No One Can Really Tell The Truth Like John Walsh
Lax Security at LAX terminal checkpoints, as initially reported in an LA NOW story by the Times and then withdrawn from LA NOW, was the main cause of the death of TSA officer Gerado Hernandez
No one could have pulled a gun on a TSA officer at an LAX Terminal Bldg. and killed him or her until Airport Police Chief Gannon abruptly changed the rules and chased away those under his command who were directly guarding TSA officers at the checkpoints and turned these officers into armed roving all-over-the-place police with up to five minutes to get to the scene of the crime!
11/1 IS A TRAGEDY OF AIRPORT ERRORS THAT COULD HAPPEN ONLY IN LA!
NO SURPRISE THAT A HORRIFYING SHOOTOUT LIKE THE ONE THAT JUST TOOK PLACE HAPPENED AT THE BIG CITY AIRPORT WITH BY FAR THE WORST LEVEL OF SECURITY IN AMERICA.THAT’S LAX: AN AIRPORT NAMED AFTER ITS OWN BRAND OF SECURITY: LAX!
TERMINAL 3 WAS WIDE OPEN FOR SOMETHING AWFUL LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN AND THE GUNMAN TOOK FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE MISSING AIRPORT POLICE OFFICERS! THE SHOOTER SIMPLY STROLLED INTO TERMINAL THREE, STARTED LOOKING FOR AN AREA WITH TSA OFFICERS, PULLED OUT HIS BARELY-CONCEALED RIFLE FROM A FLIMSY BAG AND STARTED MOWING DOWN PEOPLE!
NO AIRPORT POLICE OFFICER HAD CHECKED OUT THE KILLER’S OBVIOUSLY SUSPICIOUS BAG BEFORE HE OPENED FIRE! WHY NOT?
THE SHOOTER FIT THE PROFILE OF SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE FLAGGED BY AIRPORT POLICE AS SUSPICIOUS AT FIRST SIGHT: NAMELY AN UN-TOURIST-LIKE WEIRD YOUNG WHITE GUY … ALONE CARRYING NO LUGGAGE, EXCEPT FOR A LONG BAG!
WHO WAS HIS CONFEDERATE WHO DROPPED THE SHOOTER OFF AND ESCAPED FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRIME?
CHIEF OF AIRPORT POLICE PATRICK GANNON (MORE OF A POLITICIAN THAN A COP) HAD RECENTLY REMOVED FROM ALL TERMINAL CHECKPOINTS THE POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING ARMED POLICE OFFICERS HE COMMANDS … DISPATCHING THEM ELSEWHERE TO ROVE AROUND LAX GROUNDS!
THESE AIRPORT OFFICERS WERE RECENTLY ORDERED BY CHIEF GANNON TO ABANDON THEIR USUAL FIXED CHECKPOINT POSITIONS (DESIGNED TO PROTECT TSA AGENTS WHO NEVER CARRY FIREARMS WHERE THEY HAD BEEN STATIONED SINCE 9/11 OCCURRED … AND SENT SOMEPLACE ELSE, LEAVING THE UNARMED TSA OFFICERS TRAGICALLY OVERLY-EXPOSED!
OUR WEBSITE CALLS FOR THE HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY’S SWIFT INTERVENTION, CLOSE INSPECTION OF AIRPORT POLICE RECORDS AND PAINSTAKING INVESTIGATION AIMED AT DISCOVERING THE NAKED TRUTH IN WAKE OF THIS HORRIFIC 11/1/13 LAX SECURITY BREACH!
THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ADMINISTRATION EXPERIENCED ITS FIRST OFFICER DEATH IN THE LINE OF DUTY BECAUSE OF THE WORST-RUN POLICE FORCE IN THE NATION THAT IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF POLITICAL APPOINTEE CHIEF PATRICK GANNON WHO SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REPLACED BY THE ACTION OF LA MAYOR GARCETTI!
IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE AIRPORT POLICE FORCE IS TOTALLY SEPARATE FROM LAPD. NOTHING HERE SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS A CRITICISM OF THE GREAT WORK PERFORMED BY LAPD ON 11/1.
IT IS TIME TO GIVE THE L.A. CITY VOTERS ANOTHER CHANCE AT THE BALLOT BOX TO DISBAND THIS THOROUGHLY DISCREDITED AND ARROGANTLY INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES AIRPORT POLICE FORCE AND ALLOW LAPD UNDER CHIEF CHARLIE BECK TO TAKE OVER AND TIGHTEN UP LAX POLICING STANDARDS BY GETTING PLAIN OLD-FASHIONED TOUGH!
LAX is hands down the un-safest airport in America! The shooter that ran amok this Friday apparently was well aware of LAX’s Achilles Heel! The gunman would never have had the same murderous opportunity to open deadly fire on people causing chaos in any other major USA airport where security is much tighter and the local police actual emergency response time is much shorter! What was the exact elapsed time between the gunman’s first shot and the bullet that felled him?
Scroll down to near the end of the LA Times story at the link provided here to find the buried lead and corroboration of the facts contained in this JWALSHCONFIDENTIAL Blog Post!
The Los Angeles Times team coverage, interfered with by Editor-In Chief Mr. Davan Maharaj, proves indisputably that this tragedy was eminently preventable!
By Friday mid-afternoon , this excellent group of crack LA Times reporters had exposed many of the facts online regarding the fumbling by Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon, who months ago decided to yank his cops from the terminal 3 checkpoints, turning them instead into bands of rovers .
Thus needlessly risking the lives of TSA officers and check-in passengers and facilitating the mother of all nightmares that eventually transpired.
On the fateful morning of 11/1, LAX Terminal 3 checkpoints were unguarded due to the removal of Airport police officers that had been ordered by Chief Gannon a few months earlier … making the crucial Terminal checkpoint areas that ended up sprayed with bullets the least secure of all at the Nation’s airports. That is what primarily led to the deadly tragic LAX consequences that are unique to Los Angeles!
Why was an LA NOW internet-post highly critical of the Airport Police Force taken down later Friday in a LA Times self-censorship move actually motivated by hidden political pressure from the City Fathers exerted on the Times Publisher Mr. Eddy Hartenstein?
An LA Times 11/1 front page exposé containing the facts outlined here would mean very bad PR for the City of The Angels (and Devils!) according to the conventional wisdom emanating from the powerful LA Chamber of Commerce!
That now missing-in-cyberspace post from the TIMES LA NOW Friday afternoon blog supplied embarrassingly missing details connected to the ultimately fatal miscue in officer deployment at LAX terminals by Airport Police Force Chief Patrick Gannon! Saturday’s CBS TV News broke the story which should serve as a prod for Mayor Garcetti to fire Airport Police Chief Gannon! Some say that Airport Police Chief Gannon who reports to Mayor Garcetti is the worst police chief in America. If not, he surely is a runner-up! Look here at the Press Conference photo where LAPD Chief Beck glares at his nemesis Gannon, barely concealing his suppressed anger.
Read remnants of the eye-opening LAT interview with Marshall McClain (found in the LA Times link below) where the highly-respected President of the Airport Peace Officers Association spills the beans by frankly voicing his serious concerns about the low staffing level of armed LAX cops on 11/1 .
THE SHOOTER WOULD NEVER HAVE SLIPPED PAST THE INITIAL SECURITY CHECKPOINT IF THERE HAD BEEN THE SAME NUMBER OF ARMED AIRPORT POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY AT THE CHECKPOINTS ON NOVEMBER FIRST 2013 AS THERE USED TO BE IN 2012. THAT’S BEFORE THEN NEWLY-INSTALLED CHIEF PATRICK GANNON STARTED SUBTRACTING OFFICERS HERE AND THERE. THEN MOVING THEM AROUND IN HELTER SKELTER PATROLS ALL OVER THE VAST AIRPORT!
How was the shooter able to successfully conceal a bulky AR-15 rifle in a flimsy bag and get past no longer existent checkpoint security when a simple bag search by Airport Police would have prevented the tragedy? Was the shooter wearing military garb?
Please, Mr. Mayor Garcetti: Why were gun-carrying LAX police officers allowed to be removed by Airport Chief Gannon from their permanent assignments since 9/11 … which meant protecting TSA checkpoints from organized terrorists and Angry-White-Guy-working -alone type-assassins!
Please Mr. Mayor Garcetti: End the bloodshed now! Don’t continue this fatally flawed LAX Security policy into the indefinite hazy future!
Please Mr. Mayor Garcetti: Boost the woefully inadequate police security budget, remove Chief Gannon now, and place a measure on the 2014 ballot that abolishes the Airport Police Force and transfers their life-or-death duties to LAPD!
Let’s take a closer look at Patrick Gannon: He is a retired for the past two years LAPD Officer and was appointed Airport Chief during the Villaraigosa Administration last November due to his great knack for playing insider politics with the LA Mayor and City Council. Chief Gannon now has a force of 1,100 officers and support personnel under him!
Patrick Gannon currently takes home more financial compensation from the City of LA in the form of yearly salary and LAPD pension than Mayor of LA Eric Garcetti receives per annum.
No Southern California reporter or airline passenger has to travel a long distance to discover a comparable large airport that is the proud possessor of a spotless safety record that proportionately provides more protection at a much lower cost per passenger!
That’s the Burbank Airport, a world class model of efficiency and passenger safety. In short, 11/1 could never happen here in Burbank! (LINK TO TIMES STORY FOUND BELOW!)