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Maxine Waters Accused of ‘Abusing Privileges’ of Air Marshals Along With Other Members Of Congress: “It’s ridiculous”

The Air Marshal National Council, which represents some of the nation’s roughly 2,000 air marshals, is blowing the whistle on members of Congress who are abusing the Air Marshall privilege turning it into a VIP “concierge service.” Many members of Congres were accused of abusing these privileges.

“Air marshals can only be assigned to high-risk flights. That means flights that have been deemed through our vetted process that have a security risk,” said Sonya Hightower LoBasco, executive director of the Air Marshal National Council. 

“When these processes are violated and they’re taken advantage of and they are just tossed to the side now as if they don’t matter, we’re really looking into creating a major problem for ourselves in the aviation domain.”

According to a complaint filed with the House Committee on Ethics, one of these flights involved Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

“Congresswoman Maxine Waters utilized numerous government resources inappropriately,” the complaint says.

“Federal Air Marshals were removed from a ‘high risk’ flight to cover Ms. Waters flight to Minnesota. The ‘high risk’ flight took off with no armed law enforcement on board leaving a gap in National Security.”

“Air marshals for Miss Waters trip were assigned high risk missions, they were removed from those missions and assigned to Miss Waters mission on top of her already armed security detail from the Capitol Police,” Hightower said.

“That was not an official business trip. We still don’t have any justification as to why government resources were utilized to fly Miss Waters out to Minnesota.”

Another air marshal familiar said: “It’s ridiculous. Meanwhile, there are 30,000 other flights with no armed agents.”

“Placing FAMs on aircraft simply because a member of Congress requests it is an egregious misuse of government resources,” David Londo, president of the Air Marshal National Council, said in a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General on April 20.

“The FAMs are now taking agents off of regularly scheduled “high risk” flights to put them on flights with members of Congress, that in most cases have their own armed federal security details onboard already.  It has become akin to a type of extremely expensive concierge service for Congressional members.”

TSA issued a statement saying:

“Following the events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol, the Transportation Security Administration enhanced security and law enforcement presence throughout the transportation system to include airports and aboard aircraft to protect the traveling public, including Members of Congress.” 

 

 

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