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FFDO Amendment

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Captnjerry747, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. Captnjerry747

    Captnjerry747

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    Senate Now Debating FFDO Amendment to Intel Bill Please make four phone calls for your collective futures! SEP 30, 2004

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    ALL MEMBERS -
    We are working in fever pitch on multiple fronts to pass corrective FFDO legislation. There are two weeks left before Congress leaves for the break.

    The Senate is on the verge of considering legislation to address the marked deficiencies and mismanagement of the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program by attaching corrective language to the Senate Intelligence Reorganization Bill (S.2845). The debate should take place beginning tomorrow and into next week.

    There are four Senators that are key to get an Amendment offered in the Senate. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are the managers of the bill and Senators John McCain (R- AZ) and Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC) are also managing the portion of the bill relating to aviation security. Senator McCain is very aware of APSA from last week's alert (just trust us on that) and will pay attention to new RESPECTFUL pleas for action.

    We are counting on ALL our members and affiliated organizations to immediately begin a strong senate lobbying campaign to call, email and fax these Senators to deliver the following facts and message. When writing, communicate several of the below facts.

    When speaking, it is effective to pick one fact from the list and follow it with your request for action. If each member picks one or two random facts, to justify the plea for action, the story will be told.



    MESSAGE:
    "I am an airline pilot calling to urge you to attach the Cockpit Technical Corrections Act S.2268 to the Senate Intelligence Reorganization Bill (S.2845) to improve the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program.

    Without this amendment, the vast majority of our airliners will remain defenseless against terrorist attack."


    FACTS:
    1. Security is still completely porous. Congressman Mica, reviewing a classified TSA report last week, said screening failure rates were "absolutely horrendous," confirming FAA inspectors' testimony. There is ample evidence terrorists will get onboard airliners with weapons. Two pilots were attacked by a passenger with an axe just this week.

    2. The government is spending $620 million per year to protect only 5% of our flights with air marshals. It would cost only $25 million per year to protect 95% of our flights with trained pilots. How can anyone argue against 90% more protection for 95% less money?!

    3. In almost two years, TSA has cross-trained only 3% of airline pilots as federal officers to protect us from terrorist hijackings. If Al-Qaeda attacks tomorrow, 9 out of 10 targeted flights will be completely defenseless.

    4. TSA has discouraged and disqualified tens of thousands of volunteers with psychiatric tests and by making them carry weapons in steel gun safes. Among those rejected from the program are former cops, federal agents and firearms instructors. Volunteers have all but disappeared.

    The FFDO program must be streamlined, standardized and volunteers encouraged to apply to protect our skies.

    5. When FBI agents pleaded that arab men were training to fly but not land, these frontline experts were ignored by bureaucrats. Now, professional airline pilots across the country are screaming to be heard on how critical this legislation is to prevent another attack, and our pleas are falling on deaf ears. The next attack will be successful if this bill doesn't pass.

    6. This legislation does nothing more than mandate the FFDO program be run according to standard practice and volunteers encouraged to apply.

    7. Our crews have been denied threat information, behavioral assessment training and the tools to protect our passengers.

    8. Money must be appropriated to expand the FFDO program to protect the vast majority of our flights.




    CONTACT:

    Senator Susan Collins (202-224-2523), FAX (202) 224-2693, http://collins.senate.gov/

    Senator Joseph Lieberman (202-224-4041), FAX (202) 224- 9750, http://lieberman.senate.gov/

    Senator John McCain (202-224-2235), Fax: (202) 228-2862, http://mccain.senate.gov

    Senator Ernest Hollings (202-224-6121), Fax: (202) 224- 4293, http://hollings.senate.gov/

    ***PLEASE BE COMPLETELY PROFESSIONAL AND COURTEOUS IN ALL CONTACTS!***
     
  2. hiflyer51

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    Thanks for the info and update, I have sent the faxes to the appropriate senators.
     

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    I read that the Intelligence Reform Act was passed in the US Senate yesterday. Is this the one that the Cockpit Improvements Act was to be attached to, or is it something different?
     
  4. SlimlineGlock

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    The axe incident was in Norway, not in the USA. Please mention this so others don't run around quoting it as a happening here at home.

    I want to carry in the cockpit as much as anyone and will work toward that end.