U.S. Air Marshals reportedly threaten ‘mutiny’ against Biden admin over forced redeployment to border

The lies of President Joe Biden’s administration about the situation at the southern border, particularly with regard to saying one thing publicly while doing something different, may have sparked a possible “mutiny” among a certain cohort of federal officers.

U.S. Air Marshals are said to have considered refusing orders for them to abandon their usual posts safeguarding commercial airline flights and instead be deployed to the border to assist in dealing with the historic levels of migration, the Conservative Brief reported.

The move threatens to fully expose the disingenuous duplicity of the Biden administration, as on the one hand it adamantly insists to the American public that the southern border is secured while with the other it is scrambling to move reinforcements to the region in response to the unchecked cross-border flood.

“It is absolutely madness”

On Jan. 3, Air Marshal National Council Executive Director Sonya Lobasco appeared on “Fox & Friends First” to discuss orders that Air Marshals had received to be transferred to the southern border amid renewed warnings of the potential for terror attacks on commercial airlines, which she said “looks absolutely insane.”

“We don’t understand why these decisions are being made. The intel is clear. Al Qaeda is watching for our weak areas. Our aviation is a high-risk area. We’re not protecting our aviation domain, and we’re going to the border. It is absolutely madness,” she continued.

Lobasco went on to say that she and others believed the diversion was a “violation” of the statute that authorized Air Marshals and only allows for redeployment in a declared “national emergency,” that the Department of Homeland Security had “overstepped their bounds,” and that Congress needed to intervene to halt the transfers for good.

“Going to have a mutiny of a federal agency”

The potential for a U.S. Air Marshal “mutiny” against the Biden administration has been brewing for months now, according to a late-November report from the Washington Examiner about a warning issued by Air Marshal National Council President David Londo, both through public statements and in a letter to the heads of DHS, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Federal Air Marshal Service.

“The rank and file air marshals are going to refuse to deploy and risk termination,” Londo told the Examiner at that time. “You’re almost going to have a mutiny of a federal agency, which is unheard of.”

“Morale is so destroyed from this,” he added. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Being used in menial support role

The Examiner noted that the Federal Air Marshal Service had initially asked for volunteers in 2021 to redeploy to the southern border for a 30 day period to help bolster the U.S. Border Patrol but that it and DHS had recently shifted those deployments from voluntary to mandatory.

Furthermore, according to Londo, those redeployed air marshals aren’t even being utilized to help shore up the porous border, but rather have been assigned to menial support tasks like feeding, driving, and caring for detained migrants while they are processed before being released into the country.

In Londo’s letter to the heads of DHS, TSA, and the Air Marshal Service, according to the Daily Wire, he said that rank-and-file members had lost “confidence” in their abilities to lead and warned, “As it stands today, we believe that many FAMs will refuse to deploy, believing the order is reckless and leaving our country vulnerable to attack.”

Call for inspector general probe

The Examiner noted that Londo also called upon the DHS inspector general to launch an investigation into the legality of the redeployment orders, and highlighted the fact that even if a national emergency were declared to authorize those redeployments, as per the statute, the air marshals would only be allowed to perform transportation-related assistance instead of the menial support tasks they’ve purportedly been assigned thus far.

For what it is worth, both the TSA and DHS issued statements to the Examiner and Fox News, respectively, that downplayed or contradicted Londo’s assertions and insisted that the redeployments had not left commercial flights unprotected, as alleged.

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