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Chinese Man Charged In Newark Breach

From a bemused New York Times:

Man Charged in Newark Airport Security Breach

By SARAH WHEATON

January 9, 2010

The man who is believed to have slipped into a secured area of Newark Liberty International Airport and to have caused a six-hour shutdown of a major terminal on Sunday has been arrested, Port Authority officials said on Friday night.

The man, Haisong Jiang, 28, was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. at his home in Piscataway, N.J., according a statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The agency said he would be charged with defiant trespass.

Mr. Jiang was held at the authority’s administration building at the airport until about midnight, when he was released on his own recognizance and issued a summons to appear in Newark Municipal Court next week, said Paul M. Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County district attorney’s office…

Mr. Loriquet characterized defiant trespass as a “petty disorderly persons offense” that carried a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail. He said that federal authorities had examined the case, determined that “no federal statutes applied,” and deferred to local officials…

Mr. Jiang’s arrest came a day after a video showing security footage of the incident was released by Mr. Lautenberg. It shows a man in a light-colored jacket standing near where arriving passengers exit a secured part of the airport. When a security guard leaves his post, the man embraces a woman and slips across the rope into the secured part of the terminal. The two then walk away together.

Mr. Lautenberg said Mr. Jiang, who is Chinese, is a graduate student at Rutgers University. The school’s Web site lists him as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine.

A neighbor of Mr. Jiang’s, Gene Wells, 53, said that he lived in a four-bedroom colonial-style house with several other students. Mr. Wells described them as “very, very quiet, good students that never had any parties there.” …

“Defiant trespass”? “Released on his own recognizance”?

Where are all those draconian laws from the Patriot Act we hear so much about?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Chinese Man Charged In Newark Breach”

  1. BillK says:

    From an amused Associated Press:

    Man Arrested in Newark Airport Security Breach

    NEWARK, N.J. — A man believed to have breached security to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy Newark Airport terminal that led to snarled flights worldwide, was arrested in New Jersey and faces a trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500, punishment a senator says should be much harsher…

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,582645,00.html

    Amazingly enough, a Democrat is upset about what has occurred:

    New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who was briefed on the arrest, said authorities found Jiang with “sheer, hard police work” of sifting through records and following leads. But he expressed anger that Jiang faces a charge he described as a “slap on the wrist” and will only be given a fine of about $500.

    This was a terrible deed in its outcome — it wasn’t some prank that didn’t do any harm — it did a lot of harm because it sent out an alert that people can get away with something like this,” Lautenberg said.

    The senator called Jiang’s actions “premeditated” and said even though the his actions were relatively benign, “what he did was a terrible injustice” to the thousands of people who were inconvenienced.

    Lautenberg, a Democrat, had pressed for surveillance video of the security breach to be publicly released. He said he believes Newark airport is safe but will pursue airport security issues in upcoming Congressional hearings.

    Imagine – a Democrat complaining about anyone (well, aside from a Wall Street banker) getting a “slap on the wrist.”

    But what of the guard?

    A person with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday that the Transportation Security Administration worker who allegedly left his post is Ruben Hernandez of Newark. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is in progress.

    TSA employees are not unionized, but the American Federation of Government Employees is representing him, said union spokesman Derrick Thomas. The union declined to publicly identify him. The TSA has said the guard has been on administrative leave since Tuesday.

    The officer, who has been with the agency for 2 1/2 years, previously received a commendation for job performance, Thomas said.

    “He’s been rated a model employee,” he said. “We intend to fully represent him to make sure this whole investigation is handled correctly and that he’s not made a scapegoat for all that’s been going wrong with security at the airports.”

    The union is reviewing reports that the officer was called from his post to investigate a disturbance in the seconds before the security breach, Thomas said.

    We need to make sure no one is held accountable… except of course Bush.

  2. ManlyDad says:

    Let me get this. He met an arriving passenger and *exited* the secure area with her? He was leaving the terminal??

    And for that, they shut the whole place down for 6 hours.

    The terrorists have won.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Crazy little thing called “LOVE”!!

  4. 2old2givea says:

    @ Liberals Demise – Thank you for the quote! (Huge Queen/Freddie fan, here.) “These Are the Days of Our Lives” which lately are just “Stone Cold Crazy.” (Backatcha.)
    —————–
    The Chinese guy is just the latest in a long line of fall guys. (Wonder of they cleared this with China?) None of this would have happened if this “model” TSA guard had not left his post to go talk on his cell phone. But now he’s one of The Untouchables – a government employee with a union attorney. The camera that wasn’t working hadn’t worked for months and it’s supposed to be monitored. What, no one could be bothered to fix or replace it in all that time?

    Is is just me, or does this whole thing reek of, uh, ya’ know, that “organization” that doesn’t exist? Capiche? Well hell, that just describes this entire Administration and most of Congress. Marxists/Leninists/Stalinists/Maoists (with a supporting cast of what Stalin called “Useful Idiots” thrown in), meet La Cosa Nostra… The Obamanos: Season 2 Premier!

    God help us.

  5. 2old2givea says:

    Not counting the whole leaked security memo debacle, here are two more heart-warming TSA articles…

    DFW: http://sweetness-light.com/archive/tsa-left-dfw-gate-unattended-for-90-min
    LAX: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local-beat/TSA-Security-Agent-Arrested-at-LAX-80858482.html

    Dontcha know the terrorists are having a good belly-laugh?

    • jobeth says:

      Just read the last link. Flat out scary. I’ve seen this type of behavior as well from the TSA when I have traveled They didn’t give me any confidence at all.

      Some really great blogs there. One person suggested that now with the the high unemployment the TSA could fire the deadwood and hire a better grade of employee who would take their job seriously. I think that’s a great idea.

      One way to do it is that ever 12-24 months each person must reapply for their job.

      Of course aren’t they unionized? Can’t remember. If not, I’m sure its in the near future.

      The American way…Unionize everyone so actually doing your job isn’t a nuisance.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      OK, just playing with statistics….one of the four suspected of drug use tested positive. That’s 25%. 25% of 50,000 (number of TSA employees) is 12,500.

      12,500 federal employees who might be dope heads. OK….

      Now to the question of being unionized. If they were, their by-laws would state that no employee could be fired without first getting treatment. Rehab, counseling, the whole nine yards, etc…at company expense..then returned to work on a trial basis…as a probationary employee. Most, if not all unions have this clause in their contracts.

      I’m in a union and it’s all spelled out very clearly.

      So, save the workers. No matter how badly they choose to screw up. Dopers are people too….yayy. Kumbaya….kumbaya….

    • proreason says:

      “One person suggested that now with the the high unemployment the TSA could fire the deadwood and hire a better grade of employee who would take their job seriously.”

      This person seems to think that TSA is about protecting the country. It might have been shortly after 9/11, but in post-racial America, it’s about redistribution. If the goal was to protect the country, they would pat down and dog sniff every young black or brown male and do visual observations on the rest.

      Deadwood is TSA’s sweet spot.

      And if some capable TSA employees are reading this, thank you for your service. But you know the truth better than any of us.

    • jobeth says:

      “If the goal was to protect the country, they would pat down and dog sniff every young black or brown male and do visual observations on the rest.”

      You are so right about that.

      And on to the unions…

      Rusty, my ex was a teamster…He was protected on at least 3 major times from being fired for what were definately fire-able offences. He was pure deadwood to the company…(and ultimately to me as well He’s an EX for a reason).

      I was raised in a AFL/CIA family, married into a UAW member later becoming a Teamster and have family who were members of UMW. I also HAD to be a member of AFSCME when I worked at the hospital.

      My dad was a shop steward for the AFL/CIA.

      So I know well the pros and cons of unionization. I no longer feel there are many pros but tons of cons.

      I think unions are the WORST thing that ever happened to the American Worker. At one time…there was a need. The unions were small and local. Then the unions kept gobbling up shop after shop and when someone on the west coast had an issue the workers on the east coast striked with them. They paralysed this nation.

      They have promised those workers pensions they can’t even hope to pay for. They have squandered and stole much of the member’s dues in numerous ways. Used those dues to pay for political favors and endorsements. And killed the gooses that laid the golden eggs for our economy.

      If the unions could be kept small and individual to a single work place and limited to keep it to fair working conditions I might feel they still have a reason to exist. (However we now have OSHA (ugg) that is supposed to cover that)

      But they have gotten so big they have gobbled up the entire nation and have killed companies that treated their employs fairly, for what we thought was no other reason but for power and money.

      Of course in hindsight we know there was even more behind some of these union leaders. Can we say commie? Can we say destroy America?

      Put me down as one who would love to see the unions either broken up or eliminated until or if we have a situation like we did back in the early 1900s. They have a huge part in what has happened to our nation. I want to see it stopped.

      And does anyone think for one moment that they give a flip for any of the multitudes of unemployed that their actions caused? All those people who were promised high wages, great pensions, and work free jobs are now in the unemployment lines…or worse on the dole. Great work Union Label!

      Thanks…I needed that rant! lol

  6. VMAN says:

    These libtards have to give the appearance of doing something. After all they can’t arrest real terrorists that would make CAIR unhappy.

  7. jobeth says:

    I for one am now fully secure in my knowledge that the TSA will protect me and mine from every love struck guy in the world.

    NOW…will they please attempt to do as good a job on the terrorists? Kinda like the guy that nearly blew his tighty whities off?!!! along with hundreds of others? Now HE can get on board without ANY of the usual paperwork that we grannies have to produce.

    TSA my hats off to ya…NOT!

    My step-daughter will be flying in from the UK in March. I wish she wouldn’t. Scares the H*** out of me!


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