NEW YORK NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY: Presidential candidate: TSA should ground Alec Baldwin

Independent Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin will hold a New York news conference today, Tuesday, December 13th to release a letter he has sent to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asking LaHood to ground obnoxious TV personality Alec Baldwin for thirty days. Baldwin committed criminal acts on an American Airlines flight last week.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW YORK PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN NEWS CONFERENCE

ATTENTION NATIONAL AND NEW YORK DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

Andy Martin releases a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asking LaHood to ground NBC personality Alec Baldwin

Andy says Baldwin’s tantrum violated federal criminal laws

Andy says there should not be two standards of justice, one for celebrities and one for ordinary citizens.

Andy says the TSA has a difficult job and flight crews have difficult assignments; they should not be abused by “airheads” like Alec Baldwin.

(NEW YORK) (December 13, 2011) Independent Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin will hold a New York City news conference today, Tuesday, December 13th to release a letter Andy has sent to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asking LaHood to ground NBC TV personality Alec Baldwin for committing criminal acts on an American airlines flight last week. LaHood supervises the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“Refusing to follow instructions from a member of a flight crew is a criminal act,” Andy says. “Yet Alec Baldwin is being allowed to ‘skate’ for his tantrum on an American Airlines flight because Baldwin is a celebrity. This is two-faced and two-tiered justice. If anyone else had done what Baldwin did, they would have been criminally prosecuted.

“I am asking Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to ground Alec Baldwin for a minimum of thirty days. Baldwin should not be allowed to create a public spectacle and get off scot-free. LaHood does not control criminal prosecutions but he certainly controls the ‘no fly list;’ persons who defy flight crews should be placed on the no fly list for a minimum of thirty days even in the absence of a criminal prosecution.

“I don’t like the security procedures any more than anyone else. And I know that with tens of thousands of TSA employees and thousands of flights every day mistakes may be made. We should be alert to abuses, errors and overreaching by the agency. But we should also respect that TSA employees have a difficult assignment. No one likes to be x-rayed, or examined or wanded.

“It is an ironclad rule that once the cabin door closes, all electronic devices should be turned off (frankly I like the quiet of flight; I am not anxious to hear cell phones in the air). Baldwin’s aggressive, boorish and ultimately criminal behavior should be punished with a reasonable sanction.

“Mr. Baldwin thinks his misconduct is all a joke, a topic for funny lines. He disrupted a flight, disrupted other passengers (for which Baldwin has apologized) and disrupted the airline’s operations. In my opinion, a thirty-day suspension of his right to fly would be reasonable. I invite others to contact me with their suggestions. I hope Secretary LaHood treats Baldwin’s misconduct seriously. Otherwise, other celebrities will be emboldened to act in an ‘oppositional’ and abusive and ultimately criminal manner on other flights. There should be zero tolerance for Baldwin’s misconduct,” Andy says.

DECEMBER 13TH NEW YORK NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO:

Independent Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin

WHAT:

Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says NBC’s Alec Baldwin should be grounded for committing criminal acts on an American Airlines flight

WHERE:

909 Third Avenue, public sidewalk in front of FDR Station entrance, New York (under the “909” canopy in case of rain)

WHEN:

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, 4:30 P.M.

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ANDY MARTIN /2012
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December 13, 2011

Hon. Ray LaHood
Secretary of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

with copy to:

John S. Pistole, Administrator
Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598

Dear Ray:

I am writing to ask you to initiate some action against NBC TV personality Alec Baldwin for his tantrum last week on an American Airlines flight. Disobeying a crew member is a federal criminal offense. I realize you do not enforce the criminal laws. But TSA and DOT can impose administrative punishments for inappropriate behavior on a flight.

Mr. Baldwin seems to think the laws do not apply to celebrities. He suffers from the “Lindsay Lohan personality disorder.”

I would recommend that Baldwin be suspended from flying and be placed on the “no-fly list” for thirty days. That seems to me to be an appropriate administrative action even if federal prosecutors decline to prosecute. The TSA and DOT independently have a vital interest in ensuring that there is appropriate behavior on board airliners.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Cordially,

Andy Martin

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Andy Martin resides in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is the state's leading corruption fighter (details: www.AndyMartin.com). He is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Andy is America’s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analyst. He is a Middle East expert who is Executive Director of the Revolutionary War Research Center. He has spent over 45 years in and out of Asia and the Middle East and during much of 2003 lived in Baghdad. Andy created the anti-Obama movement in 2004 and is the author of the bestselling book "Obama: The Man Behind The Mask." Andy has continued to be a leading critic of President Barack Obama.© Copyright by Andy Martin 2016
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