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  Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month.
Another federal air marshal said that not only is there a quota in Las Vegas for SDRs, but that "it directly reflects on (their) performance evaluations" and on how much money they make.
One example, according to air marshals, occurred on one flight leaving Las Vegas, when an unknowing passenger, most likely a tourist, was identified in an SDR for doing nothing more than taking a photo of the Las Vegas skyline as his plane rolled down the runway.
www.commondreams.org /cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/headlines06/0724-07.htm   (867 words)

 The Blotter: Federal Air Marshal Service
Air marshals had complained passengers could easily spot them because they were required to show their badges publicly at the airline check-in counters and were forced to board in advance.
No on-duty federal air marshals were on board the transatlantic flight that triggered a security scare on Wednesday, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case against the United passenger whose erratic behavior forced the captain to divert the flight to Boston.
Air marshals, who are specially trained and authorized to carry weapons on board flights to prevent hijackings and terrorists attacks, were surprised to learn they were to be subject to search.
blogs.abcnews.com /theblotter/federal_air_marshal_service   (5495 words)

 Air marshal grounded by e-mail comments - U.S. news- msnbc.com
The grounded air marshal heads the agency chapter of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association; the association has repeatedly criticized Air Marshal Service policies and lobbied Congress to investigate their claims.
Air marshal Frank Terreri was stripped of his gun and credentials Wednesday, at home and in front of his wife and six-year old son, by agency supervisors.
The suspension of Terreri is “a clear indication of [the Air Marshal Service] continuing to engage in witch hunts against any of their employees who speak out on these vital safety issues,” said Jon Adler, a ranking FLEOA official and an active federal law enforcement officer.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6256983   (653 words)

 NewsHour Extra: Air Marshal Program Expanded to Buses, Trains -- December 14, 2005
Air marshals, undercover federal agents who patrol airplanes, are coming under new scrutiny after the shooting death of an unarmed passenger who claimed he had a bomb last week.
According to the marshals, Alpizar said he was carrying a bomb in a backpack strapped to the front of his body.
Air safety experts also worry that two recent airline changes could also impact air marshal training: the decision to soon allow passengers to carry certain sharp items like scissors aboard planes, since cockpit doors are now reinforced, and rising incidents of unruly passengers and air rage.
www.pbs.org /newshour/extra/features/july-dec05/airmarshals_12-12.html   (823 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Nation > America's War on Terror -- Dress code, hotel policies changed to protect ...
WASHINGTON – Air marshals were told Thursday they will be allowed to dress the way they want and choose their own hotels in order to protect their anonymity while on missions.
Marshals claimed that their undercover status was threatened because they had to stay at designated hotels and show their credentials when checking in.
Air marshals were on the Northwest Airlines Amsterdam-to-Bombay flight that was diverted Wednesday after a dozen passengers acted suspiciously.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/nation/terror/20060824-1603-airmarshals.html   (524 words)

 Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota
That's why several air marshals object to a July 2004 memo from top management in the Las Vegas office, a memo that reminded air marshals of the SDR requirement.
Another federal air marshal said that not only is there a quota in Las Vegas for SDRs, but that "it directly reflects on (their) performance evaluations" and on how much money they make.
One example, according to air marshals, occurred on one flight leaving Las Vegas, when an unknowing passenger, most likely a tourist, was identified in an SDR for doing nothing more than taking a photo of the Las Vegas skyline as his plane rolled down the runway.
www.infowars.com /articles/ps/marshals_innocent_people_on_watch_list.htm   (867 words)

 Air Marshals in Training   (Site not responding. Last check: )
When I was training indigenous air marshals in the Persian Gulf many years ago, I had a chief mechanic help me stretch ribbons through the interior of the aircraft in which we were training to simulate the location of electrical and hydraulic lines.
Air marshals practice moving down the aisle while retaining their shooting base so that they can close the distance to a potential threat, but a shot may still be necessary at 25 yards or more.
When the author was involved in training air marshals, one of the preferred pistols was the SIG P-228 because it was believed that more firepower might be warranted to thwart an attack outside of an aircraft.
www.gunsandammomag.com /ga_handguns/air_marshalls/index.html   (1554 words)

 Report criticizes air marshal hirings - The Boston Globe
In a written response, Hutchinson said new standards and guidelines have been set for determining whether applicants are suitable to be air marshals, whose job is primarily guarding planes while they are in flight.
One applicant who was offered a job as an air marshal had been denied a gun permit by the state of New York for undisclosed reasons.
Ervin's report said 104 air marshals who had been granted security clearances had been involved in 155 cases of misconduct when they worked for the Bureau of Prisons previously.
www.boston.com /news/nation/washington/articles/2004/08/31/report_criticizes_air_marshal_hirings   (599 words)

 USATODAY.com - Cover blown, but air marshal still flies   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Marshals are supposed to fly incognito so terrorists can't overpower them and seize their pistols to hijack a plane.
Adams said air marshals "are supposed to blend in with the passengers." But he and another spokesman for the service, Conan Bruce, declined to address why Pickard could still fly.
Marshals assigned to fly with him on those two days sought different partners because they felt their security was jeopardized by Pickard's exposure, he said.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2006-05-31-air-marshal_x.htm   (556 words)

 domain-B - Aviation and Aerospace - News reports - Air Marshal P S Ahluwalia to head IAF's Western Air Command
Air marshal Ahluwalia has a mix of crucial staff and field appointments to his credit, along with several professional and diplomatic assignments abroad.
Air marshal Ahluwalia is considered to be an officer with exceptional operational and managerial skills.
Earlier, in 1986, as a wing commander, air marshal Ahluwalia had commanded one of the two squadrons of the Indian Air Force that were equipped with the newly inducted Mirage-2000s.
domain-b.com /aero/20070122_ahluwalia.htm   (545 words)

 US expands air marshal plan abroad - The Boston Globe
By effectively extending the US air marshals program to foreign cargo and passenger carriers that fly to, from, or over the United States, the policy will give officials a third option -- other than doing nothing or canceling the flight -- when ambiguous intelligence signals there may be a problem, security specialists said.
In the Air France incident, an alternative to canceling the flight could have been `let's put a marshal on board to watch the passenger we had concerns about.' That step wasn't taken.
Brian Doyle, a Homeland Security spokesman, said US air marshals must pass a basic nine-week law enforcement training course in Artesia, N.M., then complete a four-week air marshal finishing course in Atlantic City, N.J. There were just 33 air marshals before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2003/12/30/us_expands_air_marshal_plan_abroad   (1054 words)

 'Double whammy' for family unacceptable: air marshal - National - smh.com.au
Australia's defence force chief, Air Marshal Angus Houston, says the bungle over the return of Private Jake Kovco's body to Australia is a "double whammy" for his family.
Air Marshal Houston says there was a soldier attending Private Kovco's casket during the entire return flight.
Air Marshal Houston said the defence department was doing everything possible "to get to the bottom of it".
www.smh.com.au /news/national/double-whammy-for-family-unacceptable-air-marshal/2006/04/27/1145861464272.html   (542 words)

 CNN.com - Man killed after bomb claim at airport - Dec 7, 2005
Alpizar was confronted by a team of federal air marshals, who followed him down the boarding bridge and ordered him to get on the ground, the official said.
A passenger, Mary Gardner, told WTVJ in Miami that the man ran frantically down the aisle from the rear of the plane, arms flailing, and that the woman accompanying him said that her husband was bipolar and had not taken his medication, according to The Associated Press.
Air marshals asked him to get off the plane, which he did, but when they asked him to put his bag down, he refused, Adams said.
www.cnn.com /2005/US/12/07/airplane.gunshot/index.html   (741 words)

 FACSNET NewsBackgrounder | Air Marshal program intended to protect air travelers
It is likely the marshal program will be expanded in the wake of the Sept. 11 hijackings, in which four commercial airliners were hijacked and two of them crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Federal Air Marshals are a full-time dedicated force that continuously deploy throughout the world on all major U.S. carriers in areas where terrorist activities indicate the highest probability of attacks.
The Federal Air Marshal program was organized in the Federal Aviation Administration in 1985 after two Lebanese Shiite Moslems hijacked a Boeing 727 departing from Athens and diverted it to Beirut.
www.facsnet.org /issues/specials/terrorism/skymarshal.php3   (482 words)

 Air Marshal Service showcases new command center (2/24/04) -- www.GovernmentExecutive.com
The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) Missions Operations Center is open round-the-clock and is the "focal point" to receive and disseminate intelligence to plan domestic and international missions, said Thomas Quinn, director of the service.
Quinn said air marshals have dealt with numerous situations aboard aircraft but it is difficult to prove whether an actual hijacking has been prevented.
ICE is training its agents to be air marshals in case the country needs a surge capacity.
www.govexec.com /story_page.cfm?articleid=27727&ref=rellink   (681 words)

 GAP - Frank Terreri - Federal Air Marshal
Since Congress voted to expand the air marshals service after September 11, the agency has been plagued with mismanagement and lack of direction, despite a seemingly clear mandate to serve as the flying public’s last line of defense against potential airline hijackers.
He questioned policies that place a de facto “X” on the chest of air marshals in the event of an attempted hijacking.
He challenged air marshal management’s endorsement of at least six national news segments that revealed the exact weapon and ammunition used on flights and the methods agents use to respond to a hijacking.
www.whistleblower.org /template/page.cfm?page_id=151   (590 words)

 Honorary Inspector General Air Vice Marshal Barry Newton CB CVO OBE
Air Vice-Marshal Newton was educated at Highgate School and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, from which he graduated as a pilot in 1953.
On leaving the Royal Air Force in 1989, he was appointed a Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty The Queen, and became Vice-Chairman of the National Council of Territorial, Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Associations.
Air Marshal Newton is an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers, an Upper Freeman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, and a Freeman of the City of London.
www.rafreserves.com /honorary_inspector.htm   (329 words)

 Air Force Association of Canada Heritage Section
Originated in 1962 by the Chief of the Air Staff, the "Member of the Year" Award became a Canadian Forces award after the military forces integrated in 1968.  In 1991 it was renamed in tribute to Past National President, Len Baldock of 412 Wing, Windsor, Ontario.
Originated in 1961 by the Chief of the Air Staff as the RCAF Association Wing of the Year Award, it is now referred to as the Air Force Association of Canada Wing of the Year Award presented to the Wing whose efforts during the year appreciably enhanced the aims of the Association.
The award was originated in 1964 as the Grand President's Trophy.  In 1969 it was renamed as the Air Marshal W.A. Curtis Award in honour of the then retiring Grand President, Air Marshal W.A. Curtis.
www.airforce.ca /English/heritage_en.php   (789 words)

Hundreds of federal air marshals were grounded and unable to access critical information to pinpoint potential terrorist activity for eight hours on the eve of President Bush's inauguration after snow paralyzed the Mission Operations Center in Washington, said several air marshals and a supervisor.
The marshals said they could not reach the Mission Operations Center (MOC) by telephone to be placed on other flights after hundreds of flights were rerouted because of the snow, and marshals seeking information on reports of a dirty bomb in Boston were unsuccessful.
One stranded air marshal who was on duty Wednesday evening to fly over Washington said he called MOC for a half-hour before someone finally answered the phone....
www.michellemalkin.com /archives/001294.htm   (576 words)

 Scoop: Air Marshal Ferguson honoured
Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson (Ret.) who was recently appointed Director of Government Communications Security Bureau, has been made a ‘Distinguished Fellow’ of the Institute for Strategic Leadership (DistF ISL).
The ‘distinguished fellow’ award recognises Air Marshal Ferguson’s career as a Strategic Leader, his participation in the Strategic Leadership Programme at Millbrook in 2000, his ongoing support of the Institute, and for his special contributions to the community.
To mark the award, Air Marshal Ferguson was presented with a framed Distinguished Fellow certificate and a Distinguished Fellow’s lapel pin crafted from Central Otago pounamu and gold nuggets mined at Middlemarch.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/BU0612/S00023.htm   (806 words)

 CNN.com - GAO issues air marshal report card - Nov. 25, 2003
Federal air marshals have identified more than 800 suspicious passengers aboard domestic and international flights and made 25 arrests since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- none of them related to terrorism, according to a report by congressional investigators.
As of October, the GAO said approximately 3 percent of air marshals were still awaiting top secret clearances, down from 25 percent in July.
The GAO said 80 air marshals were placed on administrative leave in June because of questions that arose after their full background checks were completed.
cnn.com /2003/US/11/25/air.marshals.gao   (718 words)

 CNN.com - Official: Air marshal probe 'appropriate' - Nov 9, 2004
But several air marshals have gone public with complaints about alleged shortages in personnel and about a dress code and other policies they say hinder their mission.
One air marshal resigned while he was being investigated for writing an article for a professional newsletter without authorization.
Five air marshals said they were threatened with arrest if they were found to have released information, even though to do so is not a criminal offense, the report says.
edition.cnn.com /2004/TRAVEL/11/09/air.marshals   (504 words)

 Kargil: Ex-air marshal returns army fire
Rubbishing the Indian Army's claims that delayed air strikes led to higher casualties in Kargil, the man who was in charge of air operations during the 1999 conflict has said the blame lies with the army's poor leadership.
Air Marshal Patney, one of the most decorated fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force's history, was awarded the Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal for spearheading air attacks during the Kargil war.
Air Marshal Patney said the army officially did not place a request for air strikes until after May 20 or so.
www.rediff.com /news/2004/jun/08spec1.htm   (913 words)

 US air marshal guns down passenger
A federal air marshal shot and killed a 44-year-old US citizen on a boarding bridge at Miami International Airport after he said he had a bomb, reports CNN.
Federal air marshals pursued the man down the boarding bridge and ordered him to get on the ground, the official said.
This is the first time an air marshal has fired a weapon on or near an airplane, a federal official said.
in.rediff.com /news/2005/dec/08air.htm   (157 words)

 AirportBusiness.com » Article » Air Marshal Service Under Scrutiny After Shooting
Marshals are trained to watch passengers at the gate before they board, keeping an eye on who congregates with whom and who could be capable of hijacking a plane, said one air marshal who insisted on anonymity because they generally are not allowed to speak to the media.
Air marshals are trained in military-style tactics and typically don't intervene in an incident unless it escalates, the marshal said.
The marshals use bullets designed to stop once they penetrate a body, lessening the risk that other passengers would be hurt or the structure of the cabin damaged.
www.airportbusiness.com /article/article.jsp?id=4579&siteSection=5   (960 words)

 Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee, OBE
He instructed his air gunner to remove his socks...and stuff them with the ammunition from the Lewis machine gun mounted in the rear cockpit of the Hart.
The Harts were from No.1 Indian Air Force Squadron, and the pilot was none other than the commander of the squadron, Squadron Leader Subroto Mukherjee, the first Indian ever to command a flight and a squadron.
Air Commodore Mukherjee was promoted to Air Vice Marshal and posted as the Deputy Chief of Air Staff at Air HQ.
www.bharat-rakshak.com /IAF/Legends/Mukherjee.html   (982 words)

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