational experience. But the former rank and positions get them hired. They tend to stuggle and are very hard to work for.

  6. Give it five more years and you’ll have retiring senior enlisted, warrants and officers with true operational experience that will also be able to manage. Remember there isn’t a General or below that has any combat PL or combat company command experience. One of the true problems with our upper mgt in the military. No empathy for the LT on the ground. Strategic but no tactical experience at the small unit level. 11th we’ll all get together and JB, Chuck and I will protect you. We don’t need no stinkin SEALS!

  7. Thanks for the Vote of Confidence Chill…..I feel much better about my Safety Now….Specially since you added Chuck to your Arsenal….


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