- Posted August 16, 2013 by
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Dubai in the sky
Farcical Security at Libyan Airports
Just recently, I took a series of plane rides in and around LIbya. In both Benghazi and Tripoli, local militias are posing as security, essentially holding airports hostage as they battle for influence in their respective regions.
If a militia controls an airport or oilfield, it has a lot of influence that can be used as leverage against the weak central Libyan government.
This is because the Libyan government has relied on a program of appeasement and compromise with militias rather than the direct confrontation that is necessary.
Whether I flew from the Benina Airport in Benghazi or the Tripoli Airport, there was absolutely no real security to pay attention to what passengers brought aboard the planes.
The metal detector and x ray machine stations are manned by inexperienced and uninterested members of the militias who have had absolutely no training in anything remotely related to what is needed for the jobs that they have commandeered.
While the video is choppy and perhaps lopsided, it shows me walk to my gate at the Tripoli Airport, into what is normally a secure area, without the "guards" even raising an eye to the constant flow of people beeping wildly as they pass by.
These militias, and their Gulf backers, are Dubai in the Libyan Sky.
Libya needs American TSA agents, not CIA agents.