Air Marshals union: Maxine Waters abused special security privileges

The union representing federal air marshals has filed a complaint alleging that some members of Congress have abused their privileges by demanding the accompaniment of air marshals on flights, often in addition to the armed security details those members of Congress already enjoy.

One such Congress member is Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who is alleged to have requested a pair of air marshals on a flight she took in April from Washington D.C. to Minneapolis, Minnesota to incite anti-police protesters, the New York Post reported.

In a formal ethics complaint filed over that incident, it was alleged that the two air marshals assigned to accompany Waters were pulled from other “high risk” flights that then took off without any armed security on board, something that had been deemed necessary prior to the reassignment.

Air Marshal privileges being abused

The explosive allegation was first reported by Fox News as part of a broader complaint issued by the Air Marshal National Council (AMNC), the union that represents roughly 2,000 federal air marshals (FAMs). After the 9/11 terror attacks, the air marshals were tasked with providing extra security for the American public on commercial flights determined to have a “high risk” factor.

The council noted that, following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, numerous lawmakers from both parties had begun to abuse a special privilege by requesting the presence of air marshals on their flights to and from D.C. and their home districts, as well as occasionally on vacations or trips that were not official government business.

“Air marshals can only be assigned to high-risk flights. That means flights that have been deemed through our vetted process that have a security risk,” Sonya Hightower LoBasco, executive director of the AMNC said. “When these processes are violated and they’re taken advantage of and they are just tossed to the side now as if they don’t matter, we’re really looking into creating a major problem for ourselves in the aviation domain.”

Fox noted that, in a formal complaint filed with the Homeland Security inspector general, AMNC President David Londo said, “Placing FAMs on aircraft simply because a member of Congress requests it is an egregious misuse of government resources.”

“The FAMs are now taking agents off of regularly scheduled ‘high risk’ flights to put them on flights with members of Congress, that in most cases have their own armed federal security details onboard already,” he added. “It has become akin to a type of extremely expensive concierge service for Congressional members.”

FOIA request filed

The Daily Mail reported that Waters had allegedly requested that air marshals be assigned to her flight from D.C. to Minneapolis even though she reportedly was already being accompanied by two Capitol Police officers and two U.S. Secret Service agents.

Waters has yet to publicly respond to the allegations of her abuse of privilege, and Fox noted that both the Capitol Police and Secret Service have since denied that they had any officers or agents assigned to that flight with the congresswoman, as has been asserted by the air marshals.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reported that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all of the relevant documents related to that flight from D.C to Minneapolis, which would presumably show whether there had been any air marshals, Capitol Police officers, or Secret Service agents on that flight.

Judicial Watch had already filed an ethics complaint against Waters for the comments she made to protesters during her otherwise inexplicable visit to Minneapolis amid unrest over a police shooting and the impending conclusion of the trial of former police office Derek Chauvin.

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  4. These people in Congress, like Maxine Waters, think they are special, and the ordinary citizen is not important. As far as I am concerned, I think we could hire some people to represent us for a whole lot less money and would do a much better job. Congress is being paid enormous salaries and benefits and the American citizen is getting nothing in return. Our taxes pay for their enormous salaries and benefits and what do we get for it? Nothing.

  5. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Waters should be removed from congress. She has made many commits that are almost and act of war. Waters is crazy and she should not be in our government any more.

    1. As a retired First sergeant with 26 years of service to include Viet- Nam service at the age of 17, being the only surviving son of the family, I feel this individuals are taking advantage of the Democratic Party to cheat, lie, still , get away of the Law, that direct us to be true Citizens of the us, I could care less of the color you are but don’t try to abuse and use your color as a shade, I feel the people who do this are the most prejudice species in our country, be proud to be Black and don’t be prejudice , that’s the only angle left or go were you want to live….

  6. Waters should have long ago been removed from office for her ethics. First being she doesn’t even live in the area she “represents”. secondly, she has misused election funds by giving her daughter monies from her election campaign account. She has made many speeches supporting violence and egging on crowds to violence!
    When has violence been a political action

  7. Waters is such a Hypocrite , she thinks we should not have guns to protect our home and family. Waters to take our guns away , but she gets all the protection she wants. Alot of Democrats think the same way. We need to tell them they WORK for us.

    1. As their “employers” we should have the right to quickly fire them!🇺🇸🗽🇺🇸🗽

  8. That’s why I didn’t vote for these Democrats, they lie ,cheat and screw the American people out of our tax money. Where are they getting all of this money, we don’t have. I feel sorry for the next generation, they will be working for nothing, and all of their salary will be taken from them. America don’t let this happen. I think it’s time for term limits for all our gov people in congress,& Senate. If they only let the President serve two term they should two, they are no better.

  9. I hope someone in dc has the balls to go after crazy maxine and the rest of the politicians who abuse their power. Kick them out of office and charge them with crimes against the people. They work for us!

  10. With the way! Waters runs her mouth! And stirring up trouble! No wonder she has protection! Take that away from her! And see how long she shoots her big mouth off!

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