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  • TSA: Total Security Abyss

    02/10/2016 5:15:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Michelle Malkin,
    While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror attack. Intelligence officials released video footage of airport employees in Mogadishu handing a laptop to a jihadist suspect before he boarded Daallo Airlines Airbus Flight D3159 last week. The device allegedly contained a bomb that exploded on the plane, which created a massive hole out of which the bomber was fatally sucked. Two other passengers were injured in the blast before the pilot successfully made an emergency landing. Several airport workers...
  • Disclosure: TSA Cannot Verify Employees’ Criminal Histories; Thousands of IDs, Badges Missing

    02/04/2016 1:35:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/04/2016 | Adam Kredo
    Government oversight officials informed Congress on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow access to the most sensitive areas of an airport. Lawmakers described the security agency as operating "in chaos" and expressed frustration with Obama administration officials as they informed the House Oversight Committee about a range of security shortfalls that continue to endanger the nation's 450 commercial airports. TSA's inability to properly screen and track employees has been well documented for years. However, the administration...
  • JFK allowed passengers arriving on international flight to exit without going through Customs

    01/25/2016 6:37:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/23/16 | Victoria Bekiempis, Denis Slattery
    Passengers arriving at Kennedy Airport on an international flight were allowed to exit the busy hub without going through Customs -- for at least the second time in recent months, the Daily News has learned. Bumbling airline and security officials let travelers on American Airlines Flight 1223 from Cancun, Mexico, out of the airport on Monday morning without having their passports or bags checked, sources told The News. The security lapse mirrored a similar incident involving another American Airlines flight in November. A 34-year-old man who had been in Cancun to attend three Phish concerts told The News he was...
  • SEIU: Dozens arrested at airport workers' MLK Day national civil disobedience

    01/18/2016 7:41:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | January 18, 2016
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested today at demonstrations in cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, Washington, DC, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Chicago and Miami as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality that persist at airports across the country. The men and women who keep our airports running took action to commemorate MLK Day and to reclaim the dignity that should come with a hard day's work, a central tenet of Dr. King's vision for a just society.
  • Dad “Sick to his Stomach” after 10-Year-Old Daughter’s “Invasive” TSA Pat Down

    01/09/2016 5:17:21 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 117 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 1/7/2016 | Melissa Dykes
    (Watch video at link) Father Kevin Payne is outraged after what he has deemed as a line-crossing two-minute pat down of his 10-year-old daughter Vendela by TSA at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The additional security was triggered by a juice pouch Vendela accidentally left in her carry-on bag. "It was excessive, it was invasive, I was pretty much boiling in my head," he told ABC News. (source) Payne recorded the pat down on his phone and uploaded the video to YouTube despite the fact that the TSA agent lied and told him that filming was not allowed (it absolutely...
  • TSA PAT DOWN & GROPPING of 10 YEAR OLD GIRL

    01/03/2016 11:04:45 AM PST · by BBell · 83 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 12/30/15
    Maybe I'm over reacting ? I would have no problem submitting myself for a pat down, I support a high level of security, but I feel invasive touching of Children crosses the line, unless credible evidence exists. On 12/30/15 TSA ordered a full Pat Down of my 10 year old daughter & detained us for over an hour (see YouTube video of the Pat Down, the link is below) TSA policy states PAT Downs of children under 12 should be method of last resort. In my 10 yr old daughter's case, after clearing metal detector, a forgotten Capri Sun juice...
  • Homeland Security rejects Minn. request for Real ID extension (drivers' licenses 9 states impacted)

    12/28/2015 12:55:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 22, 2015 | Patrick Condon
    The federal government has denied a request from the state's political leaders for more time to get compliant with the new Real ID requirement,but it won't immediately imperil the ability of Minnesotans to board commercial flights after Jan. 1.In a letter sent Monday,two assistant secretaries at the Department of Homeland Security wrote to Gov. Mark Dayton that "Minnesota has not provided adequate justification for continued noncompliance with the Real ID standards that would warrant granting your request for extension,"the letter stated.That means Minnesota driver's licenses are officially not sufficient identification for the general public to be allowed on U.S. military...
  • Syria-born American Accused of Smuggling Supplies to Extremist Rebels

    12/09/2015 1:43:09 PM PST · by ManHunter · 10 replies
    rt.com ^ | December 8, 2015 | Unknown
    A Syria-born US citizen was accused of smuggling military-style gear, including rifle scopes, night-vision goggles and bulletproof vests, to Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. Prosecutors say he planned to take $30,000 worth of items and train people in Syria. Amin al-Baroudi, a 50-year-old of Syrian descent, is facing four charges of violating US sanctions against Syria, the Associated Press reported. According to the federal prosecution, al-Baroudi traveled to Turkey from Los Angeles in February 2013 with a total of 14 pieces of checked luggage weighing 619 pounds (about 280 kg). He returned to the US the next month with only two bags. The...
  • Passports Required For Domestic Travel In 2016, But IRS Can Revoke Passports For Taxes

    11/28/2015 3:31:08 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    Think you only need a passport to board an international flight? In 2016, some fliers better have one to fly domestic, which means they had better be paying their taxes. It now looks as though your passport could be cancelled if you owe the IRS. The Real ID Act created a national standard for state-issued IDs. It hits air travel in 2016. Some states initially refused to comply, fearing that the feds would make a national database of citizens. Others cited high administrative costs and a 50% increase in fees for drivers. Most states are OK, but millions in Louisiana,...
  • Man Accidentally Carries Loaded Gun on Flight, No One Notices

    11/27/2015 3:00:50 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 48 replies
    Flyer Talk ^ | November 17, 2015 | Joe Cortez
    A retired truck driver flying through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is warning American flyers their experience may not be secure, after he was able to pass a loaded handgun through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. Speaking to Britain’s Daily Mail, the flyer says while packing his gun was purely accidental, he feels the TSA should have caught it prior to departure. The incident happened on November 5, as 67-year-old Blake Alford was preparing to fly from ATL to Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). In his bag was a Ruger .38 pistol, loaded with a full magazine of seven hollow-point bullets....
  • One-third of all Americans own a gun, it's time for TSA to stop discriminating

    11/25/2015 6:15:23 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 13 replies
    Associated press via FoxNews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Diane Black
    If you have followed the news headlines lately, you know that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – the bureaucracy responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s travelers – has seen better days. An internal investigation released in June found that the TSA had a stunning 96 percent failure rate in detecting weapons and fake explosives. More recently, a report from “The Today Show” revealed that NBC producers were able to pass airport security with Swiss army knives and box cutters in tow. Comforting, huh? While knives and weapons may make it past airport security all too often, your handgun...
  • Democrats push to prevent gun sales to terror-list suspects

    11/21/2015 10:03:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 3:24 AM EST | Alan Fram and Michael Biesecker
    Congressional Democrats are trying to build support for an effort to bar gun purchases by terror suspects, hoping to take advantage of the same public anxieties about security that gave Republicans a ringing House victory. The Democratic push seems likely to fall victim to opposition from the National Rifle Association and congressional gun-rights backers, chiefly Republicans, who have smothered firearms curbs for years. If the Republicans who control Congress block votes on the proposal, Democrats hope to profit politically by winning sympathy from angry voters. ...
  • Officials: 4 Passengers Removed From Plane in Baltimore

    11/17/2015 8:14:26 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 36 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | November 17, 2015
    Four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday morning after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway, officials said. Spirit Airlines Flight 969 was taxiing to the runway when the flight crew decided to return to the gate, Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said. The captain asked police to remove three men and a woman from the plane, he said. Police are investigating the four people, he said. "While the aircraft was taxiing to the runway, a passenger alerted a flight attendant of...
  • TSA: Checked bag catches fire on a conveyor belt

    11/07/2015 11:20:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    WWLP.com ^ | 11/07/2015 | Bob Burns
    61 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 61 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. . . . A checked bag at Anchorage ignited on a conveyor belt after strike-anywhere fire-starters self-ignited due to vibrations on the conveyor belt combined with the way they were packaged. In addition to fire-starters, strike-anywhere matches are prohibited as well.
  • Sinai Terror Attack Could Easily Have Been in Minneapolis

    11/07/2015 8:29:28 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Before the Russian Airbus 321 was blown apart 30,000 feet over the Sinai by what a growing consensus of intelligence experts believe to be a bomb planted by a passenger or airport worker, a man who would later fight and die for the Islamic State (IS) worked at the Minneapolis airport with security clearance and access to the tarmac and aircraft. It could have happened here. It may yet. As Investor’s Business Daily reported in September, 2014: Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul has reported the case of Abdirahmaan Muhumed, who, before he went to Syria to fight and die...
  • U.S. to tighten airline security after crash of Russian plane

    11/06/2015 10:26:45 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    The Washinton Post ^ | 7 Nov 15 | Ashley Halsey III
    As investigators search for the cause of a plane crash that killed 224 people over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday and Russia suspends all flights to Egypt, U.S. officials said they are taking unspecified precautionary measures to enhance the security of flights from the Middle East. “While the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic October 31 crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 on the Sinai Peninsula are still under investigation, Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Peter Neffenger and I, out of an abundance of caution, have identified a series of interim, precautionary enhancements to aviation security with respect to commercial flights bound...
  • TSA Chief: 'We're on the Cusp of a Very Different Looking Checkpoint Experience'

    11/05/2015 8:52:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 4, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Coming soon, a new checkpoint experience for airline passengers. Testifying before a House Oversight subcommittee on Tuesday, Peter Neffenger, the new head of the Transportation Security Agency, said he envisions "a day where the checkpoint looks very different from what it does today. With the exception of the full-body scanners, "We're still largely dealing with ...the same kind of checkpoint we've had for the past decade or more. And I think we're on the cusp of a very different looking checkpoint experience in the next five years."
  • Surprise: TSA Hasn't Improved Since Failing 95 Percent of Security Tests

    11/04/2015 3:44:29 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 04, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this year, TSA failed undercover security tests at airports across the country at a rate of 95 percent. As a reminder: An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.
  • Bear Spray Harder to Transport than Firearms

    10/30/2015 1:00:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Almost all bear spray comes in containers that are too large to be transported with you on commercial aircraft.It is interesting to note that bear spray is more difficult to transport on commercial aircraft than firearms are. Both are prohibited from transport as carry ons, unless you have special dispensation from the government. Then you can carry firearms, if you are an LEO with a letter authorizing it, a Sky Marshall, or a couple of other very special cases. I do not know if Sky Marshalls or federal agents may carry pepper spray in the cabins of commercial aircraft.But...
  • 90-year-old woman told to remove blouse and bra during TSA search

    10/29/2015 7:41:35 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    News 7 ^ | October 28, 2015 | News 7
    PORTLAND, OR -- The TSA says it's investigating an incident where a 90-year-old woman was forced to strip after setting off body scanners. Alan Charney told ABC affiliate KATU-TV that his mother Harriette went through the full body scanner at Portland International Airport when the alarm went off. TSA agents quickly pulled her aside. "It was obvious they were going into a search," Charney said. "But I presumed they were just going to sort of pat her down."
  • TSA Forces 90-Year-Old Woman to Take Off Bra, Shirt

    10/29/2015 9:54:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/29/2015 | Liz Sheld
    According to her son, a 90-year-old woman was forced to strip off her shirt and bra for Oregon Transportation Security Administration agents because her emergency cash set off alarm sensors while she was going through the security apparatus.Her son Alan Charney told KATU-TV his mother Harriette Charney had to take off her shirt and bra inside the Portland International Airport after a scanner picked up on an abnormality on her chest.Threat to the republic?“There was no sanity or sensitivity at all to the work that they were doing,” Charney said.Mrs. Charney was heading back to the East Coast after...
  • Transgender woman details ordeal TSA put her through...after bodyscanner picked up her 'anomaly'

    09/22/2015 3:20:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 63 replies
    A transgender woman has described how she was kept in airport security because TSA agents questioned why an 'anomaly' was picked up on the bodyscanner . Shadi Petosky was preparing to board a flight from Orlando International Airport on Monday when she was held up after going through the female line. The writer and producer was then questioned by a TSA agent and told she would have be run through as a man, otherwise there would be a 'problem'. The frequent flyer, who claims she has never experienced problems at airport security before, then began tweeting about her ordeal which...
  • TSA Groping Video Released ( Denver )

    09/03/2015 12:58:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | September 2, 2015 | Brian Maass
    Denver International Airport authorities have released internal videotape of a former Transportation Security Administration screener at DIA allegedly groping male passengers last February. CBS4 obtained the redacted videotape Tuesday after filing a Colorado Open Records Act request for the tape. Authorities had refused to release the tape for months citing an ongoing criminal investigation. But in July the Denver district attorney said there would be no criminal charges in the case clearing the way for the release of the videotape. Although no criminal charges were filed, TSA fired screener Ty Spicha and his coworker Yasmeen Shafi after the alleged groping...
  • Student molested by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

    08/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Philip Messing
    A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. The 22-year-old victim, who is Korean, had gotten off a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the agent, identified as Maxie Oquendo, 40, approached her near the B4 gate of Terminal B. Ogendo then asked her to follow him so she could be searched to see if she was carrying a knife or...
  • TSA At The Movies: Theater Chain Looks To Bring Security Theater To The Movie Theater

    08/23/2015 12:59:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 08/21/15 | Tim Crushing
    from the more-hassle,-same-safety dept Thanks to a string of theater-related tragedies, going to the theater is about to become as enjoyable as going to the airport. Following two recent deadly incidents at movie theatres in the US, the Regal Entertainment Group the nations largest movie theater chain this week added a bag and purse check policy as a security measure in some of the 569 theaters it operates. Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in...
  • TSA Spent $160 Mil For Scanners With A 96% Failure Rate

    08/18/2015 4:40:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/17/2015 | Staff
    Air Travel: When Congress decided to let the federal government take over airport security in the wake of 9/11, critics said it would only make matters worse. Fourteen years later, it looks like the critics had it exactly right.
  • Jason Derulo Plane Incident: Singer And Crew Get Kicked Off Flight, Fires Travel Agent

    08/17/2015 12:32:19 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 16, 2015 | Gina Masilotti
    Jason Derulo was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines plane after he and his bodyguards got in an argument with the staff prior to boarding. Jason Derulo and his crew were kicked off of a Southwest Airlines plane in Reno on Saturday on his way back to Los Angeles when he and his bodyguards got in a bit of an argument with TSA agents, according to TMZ. One of Derulo's reps said that they wanted to get through the airport as quickly as possible because TSA recheck was down, but one of the guys traveling with him was denied preferred...
  • Customs Officer To James OKeefe: Would You Really Support Trump As A Nominee? [VIDEO]

    ..."The officer is heard telling OKeefe that he had a hit placed on him because Customs and Border Protection was worried that he might try to smuggle something past them during one of his undercover investigations..."
  • Morrissey Says He Was Groped at San Francisco International Airport

    07/30/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Geoffrey Eisler and Lisa Fernandez
    British pop singer Morrissey said he was groped at San Francisco International Airport this week on his way to London, and now he's making waves by blogging about what he's calling a "sexual assault." On his True to You "Morrissey Zine" blog, the former Smiths singer wrote that prior to taking off from SFO on July 27, he was approached by an "airport security officer" who stopped him, "crouched" before him, and "groped" his private areas, moving away quickly when another officer passed by. Morrissey said two members of the British Airways Special Services were "horrified at the sexual attack,"...
  • Exclusive: TSAs Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

    07/10/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 50 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 03/27/2015 | Jana Winter and Cora Currier
    Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for and score in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept.The checklist is part of TSAs controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that itthinks indicate stress or deception known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to...
  • TSA blasted for tweeting photo of traveler's cash; 'And you wonder why nobody trusts you people'

    06/30/2015 10:16:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 6/30/15 | Chelsea Schilling
    The Transportation Security Administration is getting an earful from angry Americans after the agencys spokeswoman tweeted a photo of the contents of a travelers suitcase $75,000 in cash for all the world to see on Tuesday. If you had $75,000, is this how youd transport it? Just asking! TSA @ RIC spotted this travelers preferred method, tweeted Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokeswoman at headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The public reaction was fierce and included some of the following comments: So taxpayers are paying you to tweet photos of their luggage? image: http://www.wnd.com/files/2015/06/TSA_Lisa_Farbstein.png TSA_Lisa_Farbstein What other perfectly legal possessions...
  • Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences'

    06/19/2015 3:55:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 19 Jun 15 | Jeremy Bender
    (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an annual call-in show on Russian television, "Conversation With Vladimir Putin," in Moscow, April 16, 2015. Russia's ambassador to Sweden has warned the country of the potential military "consequences" associated with joining NATO in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, The Local reports. Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev told Dagens Nyheter that Russia does not have any military plans against Sweden, in line with Stockholm's alliance neutrality.
  • Heres Why You Shouldnt Worry Too Much About the TSAs 95% Failure Rate

    06/17/2015 9:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/17/2015 | Charlie Martin
    In the dim forgotten days of 2001, 19 terrorists took control of four planes, attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and crashing the fourth plane in a field in Pennsylvania. Im sure you heard about it, it was in all the papers.Okay, Im being a bit too cynical Im an old curmudgeon. But the attacks of September 11, 2001, hit the U.S. and hurt it, and put us into a war that, contrary to the apparent belief of the current administration, continues today.Everyone who flies anywhere now feels the effects, as they go through the TSA screening...
  • Homeland Security Searching for Leaker [semi-satire]

    06/13/2015 3:14:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Last weeks news that the TSA failed to detect 95% of the weapons smuggled onto airlines in its security test has focused the Department on ways to tighten up security. Readers will be forgiven for mistakenly assuming that the tightening efforts will be on ways to interdict more smuggled weapons. In fact, the main concern, as Secretary Jeh Johnson sees it, is finding the person who leaked these confidential test results to the media. The sad truth is that there is no way we can intercept more than a tiny fraction of actions hostile toward our air transportation system, Johnson...
  • Homeland Security looks for leaker of report on airport-checkpoint failures

    06/10/2015 2:56:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/15 | Ashley Halsey III
    The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that he is investigating the leak of classified information from an undercover operation in which investigators were able to slip through airport security with weapons and phony bombs more than 95 percent of the time. We have started an investigation to determine where the leak was, Inspector General John Roth told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The information received widespread attention in the news media and on Capitol Hill. Roth told the panel that he had briefed top officials about his findings without the information leaking to the public....
  • TSA hearing interrupted by bomb threat

    06/09/2015 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/15 02:32 PM EDT | Keith Laing
    A Senate hearing about the Transportation Security Administrations recent failure to identify prohibited weapons in security tests at airports across the country was interrupted on Tuesday by a bomb threat. Lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee were getting their first chance to question officials about the findings of the TSA report, documented a series of undercover sting operations in which agents tried to pass through security with prohibited items; much of its findings remain classified. The panels chairman interrupted testimony to announce the floor of the Senate Dirksen Office Building where the TSA hearing was being held in was...
  • President Gives TSA Vote of Confidence [semi-satire]

    06/09/2015 10:21:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Recent field tests indicating that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to detect smuggled weapons 96% of the time did not deter President Obama from expressing his continued confidence in the job they are doing protecting our aviation network. Press Secretary Josh Earnest contrasted the dismal test results with the absence of any recent real world attacks, saying that Id put more weight on what hasnt happened than on what mightve happened. Some are saying that weve just been lucky that no terrorists have tried to hijack an airline. But as baseball great Dizzy Dean once said maybe its better...
  • Good News: TSA Fails to Screen Airport Workers With Ties to Terrorism

    06/09/2015 6:55:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last week an Inspectors General report showed the Transportation and Security Administration failed to prevent 96 percent of terror attacks during undercover tests.Now, another IG report shows that not only has TSA failed to detect fake bombs, weapons and other explosives nearly 100 percent of the time, but also people with terrorism ties working at airports across the country. More from Fox News:The results of a new audit show that -- while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers -- it still failed to flag 73 airport workers "linked to terrorism." According to TSA data, the...
  • TSA fails to identify 73 employees with links to terrorism

    06/09/2015 5:51:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2015 | Rick Moran
    One of the TSA's jobs is to vet airline and airport employees applying for unescorted access to sensitive areas at an airport. They aren't supposed to approve people with links to terrorism - but they did. A Homeland Security inspector general's report identified 73 people approved for access with links to terrorism.This comes on the heels of a report last week that agency employees were able to prevent guns and explosives from being smuggled onboard an aircraft only 5% of the time. Feel safer now? The Hill: The latest report involving the agency identified the 73 individuals after the...
  • IG report: TSA failed to identify 73 workers 'linked to terrorism'

    06/08/2015 1:18:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 8, 2008
    On the heels of Transportation Security Administration workers flunking a security test at airport checkpoints, the results of a new audit show that -- while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers -- it still failed to flag 73 airport workers "linked to terrorism." Apparently, TSA does not have access to all the terror watchlist information it needs to make those judgments. The TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watch-listing policy, the June 4 Inspector General report stated. According...
  • Staged Security

    06/07/2015 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesnt secure much of anything; it is mere security theater. Last weeks revelations that TSA screeners failed to find weapons and other deadly contraband in 96 percent of tests should be shocking. So-called Red Teams with the Department of Homeland Security secretly brought banned weapons, including mock bombs, through TSA checkpoints at dozens of airports across the country with the greatest of ease. (On a side note, news reports have cited the 67 failures to detect weapons in 70 tests of the screeners to be a 95 percent failure rate. For the record, the precise...
  • Bomb Threats Made Against 5 Planes on Tuesday, Part of Memorial Day Hoax Wave

    06/02/2015 3:41:58 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 June 2015 | John Hayward
    Bomb threats were made against five different aircraft, from five different airlines, on flights either originating or landing in the United States on Tuesday. Officials say all five of the threats were non-credible, part of a surge in hoax bomb threats in progress since Memorial Day. NBC News says all the threats of chemical explosives were phoned in. UPI clarifies that at least one of the threats, against U.S. Airways Flight 648 from San Diego, California to Philadelphia International Airport, was received by telephone at the Transportation Security Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. Flight 648 was evacuated after landing, moved...
  • TSA Boss Dumped Over Stunning Security Lapses

    06/02/2015 1:03:27 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Newser ^ | 06/02/2015 | Arden Dier
    Acting director Melvin Carraway replaced 'effective immediately'The TSA's acting director has been replaced by the acting deputy after an embarrassing report showed TSA agents failed 95% of tests in which fake explosives and weapons were smuggled through security. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Mark Hatfield will replace Melvin Carraway until the Senate can confirm President Obama's nomination of Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as the agency's next administrator, which he hopes can be done "as quickly [as] possible," reports the New York Times. Carraway—who only became acting director in January, Politico notes—will move to Homeland Security's Office for...
  • After TSA Fails 96 Percent of Tests, Obama Continues to Have Confidence in "Security" Agency

    06/02/2015 11:38:02 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House Tuesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Americans can be confident airports around the country are secure and that President Obama still has confidence in the TSA. "The President does believe the American people should feel confident in traveling airports all across the country because there are security measures in place to protect the traveling public," Earnest said. "The President does continue to have confidence that the officers of the TSA do very important work that continues to protect the American people and continue to protect the American aviation system." "Now, what's also true is...
  • TSA Chief Out After Agents Fail 95 Percent of Airport Breach Tests

    06/01/2015 7:43:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/1 | TOM COSTELLO and M. ALEX JOHNSON
    The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. Melvin Carraway, an 11-year veteran of the TSA who became acting administrator in January, was immediately reassigned to job coordinating DHS programs with local law enforcement agencies, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday night. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Pete Neffenger's nomination to be permanent administrator is awaiting Senate confirmation. Upon learning the initial...
  • Rest easy, citizens: TSA finds almost 1 in 20 test bombs during screening

    06/01/2015 2:22:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A few weeks ago I had to go back to DC yet again for the Right Online conference and it involved flying in and out of Reagan, as well as Newark. As usual, I stood in the long lines – even with my previous screening check mark on my boarding passes – and went through all the rituals of unloading some of my things and passing through a detector. When I arrived at the hotel I opened my bag to find the usual TSA greeting card indicating that they had searched my checked baggage, no matter how much of...
  • Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

    06/01/2015 1:21:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015
    Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special investigators known as "red teams." In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to...
  • 2 U.S. agencies warn on imminent ISIS attack

    04/26/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/26/2015 | unknown
    While the FBI investigates a possible ISIS terror attack on the basis of intercepted chatter and intelligence information, the TSA issued a classified warning that ISIS is planning an attack on U.S. soil. Little is known about the nature of the attack other than its imminence, which has prompted the TSA to deploy its new Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR, to various undisclosed locations. The VIPR teams include airports, train stations and other busy transportation hubs. One law enforcement source suggested parts of California were of special concern.
  • Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit [LOL - Backwards title!!]

    04/21/2015 4:24:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2015
    A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after armed agents forced her from a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, made her undress during a search and held her for hours. American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
  • St. Charles deputy shooting suspect fired by TSA, lived in motel

    04/17/2015 1:43:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/17/15 | Littice Bacon-Blood
    The suspect arrested Thursday (April 16) and booked with attempted first-degree murder of a St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy, was fired from the Transportation Security Administration for "unbecoming conduct" and was previously arrested and booked with domestic violence and aggravated assault, St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne said. The suspect, 58-year-old John Pau Devillier, is a native of St. Charles Parish. However, authorities say his most recent residence was a room at the Value Place Motel in Gulfport, Miss. "We are at this time thoroughly looking into Mr. Devillier's past," Champagne said. "We have learned, what I can positively corroborate about...