In this scene from my proposed film adaptation of former TSA administrator Kip Hawley’s book “Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA,” we see one of the historic 2002 meetings that put our 200-million-dollar-per-arrest post-9/11 Federal Air Marshals on airplanes.
We’re starting off small here, just a 30-second clip. It may turn out that the public isn’t even ready for this badass, state-of-the-art, edge-of-your-seat political thriller, so I think it’s best to just sort of ease into this.
On the right is Department of Transportation brass Michael Jackson (yes, that is actually his name; 1/3 of Permanent Emergency involves a guy named Michael Jackson running around barking orders), and on the left is a Secret Service agent named Tom who just happened to be in the room at the time when Michael Jackson decided to fire Michael Pankow, the then-director of the FAM program.
(Michael Jackson fires FAM chief Pankow because Pankow is working too slowly in getting armed plainclothes FAMS on airplanes across the U.S., and then just gives the job to Secret Service agent Tom on the spot, due to the fact that he was in Jackson’s office at the time.)
I stayed almost 100 percent faithful to the dialog from the book. Click here for this high-tech thrill ride.