The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement explaining the system outage that occurred last week resulting in the suspension of thousands of flights. One of the FAA’s contractors, an unnamed company, unintentionally removed files in the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which sends real-time information about potential hazards to pilots on their routes, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Last week the FAA’s initial assessment was that “a data file was damaged by personal who failed to follow procedures.” The FAA told the Journal this week “the agency has so far found no evidence of a cyberattack or malicious intent.”
The FAA has also declared it has fixed deficiencies in the system and adapted it to make it capable of withstanding such errors in the future. Immediately fingers were pointed and conclusions were drawn as to where the blame should lie.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian suggested the FAA is not to blame, and called upon our politicians to ‘do better’. “I lay this on the fact that we are not giving them the resources, the funding, the staffing, the tools, the technology they need,” said Bastian. “Hopefully this will be the call to our political leaders in Washington that we need to do better.”
National Review writes some critics believe the outage is evidence of
government ineptitude, urging the privatization of air-traffic control.” According to FlightAware, over 2,500 flights within and out of the United States were delayed. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was largely absent, saying not more than that the FAA was working to resolve the problem as soon as possible so that air traffic could resume normal operations.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president directed the Department of Transportation “to conduct a full investigation into the causes” of the failure.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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