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Topic - Transportation Safety Administration
A man carrying a bag with a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA" opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a TSA officer and wounding at least three others, authorities said.
In the fine art of strategic prattle, House Democrats are "outhustling" Republicans, grinding out more press releases than their GOP rivals.
So are we safer now, a decade after the terrorist strikes that killed more than 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11?
Though he has faced some criticism on such matters, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he carries no political baggage because of his positions on racial issues.
Transportation Safety Administration chief John Pistole said Thursday the agency is looking at new technology such as body scanners that show passengers as "stick figures" and security methods used in Israeli airports in a drive to make air travel security "as minimally invasive as possible."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday defended the need for tighter airport security, including pat-downs and full body scans, but acknowledged they are invasive to some Americans, including her.
Senate Democrats yesterday dared President Bush to carry out his threat to veto a budget-busting homeland security spending bill while intelligence agencies warn of a persistent terrorist threat.