Brad O'Leary

Anti-gun activist and Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has now put her distaste for both the First and Second Amendments on full display.

Napolitano’s victim over the Christmas break was Chris Liu, a commercial airline pilot based at San Francisco International Airport, who had been posting cell phone videos on YouTube that give first-hand accounts of what appear to be serious flaws in our nation’s airport security.

In one of the videos airline maintenance crews are seen accessing sensitive areas. Liu points out that although Napolitano’s department spends billions on airport security technologies, staff and procedures, airport ground crews can essentially move freely most anywhere relatively unchecked.

Most Americans consider Liu a patriot – someone so frustrated by the serious security risks that he witnesses every day, and so concerned for the safety of his fellow pilots, passengers and Americans, that he chose to exercise his First Amendment right and alert us all to the danger.

Janet Napolitano, however, considers him a terrorist and a threat.

Rather than call Liu to thank him for alerting her and the nation to a problem that must be solved, Napolitano sent two federal air marshals, two federal anti-terrorism task force officers, and two local sheriff’s deputies to his home.

The feds confiscated Liu’s federally-issued firearm, which he carried as one of the few Federal Flight Deck Officers. It took six government agents to confiscate a firearm that Liu had offered to return to them voluntarily.

You should know that relatively few pilots have become an FFDO. Even though the law permitting armed pilots passed overwhelmingly in the House (310-113) and the Senate (87-6), the bureaucrats in charge of implementing the program established financial and time constraints designed to prevent a majority of pilots from ever completing the process.

Pilots like Liu must personally incur all expenses, including travel and lodging, associated with the week-long FFDO training session. They must also use one-week’s worth of their own vacation time to complete the training. And prior to all of this, they must submit to a lengthy application process that is so tedious and redundant that it’s expressly designed to deter them from even making it to the training phase.

The few pilots who make it through this bureaucratic boondoggle are then slapped with ludicrous rules and regulations that make it nearly impossible for them to actually carry their firearm on a daily basis. It is clear that pilots like Liu who choose to go through this arduous process take their job as the last line of defense on their aircraft very seriously.

Brad O'Leary

Brad O’Leary serves as chairman of The PM Group and Publisher of The O’Leary Report. He is a bestselling author of 15 books and has produced numerous television specials and documentaries.