What About a Friendly Fliers Program?
One of the forgotten concepts of improving air security is a "trusted traveler program.'' This would allow a club to be formed of friendly fliers - a profiling plan, of sorts. Erroll Southers, a Homeland Security official at LAX, floated the idea on Hardball last night.
Sidebar: Southers withdrew as Obama's nominee to be head of TSA in January after some controversy.
But GOP opposition to Southers escalated rapidly after The Washington Post reported that he had given Congress and the White House misleading information about incidents two decades ago in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database to obtain information about his estranged wife's new boyfriend, possibly in violation of privacy laws.
This video of Southers became controversial at the time, and led to his withdrawal.
He was then asked, "Which home-grown terrorist groups pose the greatest danger to the US?" He replied: Most of the domestic groups that we have to pay attention to here are white supremacist groups. They're anti-government and in most cases anti-abortion. They are usually survivalist type in nature, identity orientated.