Thursday, February 26, 2009

TWIC gives the mule skinners blues

Maybe this story will bring a smile to one trucker who has spent hours traveling, applying and paying more than $100 to enroll in TWIC.

It’s not uncommon to see state workers dressed in colonial-era clothes helping mules pull a canal boat through the National Canal Museum historical park in Easton, PA.

Unfortunately for those clad in velvet, ruffles and buckled shoes these days in Easton, PA – that means a federally required biometric security ID.

The museum, is fighting a requirement that its “mule skinners,” as CNN recently reported, enroll and receive the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. It seems all mariners holding U.S. Coast Guard-issued credentials must obtain the TWIC, CNN reported.

Click here to read the story.

U.S. Rep. Charles, Dent., R-PA, who has requested a waiver from TSA for the mule-drawn boat operators, recently asked new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano if TWIC was necessary for the museum workers. Dent “even displayed a picture of two mules, Hand and George, tugging a canal boat in the company of two park employee mule drivers in colonial working attire,” CNN wrote.

“Hand and George, while sometimes are ornery, they are not terrorists,” Dent said, according to CNN.

Kind of makes you wonder what Harry Truman would say.

3 comments:

  1. EVEN GRANDMA IS CONSIDERED A TERRORIST THREAT TO THE NATION. LOOKS LIKE HOMELAND SECURITY IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ALL ARE WORKING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN ONE CAPACITY OR ANOTHER. EXTREMIST GOVERNMENT AGENCIES NEED TO BE RE-EVALUATED TO PROTECT THE WORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYER FROM BEING ABUSED BY THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

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  2. Here in Honokohau Harbor,Kailua Kona,Hawaii theres 220 Boat Slips 110 are Private and 110 are Commercial Fishing Boats,Dive Boats,Whale Watch Boats ect..Theres 2 Launch Ramps,2 Sundry Stores,2 Gas Stations,Restuarant and Flow Through Traffic.The only People with TWIC Cards are the Licensed Captains(37 years) with Million Dollar Insurance on Documented Vessels?The TWIC Cards have been turned away at the Local Airport and the Only Secure Harbor on this side of the Island for "MARSAC" Cards?I've been told the only Reason we need TWIC Cards is to save our U.S.C.G.License of 37 Years.Theres a Bare Boat Rental Business where ANYONE with $300.oo or a Credit Card can rent a 20ft boat and go anywhere they want.This is happening all over the U.S.A.in Public and Private Harbors and needs to be Changed.S-3377 seems to be the Answer?Please Help Stop the Madness.Lockeed Martin took Almost $50,000.oo out of our Small Community.Thank You..Captain Bill Crawford 73-1167 Loloa Dr.Kailua,Kona Hawaii 96740..

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  3. I am a U.S. Merchant Marine. I have been waiting for more than 14 weeks for my "renewed" TWIC. The TSA TWIC help center is subcontracted to TSA and has no power to help with your card problems. The background check is sub'd out to Lockheed Martin and you cannot get help there either. U.S. Merchant seaman have always been federally checked. How would you feel if the government told you "You need this card to work and it may be up to 6 months before we feel like giving it to you." How are we supposed to feed our famillies while they dally around with a card we had already?

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