Archived Blog Post: February 3, 2004
"Dominate. Intimidate. Control.": The sorry record of the Transportation Security Administration: "The air marshal who brandished his weapon had twice applied to be a cop in Philadelphia but failed the police department's psychological tests. He had also been rejected in an attempt to become a prison guard. When he threatened scores of coach passengers, he had received only two weeks of training. What escalates this episode beyond a mere bizarre anecdote is the fact that the TSA hailed these marshals as models. Several days after the incident, Thomas Quinn, the national director of the air marshal program, asserted, 'The federal air marshals did a very good job. They did exactly as they're trained to do.'"